How to use AirPlay to mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to your Apple TV

How to use AirPlay to mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to your Apple TV

AirPlay Mirroring lets you wirelessly beam whatever you're viewing on your iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV. Whether you're using a dumb network TV app that doesn't include built-in AirPlay or just want to game on your big screen HDTV, AirPlay Mirroring lets you share almost anything and everything in just a few taps.

How to beam content from your iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV with AirPlay Mirroring

  1. Swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen on your iPhone or iPad in order to launch Control Center.
  2. Tap on AirPlay.
  3. Select the Apple TV you'd like to mirror to by tapping on its name.
  4. Turn the Mirroring option to On.
  5. Continue using your iPhone or iPad as usual while it's shown on the Apple TV. When you're done, just follow these directions again to disable AirPlay Mirroring.

AirPlay Mirroring should work just fine with most newer devices but the minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Apple TV: 2nd or 3rd generation
  • iPhone: iPhone 4s or newer
  • iPad: iPad 2 or newer
  • iPod: iPod touch 5th generation or newer

How to get more help with your Apple TV

If you need any additional help or have specific questions check out our Apple TV Forum!

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to 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 use AirPlay to mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to your Apple TV

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Airplay mirroring does not require the fifth generation iPod touch: works fine on the fourth gen touch, despite it being unable to run iOS 7.

You also need a network in place and have the AppleTV and the iOS device join the network. It would be nice when making a presentation to not have to depend upon joining a network and go directly from the phone or iPad to the AppleTV. Especially, with the new iOS Version 7.1, allows connectivity via Bluetooth, but still needs a network.

I stumbled upon this just last week when I was attempting an AirPlay of a YouTube video. I saw the "mirroring" option and tried it. Very cool to be able to see your full iPad screen on a 42" HDTV. :-)

Anyone who might happen to have an Android as well. There are apps in the play store to allow your device to work with the Apple TV as well.