By Wian LJ, Last updated: August 15, 2019
Are you fond of using Airplay across your iOS devices? Because why not?! You can smoothly share music, photos, movies, and videos from any iOS device to supported speakers, Smart TVs, and of course, Apple TV.
Are you excited to watch movies on your Apple TV but then your Airplay is not seen anywhere on your Mac? There may be some blockages that you need to remove in order to use it smoothly.
Airplay not showing on Mac is a common issue that most users experience. There could be a lot of potential reasons as to why this is happening. Don’t worry; we have compiled all the solutions that could possibly fix this problem.
Airplay works best on most recent iOS devices and software versions. First, you need to make sure that your Mac supports Airplay. Older Macs cannot stream Airplay videos due to some mirroring restrictions.
Only Macs from 2011 and recent are able to support Airplay streaming and only 2nd-gen or later Apple TVs. To check what Mac you own and operating system you use, click the Apple icon and go to 'About this Mac' and choose the 'More Info' button.
Here are the complete requirements for streaming Airplay:
Airplay works by streaming media files wirelessly across compatible devices over the same network. One of the popular uses of Airplay is to mirror whatever you are watching or listening on your Mac down to an Apple TV or any smart home TVs or app-powered.
You simply need to connect both devices and start watching your favorite series.
To turn on Airplay on the Apple TV:
How to use Airplay on Mac:
You can choose from Mirror Built-in Display, this will mirror Mac’s resolution exactly. Next option is, Mirror Apple TV which will match the resolution of your television and lastly, you can select Use as Separate Display, this will extend the desktop and appear as an additional display.
If you have met the basic requirements to use Airplay and still it is not showing on your Mac, here are some quick fixes you can try:
If you are unable to connect both devices, check to see if both devices have the latest software update.
To Update Apple TV:
Wait until the update is completed. Do not disconnect or unplug the Apple TV while the update is ongoing.
To Update Mac:
You can also set an automatic update in the future. Simply go to the AppStore and click on ‘Automatically keep my Mac up to date’. This will send you a notification whenever there is an update available.
Anyone can actually Airplay to your Apple TV if set publicly which is why it is essential to manage and set restrictions.
To change restriction settings, simply go to Settings, and then Airplay and from here you can customize who can Airplay to Apple TV.
OS X 10.5.1 and later versions included firewall settings that let you control all the connections per applications. This prevents unwanted apps from connecting to your device and controlling network ports.
You may go back to this setting if you wish to remove a specific app in the future. Simply use the minus sign (-).
Perform a quick restart on both devices to give them a refresher. Some users reported that after a quick reboot, the Airplay showed up on Mac.
Bluetooth may hinder the connection between your Apple TV and Mac. Turn off the Bluetooth on Mac to make sure they connect smoothly.
You can turn off Bluetooth on Mac using several options.
Fixing Airplay that is not showing on Mac is pretty simple. You have several options to try if one solution did not fix it.
You can now start watching your favorite videos or listen to your playlist and even check documents via the Airplay connection. Remember the tips we gave above if there are any issues that might arise while trying to connect iOS devices.
Have you experienced this problem or any other problem on Mac? Do you have other quick fixes to share with us? Leave us a comment below!
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