How to Turn Off AirPlay

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When you’ve finished streaming from an iPhone or Mac, you’ll want to disconnect from your AirPlay device. Learn how to turn off AirPlay using this guide.

AirPlay is a quick and easy way to stream audio and video from one Apple device to another. In fact, with the introduction of AirPlay 2, you can stream from your Apple devices to any device that’s AirPlay 2-compatible, such as smart speakers or smart TVs.

When you’re done streaming, you’ll want to be able to quickly disconnect. Thankfully, turning off AirPlay is as simple as turning it on in the first place.

Here’s how to turn off AirPlay on your Apple devices.

How to Turn Off AirPlay Screen Sharing on Mac

Using AirPlay for video on a Mac offers a number of benefits. It’s a quick and easy way to mirror your entire desktop to another device, such as an Apple TV. In fact, you can share your screen with any supported smart TV.

Once you’ve finished, however, you’ll want to turn Airplay off again. There are a couple of ways you can do this.

Using the Menu Bar

To turn off AirPlay on Mac from the menu bar:

  1. Click on the Screen Mirroring icon in the menu bar.
    mac mirroring menu
  2. Click on the blue Screen Sharing icon next to the device you are sharing to.
    mac airplay device
  3. Your screen will now stop being shared.

Using System Preferences

If you don’t see the Screen Mirroring icon in the menu bar, it’s because this setting is turned off. In this case, you’ll need to go through System Preferences.

To turn off Airplay on Mac through System Preferences:

  1. Press the Apple icon on the menu bar.
    mac apple icon
  2. Select System Preferences.
    mac system preferences
  3. Click Displays.
    mac display settings
  4. Select Off from the AirPlay Display drop-down.
    mac turn off mirroring
  5. Screen mirroring should now stop.

If you want the Mirroring icon to show in the menu bar in the future, check Show Mirroring Options In The Menu Bar When Available.
mac show mirroring options

How to Turn Off Music AirPlay on Mac

You can also stream music or podcasts from your Mac to an Apple TV, HomePod, or any other speaker that is compatible with AirPlay 2. When you’re done, disabling audio AirPlay playback is pretty easy.

To turn off audio playback using AirPlay on Mac:

  1. Click the Control Center icon in the menu bar.
    mac control center
  2. Click the blue AirPlay icon.
    mac audio airplay
  3. From the list of available speakers, select Internal Speakers.
    mac speaker options
  4. Streaming will now stop.

How to Turn Off Screen Mirroring AirPlay on iPhone and iPad

You can also stream video or audio from your iPhone or iPad. Disconnecting is slightly different depending on whether you’re streaming video or just audio.

To turn off video AirPlay on iPhone and iPad:

  1. On an iPhone X or newer, or an iPad running iOS 12 or higher, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open the Control Center.
  2. On an iPhone 8 or older, or an iPad running iOS 11 or lower, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center.
  3. Tap the Screen Mirroring icon.
    screen mirroring iphone
  4. Select Stop Mirroring.
    iphone stop mirroring
  5. Mirroring will now stop.

How to Turn Off Audio Streaming on iPhone and iPad

If you’re streaming music from your iPhone or iPad, you can also turn this off through the Control Center, although it’s a slightly different method.

To turn off audio AirPlay on iPhone and iPad:

  1. On iPhone X or later, or iPads running iOS 12 or higher, swipe down from the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  2. On older iPhones, or iPads running older versions of iOS, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the blue AirPlay icon on the music tile.
    iphone audio airplay
  4. Select iPhone from the list of available speakers.
  5. Audio streaming will now stop.

Getting Your Apple Devices to Work Together

Learning how to turn off AirPlay keeps you in control of how and when your Apple devices and other compatible devices work together. There are many other ways you can get your Apple devices to play nicely together.

For example, you can use your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac, or use your iPhone to unlock your Apple Watch. You can pair your HomePod to your Apple TV, or even handoff activities between your iPhone and your Mac.

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