Use AirPlay on your Mac
Show whatever’s on your MacBook Air on the big screen using AirPlay Mirroring. To mirror the MacBook Air screen on your TV screen or to use the HDTV as a second display, connect your HDTV to Apple TV and make sure the Apple TV is on the same Wi-Fi network as your MacBook Air. You can also play web videos directly on your HDTV without showing what’s on your desktop—handy when you want to play a movie but keep your work private.
Mirror your desktop using AirPlay Mirroring. Click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar, then choose your Apple TV. When an AirPlay display is active, the icon turns blue.
In some cases, you can use an AirPlay display even if your MacBook Air isn’t on the same Wi-Fi network as Apple TV (called peer-to-peer AirPlay). To use peer-to-peer AirPlay, you need an Apple TV (3rd generation rev A, model A1469 or later) with Apple TV software 7.0 or later.
Play web videos without showing your desktop. When you find a web video with an AirPlay icon , click the icon, then select your Apple TV.
Tip: If the image doesn’t fit your HDTV screen when you mirror the screen, adjust the desktop size for the best picture. Click the AirPlay icon , then choose an option under “Match Desktop Size To.”
Apple TV is sold separately at apple.com or your local Apple Store.
Learn more. To learn more about AirPlay, see Use AirPlay to stream what’s on your Mac to an HDTV in the macOS User Guide. To learn more about using a second display with your MacBook Air, see Use an external display with your MacBook Air.