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How to use AirPlay on iPad, iPhone to Apple TV

How to AirPlay iPad AppleTV

If you are planning on getting a new Apple TV or had the previous 2nd generation model, one of the best features is the ability to stream content from your iPhone or iPad to your television. Having two or more of these devices offers some added benefits. Here’s how to setup and use Airplay on iPad or iPhone to your Apple TV.

How to AirPlay iPad AppleTV

Airplay set-up
The first thing you’ll want to do is to set-up AirPlay on your Apple TV. To do so, follow these steps:

Go to Settings > AirPlay > Toggle to ‘On’.

Setup AirPlay iPad Apple TV

That’s it. I wish I could tell you there were more involved, but everything on the Apple TV should be working now.

How to stream music from your iPhone to Apple TV
Fire up the Music app on your iPhone and select something rocking. Double-click on the home button and it will reveal the multitasking bar. Swipe right not once, but twice. Here you will find the magical AirPlay menu. Click on the circular icon with the up arrow that appears to the right. Here you can select Apple TV. If all goes well, music will start playing through your television.

AirPlay settings iPhone

Can I stream video from my iPad or iPhone to the Apple TV
You betcha. Using the ‘Videos’ app, open a video and it will auto-play. The familiar AirPlay icon allows you to easily push this content to your TV. Once playing on the big screen, you’ll see a note on your iPhone that the “video is playing on Apple TV”.

Stream video iPad to Apple TV

What else can I stream to my Apple TV?
A good number of video apps will provide you with the ability to stream direct to your television. For example, if you find a good video on YouTube or Vimeo using those applications, the menu to play on your TV is available.

Airplay YouTube to Apple TV

Exceptions to the rule
Not all applications allow you to stream their video using AirPlay. Some media companies are perfectly fine with allowing you to watch their content on your television via your iPad or iPhone. Some, not so much. Applications like HBO Go will work great on your device, but will not stream properly. Developers for those companies specifically code their apps to remove the AirPlay functionality. This is a shame since it’s natural to want to bring this content to the big screen. Cable companies and the like pay top dollar for these channels and then pass that cost along to the consumer. Not saying that I agree with it, but if this were allowed, you could loan your login information to a friend who might want to watch Game of Thrones.

What’s Mirroring and how do I enable it?
With mirroring enabled, you can send everything on your iPhone’s display to your Apple TV. This includes games. If you into gaming, then I’d suggest you try this feature using popular racing titles such as Real Racing 2, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Death Rally or your favorite racer.

Apple TV Mirroring

When Apple introduced AirPlay, it elevated the usefulness of the Apple TV, making it one of the best iPhone accessories you can purchase. For $99, you can stream videos, photos and music to your HDTV.



  1. Richard

    June 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I have the original ipad and am considering buying the Apple TV, so I tried to access the AirPlay menu from the multitasking bar but it doesn’t appear. I assume that this is because I don’t have an Apple TV device set up yet. Is this so, or is an issue with the first gen iPad?


    • Christopher Meinck

      June 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Richard, it will appear once you have an Apple TV. However, some apps do not support AirPlay due to licensing issues (ex. HBO GO). AirPlay Mirroring is not supported on the first generation iPad, but you should have no problem with streaming.

    • Flo

      May 31, 2015 at 11:24 am

      In my case, I cannot playing any slowmotion video shoot with my Iphone, all other video are playing fine.
      Any solution ?

  2. Dan G

    July 5, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I can stream music from my iphone but the video wont come through
    what am i doing wrong ?

    • Christopher Meinck

      July 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Dan, is the video from an app or video shot on your iPhone. Test video shot on your iPhone to confirm AirPlay is working. It might be an app restriction. Other issues could be HDMI handshaking. Is the Apple TV connected directly to your TV?

  3. marvin e

    July 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    i just got the “goodplayer” app on my iphone 4 in hopes that id be able to watch avi and mkv files from my iphone and transfer them to my apple tv. but when i press the airplay icon on my phone all i get is sound coming from my tv. i want the video to appear as well. my iphone is at iOS 5.1.1 and my apple tv software is at 5.0.2. the little tv icon appears on my phone when i press the airplay icon, just no video on my apple tv. what am i doing wrong?
    (this is the first time ive ever posted on a site like this. please respond to my email as soon as you can. also, please dont sell my email.) thanks for your help.

  4. David

    November 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Hi. I have a Denon airplay compatable receiver. I was only able to use airplay for audio. I just o the Apple TV because I understand it will allow me to stream tv shows or movies from my iPad, iPhone, or pc (with iTunes installed). I installed Apple TV and connected it to my receiver so sound will come thru surround sound. iPhone says AirPlay only for audio. Was using YouTube app. Any advice? Btw, I could not find the airplay settings screen, shown above. Thanks

  5. Sandra

    March 25, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I have an 0S 10 iMac,newest appleTV and an iPhone. My partner has an iPhone and an XP PC. We have in our household the most recent AirPort express. We have set up Home Share using my Apple ID. On his iTunes he has checked my AirPort Express after clicking on the Air Play icon. I also have the newest iPad. I’ve been able to use AirPlay with all of my IOS devices. However, he cannot with his iPhone even though he is able to see the Air Play icon. Also he cannot go to AppleTV with his remote app–all that comes up is his iTunes icon. What do we need to do to get his iPhone to be able to use AirPlay and the AppleTV REMOTE App?

  6. Glenn

    January 20, 2014 at 4:08 am

    I was wondering if I have Apple TV and a wifi receiver, will I be able to have the sound wireless?

  7. markchiu

    March 2, 2014 at 2:25 am

    can i pad 1 use apple tv mirroring

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