Here’s how to use AirPlay to Mac with macOS Monterey

Your Mac’s going all-in on AirPlay beginning this fall.

Apple AirPlay has been around for nearly 20 years and allows users to stream audio and video from one supported device to another. But, interestingly, Macs have never been able to receive content using the wireless communication protocol. That changes this fall with the introduction of macOS Monterey.

With AirPlay to Mac, the best Macs on the market can share, play, and present content from other AirPlay supported devices as long as both are using the same Wi-Fi and iCloud account. You can also mirror your device to Mac using the same tool. The Monterey update also makes it possible for supported Macs to act as an AirPlay speaker or function as a secondary speaker to create a multiroom audio experience.

Your iPhone and iPad need to be using iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, respectively, to use AirPlay to Mac.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That’s why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

Compatible Devices

The following Monterey-compatible computers will support AirPlay to Mac:

  • 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)

The feature works with the following mobile devices:

  • 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).

Additionally, older iPhone, iPad, and Mac models may share content at a lower resolution to supported Mac models when “Allow AirPlay for” is set to “Everyone” or “Anyone on the same network” in Sharing preferences.

How to AirPlay content to your Mac

On your supported device, you can AirPlay audio or video to your Monterey-installed Mac. The following examples show the process on Apple Music and YouTube, respectively, but it works with any app that supports AirPlay.

On Apple Music and other audio-based apps:

  1. Tap the Apple Music app on your mobile device.
  2. Begin playing your content.
  3. Choose the active content towards the bottom of the screen to bring up the player.

  4. Tap the streaming icon. On some apps, you might have to tap AirPlay.
  5. Choose your Mac under Speakers & TVs.

That’s it! Your music is now playing on your Mac using AirPlay.

On YouTube and other video-based apps:

  1. Tap the YouTube app on your mobile device.
  2. Begin playing your content.
  3. Tap the streaming icon. On some apps, you might have to tap AirPlay.

  4. Choose Your Mac under Speakers & TVs.

You’re now steaming video to your Mac.

How to Mirror your mobile device display

You previously could only mirror or extend your iPhone or iPad to Apple TV. With Monterey, you can now select your Mac as a receiver following the same steps.

  1. Swipe down from the top right corner of your mobile device’s screen to bring up Control Center.
  2. Tap Screen Mirroring.
  3. Choose the Mac you’d like to AirPlay to.

Apple plans on releasing Monterey this fall alongside iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. Until then, the software is being tested through developer and public betas.

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