Stream Video From Your iPad to Apple TV

Watch movies on the biggest screen in your house

The newest models of Apple TV use the same processors that run the iPad Pro, which offer the power of a laptop in a streaming device. In addition to streaming video and giving you access to your music collection, a number of great apps and games are available on Apple TV's App Store.

You might watch a video on your iPad that you want to send to Apple TV and share with friends or family. And some iPad games are even better when played on a big screen television. You can stream video from your iPad to your TV using Apple TV, and even if the app doesn't support streaming, you can mirror the iPad's display on your television.


What is Screen Mirroring?

How to Mirror Your iPad's Screen to Apple TV

  1. Make sure your Apple TV is turned on.

  2. Open the app you want to stream from your iPad.

  3. Open the iPad's Control Center by swiping down from the upper-right corner of the screen.

    A screenshot of an iPad with an arrow indicating swiping to open the Control Center
  4. Tap Screen Mirroring.

    A screenshot of an iPad's Control Center with the Screen Mirroring button highlighted
  5. Tap the name of your Apple TV in the menu that appears.

    A screenshot of an iPad's Screen Mirroring menu with the Apple TV option highlighted
  6. Your iPad screen will appear on your TV.

    You can mirror your iPad screen in both landscape (horizontal) and portrait (vertical) orientations by rotating the tablet.

  7. To stop streaming, go back into the Screen Mirroring menu in the Control Center and tap Stop Mirroring.

    A screenshot of the iPad's Screen Mirroring screen with the Stop Mirroring button highlighted
  8. Some apps support streaming video in full-screen mode, but even apps that don't support this feature will have the iPad's screen mirrored to the TV.

How to Troubleshoot Screen Mirroring

If the Apple TV is grayed out in the Screen Mirroring window, the iPad can't see it on the network. The most common reason is that the iPad and Apple TV aren't on the same Wi-Fi network. If you have an iPad with a data connection, make sure Wi-Fi is on, and then check to see that both devices are both connected to your home network.

If the screen mirrors but goes blank when you start your app, the app may have the feature disabled. Some streaming apps don't support screen mirroring. This is often because of copy protection that prevents you from distributing protected content.

If both devices are connected to the same network but screen mirroring isn't working, try rebooting Apple TV and the iPad. Reboot Apple TV by going to Settings > System > Restart. Reboot the iPad by holding down the wake/suspend button until you get the command to shut down.

Press and hold the wake/suspend and Home buttons for a few seconds to perform a hard restart if the usual method doesn't work.