Skip to content

How to Mirror Your MacBook Air Screen to Apple TV – AirPlay and Alternatives

15 de February de 2022

AirPlay is an application developed by Apple to synchronize data transmission services and reception of video data between two devices of the same brand. Said AirPlay is available only on Apple devices which are iPhone, MacBook, Apple TV, etc.

If you are interested in mirroring your MacBook screen with your Apple TV, you will have to use AirPlay to share the video. Later, we’ll be showing you how to turn on AirPlay on a MacBook for screen sharing, what to do if you can’t turn on AirPlay on your MacBook, and more.

What are the steps to activate AirPlay on your Mac to stream your screen?

Activating AirPlay inside a MacBook is simple. Pay attention to the things you need to do to achieve something like that:

  1. Go to the application menu
  2. Go to the search bar and search for an app called ‘Apple TV’
  3. Inside that application you will look for a section that says ‘AirPlay’
  4. When you find it, activate it and that would be it

By having AirPlay activated on your MacBook, the image will be transmitted by the computer, you only need to link it with a device. That is to say, the only thing that would be necessary is that connect macbook with your tv so you can see the screen. The great thing about AirPlay is that it makes everything work wirelessly.

With AirPlay it will not be necessary to download any program, much less use a cable from the TV to the computer. In case you didn’t know, HomePods can also be used to listen to music using AirPlay. This app is not only for streaming video but can also stream audio only.

What to do if the Airplay symbol does not appear on your Macbook Air?

When AirPlay processes are active inside the MacBook, the AirPlay symbol appears on the PC screen. This is how you know when the stream is active. If you do not see this symbol on your PC screen, do the following:

  1. Go to the virtual desktop of your computer
  2. Go to ‘System Preferences’
  3. Access the ‘Exhibition’ section
  4. Then, you are going to activate the mirroring option in the menu bar when the service is active and you will connect your MacBook to the same WiFi point

If you want to acquire the transmission of your MacBook through AirPlay, you only need to go to connect your other devices to the same WiFi network, open the AirPlay and sync it with the other device. Those are the things that have to be done if you want to achieve mirroring your screen using AirPlay.

person using mac pc

By the way, if you want to cast your iPhone screen on your Apple TV screen, you can use a Chromecast. Chromecasts are like a kind of HDMI connectors that facilitate the transmission of video with audio or audio alone between a cell phone and also a TV.

The good thing about having devices developed by Apple is that they have a application to synchronize them all with each other and take advantage of its functions. This is something that you will not get when using other devices of different brands. It should be noted that if you want to share internet data with other devices, it is best to use an iPhone or iPad device.

How to connect your MacBook Air to a TV via wire?

You have already seen how to connect a MacBook with a TV wirelessly using the AirPlay application. What follows is to show you how connect a macbook with a tv using wired media:

  1. Connect an HDMI cable to the TV
  2. Connect the other part of the HDMI to the PC if it has ports for HDMI. If not, use an HDMI to USB adapter to connect it to the MacBook
  3. Then, in the TV options select the ‘HMDI’ mode to receive all the data
  4. To finish, browse your computer for what you want to stream, left click on it and select the ‘Stream’ or ‘Share’ option

high resolution tv

That is the way in which it is transmitted or mirror your MacBook screen with the TV using a wired medium such as an HDMI cable. In case you have problems with screencasting on your MacBook computer, you can go to Apple’s support website.

What is the best external app to stream your screen without Airplay?

If you don’t have the AirPlay application on your device, the best thing you can do is go to download a non-AirPlay program to achieve screen casting of your MacBook.

AirBeamTV for Mac

The best app other than AirPlay for streaming your MacBook screen is one called ‘AirBeam TV’. This program can be downloaded completely free from the developer’s website and also from the Apple store.