How to AirPlay on Mac with macOS Monterey


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One of the best ways macOS Monterey upgrades Apple desktops and laptops is to turn them into AirPlay targets. Track how AirPlay on Mac, including which hardware works with the new feature and how to enable it with older devices.

Compatibility

To use your Mac as an AirPlay target, it’s best to run macOS Monterey with:

  • 2018 or newer MacBook Air or MacBook Pro
  • iMac 2019 or later
  • 2019 or later Mac Pro
  • 2020 or later Mac mini
  • 2017 iMac Pro

For iPhone and iPad, Apple says you will get the best mirroring results from:

  • iPhone 7 and later
  • iPad Pro 2nd generation and later
  • iPad 6th generation and later
  • iPad Air 3rd generation and later
  • iPad mini 5th generation and later

To have older iPhones, iPads, and Macs mirror to a Mac running Monterey, you can go to System Preferences> Sharing> AirPlay Receiver and choose “Everyone on the same network” or “Everyone”. However, in these cases, Apple notes that AirPlay will be at a “lower video resolution”.

How to AirPlay on Mac with macOS Monterey

  • From an iPhone or iPad, tap the double-rectangle screen mirroring icon in Control Center (pull down from the top right corner to access Control Center)
  • Tap the Mac you want to use AirPlay on
  • You can also tap the AirPlay icon in the currently playing widget in Control Center and choose to stream audio to your Mac (also works for creating multi-room audio)

Here is what it looks like:

You can also AirPlay from different video and audio apps.

  • Look for the AirPlay or Cast icon (rectangle with triangle or rectangle with tilted Wi-Fi bars, or circles with triangle for audio)
    • You will see this option in the Apple TV app, YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, etc.

Conclude

While AirPlay on Mac might not be a feature that you use on a daily basis, it can be very useful in various situations, from sharing photos and videos, presentations, audio, etc., especially for the content that is not stored on your Mac.

Are you using AirPlay to Mac with macOS Monterey? What scenarios do you find this most useful? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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