Use AirPlay to wirelessly stream content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

With AirPlay, you can stream music, photos, and videos to your Apple TV, or stream music to your AirPort Express or AirPlay-enabled speakers. And with AirPlay Mirroring, you can display your iOS screen on your Apple TV.

Get started

To use AirPlay, you need one of these devices:

  • iPhone 4 or later; 4s or later for AirPlay Mirroring
  • iPad or iPad mini; iPad 2 or later for AirPlay Mirroring 
  • iPod touch (4th generation or later); iPod touch (5th generation or later) for AirPlay Mirroring

You can stream content to these devices:

  • For photos and videos: Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation)
  • For music: Apple TV, AirPort Express, or AirPlay-enabled speakers

If you want to stream iTunes Store content, you also need an Internet connection.

Use AirPlay

  1. Connect your iOS device and your AirPlay device the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. On your iOS device, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access Control Center.
  3. Tap AirPlay.
  4. Tap the name of the device you want to stream content to. You'll see icons of a TV screen   or speaker   next to each device so you know what type of content you can stream. On iPad, you might need to scroll to see all of the available devices in the device list.

Don't see your device in the list?

When you choose an AirPlay device, audio or video from your iOS device will play on your AirPlay-enabled speakers or on the TV that's connected to your Apple TV.

If you turn on Mirroring, you'll see your entire iOS screen on the TV that's connected to your Apple TV. Your TV will use the orientation and aspect ratio of your device. If you want the image from your device to fill your TV screen, you might need to to adjust your TV's aspect ratio or zoom settings.

Turn AirPlay off

  1. On your iOS device, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access Control Center.
  2. Tap AirPlay.
  3. Tap your device at the top of the AirPlay list. 

Use peer-to-peer AirPlay

With peer-to-peer AirPlay, your iOS device and Apple TV don't have to be on the same Wi-Fi network. 

To use peer-to-peer AirPlay, you need one of these devices with iOS 8 or later:

  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad mini or iPad (4th generation or later)
  • iPod touch (5th generation or later)

You can stream content to your Apple TV (3rd generation rev A, model A1469 or later) with software version 7.0 or later. Find out which Apple TV model you have.

Make sure that both devices have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on.

If you want to stream iTunes Store content, you also need an Internet connection.

Get help

Get help using AirPlay or AirPlay Mirroring if you have any of these issues:

  • You don't see AirPlay in Control Center.
  • You don't see the device you want to stream to in the AirPlay device list.
  • You can't stream iTunes Store or third-party content.
  • You see video but don't hear audio.
  • Your playback is interrupted, or you have network lag.

Learn more

Learn how to use AirPlay to stream content from iTunes on your computer.

If you want to use AirPlay with a device that has iOS 6 or earlier, see the iOS 6.1 user guide for your iPhoneiPad, or iPod touch.

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