AirPlay: Connecting iPhone & iPad for Optimal Connectivity

Elizabeth Harper

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AirPlay allows you to display the screen content of your iPhone or iPad on Apple TV, a Mac, or other compatible devices. It’s practical for videos, photos, and games. We’ll show you how to enable and use AirPlay.

Enabling AirPlay: Compatible Devices

The following iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices are compatible with AirPlay:

  • iPhone 4s or newer
  • iPad 2 or newer
  • iPad mini with or without Retina display
  • iPod touch 5th generation or newer

You can transfer the screen to the following devices:

  • Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation)
  • HomePod
  • Mac as an AirPlay receiver
  • AirPlay speakers/receivers
  • Airport Express

Make sure your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Activating AirPlay on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the Control Center > Screen Mirroring > Apple TV / Compatible AirPlay Device.
  2. Once you’ve selected a device, you’ll see TV or speaker icons next to it indicating whether you can stream photos, videos, or music.
  3. For example, if the Apple TV displays an AirPlay code, enter it on your iPhone as well.
  4. To end the synchronization, go to Control Center > Screen Mirroring.

Activating AirPlay in iOS 6

If your iPhone or iPad is running on iOS 6, you can access the AirPlay function as follows:

  1. Double-tap the home button to display the multitasking bar.
  2. Swipe left to right twice until the multimedia controls appear.
  3. Tap the AirPlay symbol and select the target device.
  4. Set the synchronization switch from 0 to 1.

AirPlay Mirroring Not Working

If AirPlay mirroring isn’t functioning correctly, try the following troubleshooting steps:

  • Check if both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Ensure AirPlay is enabled on the Apple TV (Settings > AirPlay).
  • Update all the involved devices.
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