How to Turn Off AirPlay

Stop sharing your screen when your stream is over.

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If you're done sharing or steaming content between Apple devices, you'll likely want to disable AirPlay. Follow these instructions to turn off AirPlay and return your Mac or iOS devices to normal.

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.

How to Turn Off AirPlay on a Mac

  1. From the top menu bar on your Mac desktop, select the Mirroring icon indicated by a rectangle with a triangle at the bottom.

    If you don't see the Mirroring icon, select the Apple icon fro the menu bar, followed by System Preferences > Displays. In the lower left corner, check the Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available checkbox.

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

How to Turn Off AirPlay on an iPhone or iPad

  1. Open Control Center.

    • iPhone X & iPad iOS 12: Swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
    • iPhone 8, or iOS 11, and earlier: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select 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.

If you're looking to reclaim control of your Apple TV from a different AirPlay host, select the Menu button on your Apple TV remote or in the Remote app on your iPhone.

How Does AirPlay Work?

AirPlay detects devices via one of two possible methods. If you're using Apple AirPort Express as your wireless router then it will connect all of your Apple devices without any additional equipment or setup required.

Alternatively, compatible devices will recognize each other when they're on the same Wi-Fi network. As long as each of your devices is using the same Wi-Fi network then they will be able to communicate via AirPlay. That means your iPhone or iPad or will detect your Apple TV, AirPlay-enabled speakers, or other Apple devices you may own.