How to AirPlay content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Stream content to your Apple TV or other AirPlay enabled device or mirror your iOS device's entire screen.

What you can AirPlay

  • You can AirPlay photos and videos from an iOS device to an Apple TV (2nd generation) or later.
  • You can AirPlay music from an iOS device to an Apple TV, AirPort Express, or AirPlay enabled speakers.

AirPlay content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Connect to the same Wi-Fi network on your iOS device and the device that you want to AirPlay to.
  2. On your iOS device, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center.
  3. In Control Center, swipe horizontally to find the Now Playing screen.
    The Now Playing screen in Control Center
  4. Select your AirPlay device:
    • On your iPad, from the list of available AirPlay devices, select the device that you want to AirPlay to.
    • On your iPhone or iPod touch, tap AirPlay icon to find the list of available AirPlay devices, then select the device that you want to AirPlay to. Need help?

      The list of AirPlay devices in Control Center on iOS

Want to AirPlay content from iTunes on your Mac or PC?

Mirror your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Here's how to mirror your entire iOS screen on your Apple TV:

  1. Connect to the same Wi-Fi network on your iOS device and the device that you want to AirPlay to. 
  2. On your iOS device, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center.
  3. In Control Center, tap AirPlay to Apple TV icon AirPlay Mirroring, then select your Apple TV from the list. If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your iOS device.
    An alert in iOS asking for an AirPlay passcode.

Your TV uses your iOS device's screen orientation and aspect ratio. To fill your TV screen with the mirrored iOS device screen, change your TV's aspect ratio or zoom settings.

Turn off AirPlay or AirPlay Mirroring

  1. Swipe up to open Control Center
  2. In Control Center, swipe horizontally to find the Now Playing screen. 
  3. Tap AirPlay icon to open a list of your available AirPlay devices.
  4. Select your iOS device from the list.

Get help

If you need help with one of the following issues, learn what to do:

  • In Control Center, you don't see your AirPlay device or you don't see AirPlay options at all.
  • You see a "Looking for Apple TV" message.
  • You see video but don't hear audio.
  • You notice network lag or content interruptions.
     
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