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Apple TV AirPlay Not Working (Disconnects/Not Full Screen/Etc)

AirPlay is a feature on Apple TV that allows you to cast any audio or video from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other Apple devices directly to your TV wirelessly. This gives you the freedom to use two devices in tandem, but what do you do if your Apple TV AirPlay is not working?

If your Apple TV AirPlay is not working, keeps disconnecting, or is not full screen, be sure that all devices are connected to WiFi and the same network, update the software of all devices, turn off mirroring options, restart all devices, and be sure that AirPlay has been enabled on all devices.

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AirPlay is a feature that allows you to tether two Apple devices all in one so that you can operate and view videos and audio directly from other Apple products right on the screen of your Apple TV. This feature makes group viewing, enlargement, and content combining as easy as can be, but as with most things, problems do arise. If you have an Apple TV and your AirPlay is not working, continue reading to find a solution to your problem.

Apple TV Keeps Disconnecting From AirPlay

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AirPlay allows you to seamlessly use another Apple device on your TV through the use of Apple TV. This feature is incredibly useful for a plethora of different situations which offers you the ease of using other devices on screen that will allow you to watch and listen that is bigger than any hand-held or lap device. Once you are able to connect your devices to your Apple TV through AirPlay, what do you do when they continue to disconnect?

If your Apple TV keeps disconnecting from AirPlay, the first place you need to check is your WiFi. Ensure that the WiFi on your Apple TV is connected, that the WiFi on your other Apple device is connected, and that both are connected to the same network. If this is all verified, try resetting your router to allow for a better connection by unplugging it directly from the power source for 60 seconds, then plugging it back in.

Apple TV AirPlay Keeps Shutting Off

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If you are able to connect your Apple Device to your Apple TV with AirPlay, it may seem that you have been able to escape any type of interruption that could occur. However, some Apple TV have encountered problems, not with their Apple TV disconnecting necessarily, but with it shutting off completely. If you are in the middle of watching a video or listening to music from one of your Apple devices, what do you do if AirPlay keeps shutting off?

If your Apple TV AirPlay keeps shutting off, be sure that both devices are connected to the same network. Once you have confirmed this and you are still having trouble with your Apple TV AirPlay shutting off repeatedly, your Apple TV and the device you are using may need to be updated with the latest software. To update your Apple TV go to Settings > System > Software Updates > Download and Install.

To update other devices, follow each device’s individual instructions to check for updates and install them once found. If no update is available, there will not be the option to Download and Install on any Apple device.

AirPlay Keeps Searching for Apple TV

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When setting up AirPlay on your Apple TV to be connected to another Apple device, the process includes a moment where AirPlay will search for your Apple TV before you connect. This process should only take a few seconds, so when it continues to search with no results, you are left with an inability to access AirPlay with your Apple TV. What causes this problem and how can you get your Apple TV to stop searching for AirPlay?

If AirPlay keeps searching for your Apple TV, it may be that your Apple TV needs to be updated with the latest software. To update the software on your Apple TV you can refer back to the previous section “Apple TV AirPlay Keeps Shutting Off” to find the steps you need to take in order to perform a successful update. Once the update has completed, this should allow AirPlay to identify your Apple TV without issue.

Apple TV AirPlay Keeps Pausing

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When you are using AirPlay on your Apple TV, the whole intent is to be able to mirror content from your other Apple devices directly to the screen of your TV without interruption. Once you are able to log in to Apple TV, it may seem as if any problems would have been bypassed, however, some Apple TV owners have encountered issues with AirPlay paying during operation. How do you resolve such an issue?

If your Apple TV AirPlay keeps pausing, first, be sure that no other people are using the internet as you are accessing AirPlay (this can cause your connection speed to slow). If you are still experiencing problems with AirPlay pausing, you may need to restart both your Apple TV and the device that you are using for AirPlay on the TV. To restart your Apple TV go to System > select Restart to complete the process on your TV.

Apple TV AirPlay Keeps Popping Up

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No matter what type of device you are using, there are few things more frustrating than a message that continually pops up without warrant. When you are using your Apple TV, there are certainly times when you are not in need of AirPlay, but what do you do if AirPlay keeps popping up on your screen? This message can be one that not only interrupts your viewing time, but causes you to have to stop what you are doing to find a solution.

If your Apple TV AirPlay keeps popping up, your problem may be resolved by turning off the mirroring options in your menu bar. To do this, on your Apple TV go to System Preferences > Displays > then uncheck Show Mirroring Options in the Menu Bar when Available. Once this has been unchecked, go out of the Systems Preference menu and see if this resolves the issue of AirPlay continually popping up.

Apple TV Keeps Showing AirPlay Screen

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When you are using your Apple TV with AirPlay, there will be an initial screen which will indicate that AirPlay is ensuing. Once you have your other Apple device connected to your Apple TV, this screen should disappear as you will be in AirPlay mode, showing whichever video is located on your iOS device or playing whichever music. However, if you are able to pair both devices but the AirPlay screen will not go away, how do you get it to disappear?

If your Apple TV keeps showing the AirPlay screen, it may be that the Apple TV is not responding to the remote. To determine if this is the issue, take one of your other Apple devices and, through the remote application, see if you are able to cause the screen to go away. If this does not work, you can unpair and then pair the remote back to your Apple TV.

To unpair your Apple TV from the remote, go to Settings > General > Remote > Unpair Apple Remote. Once the remote has been unpaired, you can then pair it back by going to Settings > General > Remote > Pair Apple Remote.

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Apple TV AirPlay Keeps Loading

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For any device to turn on and function, there is a certain amount of time it needs in order to boot up and load content. When it comes to using your Apple TV for AirPlay, this feature is no exception, as there can be a bit of time needed to get the feature running optimally. If you are using your Apple TV with AirPlay and notice that the loading process is taking too long, take a look below to find a way to stop a never-ending loading loop.

If your Apple TV AirPlay keeps loading, first be sure that you have Bluetooth turned off on your other Apple device. Once this is confirmed, it may be helpful to restart all of your devices, including your router. This can be done by unplugging your router and your Apple TV directly from their power sources for at least 30 seconds, plugging them back in, then allowing them to restart without any interference.

Apple TV is Not Available For AirPlay

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There are some Apple devices, that if older models, are not capable of AirPlay. However, when it comes to your Apple TV, this device is completely capable of AirPlay as long as you have a secondary Apple device that also hosts the function. If you go to enable AirPlay on your Apple TV and get a message that it is “not available,” what is causing this problem and how can you get the feature to work?

If your Apple TV shows that it is not available for AirPlay, be sure that AirPlay on your other Apple device is turned on. If this feature is turned off, your Apple TV will not be able to find the device which will cause it to read that the feature is not available. If this is not the problem, a restart of your Apple TV may be helpful, which can be found in the previous section “Apple TV AirPlay Keeps Loading.

Apple TV AirPlay Not Full Screen

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If AirPlay is not working in full screen, it could be due to resolution incompatibility between the iOS device and the AirPlay receiver. To fix this, go to the video playback settings on your device and adjust the resolution or aspect ratio. Alternatively, change the display settings on your Apple TV or AirPlay-compatible TV to match the resolution of your iOS device. This should enable full-screen playback via AirPlay.

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Another reason for AirPlay not functioning in full screen might be an outdated operating system on your Apple device or Apple TV. Ensure both devices are running the latest version of their respective software. To check for updates on an iOS device, go to Settings > General > Software Update. On Apple TV, navigate to Settings > System > Software Updates and select “Update Software.” If an update is available, install it and try AirPlay again.

Apple TV AirPlay Not Filling Screen

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Nearly the same as your Apple TV not projecting the full-screen image of your other Apple Device to the TV is the problem of an image not filling the entirety of the screen. It may be that the image is very obviously too small, or it could be that the image is just about the size of your TV screen, but is not filling it all the way. If you are using AirPlay with your Apple TV, what can you do to get the image to fill the screen completely?

If your Apple TV AirPlay is not filling the screen, be sure that you are playing the video in full screen on your iOS device. This is a simple solution, but it is one that many users overlook, and once put into full-screen mode, the image translates perfectly to the screen of their TV. If you have the image in full screen on your iOS device, change the Underscan value on your Apple TV (see “Apple TV AirPlay Not Full Screen”)

Apple TV Won’t AirPlay Video

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One of the greatest advantages of AirPlay is that you are able to play any video from other iOS Apple devices directly to the screen of your TV through the simplistic use of this feature. Through this technology, you can play videos within your photos, play movies that you have downloaded, or watch shows from other applications that you have on your Apple device. What do you do if you have AirPlay connected, but your Apple TV will not play it?

If your Apple TV won’t AirPlay a video, be sure that AirPlay is turned on within your Apple TV by going to Settings > AirPlay > On. Once you have confirmed that it is on, check to make sure that both of your devices are connected to the same network by going to Settings > WiFi on any mobile device and then going to Settings > General > Network on your Apple TV.

Apple TV AirPlay Not Showing

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In the previous article “Apple TV Won’t AirPlay Video,” you learned how to locate the AirPlay option within your Apple TV to physically turn on AirPlay – an easy step that makes all the difference when it comes to the proper function of this feature. However, if you turn on your Apple TV and notice that your TV is not showing up on any other of your iOS devices, you are left wondering how to connect when the option simply is not there.

If your Apple TV AirPlay is not showing, it may be that your Apple TV needs to be updated with the latest software. To see how to update your Apple TV, refer back to the previous section “AirPlay Keeps Searching For Apple TV” to find a step-by-step process for updating the software on your Apple TV. Once it has been updated and has completely restarted, try once more to use AirPlay.

AirPlay Not Connecting to Apple TV

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If you are able to find the option to connect your Apple TV to another iOS device through AirPlay, it would be perfectly appropriate to assume that connecting should be no issue. However, some Apple TV users have found that once their devices recognize that AirPlay is being prompted, they are still unable to connect to their Apple TV. How to resolve a connection issue like this?

If AirPlay is not connecting to your Apple TV, you want to ensure first that your iOS device is close enough to the TV to be located. Be sure that you have your device in the same room as your Apple TV, then move it closer to allow the Apple TV to pick it up more easily. If this does not resolve your issues, restart your iOS device and try again to pair to your Apple TV once it has completely rebooted.

Apple TV Asking For Password AirPlay

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When first setting up your Apple TV, you will be asked to input your Apple ID and password which will then be saved for future logins. Once you have logged in for the first time, there should be no more prompting for sequential logins with use, even when you are trying to use AirPlay with other iOS devices. If you turn on your Apple TV and try to use the AirPlay feature, what do you do if you are randomly asked for a password?

If your Apple TV is asking for a password when using AirPlay, this is likely happening because a new update has just occurred. When a new update automatically installs on your Apple TV, it may require you to enter one password to verify the secondary device that you are using for AirPlay. Simply take the device you are trying to connect to AirPlay and input the password that shows up onscreen.

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