How to Airplay Mac to Apple Tv

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of watching movies or playing games on your small Mac screen? Do you want to enjoy your favorite content on a bigger screen?

Well, you’re in luck! With Apple’s AirPlay feature, you can easily stream your Mac’s screen to your Apple TV. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to AirPlay Mac to Apple TV, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your content on the big screen!

What is AirPlay?

AirPlay is a wireless streaming technology developed by Apple. It allows you to stream audio and video from one device to another seamlessly. With AirPlay, you can mirror your Mac’s screen or stream specific media files directly to an Apple TV or other compatible devices.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following:

  • An Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
  • A Mac running OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) or later
  • A stable Wi-Fi network connection

Step 1: Connect Your Mac and Apple TV to the Same Wi-Fi Network

In order for AirPlay to work properly, both your Mac and Apple TV need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Ensure that both devices are connected and ready.

Step 2: Enable AirPlay on Your Apple TV

To enable AirPlay on your Apple TV, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your Apple TV and navigate to the main menu.
  2. Select “Settings” and then choose “AirPlay.”
  3. Toggle the “AirPlay” option ON if it’s not enabled already.
  4. You can also set a password for AirPlay if you want an extra layer of security.

Step 3: Enable AirPlay on Your Mac

Now that AirPlay is enabled on your Apple TV, let’s enable it on your Mac as well:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
  3. Click on the “Displays” icon.
  4. In the Displays window, navigate to the “AirPlay Display” dropdown and select your Apple TV.

If you don’t see your Apple TV listed, make sure it’s turned on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac. You can also try restarting both devices if you’re still having trouble.

Step 4: Start Mirroring Your Mac Screen

With AirPlay enabled on both devices, it’s time to start mirroring your Mac’s screen:

  1. On your Mac, click on the AirPlay icon in the menu bar (it looks like a rectangle with an arrow pointing up).
  2. Select your Apple TV from the list of available devices.
  3. Your Mac’s screen should now be mirrored on your Apple TV. You can resize or move windows as needed to optimize your viewing experience.


If you only want to stream specific media files (such as movies or music) rather than mirroring your entire screen, you can do so by opening the media file and clicking on the AirPlay icon within the media player. From there, select your Apple TV and enjoy the content on the big screen!


Streaming your Mac’s screen to an Apple TV has never been easier with AirPlay. Simply follow the steps outlined in this tutorial, and you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite movies, play games, or give presentations on the big screen. So sit back, relax, and let AirPlay take your Mac experience to a whole new level!

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