Apple TV: AirPlay icon missing on iPhone, iPad, Mac

If the AirPlay icon does not appear on your device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac), or if the icon suddenly disappears, follow the steps below to troubleshoot this issue:

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1.Make sure that AirPlay is turned on your Apple TV. To do so, you can enable (and disable) this feature by going to Settings > AirPlay  on your Apple TV.

2.Make sure that both devices (e.g. Apple TV and iPad) are connected to the same network.

3.To be able to use AirPlay, you need compatible devices. If your device is not supported, then you will not see the AirPlay icon. They are:

  • iOS: iPhone 4 (or later), iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch (4th generation or later)


  • OSX:  iMac (Mid 2011 or newer), Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer), MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer), MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer), Mac Pro (Late 2013)


  • Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation)

4.Ensure that your Apple TV has the latest software installed. You may need to update your device. To update your Apple TV, navigate Settings > General > Update Software.

5.Ensure that your iOS device is up to date. You may need to update your iOS device. To update your device, tap Settings > General > Software Update.

6.Restart your Apple TV. To do so, go to Settings > General > Restart.

7.Restart your Wi-Fi router.

8.Restart your iOS device or Mac.

Another version of this article: Apple TV: Missing AirPlay icon, fix


  1. John says

    After spending a frustrating couple of days, I found that AirPlay seems to be incompatible with Bluetooth. As soon as I turned Bluetooth off, the Airplay icon appeared.

  2. John says

    After spending a frustrating couple of days, I found that AirPlay seems to be incompatible with Bluetooth. As soon as I turned Bluetooth off, the Airplay icon appeared. I have an iPhone 4S.

  3. Leonie Jennings says

    Airplay icon now missing from my Mountain Lion Mac. Just in the last few days. Tried all of the above. Airplay working on ipad & air book to my Samsung TV but not the MAC desktop. Has worked for years and now does not appear. No changes have occurred in moving my Mac. Same location. Unclear why it would work on ipad & air book but disappeared from Mountain Lion Mac. Look forward to any other suggestions given I have been through all the steps in this POST.

  4. Gren says

    Thank god for that. Ive looked everywhere for this solution and its been driving me mad. Something so simple as to turn the Bluetooth off

  5. miles says

    My iphone 4 legit has no airplay option my itunes can see that there is airplay on my computer and i can use it but my phone wont even have the button for airplay

  6. John says

    Resolved: I HAD the same problem. The Airplay icon did not appear in the menu bar, nor did turning bluetooth off help the problem.
    Resolution: In spotlight search, type “airplay” and click enter. The Built-in-Display window appears. At the bottom, be sure that Airplay display says: AppleTV and then be sure to check the box that says: Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available. Almost immediately, the icon will appear in your menu bar.

  7. Diane says

    I got AirPlay to display on our Gen 2 iPads. Go to Settings and turn on Airplane Mode this will turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Then open the iPad Control Center on the bottom of the iPad and turn on Wi-Fi. Airplane mode stayed on and in 3 seconds the AirPlay icon displayed in the Control Center.

  8. Ian says

    Found this issue today on my iPad and iPhone. It worked fine yesterday and I haven’t installed any updates.
    My Bluetooth was already off. Turning it on brought AirPlay back. So I guess the action of toggling Bluetooth, either on or off, seems to rectify the problem.

  9. Dave says

    I turned Bluetooth off but it did not produce the airplay icon. It did not work for me. I’ve tried a number of suggestions but not of them work.

  10. cesar says

    i tried evrything for 1 day. reset all , update all and finally i just went to the apple tv / network and click the test internet connection sand viola the icon is here

  11. apple blows says

    One more reason Apple sucks. A smartphone costing half the price of of an iphone6 easily hooks up to a TV for screen mirroring. Meanwhile I’m spending hours googling why no airplay icon appears on my iphone, and more time trying to find out why airplay doesn’t work on my airbook. Never again will i waste money on apple products of any kind, they are buggy and difficult to use.

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