Many users buy the Apple TV Extender exclusively for wireless content transfer from Mac and iOS devices via AirPlay to the TV. This is a very handy feature that usually works fine.

In macOS and iOS, AirPlay functions differently. AirPlay is a powerful tool that offers many opportunities, for example, to share photos with family and friends, make a presentation, or take the Mac desktop out of the laptop (for example, on a TV).

In this article we figure it out where is airplay on iPad, iPhone and other iOS devices, and how to use it more effectively.

What is Apple AirPlay?

AirPlay is Apple’s proprietary wireless protocol that allows you to send video and audio from a Mac or iOS device to an AirPlay-enabled receiver, such as Apple TV (wireless speaker, headphone, transmitter, etc.). This technology was first introduced as AirTunes for iTunes in 2004.

Apple introduced the new version of the AirPlay protocol as part of the WWDC 2017 developer conference. The manufacturer planned to add support for AirPlay 2 in iOS 11 edition 11, but the technology became available only in May 2018 with the release of the iOS 11.4 update. In AirPlay 2 for the first time, there was support for the multrum mode, thanks to which owners of Apple devices can use several gadgets to play music.

What is “Mirroring” AirPlay

AirPlay mirroring – the ability to duplicate the display of a Mac screen or iOS gadget to a receiver with AirPlay support. This functionality is supported by both iPhone and iPad, and Mac. Although mirroring can be used to frame video and audio files, some content may be subject to restrictions due to the risk of copyright infringement. If you try to “mirror” the Mac screen while playing protected iTunes content, such as video from Apple Music, you will see a gray window instead of video. But to bring any video from sites with movies on TV – no problem.

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How to Use AirPlay for Content Transfer or Mirroring on iPad or iPhone

You can setup the AirPlay function either to stream content to a receiver (audio or video), or to display the screen of the current device (including audio). Before using the function, make sure that the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections are active and that the flight mode is disabled on the device. The easiest way to work with AirPlay: click on the AirPlay icon and select the desired receiver from the list that appears.

How to Display Video, Photo, Audio from iPhone or iPad to Apple TV using the AirPlay

Make sure that both devices connected to one network and follow this steps on your iOS gadget:

  • Swipe up on the screen to call the “Control Center” (owners of iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XR need to make a swipe down from the upper right corner);
  • Use the 3D Touch gesture to launch the “Performed” screen on the right of the display;
How to Turn On AirPlay Mirroring in iOS to Display Wirelessly?
  • Click on the Screen Mirroring icon next to the playback items;
  • Wait until the list of receivers appears on the screen;
How to Turn On AirPlay Mirroring in iOS to Display Wirelessly?
  • Click on the desired receiver and start playing media content;
  • In pop-up menu enter Apple TV secret code, and you’ll done!
  • To stop the streaming, back select name of your device (iPhone or iPad).


AirPlay 2 also supports tvOS 11.4 and newer Apple TV devices. Apple HomePod columns are updated automatically. Outdated third-party devices may not be compatible with AirPlay 2, the possibility of support should be checked with the vendor.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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