Can You Use AirPlay on Windows?

Yes, you can stream music and videos via Apple AirPlay on a Windows PC

What To Know

  • iTunes is the easiest route. Install iTunes, and you can connect to other AirPlay devices over Wi-Fi.
  • TuneBlade and Airfoil are great options for streaming video with AirPlay.
  • For screen mirroring, try AirMyPC, AirParrot, AirServer, or X-Mirage.

This article explains how to use Apple AirPlay on Windows using several third-party applications. Check individual software requirements to make sure they are compatible with your version of Windows.

AirPlay Streaming From iTunes on Windows

Basic AirPlay audio streaming comes built into the Windows version of iTunes. Just install iTunes on your PC and connect to the Wi-Fi network hosting the devices, then you're ready to send music from your computer to compatible audio devices.

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Stream Any Media Over AirPlay on Windows

Non-audio streaming through AirPlay requires a Mac. You can stream media from virtually any program including ones that don't support AirPlay, since the features is part of the macOS operating system. For example, if you're running the desktop version of a music app that doesn't support AirPlay, you can use macOS to send music to your wireless speakers.

This method won't work for PC users because AirPlay on Windows only exists as part of iTunes, separately from the operating system.

The TuneBlade program may help. It's free to use on open-source operating systems, and available to purchase for Windows.

AirPlay Mirroring on Windows With Extra Software

AirPlay Mirroring lets you show whatever is on your Mac or iOS device's screen on an HDTV using the Apple TV. This method is another OS-level feature that's not available as part of Windows, but you can add it with these programs:

  • AirMyPC lets you use AirPlay to mirror to an Apple TV or Chromecast. Add-on software for Windows lets you use the mirrored screen like a virtual whiteboard.
  • AirParrot enables mirroring to Apple TV and Chromecast. It also lets you mirror one program to the Apple TV while showing something else on your PC, which is not possible on Macs.
  • AirServer is a powerful tool designed for educators that allows a PC to receive video over AirPlay. It comes with a free trial.
  • X-Mirage supports AirPlay Mirroring to any Mac or PC and adds the ability to record what's on your screen as well as audio. It also lets you mirror more than one device at a time onto the same screen. It is not compatible with Apple TV. 
AirServer trial on Windows 10 PC

AirPlay Receiver on Windows

Another Mac-only feature of AirPlay is the ability for computers to receive AirPlay streams from other devices, so Macs running recent versions of macOS can essentially function like an Apple TV. A few stand-alone programs will give your Windows PC this same ability:

  • AirPlay Client for Windows Media Center is a free program that requires Bonjour, which comes as part of iTunes on Windows.
  • LonelyScreen is a free program that supports both receiving and recording content over AirPlay.
  • Shairport4w is an open-source project available as a free download.
AirPlay Client for Windows Media Server
  • Can you AirPlay from iPhone to Windows?

    Yes. You can mirror your iPhone or iPad to a PC, but you need extra software like X-Mirage or AirServer.

  • How do I turn off Airplay?

    To turn off Airplay on a Mac, select the Mirroring icon (the rectangle with a triangle at the bottom) > Turn Mirroring Off. On iPhone or iPad, open the Control Center and tap Music or Screen Mirroring > Stop Mirroring or Stop AirPlay.

  • How do I turn on AirPlay?

    To turn on AirPlay on Mac, select the AirPlay icon in the menu bar and choose your compatible TV. Within apps like Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, or Apple TV, look for the AirPlay icon. To turn on AirPlay on iPhone, open Control Center and long-press Music or tap Screen Mirroring/AirPlay Mirroring.

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