How to AirPlay from iPad

How to AirPlay from iPad

There was a time when two generations ago; people used PCOs and telephones that occupied their palms, but not anymore.

Technology has paved the way for many beautiful things such as air travel, live streaming, mobiles, laptops, etc.

One such nifty little feature is Miracast or AirPlay in the Apple world. It is used to stream content from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to your Apple TV or any smart TV if the device supports it.

With AirPlay, you can view photos on a larger screen, stream videos, or even mirror your device’s screen.

Those who use an iPhone know that this is a handy feature, but iPad owners should also be aware that they can use it to take advantage of the extra real screen estate your smart television offers.

Before we get to the process of using AirPlay on the iPad, here’s a list of compatible devices:

Compatible devices

  • iPad Pro (2nd generation) or later
  • iPad (6th generation) or later
  • iPad Air (3rd generation) or later
  • iPad mini (5th generation) or later

How to AirPlay from iPad

Keep in mind that your iPad should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.

How to AirPlay from iPad

Step 1: Connect your iPad to the same Wi-Fi as your smart TV.

Step 2: Find the picture you want to see or the video you want to stream. For instance, in the Photos app, click on Share and then tap AirPlay.

Step 3: Click on AirPlay. Not all apps have the same button, so you might need to tap a different button.

To stop streaming, click on AirPlay in the app > tap your iPad from the list.

Keep in mind that some video apps might not support AirPlay. You might need to visit the App Store on your Apple TV to see if the necessary app is available or not.

If you want to use AirPlay with a different device, click AirPay and tap on another device. You can also tap again to stop streaming with AirPlay.

Mirroring your iPad

With AirPlay, you can also mirror your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to a TV or Mac. To do so, follow the steps given below:

How to AirPlay from iPad

Step 1: Connect your iPad to the same Wi-Fi as your smart TV.

Step 2: Swipe down from the top right corner to open Control Center. For older iPads, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.

Step 3: Click on Screen Mirroring.

Step 4: Now, choose your Apple TV smart TV or even a Mac from the list.

Step 5: You might need to enter an AirPlay passcode that could appear on your TV screen or Mac.

Step 6: If you wish to stop mirroring your iPad, open Control Center > click on Screen Mirroring, then tap Stop Mirroring. Alternatively, you can also press the Menu button on your Apple TV Remote.


Do I have AirPlay on my iPad?

If you own an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 4.2 or newer will have AirPlay built-in. It means that even if you have an iPhone or iPad that is several years old, it still supports AirPlay.

Why is AirPlay not working?

There could be two reasons why AirPlay isn’t working: The device may not be compatible, or your device isn’t on the same Wi-Fi as the Apple TV or smart TV AirPlay.

What does the AirPlay icon look like on an iPad?

The AirPlay button is a rectangle with an arrow pointing up at the bottom.


This is how you can use AirPlay from the iPad.

The steps are simple and require a bit of a learning curve, but once you are past them, you’ll enjoy how productive you can get.

All the steps mentioned above apply to an iPhone, so feel free to check out how those vacations pics look on a bigger screen.

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