How to Turn Off AirPlay on iPhone and Mac

Written by Emilija - Reviewed by Ivana Gadgets / Apple iPhone

3 min read

If you have been using an iPhone for a long time, you have certainly used AirPlay to stream music, videos, and images.

AirPlay is a handy and useful feature that allows Apple users to easily share multimedia content to other Apple devices.

If you want to view something from a smaller to a larger screen easily and quickly, this feature is great.

Even though AirPlay is extremely easy to turn on, it can be hard to find when the stream is over and you want to turn it off.

This guide will show you how to turn off AirPlay from your iPhone and Mac computer in a few easy steps.

How to turn off AirPlay on iPhone

If you are using AirPlay for mirroring your device on Apple TV:

  1. On your iPhone, open the control center by swiping from the bottom up for iOS 11 and earlier, or from the upper right to the bottom of the screen for iOS 12 and up.
  2. Tap the ‘Music’ widget or tap the ‘Screen Mirroring’ icon.
  3. Tap on ‘Stop Mirroring’ or stop AirPlay.

If you are using AirPlay to stream content from an app, just tap the AirPlay icon and select turn off AirPlay.

How to Turn Off AirPlay on a Mac

  1. Choose the Mirroring icon in the top menu bar of your Mac desktop.
  2. In the Mirroring menu, select Turn Mirroring Off.

How does AirPlay work?

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AirPlay was originally made for Apple users to be able to view the same content from their small iPhone screens to their smart Apple TVs using the same network.

However, during 2018, Apple upgraded this feature to AirPlay 2 and expanded the options that users could previously use.

With AirPlay 2, users can stream music to multiple speakers at once, stream videos from apps like Netflix and Hulu, and use Siri to choose which speakers they want to play music on.

The option is great when you want to share your screen for a presentation or when you want to share an app from your phone to a bigger screen.

Furthermore, the AirPlay feature works by detecting the devices in two ways- through Apple AirPort Express or through the same wi-fi network.

If you use Apple AirPort Express your devices will be automatically connected.

And if you are not a user of an AirPort Express then as long as your devices are connected to the same wi-fi network they will be able to connect through Airplay as well.

If you want to listen to music or watch the same movie on a single device with two pairs of earbuds, learn how to connect two AirPods sets to the same iPhone or iPad and share audio with a friend.

Frequently asked questions

Why am I not seeing the Airplay icon?

If you are not seeing the AirPlay icon this might be due to not having compatible devices your iPhone can connect to, or due to your devices being connected to different wi-fi networks.

Additionally, the mirroring option works only with Apple TV and Mac.

Can I delete AirPlay?

No. Airplay is a built-in feature in iOS devices and cannot be deleted.

Is there a difference between AirPlay and AirPlay mirroring?

AirPlay and AirPlay mirroring are two different parts of the system. The technology is a bit complex to explain. However, with AirPlay Mirroring users are able to stream videos and their home screens from their iPhones or iPads to their Mac computers or Apple TVs.