5 Best Fixes for AirPlay Not Working on Mac
Along with Mac features like Stage Manager and VoiceOver Screen Reader, AirPlay allows you to share music, photos, and video to your TV or smart speakers. It also enables you to display presentations on a bigger screen during workplace meetings.
However, AirPlay can sometimes malfunction for Mac users with device detection or file acceptance issues. If you encounter any problems using AirPlay on your Mac, here are the best fixes.
1. Reboot Your Wi-Fi Router
To troubleshoot, reboot your Wi-Fi router. It’s like restarting your iPhone or Mac to fix a software glitch. Turn off the router, wait a few seconds, then turn it back on. Check for firmware updates as well. Read our post on fixing Wi-Fi issues on your Mac if connected but not working. Also, if you’re using AirPlay to share content between Apple devices, make sure they’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
2. Check if Bluetooth Is Turned On
After internet connectivity, check if Bluetooth is turned on on your Mac. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are necessary for using AirPlay, particularly between Apple devices. Here’s how you can check it:
Step 1: Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search, type System Preferences, and press Return.
Step 2: When the System Preferences window appears, click Bluetooth.
Step 3: Switch on Bluetooth by clicking the Turn Bluetooth On button if it’s switched off.
Step 4: Close the window and try using AirPlay to see if it works.
Alternatively, check if Bluetooth is turned on on your Mac.
Step 1: Click the Control Centre icon at the top-right corner on your Mac desktop.
Step 2: Click Bluetooth.
Step 3: Enable Bluetooth connectivity by toggling it on.
3. Check AirPlay Receiver Settings
When you turn on Bluetooth, check the AirPlay Receiver settings on your Mac. This option allows your Mac to receive files via AirPlay from compatible devices. Here’s how to check on your Mac:
– Press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search.
– Type “System Preferences” and press Return.
Step 2: Click on Sharing at the bottom.
Step 3: In the Sharing window, check if AirPlay Receiver is enabled from the left menu.
You can allow AirPlay streaming just for yourself or other users in the same network. Additionally, you can assign a password for someone who wishes to send files via AirPlay to your Mac.
Close System Preferences and check if the problem is solved.
If your Mac can’t share content via AirPlay, here’s how to check the Firewall settings:
1. Click the Apple icon in the top-left corner.
2. Select System Preferences.
3. Go to Security and Privacy.
Step 4: Select the Firewall tab at the top.
Step 5: Click the Lock icon at the bottom-left corner to make changes.
Step 6: Use Touch ID or your Mac’s passcode to unlock the Firewall settings.
Step 7: Click Firewall Options.
Step 8: Check if the Block Incoming Connections are disabled. If not, uncheck the option.
Step 9: Check if ‘Automatically Allow Built-In Software to Receive Incoming Connections’ is selected.
If not, select the checkbox. Step 10: Click Ok.
Step 11: Click the Lock icon again to save changes.
Close the System Preferences window and check if the problem is solved.
5. Update macOS
If the solutions mentioned above haven’t worked, try checking for a macOS update. Your current version may have bugs causing issues with AirPlay.
Step 1: Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner.
Step 2: Select About This Mac.
Step 3: Click on Software Update.
If an update is available, download and install it. After the installation and restart, check if AirPlay is working properly.
AirPlay is a useful tool for sharing content on your TV screen. If you have any issues, you can refer to our post on fixing AirPlay problems on iPhone.
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