How to Use AirPlay on iPhone

AirPlay is a built-in tool that lets you mirror your iPhone screen to any AirPlay compatible device, including Apple TV, Mac, and compatible TVs. Using AirPlay, you’re able to listen to music, watch videos, view photos, and browse Safari on whichever screen you want.

Here are the requirements for using AirPlay:

  • Both devices need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Both devices must have Bluetooth turned on.
  • The devices need to be within 25 to 30 feet of each other.

Using AirPlay to mirror iPhone screen

  1. Open the Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner (on iPhone X and later models) or the bottom of the screen (on iPhone SE, iPhone 8, and earlier models).

    Control Center on the iPhone
    Swipe down to open the control center.
  2. Tap the Screen Mirroring icon.

    Screen Mirroring Icon in the Control Center
    Tap the Screen Mirroring icon.
  3. Tap the device you want to AirPlay on. Make sure the device you want to connect to is turned on, otherwise you won’t be able to see it here.

    List of Devices in the Screen Mirroring Window
    Your AirPlay-compatible devices will show up here.
  4. On your iPhone, you may be asked to enter a passcode that will be shown on the device you’re connecting to. Tap OK after entering the code and you’ll begin to see your iPhone’s screen on the TV.

    Entering the Passcode That Appears on TV While Mirroring iPhone Screen
    Enter the passcode on your iPhone. (Source: apple.com)

Using AirPlay to Stream Music on an Apple Device

  1. On iPhone X or later, swipe down from the top-right corner to open the Control Center. On iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

    Control Center on the iPhone
    Swipe down or up to open the Control Center.
  2. You’ll be able to see the music control area in the top-right corner. Tap the AirPlay icon in the top-right corner of the music control area.

    AirPlay Icon in the Music Control Area
    Tap the AirPlay icon.
  3. A new window will pop up where you’ll be able to see every AirPlay-compatible device. If you don’t see the device, make sure it’s turned on. Tap the device you want to stream and it will start playing your music.

    List of AirPlay-Compatible Devices in the Control Center
    Tap the device you want to AirPlay the music on.

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