Troubleshooting AirPlay Activation Issue

Problem Description

My MacBook Pro 13, mid-2012, running High Sierra is what I’m using. I have been trying to use Airplay to connect to my AppleTV 2nd generation, which hasn’t worked since upgrading to High Sierra. Upon accessing display preferences, I am able to see the "AirPlay Display" menu on the bottom left, with the option to "OFF." Nevertheless, the only option available to me when I choose that menu is "OFF." When I check the "Show mirroring options" box, the menu bar’s Airplay icon shows up. When I click it, "Airplay: Searching for Apple TV…" is grayed out, and then it briefly changes to "Airplay: Off." Airplay cannot be enabled from the Mac. I’ve looked around the forums (both Apple communities and other online forums) and noticed that many people are having the exact same issue. The only advice I’ve seen is to link to different articles that explain how to use Airplay to display content on an HDTV or AppleTV, which is really useless. As I mentioned earlier, this has worked in the past, but not since I upgraded to High Sierra have I tried it. My understanding is that the update may have something to do with it, but all I know is that I can no longer choose to turn Airplay "On."

Troubleshooting AirPlay Activation

The next subject is AirPlay activation. To stream or share media from your Apple devices to your Mac, Apple TV, or smart TV that supports AirPlay, use AirPlay. Your iPhone or iPad may automatically or suggestively connect to AirPlay-enabled devices based on your AirPlay & Handoff settings. To modify the AirPlay & Handoff configurations:

  1. On your iPad or iPhone running the most recent version of iOS, navigate to Settings.
  2. Press General.
  3. Select AirPlay & Handoff and then AirPlay Automatically.

Investigating AirPlay Connection Issues

Let’s investigate why I am unable to connect to AirPlay. Apple users can broadcast media from one device to another via a local connection—typically their home WiFi network—using AirPlay, formerly known as AirTunes. Apple TVs, Samsung TVs, Sony TVs, LG TVs, Vizio TVs, MacBooks, iPads, and other popular devices are among those that support AirPlay. As AirPlay uses Wi-Fi to stream content from one device to another, make sure all of your devices are linked to the same network. If none of the aforementioned methods work for you, you may want to try using an alternate screen mirroring program like iMyFone MirrorTo. With the help of the iMyFone MirrorTo app, you can quickly mirror the screens of your iOS and Android devices to a Windows PC, Mac, or laptop. It also has other useful features like keyboard mapping, mouse control, and live streaming.