Friday, December 9, 2022

Airplay Not Working: Easily Solve Screen Mirroring Issues

Airplay mirrors your Mac’s screen to another Mac or an Apple TV.

This way, you can use an iPad to set up a second display for your Mac. But what if Airplay is suddenly not working? Users find AirPlay freezing, lagging, or not working at all.

Follow this article to know what to do when AirPlay is not working.

If you want to know how to use an Airplay, then here is a detailed guide for you.

Why Is My AirPlay Not Working?

Various factors are responsible if your AirPlay is not working. Your need proper WiFi and Bluetooth connections for AirPlay.

The Apple device which you are mirroring should be updated. The settings on your iPad or iPhone should be correctly configured so that AirPlay can function properly.

What To Do If Airplay Is Not Working?

Follow the solutions given below when AirPlay is not working.

1) Make Sure Your Device Is Compatible With Airplay

If AirPlay is not working, then first of all, make sure that your Apple device is compatible with AirPlay.

If you are using an iPhone, then follow the steps given below to check if it has AirPlay:

  • Swipe down from the right corner of the iPhone Home screen to open Control Center.
  • Check if you can see a screen mirroring icon. This means that your iPhone is compatible with AirPlay.


To find out if your device is AirPlay compatible, visit Apple’s website and check.

2) Check Your Wi-Fi Connection

Airplay needs a stable Wi-Fi to perform so, check that you have a stable internet connection.

  • Make sure to connect AirPlay and your Apple device to the same network.
  • If you find that the AirPlay is connected to some other network, sign out and connect to the same network.

In case you find that the Wi-Fi is not stable then restart your router.

  • Press and hold the power button of the router for 15-30 seconds.
  • Plug-in the router back to the power socket. Turn on the router again by pressing the power button.

If Airplay still does not work, then go to the next step.

3) Restart Your Apple Device

A fresh restart can clear RAM and close all the apps running on your Apple device.

This can fix most of the technical glitches. So, restart your Apple device and check if this can fix the problem.

Follow the steps given below to restart your iPhone:

  • Press and hold the side button of your iPhone till the Slide to power off option appears.
  • Swipe the Power slider on the screen from the left to right side. The iPhone will turn off.
  • Wait for a few seconds. Then turn on the iPhone by pressing & holding the side button again.

Follow the steps given below to restart Apple TV:

  • Press & hold both the Back of the first or second-generation Siri Remote and TV buttons on the Siri Remote till you see Apple TV status light blinking rapidly.


  • Disconnect the Apple TV from the PowerPoint and wait for a few minutes. Reconnect everything.


  • Go to Apple TV Settings.


  • Open System and select Restart.


You can follow this guide to shut down or restart your Mac using a keyboard.

4) Check If Bluetooth Is Working

Make sure Bluetooth is working when you cannot connect to AirPlay.

You can turn off the Bluetooth and turn it on again and check if it is working properly now.

If after reconnecting to Bluetooth, Airplay still does not work, then go to the next solution.

5) Update Your Apple Device

You should always keep your Apple device updated. An outdated Apple device can be the reason why AirPlay is not working on your device.

Follow the steps given below to update your iPhone:

  • Go to iPhone Settings.
  • Tap on the General tab and choose Software Update.

If there is any update available, Download & Install it.


To update your MacOS, follow the steps as given:

  • Go to the App Store and click on the Updates button. If there is any update is available, install it.


To update an Apple TV, follow the given steps:

  • Go to Apple TV Settings > System > Software Updates.
  • Select Software Updates option. If there is any update available, install it.


After an update, check if Airplay is working now.

6) Check Airplay Settings

AirPlay won’t work due to improper settings. So, check the settings on your Apple TV.

Check the steps given below to tweaks settings on an Apple TV:

  • Go to Apple TV Settings and select AirPlay and Homekit from the displayed options.
  • Choose Allow Access > Everyone. This will give access to everyone to use your Apple TV and they can use AirPlay from their iPad or iPhone device.

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

Here are some questions often asked by the users having difficulties to connect AirPlay:

  1. Why is AirPlay not working?

AirPlay may not work if your device is not compatible with it, the Bluetooth is not turned on or WI-FI network is poor.

  1. How do I get Apple AirPlay to work?

To make your Airplay work again, restart the Apple device and the router, connect the Apple device and AirPlay to the same network, turn on Bluetooth and update your Apple device.

  1. How do you reset AirPlay on your iPhone?

To reset AirPlay on iPhone, swipe on the iPad, iPhone to open Control cCenter. Tap on the AirPlay Mirroring button, select your Apple device, and tap on the button to mirror your screen.

Closing Up

So, perform the above steps and fix the problem when AirPlay is working.

For further queries, feel free to ask us in the comments section given below, and we shall revert back soon.

Sanchita Das
Sanchita Das
Creative and focused. Always ready to learn new techniques and improvise accordingly. Loves to meet new challenges and explore new possibilities.


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