How To Fix AirPlay To Mac Not Working in macOS Monterey
Is AirPlay to Mac not working? This is a new highly awaited macOS Monterey feature which allows you to natively stream content from iPhone or iPad to Mac. However, a series of users are reporting that they aren’t able to mirror the iPhone screen as advertised.
How To AirPlay To Mac
In macOS Monterey this feature is natively supported:
- For example, you can browse a video in Photos.
- Tap the Share icon, available in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
- Go for AirPlay and select your Mac from the list.
Tip: You can also AirPlay video to Mac from any other third party app or the Safari web browser. Just play the video in the respective app and tap the AirPlay icon, usually available in the top-right corner of the screen when in full-screen mode. Again, select your MacBook from the list of available AirPlay devices.
AirPlay To Mac Not Working
At this point some users claim that the AirPlay quick actions card is blank. The MacBook doesn’t show up in the list, making AirPlay impossible.
Fact: The same happens when trying to AirPlay music streamed from Apple Music. Users report that tapping the AirPlay icon, in the top-right corner of the Now Playing controls, or from within the Apple Music app, brings up a list of devices that they can AirPlay to, but the Mac isn’t included!
How To Fix AirPlay To Mac Not Working
Before we start troubleshooting, please check that all devices involved in the AirPlay procedure are updated to the latest macOS Monterey, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 releases.
1. Check If Mac Is AirPlay Compatible
Unfortunately, the AirPlay To Mac feature is not available to all macOS 12, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 compatible devices!
Below you can check the MacBook models that support it:
- MacBook Pro 2021 with (M1 Pro / M1 Max)
- MacBook Pro (2018 and later)
- MacBook Air (2018 and later)
- iMac Pro (2017)
- iMac (2019 and later)
- Mac Pro (2019)
- Mac mini (2020 and later)
- 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)
Fact: Older iPhone and iPad models could be able to share content at a lower resolution. However the destination device has to be an AirPlay supported Mac.
Tip: Make sure that in Sharing Preferences the Allow AirPlay for is set to ‘Everyone’ or ‘Anyone on the same network’.
If your device is in the next list, you should stop troubleshooting because the feature isn’t available:
- MacBook Pro 2017 and Earlier
- MacBook Air 2017 and Earlier
- Mac Mini 2019 and Earlier
- iMac 2018 and Earlier
- Mac Mini 2019 and Earlier
- iPhone 6S and Earlier
- iPad Pro 1st generation
- iPad Air 2nd Generation and Earlier
2. Restart Devices
The next step is to reboot both iPhone / iPad and Mac. A fresh start could flush any minor glitch that could prevent the AirPlay to Mac feature from working.
Tip: You can apply the force restart combo for both iOS and macOS devices.
3. Check AirPlay Receiver Setting
Although this option is enabled by default, you should double-check it:
- Open System Preferences.
- Click on Sharing.
- Check if AirPlay Receiver is enabled.
AirPlay To Mac No Sound?
You are able to mirror the content from your iPhone to your Mac but there’s no sound when playing the videos? Check the Ring/Silent switch available on the left side of your iPhone or iPad. If it’s set to ON, the airplayed content on Mac won’t be audible!
Have you managed to fix AirPlay to Mac not working in macOS Monterey? Did any of the tips provided above help out? Do you have a better suggestion? Use the comments section and share your feedback.
Related: Check out workarounds for other common macOS Monterey issues:
– USB hubs not working in macOS 12.0.1.
– Screensaver displays black screen instead of photos selected from your folder or album.
– System has run out of application memory error!
– Emails not loading in Mail after macOS 12.0.1 update.
– Photo slideshows not playing.
Thank you. Your tip was the answer I was looking for. I had Sharing Preferences set to current user which you would think should work, but it did not. It did work when changed to Anyone on this Network. Thank you again.
You’re welcome. Glad it helped. Thanks for confirming.
I have iPhone 12 and Mac Monterey. AirPlay won’t set up.
What Mac model?
I have this problem with my M1 Mac mini.
Every time I wake it up after sleep I can not AirPlay Sound or Music to it from my iPhone. If I screen share the whole screen sound does still work.
If I restart it will work again. Is there a solution to this problem?
Having this EXACT problem on MBA M2. Did you find a solution, by chance?
Does this still happen with macOS Monterey 12.6 and iOS 16?
I have MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020) with the Apple M1 chip. Since I loaded Monterey Version 12.2.1 software update the Airplay option disappeared from the Displays popup window in the System Preference, as well as the Mirror Option. The result is that I can not mirror my screen on the TV. I’ve tried all of the tips but with no avail. Please let me know if you have any other suggestions.
i have same issue mentioned by Hugo Pelliza . Looking forward to know the solutio
Is this still happening in macOS Monterey 12.6?
I have a MacBook Air and I am trying to screen share from my iPad- 8th gen. I am a teacher and not being able to use screen share in my classroom has been very frustrating! Any help would be much appreciated
I was able to airplay my MacBook Pro M1 Max to Samsung tv perfectly until I upgraded to Monterey today. Now it sees my iPad on add a display but nighter the TV or Ipad come up on airplay as choices to mirror to. thanks for any help. I edit a cable tv show and really need to be able to see how it looks on TV.
Finally got it to work to tv with Apple TV . it wanted me to answer some questions and give Siri info to apple. I guess it thought my device was new because I updated to the Mac Montery . I hope that it helps someone.
Thanks for the feedback Cathy. Glad you managed to fix it.