How to use AirPlay to mirror your Mac screen to your Apple TV

How to use AirPlay to mirror your Mac screen to your Apple TV

While iTunes can send media directly from your Mac to your Apple TV, you can also mirror your entire display. It's especially useful for things like family FaceTime and company presentations. What's more, it's easy to do!

How to mirror your Mac display to your TV using AirPlay

  1. Turn on your TV and your Apple TV.
  2. Make sure your Apple TV and your Mac are both connected to the same wifi network.
  3. In the task tray in the upper right corner of your Mac, look for the AirPlay icon.
  4. Click on the AirPlay icon and you should see your Apple TV available for mirroring. Simply click on it.

The content on your Mac screen will now automatically be shown on your TV screen.

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

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 11 comments. Add yours.

thedunn805 says:

Not any Mac running Mountain Lion can mirror via AirPlay. Only newer models. I'm not exactly sure where it starts but my 2009 MacBook Pro cannot Airplay Mirror, but my girlfriends 2011 can.

Dryland says:

I think 2010 and newer.

ibrowning says:

From apple.com ...
AirPlay Mirroring is available with iPad 2 or later; iPad mini; iPhone 4S; iPhone 5; iPod touch (5th generation); and iMac (Mid 2011 or newer), Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer), MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer), and MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer) with Mountain Lion.

DonJoseofOrange says:

My mid 2009 Macbook Pro can't do this, so yes only newer ones can :-(

vashspike says:

Apps like AirParrot can give you a software emulated version of this functionality on older hardware that doesn't have the hardware to perform this. It's not as fast as the official method but it gets the job done in a pinch and works decent on my 2008 MBP. Couldn't post a link because of the spam filter :(

steviet02 says:

I don't mean this disrespectfully, but what is the point of posts like is? First, the information isn't totally correct, and second there is an Apple how to on this stuff

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4437

Are you guys making sure you have a second repository of manuals for when apple shuts its site down?

brunetmj says:

Interesting that I can stream movies from itunes to my apple tv with my 2009 iMac but this feature is not available.. Luv someone to explain why not.

vashspike says:

Newer devices are equipped with a hardware chip that encodes what is happening on the mac's screen into a video stream that the Apple TV decodes and streams. This allows the latency to appear seamless and quick. It's a bit of trickery and I'm sure there is more to it than that but I'm no expert. You're able to stream movies from iTunes on older hardware because you're only streaming the video files themselves and not mirroring the actions of the desktop. That process only relies on regular old video streaming. Hope that helps.

ibrowning says:

From apple.com ...
AirPlay Mirroring is available with iPad 2 or later; iPad mini; iPhone 4S; iPhone 5; iPod touch (5th generation); and iMac (Mid 2011 or newer), Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer), MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer), and MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer) with Mountain Lion.

ztobi says:

I am really looking forward to the new Airplay features with OS X Mavericks. Does anybody know if the multi display support as described here http://hdmiguru.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-use-Airplay-on-a-Mac will also work for multiple Airplay displays?

lykoz says:

Does morrowing include sound, or just visual display? I.e. can you play movies not on itunes through this feature?