Apple’s AirPlay allows you to stream content from your iOS device to a larger display, whether that’s a TV or a projector. As long as your iOS device, Mac, and TV are all on the same wireless network, you may use AirPlay to stream media from your iOS device or Mac to your TV.
Any iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac) can be used to stream videos. Even on a Windows computer, you can use iTunes to stream video. Ensure that your device runs a fairly recent OS (a list of the various OS requirements can be found here).
AirPlay 2, the newest iteration, allows users to simultaneously broadcast music to several rooms, select which room the music should play in, and pair speakers. Follow these steps to learn how to use AirPlay to broadcast audio.
Use Airplay on Your iPhone
While written with an iPhone in mind, these instructions should be useful for anyone with an iPad or iPod touch. The process differs most noticeably depending on the app being used to play the video. Your choices involve two sequences of actions:
- Launch the app, or the movie within the app, and look for the AirPlay button, which looks like a rectangle with an upward-pointing arrow at the bottom. The YouTube iPad app is one example of software with an AirPlay button.
- If an AirPlay button is not already visible, select the app’s method for sending material to another device for viewing, listening, or editing. To cast a video from the YouTube app on an iPhone, for example, hit the cast button (which resembles a rectangle with a Wi-Fi symbol coming from the bottom left corner) and then tap “AirPlay & Bluetooth devices.” To share a photo from Photos, select the “Share” option (which looks like a square with an arrow coming out of the top). From the selection that displays, choose AirPlay.
- Any App that supports AirPlay can be used by tapping the desired device.
- In some cases, a code may show on your TV screen. Enter the number in the phone’s keypad and confirm by pressing the OK button.
- You’re presently streaming your video through AirPlay onto the family TV.
- You can halt casting on the iPhone by selecting it from the list of devices in the AirPlay window, which you can open in the same way as mentioned above (again, this will vary per app). By doing this, you can restore the TV signal on your iPhone. Click “AirPlay” in the menu that appears at the top right of the screen to send photographs from Photos to your mobile device.
Use Airplay on Your Mac
- Launch the video you want to cast to the TV.
- To use AirPlay, choose it and click. You can usually locate it in the bottom right corner of the video, although this is not always the case. (We preferred using Safari to browse YouTube over Chrome.)
- Using the drop-down menu, choose the target device for your video cast.
- Sometimes our Mac will prompt you for the TV’s code. Put it in the prompt that appears.
- In order to halt casting, simply tap the AirPlay button again. To disable AirPlay, choose it from the menu and click “Turn off.”
Using Airplay on Your Pc
You can use AirPlay on your Windows PC, but only for content on iTunes. To do that:
- Launch iTunes and begin watching a movie.
- For AirPlay, use the control panel’s AirPlay button (screen’s lower left corner).
- Choose the viewing medium that best suits your needs.
- There’s a chance you’ll need to punch in a code. If so, use your TV remote to enter the code into the corresponding box on your computer.
- That video is currently playing on your TV, and you may relax and enjoy it.
- To turn AirPlay off, simply click it again and choose “My Computer.”
There is another way to cast a video to your TV: by using screen mirroring to cast your entire screen to your TV. We’ll walk through those steps in an upcoming article.
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