Using AirPlay-enabled apps

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2015 12:55AM UTC

Some apps, such as YouTube or the iOS-native Music, Videos or Photos apps, are AirPlay-enabled. This means you can stream this content to an AirPlay receiver without mirroring. Some older iOS devices and Mac 10.5.8 do not support mirroring, but would support streams from AirPlay-enabled apps.

On iOS 6 or older:
  • When playing content from your AirPlay-enabled apps, the AirPlay icon would be visible within the navigation bar.
  • Tap the AirPlay icon to see a list of available AirPlay receivers on your network.
  • Tap the name of your computer on which you are running AirServer.
  • This will begin the AirPlay stream.
  • If you do not see the AirPlay icon, or your computer is not showing, visit the troubleshooting section.

On iOS 7, iOS 8, or iOS 9:
  • When playing content from your AirPlay-enabled apps, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to bring up the Control Center. 
  • Tap the AirPlay icon to see a list of available AirPlay receivers on your network.
  • Tap the name of your computer on which you are running AirServer. 
  • This will begin the AirPlay stream.
  • If you do not see the AirPlay icon, or your computer is not showing, visit the troubleshooting section.


*Please note, some live-streaming apps, such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and most sport or television apps, either use their custom protocol or prevent connections that are not originating from an iOS device. Some of the service providers behind these apps also prevent an Apple TV to consume content over AirPlay. We are looking into ways of implementing support for this in future versions of AirServer, but in the meantime, you should be able to stream content from some of these apps over mirroring.