How to Enable Airplay on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

AirPlay is a fantastic feature available on Mac that allows you to stream media content wirelessly from your device to other compatible devices such as Apple TV, speakers, and even smart TVs. Enabling AirPlay on your Mac is a simple process that can be done in just a few steps.

Step 1: Check Compatibility

Before we get started, it’s important to check if your Mac is compatible with AirPlay. AirPlay requires a Mac with macOS Mountain Lion or later operating system installed. Additionally, both your Mac and the receiving device must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Access System Preferences

To enable AirPlay on your Mac, start by accessing the System Preferences. You can do this by clicking on the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

Step 3: Locate Display Settings

In the System Preferences window, look for the “Displays” option and click on it. This will open up a new window with display settings.

Step 4: Enable AirPlay Display

In the Display settings window, you should see a tab labeled “AirPlay Display” or “AirPlay Mirroring.” Click on this tab to access AirPlay settings.


If you don’t see an AirPlay tab in your Display settings window, it means that either your Mac or the connected device does not support AirPlay.

Step 5: Enable AirPlay

In the AirPlay settings window, you will find an option to enable or disable AirPlay. Tick the checkbox next to “Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available” to enable AirPlay on your Mac.

Step 6: Choose AirPlay Device

With AirPlay enabled, you can now select the device you want to stream media content to. Click on the AirPlay icon in the menu bar at the top of your screen (it looks like a rectangle with an upward-pointing arrow) and choose the desired device from the list.


If you don’t see the AirPlay icon in your menu bar, go back to the Display settings window and make sure that AirPlay is enabled.

Step 7: Start Streaming

Once you’ve selected the AirPlay device, your Mac will start streaming media content to it. Whether it’s a movie, music, or a presentation, you can now enjoy it on a larger screen or through better speakers.

  • Troubleshooting Tips:
    • Make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network: If your Mac and receiving device are not connected to the same Wi-Fi network, AirPlay won’t work. Double-check your network connection settings.
    • Update macOS and devices: Outdated software can sometimes cause compatibility issues.

      Make sure that both your Mac and receiving device have the latest updates installed.

    • Restart devices: Sometimes a simple restart can solve connectivity problems. Try restarting both your Mac and receiving device if you’re encountering issues with AirPlay.

Congratulations! You have successfully enabled AirPlay on your Mac. Now you can enjoy streaming media content wirelessly to compatible devices hassle-free!

If you ever wish to disable AirPlay, simply uncheck the “Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available” option in the AirPlay settings window.

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