How To AirPlay from Mac to Apple TV

No matter where your Apple TV is placed- your home, office or your classroom, you can easily AirPlay from Mac to Apple TV. This guide is going to be very useful for you in many day-to-day activities.

For example, you want to FaceTime with your loved ones, watch movies, play games, or you are going to give any presentations, all of this can be done on the big screen.

Just follow our guide about How To AirPlay from Mac to Apple TV

All you need is AirPlay- which is a built-in feature of Apple’s OS X.

Requirements For AirPlay from Mac to Apple TV

If both Apple TV and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network then you need to match the compatibility from the table below.

Compatible Apple TVsCompatible Macs
Apple TV 2 (2010)iMac (2011 or later)
Apple TV 3 (2012)Mac mini (2011 or later)
Apple TV 4 (2015)MacBook (2015 or later)
MacBook Air (2011 or later)
MacBook Pro (2011 or later)
Mac Pro (2013 or later)

In case if both of your devices are not connected to the same Wi-Fi network you don’t have to worry at all. Just match the requirements in the table below.

Compatible Apple TVsCompatible Macs
Apple TV 3 rev A (2013)iMac (2012 or later)
Apple TV 4 (2015)Mac mini (2012 or later)
MacBook (2015 or later)
MacBook Air (2012 or later)
MacBook Pro (2012 or later)
Mac Pro (Late 2013 or later)

Note- Please keep in mind that for interrupted AirPlay experience, update your device to the latest configurations possible.

How To AirPlay from Mac to Apple TV

When you are mirroring your Mac screen on your Apple TV, it is your choice to decide in what resolution you want to watch on your Apple TV. You can either choose your Mac’s display as it is on the Apple TV or you can also choose your HDTV’s resolution as the display resolution.

Just follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. On the right side of your Mac, there is a menubar with AirPlay icon, click on it.
  2. A drop-down will appear now, click on the Apple TV option from it. (In case you have more than one Apple TVs in the radius, you can choose any TV you want to.)

How To AirPlay from Mac to Apple TV

How to change modes of AirPlay Mirroring on the Apple TV

By default, AirPlay mirroring will be set to display your HDTV’s resolution(default ) on your Mac. It is very easy to change that, in case you wish to.

Just Follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. On the right side of your Mac, there is a menubar with AirPlay icon, click on it.
  2. Choose your desired option from below:
    • To AirPlay mirror your Mac’s resolution on your Apple TV, you have to click on Mirror Built-In Display.
    • If you wish to match the resolution of your TV with your Mac’s resolution, you have to click on Mirror Apple TV.
    • If you wish to treat your TV as an additional display and have your Mac extend your desktop, click on Use as Separate Display.
       

These are all the options available with respect to resolutions.

how to airplay mirror mac screens

How to change your Apple TV back to an Apple TV

When you’re done with AirPlay mirroring your Mac on your Apple TV, you can switch back easily by following the steps mentioned below.

  1. On the right side of your Mac, there is a menubar with AirPlay icon, click on it.
  2. Select the Turn AirPlay Off option and click on it. 

how to airplay mirror mac screensAlternatively, you can click on the Menu button on you Apple TV remote to stop AirPlay and return you to the Apple TV interface, just as it was.