This wikiHow teaches you how to enable AirPlay on your iPhone, Mac, or Apple TV. AirPlay is a mirroring service that allows you to broadcast your Apple item’s screen to an Apple TV; it also allows you to play audio through AirPlay-compatible speakers such as the HomePod.

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On iPhone

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    Turn on Bluetooth. If your iPhone’s Bluetooth is disabled, do the following:

    • Open
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      Settings.

    • Tap Bluetooth.
    • Tap the white “Off” switch
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      .

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    Connect to a Wi-Fi network if necessary. Your iPhone must be connected to the Wi-Fi network to which your AirPlay item (e.g., Apple TV) is connected.

    • If you’re attempting to use AirPlay 2 through a set of speakers, you can skip this step.
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    Make sure the AirPlay item you want to use is on. If the AirPlay item isn’t on, turn it on before proceeding.
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    Open the Control Center. Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone’s screen to do so.

    • On an iPhone X, you’ll instead swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen.
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    Tap Screen Mirroring. It’s in the middle of the Control Center. A pop-up menu will appear.
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    Select a broadcast item. In the pop-up menu, tap the item with which you want to use AirPlay.[1]
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    Use AirPlay from the Music app. If you have AirPlay 2-equipped speakers, you can play your iPhone’s music through them via AirPlay:

    • Open the Music app.
    • Begin playing a song.
    • Scroll down and tap the triangular AirPlay icon.
    • Tap the item through which you want to play music.

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On Mac

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    Turn on Bluetooth. If Bluetooth is disabled on your Mac, turn it on before proceeding.
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    Connect to a Wi-Fi network if necessary. Your Mac must be on the same Wi-Fi network as the item to which you want to connect via AirPlay.
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    Make sure the AirPlay item you want to use is on. If the AirPlay item isn’t on, turn it on before proceeding.[2]
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    Click the “AirPlay” icon. It’s a triangle in a box that’s on the right side of the menu bar at the top of your Mac’s screen. A drop-down menu will appear.
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    Click Turn AirPlay On. It’s in the drop-down menu. This enables AirPlay on your Mac.[3]

    • If you see Turn AirPlay Off in the drop-down menu, AirPlay is already enabled on your Mac.
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    Select a broadcast item. Click the item to which you want to broadcast your Mac’s screen in the drop-down menu.
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    AirPlay from iTunes. If you want to use AirPlay to listen to music rather than to broadcast your Mac’s screen, do the following:[4]

    • Open iTunes.
    • Begin playing the song you want to use.
    • Click the AirPlay icon to the right of the volume slider.
    • Click the item you want to use (e.g., a set of speakers) to play the music.

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On Apple TV

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    Open your Apple TV’s 

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    Settings. Select the Settings app icon, which resembles a grey box with gears on it, from your Apple TV’s Home Screen.

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    Select AirPlay. You’ll find this on the Settings page.
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    Select AirPlay. It’s at the top of the AirPlay menu.
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    Select On. Doing so turns on AirPlay.

    • If this option is already selected, AirPlay is enabled for your Apple TV.
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    Go back to the AirPlay menu. Press the Menu button on your remote to do so.
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    Select Allow Access. This is near the top of the screen.
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    Select Everyone. It’s in the middle of the menu. Doing so ensures that anyone on your Wi-Fi network will be able to connect to your Apple TV via AirPlay.