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How to Screen Mirror from a Mac to an Apple TV

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Introduction

You can now mirror your desktop or laptop screen from your Mac system to an Apple TV using Airplay. This allows you to watch anything on your Apple TV that you could watch on your Mac.
Tools You'll Need:
  • A Mac and Apple TV connected to the same network
Your Apple TV must be set up already.
The apple logo

1 Mirror Your Screen Using AirPlay

The following steps will require that you move between your Apple TV and your Mac to establish screen mirroring.

To Establish Screen Mirroring

On Your Apple TV

  1. Ensure your Apple TV is powered on and your television is set to the correct input.
  2. Your Apple TV should be at its home screen.
    Apple TV home screen.

On your Mac Computer

  1. Click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar.
    macOS menu bar highlighting the AirPlay button.
  2. Beneath 'AirPlay To' select your Apple TV (this one is named Living Room).
  3. Beneath 'Airplay: Location' ensure that Mirror Built-in Retina Display is selected.

    Check marks will appear beside each item after they have been successfully selected.

    AirPlay menu highlighting AirPlay location.

On Your Apple TV

  • Your computer's display will now be mirrored onto the television your Apple TV is connected to.
    Screen mirroring from Mac to Apple TV.

To Stop Screen Mirroring

On your Mac Computer

  1. Click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar.
    macOS menu bar highlighting the AirPlay button.
  2. Select Turn AirPlay Off.
    Turning AirPlay off.

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You can now mirror your desktop or laptop screen from your Mac system to an Apple TV using Airplay. This allows you to watch anything on your Apple TV that you could watch on your Mac.
Tools You'll Need:
  • A Mac and Apple TV connected to the same network
Your Apple TV must be set up already.
The apple logo

The following steps will require that you move between your Apple TV and your Mac to establish screen mirroring.

To Establish Screen Mirroring

On Your Apple TV

  1. Ensure your Apple TV is powered on and your television is set to the correct input.
  2. Your Apple TV should be at its home screen.
    Apple TV home screen.

On your Mac Computer

  1. Click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar.
    macOS menu bar highlighting the AirPlay button.
  2. Beneath 'AirPlay To' select your Apple TV (this one is named Living Room).
  3. Beneath 'Airplay: Location' ensure that Mirror Built-in Retina Display is selected.

    Check marks will appear beside each item after they have been successfully selected.

    AirPlay menu highlighting AirPlay location.

On Your Apple TV

  • Your computer's display will now be mirrored onto the television your Apple TV is connected to.
    Screen mirroring from Mac to Apple TV.

To Stop Screen Mirroring

On your Mac Computer

  1. Click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar.
    macOS menu bar highlighting the AirPlay button.
  2. Select Turn AirPlay Off.
    Turning AirPlay off.