How to mirror an iPhone screen: You can stream all kinds of music and videos to your TV with an Apple TV, but did you know that you can also play your iPhone, iPad, or Mac screen on the big screen? Here’s how.
First: make sure your AirPlay is activated on your Apple TV
To reflect the display on your Mac or iOS, you’ll use AirPlay, which is built into Apple TV. The first thing you should probably do is verify that AirPlay is actually enabled – it is available on second-generation Apple TVs and beyond. I’m using a fourth-generation Apple TV here, but the steps should at least be similar on older models.
Go ahead and go to your Apple TV settings, then scroll down to AirPlay. Click in this menu.
The first option is AirPlay, and is a simple toggle – it should be on by default, but if it says “off” here, go ahead and give it a click to turn it on.
With that little bit out of the way, you’re ready to mirror your other device’s screens on Apple TV.
How to mirror your iPhone or iPad screen on an Apple TV
Before you embark on this wild and crazy mirroring adventure, make sure your iPhone and Apple TV are on the same Wi-Fi network.
Assuming you’ve fixed the Wi-Fi issue, go ahead and swipe down from the bottom of your iPhone screen to open the Control Center. Press the “AirPlay Mirror” button, then select your Apple TV.
Apple TV will display a password, which you will then need to enter on the iPhone. I have to make sure these things are secure!
Boom, that’s it. To stop mirroring, simply drag the Control Center and press the “Apple TV” button, then select “Disable AirPlay Mirroring”, which will end the connection.
How to mirror your Mac screen to an Apple TV
Just like mirroring your iPhone screen on your Apple TV, make sure the two devices are on the same Wi-Fi network before you start.
Then go to the menu bar in the upper right corner and click on the AirPlay icon.
If it does not appear here, you will need to change a setting so that it appears in the menu bar. To do this, open System Preferences and select “Screens”.
At the bottom, check the box next to “Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available.” The AirPlay icon now appears in the menu bar.
After clicking the AirPlay icon, select the Apple TV on which you want to mirror your Mac screen.
A pop-up window will appear on your Mac screen telling you to enter the code displayed on your Apple TV. Enter the code displayed and click “OK”.
After that, your Mac screen will appear on your TV screen, while your Mac screen will simply display your wallpaper. To mirror your Mac screen, go back to the AirPlay icon and click “Mirror Built-In Retina Display”.
To stop mirroring, simply click “Disable AirPlay” on the AirPlay menu.
Whenever you want to start over in the future, you won’t have to enter the four-digit code every time, only when you set it up for the first time on your Mac and Apple TV.