Is AirPlay not working?11 ways to fix

AirPlay is one of the coolest features of the Apple ecosystem. This allows you to seamlessly send screens from one device to another. Under the right conditions, there is almost no lag and the quality is excellent.

This is a very reliable feature and can be very shocking if it suddenly stops working. If you run into an AirPlay failure and AirPlay isn’t working, these common troubleshooting tips can help you get your business back on track.

1. Is AirPlay enabled?

AirPlay cannot be disabled on the latest versions of iOS and iPad OS, but it can be disabled on Apple TV. This is to prevent abuse of AirPlay in certain situations, such as public presentations.

In the first place, you can also set AirPlay on your Apple TV so that only authorized users can see your AirPlay device. Check Apple’s documentation for information on how to manage your AirPlay settings to make your Apple TV compatible with AirPlay.

2. Reboot everything

AirPlay transactions typically involve three devices: sender, router, and receiver. Start by rebooting all three of these devices and try again. This is the fastest troubleshooting procedure and will resolve most of the glitches.

Please restart everything!

3. Update everything

If restarting everything doesn’t work, check for pending updates on both Apple devices. One may have been updated, but the other has not. Temporarily breaks AirPlay compatibility between the two.

4. Are both devices on the same WiFi network?

This is a very common problem that the AirPlay device you are trying to send does not appear in the list of available devices. If they are not on the same WiFi network, they will not recognize each other and you will know that AirPlay is not working.

A person who stands between two wifi routers and scratches his head

One of the trickiest forms of this is if you have a dual band router. This means that you will see two WiFi SSIDs for the same router. Routers usually allow all devices on any network to communicate with each other, but it can be useful to have both AirPlay devices in the same bandwidth.

5. Try another network

Not everyone has this option available, but if you have access to multiple WiFi networks, try connecting the two devices to different networks. If that solves the problem, you know that the problem is on the network. If the problem persists, there should be a problem with the device configuration. This can save you a lot of troubleshooting time.

6. Signal strength and interference

Let’s say you’re trying to cast your iPhone screen to your Apple TV. Both are in the same room, but the network router is far away. This is a long, detour route for data to travel. AirPlay can fail or slow performance if the router is too far away or if there are electrical devices that generate interference. For a working solution, see our article on WiFi signal strength.

Wi-Fi network drawing

Also, consider connecting your Apple TV directly to your router via Ethernet to significantly improve your AirPlay experience.

7. Reducing network traffic

AirPlay is a high bandwidth application that relies on good network performance. So if you have too many other applications or devices on your network, AirPlay is consuming bandwidth that can stop working, or at least not work well.

Older routers and routers with poor quality control can be a problem. Pause or disable some network hogs and try again.

8. Is there audio?Check the volume

Sometimes it is the most obvious thing that causes a mysterious malfunction. If the image is visible but no sound, make sure all your devices are not muted. You also need to make sure that you haven’t accidentally forgotten to disconnect from the Bluetooth headphone device. In the meantime, check if your app (such as YouTube) has its own internal audio slider.

Volume knob

On iOS devices with physical mute switches, such as older iPads and all iPhones, make sure you haven’t accidentally flipped or forgotten to switch them back. On the new iPad, this is now a control center software toggle. Swipe down from the upper right corner of the screen to access.

9. Does your device also support AirPlay?

It’s easy to forget that not all Apple devices out there support AirPlay, as AirPlay is a very common feature these days. Macs and MacBooks in particular tend to hang out much longer than iOS devices before being upgraded. Macs running macOS Mojave 10.14.5 or later should be compatible with AirPlay.

10. Check macOS firewall settings

In rare cases, Airplay on your Mac may not work because your firewall is not configured properly. This means that the network traffic that makes AirPlay work cannot pass. Fortunately, it’s very easy to check if your Mac’s firewall is set up properly.

  1. choose Apple button after that System Preferences..
System preference screen
  1. next, Security and privacy..
Security and privacy screen
  1. choose [ファイアウォール]tab..
  1. select Firewall options..
Tab to block all incoming connections
  1. Then uncheck Block all incoming connectionsIf selected.
  2. next, Allow signed software to receive incoming connections..

With these options selected, AirPlay traffic should pass through your Mac’s firewall.

11. Check the router port

Even if your Mac’s firewall is set up for AirPlay, the router can be a completely different issue. AirPlay uses industry standard network ports, but routers in particular may be configured to block the ports required for service. This can cause AirPlay to malfunction.

Therefore, refer to your router’s documentation to find out how to find out which ports are open. After reviewing Apple’s list of required ports, you can also see how to find open and blocked TCP / UDP ports.

Just use the HDMI cable already

AirPlay is great, but sometimes you don’t have time to tweak the settings and hardware to get it working. The point of AirPlay is that it’s fast and convenient. If people are waiting for your presentation or children are waiting for the movie to start, can you spend 30 minutes looking for a problem?

HDMI cable

The fastest way to display an image on the screen when the chip is down is to use an HDMI cable. If you’re using an iPad other than an iPhone or Pro, you’ll need to get a Lightning to HDMI adapter. All you need is a MacBook or iPad Pro, a USB-C or Thunderbolt dongle. It’s 100% reliable as long as you have the foresight to keep one of these adapters in case the flashy wireless solution fails.

If you need to be far away from your display, you may be surprised to find that you can buy a long HDMI cable up to 20 meters long. Don’t stumble!

Can you feel playing in the air tonight?

I apologize to Phil Collins.

If you’re lucky, the AirPlay issue will be resolved and the show will continue as needed. AirPlay rarely has problems. Usually it’s a technology that works well. Ironically, this makes it much more frustrating when deciding to fail.

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