How to Enable AirPlay for iPhone

Use your iPhone to beam music, videos, and photos to your home AirPlay devices

Apple AirPlay
Apple AirPlay Icon. Image Courtesy of Apple

*Note:* If you have an iPhone running iOS 7 then follow this guide:

How to Enable AirPlay on iOS 7

AirPlay on the iPhone

If you don't know what AirPlay is, then put simply it is a wireless network for sharing different kinds of media. For digital music, you can stream songs from your iPhone all around your home using different types of AirPlay devices. For instance, you can have music playing in different rooms by using your iPhone in conjunction with AirPlay compatible speakers.

Another example is to use an Apple TV device to listen to music and view cover art, artist, song title, and more on your TV.

For more information on AirPlay and how it works, read our AirPlay glossary article for more information.

Enabling AirPlay for listening to digital audio (iOS 6.x and Below)

To be able to use AirPlay using your iPhone, you also need an AirPlay receiver. This could be a third-party AirPlay compatible speaker system, Apple TV, or an Airport Express hub for instance. To configure your iPhone for Airplay:

  1. Ensure your iPhone and AirPlay receiver is both powered on and connected to the same wireless network.
  2. On the iPhone home screen, tap the Music app to run it. Alternatively, you can also use the Safari browser app to set up AirPlay.
  3. Tap the AirPlay icon. If you are using the Music app, then this icon should be located near the play controls.
  4. You should now see a screen displayed that lists all available AirPlay devices -- you'll notice that a speaker or TV icon will be next to each device, denoting what type of media can be streamed. Click on an AirPlay device to use it.