How to browse the web on your Apple TV with AirWeb

How to browse the web on your Apple TV with AirWeb

Apple doesn't offer their Safari web browser on the Apple TV. However, if you have an iPhone or iPad with AirPlay ad the AirWeb app from the App Store you can easily and conveniently beam an optimized web browser right to your Apple TV. What's more, it's by far one of the best ways I've found to browse the internet on a television.

Note that AirWeb is compatible with the iPhone 4s and above as well as the iPad 2 and above. You can use the iPhone 4 but it isn't pretty and you'll need an additional cable attachment.

Once you've gotten AirWeb installed on your iPhone or iPad, it will take you through a bunch of prompts that show you how to set up and use it. If you already know how to use AirPlay mirroring you should b good to go.

In order to navigate AirWeb, tap on the question mark in the lower left corner of the control screen to view all the shortcuts. For starters, just tap in the address bar at the top and go to a website. From there you can poke around, open a new tab, and more.

When it comes to scrolling, AirWeb supports to main forms, the first being to scroll with two fingers. In my experience I've found this to be a little awkward on the iPhone. It works perfectly find on the iPad however. I much prefer the second method which is to long press on the screen and tilt your iPhone or iPad up and down to scroll. I find this to be more natural and much easier to do without paying attention to the device in your hand.

If you quit AirWeb or disable mirroring, the in-app browser or AirWeb should save all your tabs so next time you mirror, everything is right where you left it. You can also add bookmarks for fast access to your favorite sites right within AirWeb.

I've found AirWeb to be great for times when I'm showing someone something and we don't all want to crouch around my iPad. Or times when I just want to lounge around in the living room and don't have my iPad handy. I just beam my content right to the big screen from my iPhone with AirWeb.

If you happen to try AirWeb out, be sure to let me know what you think in the comments. If you've found another way to browse the web from your Apple TV, feel free to share that too!

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to browse the web on your Apple TV with AirWeb


I mirror my phone to the ATV and just use Safari in landscape mode. Works great for me! This sounds like a great option too.

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ATV Flash by Firecore, for those who don't mind jailbreaking. Have it both on my original Apple TV and my Apple TV 2.

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What advantage does this have over using safari and airplay? Besides making a dev a few dollars this seems like a redundant app all together...

For iPhones 5 and up, not much as they are 16:9 aspect ratio. But for the 4S and iPads, it will eliminate the pillar boxes as they are 4:3 aspect ratio. That's the obvious visual difference. Also the gesture controls.

I think it's a really cool app, a great an intuitive way to browse the web using the Apple TV, it really annoyed me to mirror safari on the Apple TV cuz I had to constantly look at the phone... What's the point? The app is great I encourage everyone to give it a try.

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