How to AirPlay to a Mac from Your iPhone and iPad


Today we will show you how you can AirPlay photos and videos from your iPhone and iPad to a Mac running macOS Monterey.

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macOS Monterey brings a lot of cool new features to the table and one of them is the ability to AirPlay stuff from your iPhone and iPad to the Mac. Yes, you can literally use your iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air as an AirPlay 2 display to view content on.

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But, before you go ahead and use this feature, you must know that it is not available on every single Mac, iPhone and iPad.

According to Apple:

Available on MacBook Pro (2018 and later), MacBook Air (2018 and later), iMac (2019 and later), iMac Pro (2017), Mac mini (2020 and later), Mac Pro (2019), iPhone 7 and later, iPad Pro (2nd generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), iPad (6th generation and later), and iPad mini (5th generation and later).

Also, it should become obvious by now that your Mac must be running macOS Monterey in order to make the whole AirPlay thing happen.


Step 1. Make sure your iPhone, iPad and Mac are all on the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Open up the content on your iPhone or iPad which you want to AirPlay on your Mac. For the sake of this tutorial we will be streaming a movie using the TV app.

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Step 3. Play the movie or TV show on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 4. Tap on the AirPlay button.

Step 5. Select your Mac from the list of available devices. That's all.

Your movie or TV show will now start playing on your Mac. It's that simple.

This is implemented so well that you do not have to do anything special in order to get this done. If you have used AirPlay before, then this will feel like something you have already done before, obviously.

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