How to Use AirPlay on the iPad

How to turn on AirPlay and stream music and video to your TV

iPad control panel


AirPlay is the best way to mirror your iPad's display on your TV via Apple TV, and if you are watching a streaming video or using apps built for AirPlay, the iPad is capable of sending full-screen video to your TV. AirPlay also works with compatible speakers, allowing you to wirelessly stream your music. This is similar to Bluetooth, but because it uses your Wi-Fi network, you can stream from longer distances. 

These instructions apply to devices running iOS 7 or later.

How to Use AirPlay

  1. Open the Control Center by swiping your finger down from the upper-right corner of the Home screen.

    Opening the control panel on iPad
  2. Tap Screen Mirroring.

    Airplay on iPad
  3. All devices available for AirPlay will appear in this menu.

    AirPlay on iPad
  4. Tap the name of the device you want to connect to your iPad.

    If this is the first time using the iPad with Apple TV, you may be asked to enter a code from your TV's screen to pair the devices.

  5. Your iPad's display will appear on the TV. To turn off AirPlay, go to Screen Mirroring in the Control Center again, and then tap Stop Mirroring.

What to Do If the Screen Mirroring Button Doesn't Appear

AirPlay should work the first time you try it. But if it doesn't, here's how to troubleshoot it.

  • Check the power. The iPad can connect to an Apple TV that's asleep but not to one that's powered off.
  • Check the Wi-Fi connection. Make sure both devices are connected and that they're on the same network. If you use Wi-Fi extenders or a dual-band router, you may have multiple Wi-Fi networks in your house.
  • If everything checks out, but you still can't get the AirPlay button to appear, reboot both devices one at a time. First, restart Apple TV. Afterward, wait several seconds for it to establish an internet connection, and then check to see if AirPlay is working. If not, reboot your iPad and try again after the iPad powers back on.
  • If you still cannot get it working, you'll need to contact Apple Support.