Need to get your Mac screen up on the big screen? With AirPlay Mirroring for OS X, it's easy!

Whether your Apple TV is in your living room, board room, or class room, you can easily use it to mirror or extend your Mac's display right onto your big screen HDTV. That includes presentations, games, and even FaceTime chats you want to share with everyone. And all you need is OS X's built-in AirPlay.

AirPlay Mirroring compatibility

Before you can mirror your Mac using AirPlay, you need to make sure all your devices are compatible. To use AirPlay Mirroring between devices on the same Wi-Fi network, you need:

  • Apple TV 2 (2010)
  • Apple TV 3 (2012)
  • Apple TV 4 (2015)

And:

  • iMac (2011 or later)
  • Mac mini (2011 or later)
  • MacBook (2015 or later)
  • MacBook Air (2011 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (2011 or later)
  • Mac Pro (2013 or later)

To use point-to-point AirPlay Mirroring between devices not on the same Wi-Fi network, you need:

  • Apple TV 3 rev A (2013)
  • Apple TV 4 (2015)

And:

  • iMac (2012 or later)
  • Mac mini (2012 or later)
  • MacBook (2015 or later)
  • MacBook Air (2012 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (2012 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013 or later)

You should also make sure you're running the latest versions of Mac and Apple TV software.

How to use AirPlay Mirroring to mirror or extend your Mac display to your Apple TV

With AirPlay Mirroring, you can choose to mirror your Mac display to your Apple TV at your Mac's native resolution or your HDTV's native resolution, or you can simply extend your desktop to add your HDTV as a second monitor.

  1. Click on the AirPlay icon on the right side of your Mac's menubar.
  2. Click on Apple TV from the dropdown. (If you have multiple Apple TV's in the vicinity, choose the one you want to use right now.)


How to switch AirPlay Mirroring modes on your Apple TV

AirPlay Mirroring will default to mirroring your HDTV's native resolution on your Mac. If you want to change that, it's easy to do.

  1. Click on the AirPlay icon on the right side of your Mac's menubar.
  2. Choose your preferred option:
    • Click on Mirror Built-In Display to mirror your Mac's native resolution on your TV.
    • Click on Mirror Apple TV to resize your Mac's resolution to match the resolution of your TV.
    • Click on Use as Separate Display to have your Mac extend your desktop and treat your TV as an additional display.


How to stop AirPlay Mirroring to your Apple TV

When you're done and want to return your Apple TV to being an Apple TV, it's easy to shut off.

  1. Click on the AirPlay icon on the right side of your Mac's menubar.
  2. Click on Turn AirPlay Off.


Or simply click on the Menu button on you Apple TV remote. That'll stop AirPlay and return you to the Apple TV interface instantly.