AirPlay is a powerful tool within the Apple ecosystem. This improves the interaction of Apple devices. Now you can stream content from your Macbook to compatible TVs and speakers.And now
But are you struggling to get the most out of AirPlay on your Mac? Then I stopped by the right place. Here’s a thorough guide on how to turn on and use Airplay on your Mac.
- 1 What is AirPlay?
- 2 How to Stream Content from Mac to Other Devices viAirPlay
- 3 How to use AirPlay to stream content from other devices to your Mac
- 4 Is AirPlay not working?Try these hacks
What is AirPlay?
AirPlay is Apple’s wireless streaming protocol that allows users to mirror their screens and stream videos, photos, and music from one Apple device to another compatible device. For example, from iPhone to Apple TV.
AirPlay 2 – You can also stream audio to multiple speakers located in multiple rooms if your TV or speakers support AirPlay 2 (latest iterations).
macOS Monterey Magic – Apple has even more advanced AirPlay capabilities to create a two-way street. You can now use macOS Monterey to stream content on your Mac and Mac.
This means you can use AirPlay to stream songs and videos from another Apple device on your Mac, or share the screen of your device on your Mac.
You’re right, right? Now let’s go ahead and learn how to turn on and use AirPlay on your Mac or Mac!
How to Stream Content from Mac to Other Devices viAirPlay
Thanks to Airplay and Airplay2, you can mirror your Mac screen and stream video, photos, music and other media content to compatible TVs and speakers. But before sharing that method, let’s see if your Mac and device support AirPlay.
- Mac – All Macs released in 2011. Macs running macOS Mojave or later or iTunes 12.8 or later support AirPlay 2.
- TV set – Some models of LG, Samsung and Sony in addition to Apple TV (4K, HD, Gen. 2 and 3). Check out the complete list here.
- speaker – Apple HomePod, Sonos One (Gen 2), Bose Home Speaker 500 and more. If you need help finding the best AirPlay 2 speakers, check out this list.
- To see if your current device or the device you plan to buy is supported by AirPlay, look for either of these icons in the pack or online description.
- AirPlay icons for screen mirroring and video streaming are different from AirPlay icons for music.
Mirror your Mac screen with AirPlay
- Move to Apple logo It is on the upper left.
- select System Preferences → display..
- [表示]On the tab AirPlay drop-down menu Select an available display.
- When prompted, enter the passcode shown on your TV to allow pairing.
- option: Select the check box next to it Show mirroring options in the menu bar, if available Whenever there is a compatible TV nearby[ディスプレイ]Pop up the AirPlay icon from the tab.
To control mirroring options Display with built-in mirror also Used as a separate display, Or to switch between different devices, click AirPlay icon Select an option from the menu bar.
To turn off screen mirroring, click the AirPlay icon again and Turn off Airplay..
Stream videos and photos from Mac to other devices
- Open the video in a supported app or play it in your browser.
- click AirPlay icon..
- choose device From the drop-down menu.
- When prompted, enter your TV code in the pop-up window.
Click to stop casting AirPlay icon again → Turn off AirPlay..
Stream music from Mac
- Launch Apple Music, podcasts, etc. AirPlay compatible app.
- Select a song / playlist, AirPlay icon..
- Select the device you want to AirPlay.
Playback will start automatically on that device.
When streaming music, you can send AirPlay to multiple devices. From the drop-down menu Check or uncheck the device Plays or stops AirPlay on a specific device. You can also adjust the volume of each device and move the slider accordingly.
How to use AirPlay to stream content from other devices to your Mac
The latest AirPlay to Mac feature offers macOS Monterey users three key benefits.
- AirPlay content for Mac – Stream videos, photos, music and view or edit Keynote presentations from other Apple devices to your Mac. The great thing is that the devices don’t have to share the same Apple ID.
- Mirror display – Extend or expand your iPhone / iPad screen on Mac to use as a secondary display.
- Convert Mac to AirPlay 2 Speakers – Stream music, podcasts, audio novels, etc. to your Mac and use it as a secondary speaker for multi-room audio.
- MacBook Pro (2018 or later)
- MacBook Air (2018 or later)
- iMac (2019 or later)
- iMac Pro 92017)
- Mac Mini (2020 or later)
- Mac Pro (2019)
- iPhone 7 or later
- iPad Pro (2nd generation or later)
- iPad Air (3rd generation or later)
- iPad (6th and later)
- iPad mini (5th generation or later)
- This feature only works on macOS Monterey and later.
- Older iPhone, iPad, and Mac models can also share content via AirPlay, but at a lower resolution.
For this you need to visit Sharing settings Set up a section Allow AirPlay Set to Everyone also Anyone on the same network..
Is AirPlay not working?Try these hacks
First and foremost, make sure your device is compatible with AirPlay. If it is sorted, there are some tricks that can troubleshoot the problem.
- Bring your Mac closer to other devices so you can establish a stable connection.
- Make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- If you’re using a HomePod or Apple TV, check your access restrictions and remove the block if it’s enabled.
- Shut down your Mac and other devices and then restart them.
- Make sure all devices have the latest OS.
As a proud and overly spoiled member of the Apple ecosystem, I believe AirPlay is usually undervalued. It is often overlooked as a streaming function. But thanks to all the latest macOS iterations, users may appreciate the true power of AirPlay.
What do you think about AirPlay? How much would you rate this feature on a scale of 1-10?
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