How to Use AirPlay on iPhone (Updated for 2018)


Have you ever had three or four or people more gathered around you as you show off pictures from your iPhone? Ever wish you had a bigger screen to display those photos? Well, if you (or someone you know) has an Apple TV, you can use your iPhone’s AirPlay feature to wirelessly stream those photos to the TV’s screen. AirPlay, or screen mirroring, is also a great way to stream music, other audio, and videos from your iPhone. If you are a Spotify (or other non Apple music) subscriber who wants a HomePod, AirPlay is the only way you can listen to your tunes from your Smart Speaker Let's get started learning how to use AirPlay on your iPhone now so that you can take advantage of all your Apple TV and HomePod have to offer.

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Updated for 2018: How to Use AirPlay, or Screen Mirroring, on iPhone

In addition to using AirPlay from your iPhone, you can also stream music and videos from your iPad or iPod Touch to Apple TV, HomePod, or other AirPlay-enabled devices. For this to work, you'll need to make sure your iOS device and Apple TV or AirPlay-enabled device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If they aren't on the same Wi-Fi network, you can still use AirPlay; the Apple TV you're attempting to connect to will display a code to enter into your iPhone. To begin:

  • From the Home Screen, swipe down from the upper-right corner of your screen to open Control Center if you have an iPhone X, and up from the bottom of your screen if you have an iPhone 8 or earlier iPhone version.

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  • Once Control Center is open, tap Screen Mirroring.
  • Tap the name of the device you want to connect to.

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Now, just open your photos app and show off those pics on the big screen! Or play a video, watch a movie, or listen to Spotify on the HomePod. 

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Paula is a freelance media broadcaster and journalist. She enjoys life at home with her husband, two kids, two dogs, two cats and a parrot. Her iPhone is never more than two feet away from her and she can't imagine life without it.