AirPlay Mirroring explained

What is AirPlay Mirroring?

You can mirror exactly what you see on your iOS Device or Mac to your TV by using an Apple TV. So you can show everyone in the room what’s on your display (web pages, videos, games, etc.). It works wireless and supports zooming and device rotation.

On Mac with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), you also can extend your Desktop to the AirPlay Device (as known from second computer displays, that means not just mirror your first screen).

What hardware and software do you need?

Two things are necessary for streaming via AirPlay Mirroring:

  • An Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) for receiving the video/audio
  • An iOS Device or Computer for sending the video/audio:
    • iOS devices:
      • iPhone 4s or later
      • iPad 2 or later
      • iPad mini or later
      • iPod touch (5th generation)
    • Mac (Mountain Lion or higher)
      • iMac (Mid 2011 or newer)
      • Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer)
      • MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
      • MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)

Of course, sender and receiver have to be in the same network (either connected via Wi-Fi or Ethernet).

How to activate AirPlay Mirroring on an iOS Device


How to activate AirPlay Mirroring on your Mac

If there’s an Apple TV in your network, the AirPlay menu appears in the menu bar (upper right corner of your display, see left screenshot). Just click your Apple TV and the AirPlay Mirroring will start.

You can find the corresponding options also in “System Preferences > Display”.


  1. Hallo Florian, I can’t bookmark your blog at and I would like to. I don’t know why it doesn’t work…rss needs to be coded in? Or perhaps you didn’t think anyone would want to subscribe? Well I do. Cheers, Beth

    1. I’ve added a meta tag for the RSS feed URL (and just to make sure: also added the rss link in the footer)

  2. I’m using the app and can see the airplay from my mac but can’t get any sound. Any ideas?

  3. I was using the interactive whiteboard after mirroring and interference then occurred with a code number appearing on the screen and information I was using being blocked out. Is it possible a pupil was trying to mirror onto the whiteboard and as a result was causing interference?

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