How to Connect a Mac to Apple TV over Airplay
- About Airplay.
- How to use AirPlay to cast a video file over to your Apple TV.
- How to use AirPlay to mirror your entire computer screen over to your Apple TV.
- Have your Mac nearby.
- Your Apple TV should already be set up and functioning properly.
1 What is AirPlay?
AirPlay allows you to mirror your entire screen, or a single QuickTime-compatible video file to your AppleTV.
- Other apps are starting to support AirPlay. Look for the AirPlay icon on the toolbar of your favorite video or audio app.
Your Mac must be connected to the same WiFi network as your Apple TV.
2 Cast Video Files to Apple TV
If the video file you wish to play isn't compatible with Quicktime, this method of casting will not work. The only way to view it on your AppleTV will be to mirror your entire screen.
- Before beginning, make sure your Apple TV is powered on and being displayed on your television screen.
- On your Mac, click Finder.
- Across the menu bar, click Go, then click Applications.
- Double click the QuickTime Player.
No window will open, but the menu bar across the top will change to indicate that you are using the QuickTime Player.
- Click File, then Open File...
- Using the Finder window that opens, locate the video file you wish to play, then click Open.
Your video files will be stored in a different location than the one depicted in the example photo above.
- Move your mouse cursor inside the video window that opens to reveal the play bar.
- Click the AirPlay icon.
- Select your Apple TV from the list of available devices.
- Choose Play on either your computer screen, or your Apple TV remote.
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