Apple Watch: Using AirPlay

Use AirPlay: Apple’s AirPlay feature helps you to play music through remote speakers or a remote sound system, if that system supports the AirPlay standard. On iPhone you can stream music to speakers. You can also stream music, videos or photos, as well as other content to an Apple TV. You can use Apple Watch to control AirPlay on iPhone.

How to Use AirPlay

What you can AirPlay: You can AirPlay photos and videos from an iOS device to an Apple TV (2nd generation) or later. You can AirPlay music from an iOS device to an Apple TV, AirPort Express, or AirPlay enabled speakers.

Play Music From iPhone to an AirPlay Device

If Apple Watch claims that iPhone cannot find an AirPlay device, you may need to establish the AirPlay connection manually on iPhone.

  • Raise your wrist to wake Apple Watch, and the watch face will appear.
  • Click the Digital Crown, and the Home screen will appear.
  • Tap Music and the Music app will open. If the Music app displays a screen other than the Music screen, tap the button in the upper-left corner one or more times to display the Music screen.
  • Navigate to the music you want to play. For example, tap Now Playing. The song will appear.
  • Force-touch the screen to open the Options screen.
  • Tap AirPlay to open the AirPlay screen.
  • Tap the AirPlay device you want to use. Now iPhone will start playing music on the device you tapped.

AirPlay Content from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

  • Connect to the same Wi-Fi network on your iOS device and the device that you want to AirPlay to.
  • On your iOS device, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center.
  • Then in Control Center, swipe horizontally to find the Now Playing screen.
  • On your iPad select the device that you want to AirPlay to from the list of available AirPlay devices.
  • Tap AirPlay icon to find the list of available AirPlay devices on your iPhone or iPod touch.
  • Select the device that you want to AirPlay to.

Mirror your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

How to mirror your entire iOS screen on your Apple TV:

  • Connect to the same Wi-Fi network on your iOS device and the device that you want to AirPlay to.
  • On your iOS device, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center.
  • Once in Control Center, tap AirPlay to Apple TV icon AirPlay Mirroring, then select your Apple TV from the list. If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your iOS device.

Your TV uses your iOS device’s screen orientation and aspect ratio. If you want to fill your TV screen with the mirrored iOS device screen, you should change your TV’s aspect ratio or zoom settings.

How to turn off AirPlay or AirPlay Mirroring

  • Swipe up to open Control Center.
  • Once in Control Center, swipe horizontally to find the Now Playing screen.
  • Tap AirPlay icon to open a list of your available AirPlay devices.
  • Select your iOS device from the list.

Troubleshoot the iPhone Can’t Find an AirPlay Device Error

  • If the message iPhone Can’t Find an AirPlay Device to Connect To appears, press Home.
  • When the Home screen appears, tap Settings.
  • On the Settings screen, look at Wi-Fi and verify that iPhone is connected to the network the AirPlay device is on. If not, tap Wi-Fi to display the Wi-Fi screen.
  • Then tap the correct network.
  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Control Center opens.
  • Tap AirPlay, and the AirPlay screen will appear.
  • Tap the AirPlay device you want to use.
  • Tap Done, and Control Center appears again.
  • Tap above Control Center closes. You can now set the music playing using Apple Watch.

Note: Apple Watch can’t play music directly to AirPlay speakers. It can play music to paired Bluetooth headphones or speakers, instead. The AirPlay feature on Apple Watch is limited to connecting iPhone to an AirPlay device.

A Few Definitions

Apple designed AirPlay as a wireless streaming service which allows users to stream content from iDevices and Macs. AirPlay can take a user’s iTunes multimedia content from the device on which it’s hosted and make it available to multiple other sources, including supported speakers/stereo systems, an AirPort Express or an HDTV set.

The streaming content service is based on multimedia (audio, photos, video, apps) and works primarily within Apple’s own ecosystem or products that support it. The content is streamed wirelessly from the hosted system, like an iPad or a Mac, to an HDTV that has an Apple TV connected. You can stream iTunes content from your iDevice to HDTV sets with an Apple TV attached to them, any speakers attached to an AirPort Express Wi-Fi base station, and specific AirPlay-enabled hardware, like AirPlay-supported speakers.

There is also a feature within AirPlay called AirPlay Mirroring. This feature allows users to see their iDevice screen on a big screen when connecting to an Apple TV. Users can play games, for instance, and enjoy them on the big screen, instead of just on a small iPhone display.

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How to Use Apple AirPlay. Uploaded by Howcast on March 21, 2011. With AirPlay, you can stream media directly from your Apple mobile device to a variety of video and audio components. 

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