Even though phone and laptop screen sizes have increased a lot in the past few years, watching movies and presentations on a larger screen like a TV gives a much better experience. This is why AirPlay was made for Apple devices. However, we’ve seen a lot of users ask the question “why is my AirPlay not working”. If you’re one of these users, then this article is for you.
We are going to take a good look at why AirPlay is not working and what you can do to fix it. We are also going to take a look at what AirPlay is for the people who are new to it. Let’s begin.
What is AirPlay?
AirPlay allows a user to share any kind of content between AirPlay supported devices. Want to stream a movie from your phone to your TV? Want to print a picture of your cat using a supported printer? AirPlay will let you do all of those things and more. AirPlay 2 was announced alongside iOS 11 and it supports stereo speakers. You can also mirror your screen to your TV using AirPlay.
Like any piece of software, AirPlay can malfunction from time to time. There are multiple reasons why this can happen. The most common cases we’ve seen are user errors (no, this is nothing like iPhone 4’s “you’re just holding it wrong” fiasco). Another reason for AirPlay not working is a software bug. All of these issues can be fixed easily by the user and in the next section, we’ll cover those methods.
Fix Airplay Not Working Issue on Macbook
There are several troubleshooting steps you can try to pinpoint the problem and fix it. They are pretty easy and shouldn’t pose any problems. We’ve ordered the list based on how convenient the methods are, but you can deviate from the order if you choose so. Let’s jump right into it.
Method 1: Check the WiFi Connection
The most common causes of AirPlay not working occur due to a WiFi related issue. If your devices aren’t connected to the same WiFi, then AirPlay will not work. On an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you can go to Settings and then tap on WiFi to check if it’s connected to your WiFi.
On the Mac, you can click on the WiFi icon to check this.
Check if AppleTV is connected to the same WiFi by going to Settings and then Network. If it uses an Ethernet cable, make sure that it’s connected properly.
If the stream seems laggy, then make sure that the devices are nearby.
Method 2: Check AppleTVSettings
Apple TV can put restrictions on AirPlay. If this is the case, then follow these instructions:
- Open up AppleTV settings.
- Check whether AirPlay is enabled or not. If it isn’t, enable it.
- Use the Allow Access option to set access. Do not select “Only People Sharing This Home” if your Mac is the device you want to stream from.
Method 3: Update Devices
Make sure that all of your devices are up to date. Updates can have software patches that might have already addressed the issue you’re facing.
You can update your iOS devices by following these steps:
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap on General and then tap Software Updates.
- If there’s an update, you’ll be notified and all you have to do is hit Download & Install.
You can update your macOS by:
- Click on Apple Menu and then select System Preferences.
- Click on Software Updates and then click Update Now.
Update AppleTV using these steps:
- Go to Settings.
- Then select System and then choose Software Update.
- Select Update software and then hit Download & Install.
Method 3: Restart Devices
Software bugs can make AirPlay stop working. These bugs will usually go away with a restart. You can check out the ways to do a simple restart for different devices by clicking on the link here. However, sometimes a simple restart won’t fix the issue. You can try force restarting an iOS device or reset the NVRAM on a MacBook.
A force restart is what Apple recommends in case of a software issue. It goes a little bit deeper than normal reset and there won’t be any data loss.
For iPhone 8 and newer models: Quickly press and release the Volume Up button. Then press and release the Volume Down button. After that, quickly press the side button until the Apple logo appears.
For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus only: Press and hold the Side button and the Volume Down button together. Keep pressing them until you see the Apple logo.
For iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and older models: Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button together and wait until you see the Apple logo.
Resetting the NVRAM is simple and it can fix a lot of minor software issues. This won’t cause any data loss.
- Click on Apple Menu and then click on Shut Down.
- Let the Macbook turn off completely.
- Press Command+Option+P+R and wait until the computer boots up. Then, check if AirPlay has started working or not.
You should also try restarting your WiFi router and see if that helps.
These were the best ways to Fix Airplay not working error on Macbook. We hope that you found this article helpful and you can now easily stream content. If you have any doubts about the methods or any other suggestions, please let us know in the comments section down below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.