The iPhone is a powerful device that allows you to view, edit and reproduce many of the files you would normally see on a computer. You can take pictures, watch videos, play music and create business documents directly from the palm of your hand. But even though the iPhone X has its magnificent 5.8-inch screen and an impeccable configuration of stereo speakers, there are times when you want to send your audio or video to a massive screen.
Apple has a technology called AirPlay that allows you to do this. You can play songs wirelessly from your iPhone with an AirPlay speaker; or play videos stored on your iPhone on a TV with an Apple TV.
In this post, I’ll explain what AirPlay is and how to use wireless technology on an iPhone or iPad. If you have problems with the technology, you may also be interested in our AirPlay troubleshooting guide.
What is AirPlay?
Essentially, AirPlay works through Wi-Fi, connecting devices compatible with AirPlay, which allows you to transmit music wirelessly, among other things. There are two types of receivers: an AirPlay speaker (which now includes the HomePod) or an Apple TV. While the AirPlay speaker will provide users with wireless audio playback, we argue that AirPlay does not take a step forward until it is used with an Apple TV.
Sure, you can still stream your favourite songs from your iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV wirelessly, but it does not stop there. You can also use AirPlay to perform tasks such as displaying photos and from your photo application, playing the latest Netflix movies and even doubling your entire screen on your TV with a minimum of delay (although this will depend on your Internet connection is maintained).
The inclusion of an Apple TV can turn any “dumb” TV into a smart one, and if you do not have one yet, you can choose an Apple from £ 149 or $ 149.
AirPlay 2 is the first major update of the AirPlay standard and was announced at WWDC in the summer of 2017, but as of January 30, 2018 it has not yet been released to the general public. That may be about to change, however.
The important difference between AirPlay and AirPlay 2 is that the new version will support the transmission of multiple rooms: for example, you can stream a song from your iPhone to two separate Apple TVs in two separate rooms. This is the kind of functionality that Sonos has offered for years, and frankly, it’s time for Apple to catch up.
The HomePod, the intelligent speaker of Apple and its rival for Sonos, as well as for the smart speakers of the size of Google and Amazon, caused a slight stir when it was known that it would not admit audio of several rooms when it was launched, although Apple insisted on that this function will be added later in 2018. Now it seems plausible that this may coincide with the public release of iOS 11.3 because iOS 11.3 (and its associated OS OS, TVOS 11.3) are compatible with AirPlay 2 technology.
iOS 11.3 and TVOS 11.3 are in beta 1 stage at the time of writing (here is how to install a beta version of iOS); they are expected to go out to the public in the spring of 2018.
How to use AirPlay
As long as you have an Apple TV or an AirPlay-enabled speaker, here’s how to use AirPlay in iOS 11.
Connect to AirPlay
If you want music, photos or videos to be shown elsewhere, you must connect to AirPlay. The way you do this is different from one application to another, but you will be looking for a button called AirPlay or Screen Mirroring, or an AirPlay logo (a triangle with circular waves emanating from its tip, or a triangle with a square on it). Upper part).
In Music, for example, the AirPlay logo is at the bottom of the Now Playing page. Touch this and select a destination device to stream the music.
In some other applications, such as Photos, you must press the Share button: that is the square with an arrow pointing outwards. Then touch AirPlay and select a device.
To connect to AirPlay from outside of individual applications, you can open the Control Center by sliding up from the bottom of the screen. Now touch Screen Mirroring, and select a target device, either speaker or Apple TV.
Mirror your screen
In addition to reflecting any media from your iPhone, iPad or Mac to your Apple TV or AirPlay-enabled speaker, also you can reflect your entire screen to a television connected to an Apple TV. This allows users to play on the big screen, show several people how to perform a specific iOS task and more, and it is quite easy to configure.
Simply slide up to access the Control Center, touch Screen Mirroring and select the target device. Your iOS screen should appear on your TV.
The interface is a bit different in iOS 10 and different in iOS 9 and earlier.
As before, you should start by opening the Control Center by sliding up from the bottom of the screen. In iOS 10, there are two screens inside the Control Center, so you must slide your finger to the left to access the multimedia controls. Now tap the exit icon (triangle with radiant circles) and select the device you want to send it to.
To reflect your screen, slide up to access the Control Center, touch AirPlay and select the device you want to use.
iOS 9 and earlier
If you are running iOS 9 or earlier, you should know one or two additional differences.
Those who use iOS 9 or earlier only need to access the Control Center, play AirPlay and select the device to send their audio/video to the chosen device. What you’re playing on your device, whether it’s Spotify music or a Netflix movie, will be transmitted wirelessly to your TV or speaker.
It is worth noting that if it is the first time you connect to Apple TV via AirPlay, you are prompted to enter a code shown on the TV.
The process to duplicate your screen in iOS 9 or earlier is almost the same as in iOS 10, but with an additional step. As with iOS 10 slide up to access the Control Center, tap AirPlay, select the device where you want to duplicate the screen and make sure that ‘Mirroring’ is activated.