How to AirPlay from iPhone or iPad to Mac


Apple has finally released macOS Monterey. The update includes several new features, including Focus mode for notifications, SharePlay, Live Text, and more. Another new feature is the ability to AirPlay from iPhone or iPad to Mac without having to install third-party apps, so read on as we detail how to use this feature.

AirPlay is an Apple wireless protocol created to stream audio and video from one device to another, like Apple TV or HomePod. Now, with macOS Monterey, users can easily turn their Macs into AirPlay servers. In other words, you can play a song or even share your iPhone or iPad screen and stream it to your Mac.

Compatible Mac Models

First of all, if you want to use AirPlay on Mac, you need to have a compatible Mac. Not all Macs that can run macOS Monterey support the new feature, so check the list below to see if your Mac can be used as an AirPlay server:

  • MacBook Pro 2018 and later
  • MacBook Air 2018 and later
  • iMac 2019 and later
  • 2017 iMac Pro
  • Mac Pro 2019
  • 2020 Mac mini

AirPlay was officially introduced with iOS 4 years ago. However, only the devices listed below can transmit content in higher qualities and resolutions:

  • iPhone 7 and later
  • iPad Pro (2nd generation) and later
  • iPad Air (3rd generation) and later
  • iPad (6th generation) and later
  • iPad mini (5th generation) and later

How to AirPlay from iOS to Mac

In theory, once you’ve installed macOS Monterey on a supported Mac, you don’t need much for AirPlay from an iOS device to your computer.

On your iPhone or iPad, find the AirPlay button in Control Center or in supported apps. If you want to share your device’s screen via AirPlay, tap the Screen Mirroring toggle in Control Center. Then select your Mac from the AirPlay list. The content should be streaming wirelessly to your computer after a few seconds.

How to Manually Turn AirPlay On or Off on Mac

If for some reason AirPlay to Mac isn’t working or you want to turn off the feature, Apple offers an option to do so in macOS settings. First, open the System Preferences app and then click on the Sharing option.

Find AirPlay Receiver in the list of services. There you can uncheck the box to disable AirPlay to Mac. There are also settings to restrict AirPlay only to other devices registered with your Apple ID or anyone on the same network. A password can also be set to activate AirPlay on Mac.

It should be mentioned that AirPlay to Mac also works over wire using a USB cable. Apple says using a cable is recommended when you need low latency or don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network. For those with AirPlay 2 compatible speakers, the Mac can also be used as another AirPlay 2 speaker to play songs or podcasts simultaneously with multiroom audio option.

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