Is AirPlay not working for you? If AirPlay is not available, unable to connect, dropping out, or screen mirroring and streaming lags, here’s what to do. Here’s how to fix AirPlay and screen mirroring on an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac.
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streaming not working? the quick fix to get screen mirroring working
what is airplay? apple airplay function is a screen mirroring and wireless streaming solution. Use Wi-Fi to share audio, video, photos, and device screens, and you can use AirPlay 2 from your iPhone’s Control Center. usually airplay works great but sometimes airplay doesn’t connect. If you’re wondering, “how do I get airplay to work again?” this is what you should do. For more airplay streaming tutorials, check out our free tip of the day.
- how does airplay work?
- check compatibility of airplay devices
- check software updates on all devices
- reboot your devices
- make sure bluetooth is working
- check your wifi networks
- check your airplay settings
how does airplay work?
For airplay to work, your devices must be close to each other and turned on. If you’re trying to play over the air on your Apple TV, make sure it’s awake and not in sleep mode. It is impossible to enjoy airplay and apple tv mirroring without internet unless you use peer-to-peer airplay.
airplay does not support all media types, which may result in an error message saying “unsupported video format”. It’s not entirely clear which video formats aren’t supported by airplay, and sometimes a quick reboot of the device can fix it.
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Please note that some streaming services, such as Netflix, have discontinued the ability to use airplay for video quality reasons. trying 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.
check compatibility of airplay devices
There seems to be some confusion about which devices support airplay. The first step in troubleshooting is to find out if you have a TV, speaker, or other devices that support AirPlay. You can find out which devices support AirPlay 2 and AirPlay on Apple website. airplay might not work simply because the device is not supported.
to quickly check that you have airplay on your iphone:
- Open the Control Center by swiping down from the right corner on your Home screen. Swipe up from the bottom if you have an older iPhone model with a Home button.
- If you see an option for Screen Mirroring, your iPhone is AirPlay compatible.
pro tip: you can easily enable fast audio transfer from iphone to homepod. open the settings app, tap general, tap airplay & transfer and activate transfer to homepod.
check for software updates on all devices
It is essential to keep your apple devices up to date to help fix known bugs or introduce valuable features to your device. If you experience sudden issues with airplay, make sure the software on both devices is up to date.
reboot your apple devices
If your devices are powered on and the software is up to date, the next step is to do a quick reboot. Performing a reset seems simplistic, but since it clears ram and closes any apps running on your device, it can help fix tech glitches. for step-by-step instructions on how to reboot your devices:
- how to reset your iphone and/or ipad
- how to reset your mac
- how to reset your apple tv
pro tip: To reset your homepod, simply unplug it, wait 10 seconds, and then plug it back in.
make sure bluetooth is working
If you suspect your bluetooth is the problem, we have an article on how to fix bluetooth.
check your Wi-Fi networks
although apple says to make sure your bluetooth is on, airplay works over wi-fi. For airplay between devices, connect both to the same Wi-Fi network. If you notice that one of them is connected to a different network, please log out and connect to the correct network. If you have to connect manually, check out our guide on troubleshooting iPhones not automatically connecting to Wi-Fi. you can also:
- turn your wi-fi off and back on.
- reboot your wi-fi router.
- check with your internet service provider to make sure the firmware of your router is up to date.
pro tip: if you’re at a friend’s house and want to stream from your iphone to their tv, they can share their wi-fi password with you with a quick tap!
check airplay settings
Your settings may prevent you from playing on your apple tv or homepod.
how to allow everyone to use airplay on your apple tv
- Open the Settings app.
- Open AirPlay and HomeKit.
- Select Allow Access.
- Choose Everyone.
now anyone can use their apple tv and play it from their iphone or ipad! If you need a refresher on how to use airplay or airplay 2, check out these articles.