How to AirPlay video and mirror your device's screen

Use AirPlay to stream or share content from your Apple devices to your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. Stream a video. Share your photos. Or mirror exactly what's on your device's screen.


AirPlay video from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Connect your iOS device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.
  2. Find the video that you want to AirPlay.
  3. Tap . In some third-party apps, you might need to tap a different icon first.* In the Photos app, tap , then tap .
  4. Choose your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. Need help?

To stop streaming, tap  in the app that you're streaming from, then tap your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from the list.

*Some video apps on iOS might not support AirPlay. If you can’t use AirPlay with a video app, check the App Store for tvOS to see if that app is available on Apple TV.

If video automatically streams to an AirPlay device

Your iOS device might automatically AirPlay video to the Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV that you frequently use. If you open a video app and see  in the upper-left corner, then an AirPlay device is already selected.

To use AirPlay with a different device, tap, then tap another device, or tap "iPhone" to stop streaming with AirPlay.

AirPlay video from your Mac

  1. Connect your Mac to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. 
  2. On your Mac, open the app or website that you want to stream video from.
  3. In the video playback controls, click .
  4. Select your Apple TV or smart TV. Need help?

To stop streaming video, click  in the video playback controls, then choose Turn Off AirPlay.

Mirror your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Use Screen Mirroring to see the entire screen of your iOS device on your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.

  1. Connect your iOS device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.
  2. Open Control Center:
    • On iPhone X or later or iPad with iOS 12 or later: Swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
    • On iPhone 8 or earlier or iOS 11 or earlier: Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen. 
  3. Tap  Screen Mirroring.
  4. Select your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV from the list. Need help?
  5. If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your iOS device.

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.

To stop mirroring your iOS device, open Control Center, tap Screen Mirroring, then tap Stop Mirroring. Or press the Menu button on your Apple TV Remote.

Mirror or extend your Mac display

With Apple TV or an AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV, you can mirror the entire display of your Mac to your TV or use your TV as a separate display.

  1. Connect your Mac to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. 
  2. On your Mac, click  in the menu bar at the top of your screen. If you don't see , go to Apple  menu > System Preferences > Displays, then select "Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available."
  3. Choose your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. Need help?
  4. If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your Mac.

Change settings or stop mirroring

To change the size of your desktop mirrored on your TV, click  in the menu bar. Then select Mirror Built-in Display to match the size of your desktop or Mirror Apple TV to match the size of your TV.

AirPlay also lets you use your TV as a separate display for your Mac. Just click  in the menu bar, then select Use As Separate Display.

To stop mirroring or using your TV as a separate display, click  in the menu bar, then choose Turn AirPlay Off. Or press the Menu button on your Apple TV Remote.

Learn more about mirroring or extending the display of your Mac.

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