Set Up Airplay: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

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Set Up Airplay: 15 Steps (with Pictures)
Set Up Airplay: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

Apple AirPlay allows you to stream content from your iOS portable devices to an Apple TV, AirPort Express, or AirPlay-supported speakers. To set up AirPlay, you need to connect the iOS and AirPlay devices to the same Wi-Fi network.


Part 1 of 2: Setting up AirPlay

Set Up AirPlay Step 1

Step 1. Check if your iOS device supports AirPlay

To use AirPlay, you must have an iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone 4 or higher, or an iPod Touch 4G or higher. To use AirPlay with an Apple TV, you must have an iPad 2 or higher, iPhone 4s or higher, or an iPod Touch 5G or higher.

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Step 2. Check if your device is suitable for streaming through AirPlay

It is possible to stream content to Apple TV, AirPort Express, or to AirPlay-supported speakers.

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Step 3. Connect your iOS device and AirPlay device to the same network

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Step 4. Swipe up on the screen of your iOS device

This opens the Control Panel.

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Step 5. Tap on 'AirPlay'

This will show a list of all AirPlay-supported devices that are connected to your Wi-Fi network.

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Step 6. Tap the device you want to stream the content from

Now you will see an icon appear next to each device with next to it stated what kind of media you can stream to that particular device. For example, an icon of a television is next to an Apple TV, it means that you can stream videos by using AirPlay. After selecting a device, streaming via AirPlay is enabled.

Set Up AirPlay Step 7

Step 7. Choose what kind of media you want to stream through AirPlay, then tap 'Play'

The media content will now be played on your AirPlay supported device.

Part 2 of 2: Troubleshoot installing AirPlay

Set Up AirPlay Step 8

Step 1. Make sure the latest iOS and iTunes updates are installed on the devices you use for AirPlay

This ensures that Airplay works properly on Apple devices that support it.

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Step 2. Restart the iOS device as well as Apple TV in case Airplay does not appear in Control Center

This will refresh the Wi-Fi connection on both devices so that AirPlay can be enabled.

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Step 3. Enable AirPlay in "Settings" on Apple TV in case this feature doesn't appear in your control panel

Normally this feature is always enabled. If AirPlay does not appear in your control panel, this function may be disabled on your Apple TV.

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Step 4. Check that the device you want to stream with is turned on and has power if it doesn't appear on the control panel

Devices that are turned off or that have very little power may not be detected by AirPlay on your iOS device.

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Step 5. If you can see the videos but there is no sound, check the volume on both devices

Low or muted sound on one or both devices may cause AirPlay sound to malfunction.

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Step 6. Try a wired internet connection with an Ethernet cable if you experience a stuttering picture while streaming through your Apple TV

This strengthens the internet connection and prevents the image from stuttering.

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Step 7. Move objects that may interfere with AirPlay playback

Microwaves, baby monitors and metal objects can potentially interfere with your iOS and Airplay devices.

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