How to Turn Off AirPlay

Stop sharing your screen when your stream is over

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You wanted everyone in the room to enjoy that funny cat video, so you quickly used AirPlay Mirroring to stream the video on your Apple TV. Now, how do you turn off AirPlay so you can browse social media without an audience?

These instructions include how to turn off AirPlay when using iPhone X & iPad iOS 12, iPhone 8, or iOS 11, and earlier. Just keep an eye on each step and follow the directions for your iOS version.

AirPlay detects devices via one of two possible methods. If you're using Apple AirPort Express as your wireless router then it's going to connect all your Apple devices without any additional equipment or setup. Your compatible devices will also see each other when they're on the same home Wi-Fi network using your wireless router. As long as each of your devices is using the same Wi-Fi network then they'll be able to AirPlay with each other.

With AirPlay-enabled devices all running on the same network, each AirPlay source can automatically detect any possible receivers. Than means your iPad or iPhone will detect the Apple TV in your living room, AirPlay-enabled speakers, etc. That doesn't mean that you're connected to all of those devices at a time; simply that your device is aware that they share a network and are eligible for AirPlay.

If you're looking to reclaim your Apple TV from someone else using AirPlay to stream to it, all you have to do is press the Menu button on your Apple TV remote or in the Remote app on your iPhone. You'll take control back and stop the streaming device automatically.

How to Turn Off AirPlay on a Mac

You can use your Apple TV to mirror or extend the display of your Mac. Here's how to stop and go back to normal.

  1. On your Mac, click the Mirroring icon (a rectangle with a triangle at the bottom) in the menu bar at the top of your screen.

    If your menu bar doesn't have the Mirroring icon you can click the Apple icon to select Menu > System Preferences > Displays, and then check the Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available option.

  2. In the Mirroring menu that opens choose Turn Mirroring Off.

Turn Off AirPlay on iPhone or iPad

If you're streaming from your iPhone or iPad then you can also to turn off AirPlay from your device. It's fastest to just grab your Apple TV remote and press Menu if that's what you're sharing your content to. Otherwise, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Center.

    • iPhone X & iPad iOS 12: Swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen to see the Control Center on iPhone X or an iPad running iOS 12.
    • iPhone 8, or iOS 11, and earlier: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Center.
  2. Tap either the Music widget or the Screen Mirroring widget.

  3. Select the option to Stop Mirroring or Stop AirPlay.

    How to Stop Mirroring on AirPlay.