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How to AirPlay Safari from iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Oliver Sinclair

What We Know

  • From iOS: Connect iOS & TV to the same WiFi network → Open Control Center → Screen Mirroring → Select TV name → Launch Safari → Browse content → View on TV.
  • From Mac: Connect Mac & TV to the home WiFi network → Control Center → Screen Mirroring → Select Apple TV → Open Safari → Surf web → Watch on TV.

Since Apple TV is developed for streaming purposes, we can’t expect the Safari browser to be released on those devices. However, you can AirPlay Safari browser to Apple TV from an iPhone, iPad or Mac. Even though there is no native AirPlay icon within the Safari Browser , you can screen mirror the entire device to watch browser content on Apple TV.

In this article, we have shown how to AirPlay the Safari browser to an Apple TV streaming device from the Apple device you have. This guide is also applicable to Smart TVs with built-in AirPlay 2 support.

Table of Contents

How to AirPlay Safari to TV from iPhone or iPad

It is very essential to enable AirPlay on your Apple TV or other AirPlay-supported TV. To do so, go to Settings > AirPlay & HomeKit Settings > Turn ON AirPlay.

1. Initially, connect your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV to the same WiFi network as your iPhone/iPad.

2. From your iOS device, swipe up or down to open the Control Center .

3. Click on Screen Mirroring from the list of options.

Screen Mirroring on iPhone

4. Choose your AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV or Apple TV from the devices list.

5. Note down the passcode that appears on the TV screen.

6. Enter the AirPlay code on your device to connect.

7. It will mirror your iOS screen to the TV.

8. Now launch the Safari browser .

9. If you browse anything or play videos on Safari, it will simultaneously appear on your TV.

After browsing, turn OFF AirPlay on your iPhone to stop mirroring your iPhone to TV.

How to AirPlay Safari Browser on Mac

1. Start by connecting your Mac to the same WiFi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.

2. To turn on AirPlay on Mac , tap the Control Center icon at the top menu bar of your Mac .

Control Center Mac

3. Further, click the Screen Mirroring button.

4. Select your Apple TV or Smart TV with the AirPlay 2 feature from the available devices.

5. Enter the passcode displayed on the TV screen to begin AirPlay.

6. Now you can see the Mac screen on your TV.

7. Open the Safari browser on your Mac.

Using AirPlay, start browsing or watching web videos on a big screen.

Note : Sometimes, you will find the AirPlay icon at the bottom of the video player.

AirPlay icon on video player

Remember to disable AirPlay on your Mac device once after screen mirroring the Safari browser on your TV.

How to Fix AirPlay Not Working With Safari Browser

Sometimes, AirPlay may not be working on your device for several reasons. The possible reasons could be the unstable network, device incompatibility, uncleared cache, Airplane mode, outdated firmware, software glitches, and more. Whatever the reason, try the following troubleshooting steps to eradicate the issue.

  • Check whether your Apple device and the Smart TV are connected to the same WiFi network.
  • Check if the network connected to your devices is stable. If it is unstable, change the network or restart your WiFi router.
  • Ensure that the Smart TV to which you AirPlay Safari has AirPlay support.
  • Turn off the Airplane mode on your Apple devices if it is turned on.
  • Disable VPN or Firewall on your Mac Safari browser.
  • Restart your Apple devices and the Smart TV.
  • Update your Apple devices and the Smart TV.

Frequently Asked Questions

Safari browser is not available for Apple TV. But you can access Safari on Apple TV using AirPlay from iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

If the video you stream on the Safari browser has the AirPlay icon in the video player, you can directly AirPlay the video from Safari to TV. Just click the AirPlay icon and choose your Smart TV.

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Hello fellows! This is Oliver Sinclair. I write and share about technologies that fascinate me. We are a household of Apple users, and one of the features we love to use is AirPlay. Once you understand the knack of it, there isn’t something better and more comfortable than AirPlay. You needn’t download or sign in to so many different devices. Just AirPlay it and save your time and device storage. My articles will focus on the tricks and techniques you can use and how to AirPlay different apps, shows, sports, and so on from all your Apple devices, including your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Let's AirPlay!

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Is AirPlay not working for you? If AirPlay is not available, unable to connect, or dropping out, or if screen mirroring and streaming lags, here’s what to do. Here's how to fix AirPlay and screen mirroring on an iPhone, iPad, and Mac and what to do if AirPlay to TV is not working. 

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What Is AirPlay?

The Apple AirPlay feature uses Wi-Fi to share audio, video, photos, and device screens to other AirPlay compatible devices, and you can use AirPlay 2 from the Control Center on your iPhone . Usually, AirPlay works very well, but sometimes AirPlay won't connect to a TV, Mac, iPad, or iPhone. If you're wondering, "why is my Apple AirPlay not working?" and "how do I get AirPlay to work again?" here's what to do. For more great AirPlay streaming tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day . 

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How Does AirPlay Work?

For AirPlay to work, your devices need to be near each other and turned on. If you are trying to AirPlay to your Apple TV, make sure your device is awake and not in Sleep mode. It is impossible to enjoy AirPlay and Apple TV mirroring without the internet unless you use peer-to-peer AirPlay.

AirPlay does not support all media types, which may result in an error message that says "video format not supported." It isn't entirely clear what the AirPlay unsupported video formats are, and sometimes a quick device restart can fix it.

Do keep in mind that some streaming services, such as Netflix, have discontinued the ability to use AirPlay for video quality reasons. Attempting to do it anyway may result in this error message. Also, make sure you're only trying to stream from one device at a time. 

The great thing about AirPlay is that you can stream various forms of media on different devices simultaneously. To learn how to use AirPlay, check out these tips . 

What to Do When Screen Mirroring & AirPlay Aren't Working

  • 1. Check if Your Device Is Airplay Compatible? 
  • 2. Check for Apple Software Updates on All Devices
  • 3. Restart Your Devices
  • 4. Make Sure Bluetooth Is Working
  • 5. Check Your Wi-Fi Networks
  • 6. Check Your AirPlay Settings

Check for AirPlay Device Compatibility 

There seems to be some confusion about which devices are compatible with AirPlay. The first step to troubleshooting when AirPlay doesn't work is to find out if you have an AirPlay-compatible TV, speaker, or other devices. You can learn which devices support AirPlay 2 and AirPlay on Apple’s website . AirPlay might not be working simply because the device isn’t compatible.

To quickly check that you have AirPlay on your iPhone:

open the control center

Pro Tip: You can easily enable quick iPhone-to-HomePod audio handoff. Open the Settings app , tap General , tap  AirPlay & Handoff , and toggle on Transfer to HomePod .

Check for Apple Software Updates on All Devices

It is essential to perform Apple software updates  to help fix commonly known bugs or introduce valuable features to your device. If you experience sudden AirPlay issues, make sure that the software on both devices is up to date.

Restart Your Apple Devices

If your devices are on and the software is updated, the next step is to do a quick restart. Performing a restart seems simplistic, but since it clears the RAM and closes any apps running on your device, it can help fix technological glitches. If you're not sure how to restart your Apple device, follow these step-by-step instructions:

  • How to restart iPhone and/or iPad
  • How to restart Mac
  • How to restart Apple TV

Pro tip: To restart your HomePod, just unplug it, wait for 10 seconds, and then plug it back in again.

Make Sure Bluetooth Is Working

If you're unable to connect AirPlay and you suspect your Bluetooth is not working, we have an article about how to fix Bluetooth .

Check Your Wi-Fi Networks

Although Apple says that you should make sure that your Bluetooth is on, AirPlay works over Wi-Fi. To AirPlay between devices, connect both to the same Wi-Fi network. If you notice that one of them is signed into a different network, sign out and connect to the correct one. If you have to connect manually, we have a troubleshooting guide on what to do if your iPhone is not connecting to Wi-Fi . You can also:

  • Turn Wi-F off  and on again.
  • Reboot your Wi-Fi router.
  • Check with your internet service provider to make sure that your router's firmware is up to date. 

Pro tip: If you are at a friend's house and want to AirPlay from your iPhone to their TV, they can share their Wi-Fi password with you with a quick tap!

Check Your AirPlay Settings

If you're wondering your AirPlay is not connecting to your TV? or how to fix AirPlay on your smart TV, your settings may be preventing you from AirPlaying to your Apple TV or HomePod. 

How to Enable Everyone to Use AirPlay on Your Apple TV

Select Settings

Now anyone can use your Apple TV, AirPlaying on it from their iPhone or iPad! If you need a refresher on how to use AirPlay or AirPlay 2, check out these articles .

You should now understand how to AirPlay to your TV and HomePod. Now you know how to check your AirPlay TV settings and take the basic troubleshooting steps to fix any issues. If you've followed all these steps and are still experiencing problems, consider reaching out to Apple support directly. Next,  learn how to play Spotify on HomePod using AirPlay ! Also, if you're having trouble with AirPlay not working , we've got a few quick fixes to help get you up and running!

If this troubleshooting article helped you, you may also enjoy Walkie-Talkie on Apple Watch Not Working  or AirPods Not Charging? Easy Solutions for AirPods & AirPod Cases .

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How to fix AirPlay when it's not working on your iPhone, Mac, or Apple TV

  • If your AirPlay isn't working, there are several troubleshooting techniques to try.
  • Ensure that the device you're streaming to and from are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network and turned on.
  • Restarting your device or turning the Wi-Fi off and back on may also fix AirPlay.

AirPlay is one of the features that makes the Apple ecosystem interconnected. 

With just a tap or two, you can stream audio or video content from your Mac, iPhone, or iPad to another compatible device, like a smart television, Apple TV, or smart speaker.

Most of the time, AirPlay appears effortlessly in the Share menu of your media app, and you don't need to think too much about it. Occasionally, it doesn't work, and it's not clear why. 

Here's what to do if AirPlay is not working, broken down by devices.

What to do when AirPlay is not working on iPhone or iPad

Try these fixes if your iPhone or iPad isn't connecting: 

Check for AirPlay compatibility 

Before you go messing around with your Wi-Fi router or device settings, check to see if your device even supports AirPlay . There's a chance you might need to update your iOS to use it.

Check Wi-Fi connection

Next, check to make sure that the devices you're using for AirPlay are not only connected to Wi-Fi, but connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Check device audio

Raise the volume level on both devices and ensure neither are muted.

Turn Wi-Fi on and off 

Enable airplane mode , then turn it off to force your devices to reconnect to Wi-Fi .

Make sure operating system is up to date 

For AirPlay 2, which allows you to stream music to multiple audio devices at once, you need iOS 11.4 or later. Check to see if your iPhone or iPad has the most updated iOS.

Restart your device 

A simple, yet effective solution, restarting your iPhone or iPad might just be the thing that fixes your issue.

What to do when AirPlay is not working on a Mac

Consider these solutions if your Mac seems to be the issue:

Turn Wi-Fi on and off

Disconnect from your Wi-Fi by clicking the Wi-Fi icon at the top-right of your screen and clicking on the toggle. Wait a minute or so, then click it again to turn the Wi-Fi back on.

Check firewall 

Check your firewall settings to ensure it's not blocking your device from AirPlay. Go to System Preferences, and if your firewall is on, ensure that Block incoming connections is not checked and Automatically allow built-in software to receive incoming connections is.

For Macs, you need iTunes 12.8 or later or macOS Catalina to stream audio for AirPlay 2 and macOS Mojave 10.14.5 or later if you're streaming video. Check to see if your Mac has the most updated iOS .

Restart your Mac 

A good old fashioned restart doesn't hurt, and might just fix your issue.

What to do when AirPlay is not working on your Apple TV, smart TV, or speakers

Move on to these methods if you think AirPlay isn't working because of your TV or speakers:

Make sure device is on and connected to Wi-Fi

It happens to the best of us. Make sure the device that you're streaming to is actually turned on and that it's connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the device you're streaming from.

Update Apple TV

If you're streaming audio from an Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD, you need tvOS 11.4 or later. This also applies if you're streaming to Apple TV.

Restart device

When in doubt, turn it off and on again. 

Troubleshooting your Wi-Fi router

Finally, if you think your Wi-Fi is the issue, check the following: 

Restart router

We've said it several times, and we'll say it one more time: restart your device.

Update router firmware

Check your router to see if it needs a firmware update. Many modern routers are easy to update via a mobile app; if your router is older, you might need to log into its web console (see the router's user guide for details).

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How to fix AirPlay not working between iPhone, iPad, and Mac

One of the best new features of macOS Monterey is AirPlay to Mac. It lets you AirPlay directly from your iPhone, iPad, or other Mac to a Mac running macOS Monterey. Usually, the entire process is easy and happens without hiccups. But if you cannot AirPlay to Mac, your Mac doesn’t show up as an AirPlay target, or if video, photos, audio, or screen do not project from iPhone to the Mac, here are the solutions to fix that.

Fix AirPlay not working on iPhone, iPad and Mac

1. Check device compatibility for AirPlay

Source device :

Apple says  AirPlay to Mac works best with iPhone 7 and above running iOS 14 or later. In my testing, I could AirPlay from iPhone 6S+ as well. But depending on the iOS version, the experience may vary.

Destination Mac :

If you have a Mac from 2018 or later running macOS Monterey, you should be able to AirPlay to it from iPhone, iPad, or even an older Mac.

You can see a detailed list of compatible iPhone, iPad, and Mac here .

Note : The visual quality will be poor when you try to AirPlay from an old Mac or some other old device to a Mac on macOS Monterey.

2. Make sure AirPlay to Mac is enabled

Out of the box, this feature is enabled on macOS Monterey. But since you are not able to AirPlay from iPhone to Mac, make sure things are in order.

1) Click the Apple menu  and go to System Preferences .

2) Click Sharing .

3) Make sure AirPlay Receiver is ticked.

AirPlay Receiver enabled on Mac running macOS Monterey

3. Set the correct AirPlay visibility on Mac

In AirPlay Receiver settings (System Preferences > Sharing), make sure you have enabled the correct option. This will ensure your Mac is visible and available as an AirPlay destination on other iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

Here are three AirPlay visibility settings you can choose from:

1 . Current user : Choose this if you only want to AirPlay from your Apple devices. Your Apple devices mean those devices with the same Apple ID as your Mac on Monterey. See, if needed: How to find and know your Apple ID on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

2 . Anyone on the same network : If you also wish to allow your family members or office colleagues to AirPlay from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac to yours, choose this. It lets every nearby person on the same Wi-Fi network see your Mac as an available AirPlay target.

3 . Everyone : Choose this if you want anyone nearby to see your Mac as an AirPlay target device.

For most people, the first two options do the job. But depending on your situation, choose the right one. Rest assured, when someone tries to AirPlay to your Mac, you have the final say. You can click Accept or Decline.

4. Turn off AirPlay password

Is “ Require password ” checked under AirPlay Receiver preferences? If yes, uncheck it and see if it fixes your issue or not.

5. Make sure you allow the AirPlay request

When you try to AirPlay to Mac, you may see a popup in the top-right corner. This stays only for a few seconds. So, make sure you click Accept soon. If it disappears, send a new AirPlay request to Mac from iPhone, iPad, or other Mac.

Accept incoming AirPlay request on Mac

6. Ensure Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled

For a smooth AirPlay to Mac experience, make sure the Mac (target) and the iPhone (source) are on the same Wi-Fi (or as per the settings you choose above).

If you’re AirPlaying from your iPhone or iPad, just keeping Wi-Fi enabled should do the job. It isn’t compulsory to stay connected to the same network. But to AirPlay from your one Mac to another Mac, make sure they are on the same network.

If your friend is trying to AirPlay to your Mac, ask them to be on the same Wi-Fi as the Mac. Or, select Everyone in AirPlay receiver settings. ( explained above )

7. Keep both AirPlay source and target devices nearby

For AirPlay to work, the devices must be near. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to be a few inches apart. But as a general rule, try to keep the iPhone and the Mac in the same room or something similar.

8. Keep the Mac awake

You may not see your Mac as an AirPlay display or speaker if its screen is off, the computer is locked by a passcode, or the MacBook’s lid is closed. So, for AirPlay to work, make sure you’re on Mac’s desktop.

9. Restart your devices and the Wi-Fi router

While writing the original AirPlay to Mac tutorial, I spent several hours trying all combinations. At least two or three times, I encountered AirPlay not working or stopping working between my iPhone and Mac.

Thankfully, just restarting the iPhone fixed the AirPlay failure, and one time I had to restart both the Mac and the iPhone. Make sure you do the same to solve AirPlay issues.

If the problem continues, restart your home’s Wi-Fi router as well.

10. Add AirPlay icon to Mac’s menu bar

When AirPlay options are available, you should see its icon in Mac’s menu bar by default.

But in case you’re trying to AirPlay from one Mac running an old version of macOS to another running macOS Monterey, and you don’t see the icon, you can enable it manually.

Once you show the AirPlay icon on the menu bar of the source Mac, you get easy controls to stop AirPlay, mirror its screen, use the other Mac as a second display, etc.

On macOS Catalina and earlier, go to System Preferences > Displays . From here, check the box for “ Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available .”

Show mirroring button in Mac menu bar

On macOS Big Sur and later, go to System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar > Screen Mirroring > make sure Show in Menu Bar is checked, and from the dropdown menu, choose always . You may turn it off later, if desired).

Screen Mirroring System Preferences Mac

11. Choose the correct Mac

If you own more than one Mac, make sure you choose the correct one. Usually, if your Mac’s name is something simple like YourName or MacBook or Unknown , you may be tapping the incorrect name.

So, give a unique name to your Mac , and then make sure to select it when trying to AirPlay from iPhone or iPad.

12. Update your Mac and iPhone

In case you aren’t on the latest versions of iOS 14, iOS 15, or macOS Monterey, consider updating. Doing this will ensure all potential bugs are fixed, and you have a superior experience with your Apple devices.

  • To update your iPhone to iPad, open Settings app > General > Software Update .
  • To update your Mac, click the Apple menu  > System Preferences > Software Update .

13. Turn off Firewall

Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Firewall .

If it’s enabled, ensure Block incoming connections isn’t checked. Next, make sure Automatically allow built-in software to receive incoming connections is enabled. You can also turn off the Firewall completely.

Once that’s done, AirPlay should work fine. If not, restart your Mac and try to AirPlay again.

Firewall Settings on Mac

What to do if you don’t hear audio during AirPlay or music/video stops?

Do you notice the audio or video stops after you get AirPlay to work between your iPhone and Mac? To fix this, make sure you don’t exit the app on your iPhone or iPad from where you are playing the media. For example, do not quit the YouTube app.

Similarly, while AirPlaying images and videos from the iOS Photos app, you can navigate inside the Photos app. But if you swipe up or press the Home button to go out of the Photos app, AirPlay will stop.

Secondly, make sure the audio level on both devices (iPhone and the Mac) are turned up. Finally, look at the left edge of your iPhone and ensure it isn’t set to silent mode. If it is, the ring switch will be pushed down, exposing an orange line. Push it back up.

iPhone Ringer and Silent Switch

AirPlay to Mac problems fixed

After following one or a few of the solutions above, you should have no trouble trying to AirPlay to your Mac running macOS Monterey and later. In case the problem persists, you can try resetting network settings on your iPhone or iPad.

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  • 33 things I do after setting up a new or erased Mac
  • How to mirror your iPhone or iPad on a smart TV
  • How to schedule Do Not Disturb on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

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AirPlay can let you stream audio and video from your Apple products, but sometimes it’s a bit wonky. Here's how to fix it.

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  • Check Wi-Fi network
  • Toggle the Wi-Fi
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AirPlay is one of the most useful Apple ecosystem features — in fact, it's so good that in recent years Apple has opened up the technology to allow third-party devices to use it. It lets you wirelessly beam audio and video to different devices. Watching a video on your MacBook? You can AirPlay it to your Apple TV and watch on the big screen. Listening to some sweet tunes on your iPhone? AirPlay that audio to your favorite AirPlay speaker.

Unfortunately, even iOS16 and Apple's other latest software can sometimes mess up, you might find that sometimes AirPlay is not working properly. If you're having trouble with AirPlay, there are some steps you can try to correct the behavior on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and get you back to streaming your audio and video. Here are some steps you can try to troubleshoot problems with AirPlay .

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Make sure you're on the same Wi-Fi network if AirPlay is not working

AirPlay requires both the devices you're streaming from and the device you're streaming to to be on the same Wi-Fi network to work. If you're trying to beam some content from your iPhone to your AirPlay-compatible TV, you need to make sure both devices (your phone and your TV) are on the same network. So, before you try any other troubleshooting tips when AirPlay isn't working, make sure you've checked that everything is connected to the same network. 

Try toggling Wi-Fi if AirPlay is not working

Sometimes the best solution is to turn it off and then on again. You can toggle the Wi-Fi off and on with just a few taps or clicks on the logo on your best iPhone , iPad, and Mac. Doing this can sometimes fix an errant connection, which may be why AirPlay isn't working for you.  

Note: Control Center no longer turns Wi-Fi completely off. It simply stops the current connection but leaves things like AirPods, Apple Pencil, and Apple Watch available. To fully turn it off, head to Settings.

How to toggle Wi-fi on iPhone and iPad

1. Launch Settings from your Home screen. 2. Tap Wi-Fi . 3. Tap the Wi-Fi On/Off Switch twice. Once to turn it off and another time to turn it back on. 

Launch Settings form your home screen, tap Wi-Fi, and then tap the Wi-Fi on/off switch.

How to toggle Wi-Fi on Mac 

1. Click the Wi-Fi symbol in the Menu bar. 2. Click the Wi-Fi On/Off Switch twice. Once to turn it off and then once to turn it back on again.

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Toggle Wi-Fi in macOS: Click the Wi-Fi symbol in the menu bar, and then click the Wi-Fi On/Off switch twice.

Don't forget to toggle the Wi-Fi on your other devices. If you're trying to AirPlay something to your TV, for example, go into the TV settings and try disconnecting and reconnecting to the Wi-Fi network.

Why is AirPlay not working when the power is out?

My devices still have battery power, so why doesn't AirPlay work when the power is out?

Because AirPlay requires both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. While your battery-powered devices' Bluetooth may work just fine during a power outage, your home's Wi-Fi doesn't. 

Reset your devices if AirPlay is not working

Taking it up a notch, you can always try to do a hard reset on your devices. Rebooting the software is often a great way to right the ship when things are going a little sideways. Here's how you can reboot your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. 

How to reset an iPhone or iPad 

If you are resetting an iPhone or iPad that has Face ID, follow these steps: 1. Quickly click and release the Volume Up button. 2. Quickly click and release the Volume Down button. 3. Press and hold the sleep/wake button. 4. Keep holding down the sleep/wake button, even after the Shut Down screen shows up. Once the screen goes black, you can stop holding the button.

Hard resetting an iPhone with Face ID: Quickly press the volume up button, quickly press the volume down button, press and hold the sleep/wake button until the screen goes dark.

If you're using an iPhone or iPad without Face ID, follow these steps: 1. Press and hold down the  On/Off  button on the right side. 2. While continuing to hold the  On/Off  button, press and hold the  volume down  button on the left side of your iPhone. 3. Hold both buttons as the screen  turns off , and keep holding them until the screen turns  back on  and displays the Apple logo.

Reset an iPhone or iPad without Face ID:Press and hold down the On/Off button on the right side While continuing to hold the On/Off button, press and hold the volume down button on the left side of your iPhone. Hold both buttons as the screen turns off, and keep holding them until the screen turns back on and displays the Apple logo.

How to reset a Mac

If you have a Mac that you want to reset, follow these steps: 1. Click the Apple icon at the far left of the Menu bar. 2. Click Restart.  

Resetting a Mac in macOS: Click the Apple icon in the top left of the menubar and then click Restart.

Now that you've reset your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, trying using AirPlay again to see if that fixes the problem of AirPlay not working. Remember you may want to reset your third-party devices as well, to see if that helps. 

Keeping your device like your best Mac up to date is always a good idea. Sometimes, new versions of iOS, iPadOS, or macOS introduce compatibility problems; other times, they fix them. So, if AirPlay is not working as expected, check to ensure you're on the latest software. 

How to check for software updates on iPhone and iPad

1. Launch Settings from your Home screen. 2. Tap General 3. Tap Software Update

Checking for software updates on iPhone and iPad: Tap Settings, tap general., and then tap software update.

From here, you'll be able to see if there is a software update. If there is an update, you can download and install it and see if that solves the issue of AirPlay not working once it's booted back up and ready to go. 

How to check for software updates on Mac if AirPlay is not working

1. Click the Apple icon at the far left of the Menu bar. 2. Click System Preferences . 3. Click Software Update .

Check for software updates on Mac: Click the Apple logo in the left corner of the menubar, click system preferences, and then click software update.

Hopefully, you're back up and running!

When AirPlay isn't working correctly, it can be a real nuisance. Still, hopefully, the steps listed above helped you out, and now you're using AirPlay to beam your favorite video and audio wherever you want. 

If you've followed all the steps above and AirPlay is still not working for you, we would suggest contacting Apple support directly and seeing if they can help you out. 

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Ensure that your devices meet airplay 2 system requirements.

Following Devices Allow You to Stream Audio 

  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 11.4 or later
  • Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD with tvOS 11.4 or later
  • Mac with either iTunes 12.8 or later or macOS Catalina
  • PC with iTunes 12.8 or later
  • HomePod with iOS 11.4 or later
  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 12.3 or later
  • Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14.5 or later
  • Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD with tvOS 11.4 or later.
  • HomePod with iOS 11.4 or later.
  • Speakers connected to the Audio Out port on AirPort Express 802.11n (2nd Generation) with the latest firmware update.
  • AirPlay 2-compatible smart TVs with the label “Works with Apple AirPlay.”
  • Speakers and receivers featuring the “Works with Apple AirPlay” label support AirPlay 2.

AirPlay 1 System Requirements

  • iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, Mac, iTunes on Mac or PC, Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD

These Devices Allow You to Stream Content to

  • HomePod, Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, and Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation), Speakers connected to the Audio Out port on AirPort Express, Speakers with ‘Works with Apple AirPlay’ label

Pre-Requisites for AirPlay

  • Keep in mind that you are allowed to stream only audio from Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD using AirPlay.
  • If you want to use Siri to play and control video on a smart TV, make sure you have an AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV that supports HomeKit.
  • Do note that HomeKit isn’t supported on Samsung smart TVs.
  • You might need to update the firmware of some third-party speakers to use AirPlay 2 streaming.
  • Ensure that your AirPlay-compatible devices are turned on.
  • If your Apple TV is in Sleep mode and uses Ethernet, you can wake it with the remote.
  • Be sure your AirPlay-supported device is near the device you want to stream content from.
  • If you are unable to connect to an AirPlay device, try moving closer to it and try again.
  • If you want to stream audio to multiple speakers with AirPlay 2, ensure that your speakers are compatible with AirPlay 2.

Make Sure Your Devices are Connected to the Same Wi-Fi Network

Third-party AirPlay-compatible speakers and Smart TVs: Take the help of the user manual to learn how to connect them to your Wi-Fi network.

Ensure That You Haven’t Restricted Your Apple TV

Head over to the Settings app on your Apple TV -> AirPlay -> HomeKit . Now, you should see four options:

AirPlay and HomeKit

  • Everyone: It allows everyone to stream content to Apple TV. 
  • Anyone on the Same Network: It allows anyone connected to the home Wi-Fi network to stream content to Apple TV. 
  • Only People Sharing This Home: It allows only the invited people to stream content to Apple TV. 
  • Require Password: This option makes it compulsory for everyone to enter a password before allowing them to stream content to Apple TV. 

Allow iPhone to Discover and Connect to Nearby AirPlay TV Automatically

Use AirPlay on iPhone

Native to Settings app on your iOS device -> General -> AirPlay & Handoff -> Automatically AirPlay to TVs . Now, choose either the Ask or Automatic option.

Restart Your Devices

Restart your iPhone

To restart your iPad with Face ID: Press and hold the volume up/down button and power button at once and then drag the power off slider to turn off your iPad. Then, hold down the power button to restart your device.

Restart Your Apple TV:  Hold down the Menu button and Home Home button on the Siri Remote until the Apple TV status light starts blinking.

Update Software on Your Devices

To update iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch: Go to Settings app -> General -> Software Update. Now, download and install the latest version of iOS.

Update Software on iPhone

To update Apple TV: Navigate to the Settings app on your Apple TV -> System -> Software Updates. Now, select Update Sofware. If there is any update available, download and install it.

Update software on Apple TV

If You Can See Video But Can’t Hear Audio, Try This Quick Fix

Does your music automatically stop here is the fix, if your network is too slow, try these fixes.

If your Wi-Fi is rather slow or you are facing interference from a nearby device like a baby monitor and microwave, try out the following fixes:

  • Either turn off or move any other devices that may be causing interference. 
  • If you want to AirPlay to Apple TV, connect your Apple TV directly to your router with an Ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi. 
  • AirPlay connection tends to get interrupted if you lock your device,  switch to a different app, or put it to sleep.
  • Ensure that you are using the recommended settings for your Wi-Fi router . For instance, make sure to use a name that’s unique to your network and also disable the hidden network.
  • Besides, try turning off/on Wi-Fi on your iOS device (Settings -> Wi) to fix the slow connection. If that doesn’t help, go to Settings app -> General -> Reset. Then, tap on Reset Network Settings. Now, connect to the Wi-Fi network again. 

Reset network settings

  • Similarly, click on the Wi-Fi icon at the top right corner of the screen on your Mac and then turn off Wi-Fi. After that, reconnect to the network. 

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Find out what to do if you can’t stream content with AirPlay, mirror the screen on your iOS device or Mac to your Apple TV or smart TV, or you’re experiencing another issue when using AirPlay.

Try following these steps first

After each step, see if you still need help.

Make sure your AirPlay-compatible devices are turned on and near each other.

Check that the devices are updated to the latest software and are on the same Wi-Fi network.

Restart the devices you want to use with AirPlay or screen mirroring.

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If you’re asked to enter a password on your Apple TV, check your Apple TV access restrictions . Alternatively, you may need to adjust your AirPlay password settings .

Still need help?

If you’re experiencing another issue when using AirPlay, find out what to do.

If your music unexpectedly stops

If your music stops playing unexpectedly, use your device or Siri to start playing music again. In some situations, the Home app may be using your HomePod,* Apple TV or AirPlay-compatible speaker as the main audio source for streaming music (even if your HomePod or Apple TV isn’t currently playing music). Using Siri on that device or performing another task may cause playback to stop everywhere. You can also use an iOS device or computer with iTunes as an audio source to manually stream music instead.

If you can see video but can’t hear audio

If you can’t hear audio when you’re streaming videos from your iOS device or Mac to your Apple TV, make sure the volume is turned up and not muted on both your iOS device and your television or receiver.

If you’re still unable to use AirPlay after trying these steps, contact Apple Support .

*HomePod isn’t available in all countries or regions.

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How to Fix AirPlay When It's Not Working

Apple AirPlay is incredibly handy, but sometimes it can be quirky. So, if you're facing issues, try our helpful tips to fix AirPlay on your device.

Apple's handy AirPlay feature can sometimes be quirky. And if that's your current experience, you're lucky we're here to help.

There are many reasons AirPlay won't stream audio or video content from your devices. Sometimes, it could result from a faulty internet connection. Other times, your Apple device won't properly send content to the desired destination.

Regardless, you can fix most AirPlay issues using some easy and quick methods. Below, we'll look at all the possible ways to fix AirPlay when it's not working.

1. Check the Minimum Requirements for AirPlay

AirPlay doesn't work on all devices, so you first need to check if the AirPlay sender (the device used to stream content) meets the minimum system requirements for AirPlay.

AirPlay audio from:

  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 11.4 or later
  • Apple TV HD or Apple TV 4K running tvOS 11.4 or later
  • HomePod or HomePod mini running iOS 11.4 or later
  • Mac with iTunes 12.8 or later or macOS Catalina 10.15 or later
  • Windows PC with iTunes 12.8 or later

AirPlay video from:

  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 12.3 or later
  • Mac running macOS Mojave 10.14.5 or later

The AirPlay receiver (the device you're streaming content to) must support the feature, too.

To confirm a third-party device like a smart TV supports the AirPlay feature, look for an AirPlay-enabled label on the packaging.

If you're interested, browse our recommendations of the best AirPlay receivers .

2. Adjust AirPlay Receiver Settings in macOS

Modern Macs running macOS Monterey or later can double as an AirPlay receiver . This makes it possible to AirPlay content from another device to your Mac and even share a Mac's screen via AirPlay, provided the AirPlay Receiver setting is turned on, as discussed below.

To protect your privacy, only devices that use the same Apple ID as your computer are permitted to AirPlay content to your Mac. To change that, venture into System Settings > General > AirDrop & HandOff and turn on the AirPlay Receiver setting on the right.

Now, even devices that don't use the same Apple ID as your Mac can AirPlay to it. To permit any nearby devices to see your Mac as an AirPlay receiver, click Allow AirPlay for , choose Everyone from the menu, and then click the Allow Everyone button.

You can also let new devices AirPlay to your Mac without password verification by turning off the Require password option.

Apple recommends using an iPhone 7 or later and at least a 2018 Mac for an ideal experience. However, you can still use AirPlay on older devices at a lower video resolution. For example, we could AirPlay from an iPhone 6s, which isn't on Apple's compatibility list.

3. Wake Devices and Keep Them Close

If it wasn't clear enough, remember that all your devices must be turned on and unlocked to use AirPlay. When using AirPlay on your Apple TV, ensure the device isn't in sleep mode by clicking the remote to wake it from sleep.

Since AirPlay typically relies on peer-to-peer discovery, bring them as close to each other as possible to increase the connection strength.

4. Enable Screen Mirroring in the Menu Bar

When your Mac detects an AirPlay receiver on the network, it shows up under the Screen Mirroring icon in the menu bar. If no icon is visible, go to System Settings > Control Center , click the menu next to Screen Mirroring , and select Always Show in Menu Bar .

Now, you can quickly start or stop AirPlay, mirror your Mac's screen, or use a nearby iPad as a second display—all from the menu bar.

5. Disable Automatic AirPlay to TVs

An iPhone or iPad may automatically AirPlay content to your Apple TV or AirPlay-compatible smart TV every time you use the feature. To stop that from happening, go to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff > Automatically AirPlay and choose Never .

Doing so shall stop your iPhone from automatically connecting to a nearby AirPlay receiver like your Apple TV whenever you want to cast something on your Mac.

6. Turn Off Airplane Mode

Enabling Airplane Mode on an iPhone or iPad turns off all wireless radios except Bluetooth. AirPlay requires both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you'll need to quit Airplane Mode to use AirPlay.

Open the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad by swiping down from the top-right corner, then touch a little airplane icon to toggle Airplane Mode. Alternatively, go to Settings > Airplane Mode to turn the feature on or off.

7. Switch on Bluetooth

Bluetooth must be enabled on both ends to allow the sender and receiver to discover each other. You can turn on Bluetooth on an iPhone and iPad in a couple of ways.

One way is to pull down from the top-right corner and enable the Bluetooth toggle in the Control Center. Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone and use the toggle to disable the feature.

8. Use the Same Wi-Fi Network

Peer-to-peer AirPlay lets AirPlay work even if the devices aren't on the same Wi-Fi network or any network for that matter. If peer-to-peer discovery isn't working for you, you should ensure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network for best results.

To check what network you're currently using on your iOS or iPadOS device, visit Settings > Wi-Fi to view the current network name.

To check the Wi-Fi network you're connected to on macOS, click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar or go to System Settings > Wi-Fi .

In case of any problems, we recommend checking our tips for when your Mac won't connect to Wi-Fi . Apple TV users can check their current network in the Settings > Network menu.

If your Apple TV uses an Ethernet connection, be sure to connect it to the same router that creates your home's Wi-Fi connection.

9. Restart Your Devices

Sometimes, the best solution is to restart all the devices you wish to use with AirPlay. On iOS and iPadOS, choose Settings > General > Shut Down . On tvOS, select Settings > System > Restart . To restart your Mac, click the Apple menu and choose Restart .

10. Reboot Your Router

Among the reasons AirPlay cannot stream your content could be an issue with your router. It might be that your router is restricting content due to a minor problem with its firmware. In most cases, you can fix connection issues by turning a router off and back on .

11. Tweak Your Firewall Settings in macOS

If your AirPlay issue is Mac-specific, chances are that the firewall is using a rule that blocks the AirPlay connection. Luckily, you can modify the macOS firewall options in a few clicks.

Head over to System Settings > Network and click Firewall on the right. Next, click Options below the Firewall toggle if it's enabled. Now, turn off the Block all incoming connections switch at the top and enable the option labeled Automatically allow downloaded signed software to receive incoming connections .

Lastly, click OK to save your changes.

12. Update Your Devices to the Latest Software

All AirPlay devices should be using the latest software version available for them. You can check out the following tutorials that walk you through the update process.

  • Updating your iPhone and iPad : Settings > General > Software Update
  • Updating your Mac : System Settings > General > Software Update
  • Updating your Apple TV : Settings > System > Software Updates > Update Software
  • Updating your HomePod : Home app > More (…) > Home Settings > Software Update

Other Options for Connecting Apple Devices

It can be frustrating when AirPlay stops functioning when you need it most. Trying out the tips outlined above should fix your AirPlay woes. If not, it's probably time to contact Apple Support.

AirPlay isn't the only way to connect your iPhone or iPad to a smart TV. You should explore other ways to cast content to a TV whenever AirPlay doesn't work for one reason or another.

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This article explains how to get a missing AirPlay icon to reappear.

The instructions in this article apply to iPhones and iPod touch devices running iOS 10 and later. They also apply to Macs running macOS 10.15 Catalina and later.

How to Fix Missing AirPlay Icon on iPhone or iPod Touch

AirPlay is built into iOS, so you don't need to install anything to use it, and it can't be uninstalled. It can, however, be turned on and off.

Follow these steps to solve a missing AirPlay icon:

Turn on Wi-Fi . AirPlay only works over Wi-Fi, not cellular networks, so you must be connected to Wi-Fi. To enable Wi-Fi on your iOS device, go to Settings > Wi-Fi and tap the toggle so it turns green.

Ensure you're using AirPlay-compatible devices . Not all multimedia devices are compatible with AirPlay. Ensure you're trying to connect to devices that support AirPlay.

Make sure your iPhone and device are on the same Wi-Fi network . Your iPhone or iPod touch can only communicate with the AirPlay device if all devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If your iPhone is on one network and the AirPlay device is on another, AirPlay won't work.

Restart the devices . It never hurts to restart your iPhone , iPod touch, Mac, or Apple TV if the AirPlay icon is missing. A good restart will often clear out pesky glitches.

Update to the latest version of iOS . If you've tried all the earlier tips, ensuring you're running the latest version of iOS on your iPhone or iPad touch never hurts.

Ensure AirPlay is enabled on Apple TV . If you're trying to use an Apple TV with AirPlay but the AirPlay icon is missing from your phone or computer, ensure AirPlay is enabled on the Apple TV. On the Apple TV, go to ​ Settings > AirPlay and make sure AirPlay is turned on.

Solve common Wi-Fi interference or router issues . In rare cases, your iOS device may not communicate with an AirPlay device due to Wi-Fi network interference. Other devices or Wi-Fi router configuration problems can cause interference. Restart your router to see if this solves the problem. If that doesn't work, remove other Wi-Fi devices from the network one at a time to reduce interference, or consult your router's technical support information. (Non-Wi-Fi appliances like microwaves can also cause interference.)

To use AirPlay on Windows , you'll need to use iTunes for Windows or a third-party application.

How to Fix Missing AirPlay Icon on a Mac

AirPlay is also built into recent versions of macOS, letting you AirPlay content from all kinds of apps and even mirror your Mac's screen to other devices. If the AirPlay icon is missing from your Mac, try these steps to get it back:

Turn on Wi-Fi . AirPlay only works over Wi-Fi, not cellular networks, so you must be connected to Wi-Fi. To enable Wi-Fi on your Mac, go to System Preferences > Network and select Turn Wi-Fi On .

Ensure your Mac and device are on the same Wi-Fi network . Your Mac can only communicate with the AirPlay device if both are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If your Mac is on one network, but the AirPlay device is on another, AirPlay won't work.

Update your macOS . Like with the iPhone, running old software could cause the AirPlay icon to disappear. An update may fix the issue.

Check your Mac's firewall settings . The firewall software built into your Mac protects it from attack by blocking unknown attempts to connect to your computer. That functionality can sometimes block helpful features like AirPlay. Try changing your firewall settings. Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Firewall > Firewall Options . Check the box next to Automatically allow signed software to receive incoming connections .

Enable AirPlay Mirroring in the menu bar . Make it easier to find the AirPlay icon by adding it to the menu bar in the top right corner of the screen. To do this, go to System Preferences > Displays and check the box next to Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available . Now, whenever there are AirPlay devices to connect to, the AirPlay icon will appear in your menu bar. Click the AirPlay icon and select the device you want.

Solve common Wi-Fi interference or router issues . In some rare cases, your Mac may not be communicating with an AirPlay device due to Wi-Fi network interference. Other devices or Wi-Fi router configuration problems can cause interference. Restart your router to see if this solves the problem. If that doesn't work, remove other Wi-Fi devices from the network one at a time to reduce interference, or consult your router's technical support information. (Non-Wi-Fi devices like microwaves can also cause interference.)

How to Fix Missing AirPlay Icon on Apple Music

AirPlay is also available in Apple Music , allowing you to stream audio and video from your music library/Apple Music service to AirPlay-compatible devices. If you don't see the AirPlay icon in Apple Music on your Mac, follow these steps:

Ensure you're using AirPlay-compatible devices. Not all multimedia devices are compatible with AirPlay. Ensure you're trying to connect Apple Music to devices that support AirPlay.

Ensure your Mac and device are on the same Wi-Fi network . Your Mac can only communicate with the AirPlay device if connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If your Mac is on one network, but the AirPlay device is on another, using AirPlay for Apple Music won't work.

Update your macOS. An older version of macOS could be the cause of a missing AirPlay icon on Apple Music on your Mac. An update may fix the issue.

Solve common Wi-Fi interference or router issues . In rare cases, your Mac may not communicate with an AirPlay device due to Wi-Fi network interference. Other devices or Wi-Fi router configuration problems can cause interference. Restart your router to see if this solves the problem. If that doesn't work, remove other Wi-Fi devices from the network one at a time to reduce interference, or consult your router's technical support information. (Non-Wi-Fi devices like microwaves can also cause interference.)

Upgrade Apple Music . If the other fixes don't solve the issue, try upgrading to the latest version of Apple Music.

There are two ways to access AirPlay controls. The first way is from the Control Center , which lets you access AirPlay Mirroring options and choose audio outputs for AirPlay in the music controls. You can also use AirPlay from apps that support it. In those apps, the AirPlay icon will appear when available.

The latest version of the icon is a triangle pushing into the bottom of a rectangle. In older versions, a triangle is pushed into the bottom of three concentric rings.

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What is airplay, you'll need an airplay-compatible receiving device, share your screen on macos 11 big sur and later, share your screen on macos 10.15 catalina and earlier.

Thanks to AirPlay , you can wirelessly extend or mirror your Mac's screen to an external display such as an Apple TV, certain smart TVs, or other devices running AirPlay receiver software. Here's how to use it.

AirPlay is Apple's name for the company's proprietary wireless media streaming protocol. AirPlay lets Apple devices such as Macs, iPhones, and iPads stream audio and video over a local network to an AirPlay-compatible receiver device without the need for audio or video cables. It's similar to how  Miracast and Chromecast  work on Windows and Android devices.

One of the most useful features of AirPlay is that you can use it to share (project) your Mac's screen onto another display device. That's what we're going to explore in this article.

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Before we begin, we're going to assume that you already have at least one AirPlay-compatible receiver device connected to the same local network as your Mac. Compatible devices include Apple TV , certain brands of smart TV sets , and other devices running AirPlay receiver software .

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To share your screen using AirPlay on a Mac running macOS 11 Big Sur or later, first, click the Control Center icon located in the upper-right corner of your screen (in the menu bar). It looks like two tiny toggle switches.

When Control Center appears, click "Screen Mirroring."

Next, you'll see a list of AirPlay-compatible devices that your Mac has discovered on your network. Click one of them to begin mirroring.

(It's worth noting that you will see different AirPlay receiver names than those listed in our example. We're using an Amazon Fire TV running third-party AirPlay receiver software.)

While you're connected and actively sharing your screen, the Screen Mirroring icon in the menu bar will turn blue (It looks like one rectangle overlapping another.).

At any time, click the Screen Mirroring icon to view the status of the connection or to switch from mirroring to "Use As Separate Display" mode, which will treat the AirPlay display as if it were a second monitor hooked to your Mac.

To disconnect and stop sharing your screen, click the Screen Mirroring icon (or click "Screen Mirroring" in Control Center) and click the receiving device name whose icon is highlighted in blue.

After that, you'll stop screen-sharing. You can also control screen-sharing in System Preferences using the Displays > AirPlay Display menu.

Related: How the New Control Center in macOS Big Sur Works

If you want to mirror your Mac's screen with an AirPlay-compatible device (such as an Apple TV ) and you're running macOS 10.15 Catalina or earlier, you'll need to do things slightly differently than you would with macOS 11.

First, look for the AirPlay icon (which looks like a rectangle with a small triangle over it) in the menu bar at the top of your screen.

If you don't see the AirPlay icon in your menu bar, navigate to System Preferences > Displays and place a check mark beside "Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available."

Next, close System Preferences and click the AirPlay icon in your menu bar. Select the device that you'd like to screen-share with from the menu that appears.

If the device that you want to project to isn't listed, make sure that both your Mac and the receiving device are connected to the same Wi-Fi access point or local area network.

Once you're connected, the AirPlay icon in your menu bar will turn blue. Click the AirPlay icon to check the status of the AirPlay connection. You can also change the screen-sharing mode from mirroring to "Use As Separate Display," which will use the AirPlay display like a second monitor.

To disconnect, select "Stop AirPlay."

Whenever you need to mirror your display again, AirPlay will be only a click away in your menu bar. Have fun!

Related: How to Mirror your Mac, iPhone, or iPad Screen on Your Apple TV

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Airplay from Safari not working?

I have the latest El Capitan and Safari on my mid 2012 MBPro. I can airplay my desktop to apple tv. I can airplay from my iPhone 6 and my iPad mini to apple tv also. But I can't click the airplay button from safari/youtube from my mac. Any ideas? I get an artifact of the airplay icon in the middle of my screen for a brief second but the video continues to play on my mac only. I know, first world problems, but I enjoyed the convenience when it did work. I imagine it's a safari for the mac issue since it works from everywhere else, including safari on my iPad mini. BTW my safari version is Version 9.0.1 (11601.2.7.2). Thanks!

MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2012), OS X El Capitan (10.11.1), 16 GB RAM/256 GB SSD

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Nov 9, 2015 3:03 PM in response to JDOldham

It is convenient and it should work.

From your Safari menu bar click Safari > Preferences then select the Privacy tab then click: Remove All Website Data

Quit then relaunch Safari to test.

Nov 9, 2015 3:38 PM in response to Carolyn Samit

Hi Carolyn, thanks for the effort but that did not work. What's funny is the airplay icon on my bar across the top of the screen-the one with the clock in it, makes the airplay on my mac icon turn blue when I try the one on the bottom of youtube videos. If I airplay from my mac, I can see my entire desktop. If I airplay from safari, the native mac icon turns blue, but is not streaming at all. I'd expect it to start streaming the desktop at that point since it's turning that icon blue (but of course that's not what I want-i want it to stream the video only directly from the icon on the safari page...). Thanks for trying though!

FaesUser

Nov 10, 2015 2:43 AM in response to JDOldham

I have the exact same problem as JDOIdham. Airplay doesn't work in Safari anymore. Until last week it worked fine.

Mac mini (Mid 2011), OS X El Capitan (10.11.1), 2,5 GHz i5, 8GB RAM

Eric Root

Nov 12, 2015 10:43 AM in response to JDOldham

Can you stream other websites? The 2 discussions below suggest it may be YouTube.

Re: Airplay from YouTube on Apple TV (4th) not working from MacBook Air

Re: Airplay directly from youtube in safari doesn't work!

Nov 11, 2015 8:16 PM in response to Eric Root

Eric, you are correct-it's only Youtube for me. I went to Vimeo and it works perfectly. It had not occurred to me to try a site other than Youtube. So it's definitely a Youtube problem and not a Safari issue. I assume Google will fix it at some point. I was worried something was broken in the Apple software, so now I am relieved. Thanks!

You are welcome.

marode23

Feb 14, 2016 1:52 PM in response to JDOldham

this really seems to be a Youtube issue. I can use Airplay to stream from my Mac (2013, El Capitan latest) or iPhone 6 to my new Airport Express that is connected to my stereo. All works perfect and Youtube even shows the Airplay icon but if I click on it the menu items are grey and can't be clicked. Of course I can still stream Youtube from my Mac by using this method: http://is.gd/8TqA4Y

Anyway, it is not a perfect solution since all audio output from my Mac is sent to my stereo.

If Youtube Airplay would work properly only the Youtube sound would by streamed while other audio signals would still come out of my Mac's speakers.

I will try to report this issue to Google again...

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