Updated on February 6, 2022
Updated on February 6, 2022
This article shows how to turn off AirPlay on most iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
How to Turn Off AirPlay on a Mac
From the top menu bar on your Mac desktop, select the Mirroring icon indicated by a rectangle with a triangle at the bottom. In the Mirroring menu that opens, select Turn Mirroring Off.
If you don't see the Mirroring icon, select the Apple icon from the menu bar, followed by System Preferences > Displays. In the lower left corner. Check the Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available checkbox.
How to Turn Off AirPlay on an iPhone or iPad
If you're looking to reclaim control of your Apple TV from a different AirPlay host, select the Menu button on your Apple TV remote or in the Remote app on your iPhone.
How Does AirPlay Work?
AirPlay detects devices via one of two possible methods. If you're using Apple AirPort Express as your wireless router then it will connect all of your Apple devices without any additional equipment or setup required.
Alternatively, compatible devices will recognize each other when they're on the same Wi-Fi network. As long as each of your devices is using the same Wi-Fi network then they will be able to communicate via AirPlay. That means your iPhone or iPad or will detect your Apple TV, AirPlay-enabled speakers, or other Apple devices you may own.
How to Turn on AirPlay on a Mac
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Apple makes it easy to share your iPhone, iPad or Mac screen by streaming it to another AirPlay-compatible device. But what happens when the presentation is over? It's not always immediately obvious how to turn off AirPlay. Thankfully, you can do it with just a few clicks or taps.
How to turn off AirPlay on an iPhone or iPad
How to turn off AirPlay on a Mac
1. On a Mac computer, click the Control Center icon at the top right.
2. Click the Screen Mirroring icon.The Screen Mirroring control is found in the Mac's quick-access settings. Dave Johnson
3. In the pop-up menu, click Display Preferences...
4. At the bottom of the Built-In Retina Display window, click the AirPlay Display menu and choose Off.Control AirPlay from the dropdown menu at the bottom of this window in Settings. Dave Johnson
Dave Johnson is a technology journalist who writes about consumer tech and how the industry is transforming the speculative world of science fiction into modern-day real life. Dave grew up in New Jersey before entering the Air Force to operate satellites, teach space operations, and do space launch planning. He then spent eight years as a content lead on the Windows team at Microsoft. As a photographer, Dave has photographed wolves in their natural environment; he's also a scuba instructor and co-host of several podcasts. Dave is the author of more than two dozen books and has contributed to many sites and publications including CNET, Forbes, PC World, How To Geek, and Insider.
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