Airplay icon Missing on Control Center on iPhone, Mac Big Sur menu – Not Working

Last Updated on Jul 15, 2020

The Airplay icon can’t show or appear in iPhone, or iPad control center is running on iOS 14 & later and on MacOS Big Sur, Catalina menu bar. Here is the solution on how to manage this and enable/ turn on the Airplay icon accessible under the control center or Mac Instant top menu. There are many possibilities to solve Airplay not working on your iOS device or Apple TV. Let’s check all the problems and troubleshooting solutions on how we can manage it without any technical knowledge.

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Airplay icon not showing up causes many problems including the distance between your Mac or iOS device and Apple TV, network connection problem, Airplay hardware not working, manual settings, and more.

AirPlay use from control center on iPhone and iPad

Airplay Mirroring icon was shown but Won’t Start with Apple TV/ Monitor or SmartTV & Airplay not working on Mac, iPhone, or Apple Watch.

Steps to resolve Airplay icon missing in iPhone, iPad control center & Mac Top Menu 

Steps for iOS 14 to iOS 11 firmware users,

Swipe Down your Finger at the top right corner of the screen on the iPhone home screen or lock screen to access the control center.

  • For iPhone 11 11 pro Max, XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X: Swipe Down From Top Right Corner.
  • For iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, 6S/6S Plus, 6/5S: Swipe Up from Bottom Edge to Access control center

Now Touch and Hold on Music card until you see on full-screen mode, Now Tap on Airplay icon to get switching option between output speaker or iPhone speaker quickly.

If you are failed and Unable to Switch or use Airplay on your iOS device, follow the below solutions.

Airplay icon missing on Control center on iPhone

Airplay icon missing on Control center on iPhone

That’s it music mirroring done through these ways.

But AirPlay, Called Screen Mirroring Formally in iOS 10 or earlier. Works for Screen Sharing between Apple devices (Mac, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod). But To Share the screen between the device, your both device must be connected with the same network.

Step 1

Check your iOS device updated with the latest one.

To check Go to the Setting > General > Software Update

Step 2

Your Apple TV also running an updated version of Apple OS, To check available update: Setting > General> Update Software, Then Download and install. More update process in step, Look at here

Step 3

Double-check, your Device Wi-Fi should be enabled on both devices, your iOS device and Airplay enabled Apple TV.

Note: Your all the devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

To check your Wi-Fi with name Go to the Setting > Wi-Fi

[Screen Mirroring] Airplay not Working on iOS 14: From Control Center

New, Gesture, and Finger-sensitive control now on New iOS 11 control center. The single tap can not start AirPlay. So press and Hold on the AirPlay icon until you see the expandable pop up on the screen, See the below image.

Access Screen Mirroring on iPhone control center

Still, you don’t find missing Airplay icon on iPhone control center

  • Are you using Airplay or Airplay mirroring, then restart Airplay by enabling or disable it manually? So Go to the Setting > Airplay from Apple TV.
  • Before trying to use Airplay features from the photo, video, and music third party app then verify. First, it should be enabled/ compatible with Airplay.

From our readers and experts suggestion: can’t use Airplay or Airplay icon missing

  • Are you trying to stream photos, videos, and music from different iOS devices to single Apple TV at the same time? Then you can’t do that.
  • Check your Router configuration with a predefined installation declaration by Apple.
  • Remove alternately connected Wi-Fi devices that not needs or temporally.
  • Keep your both device (iOS device or Apple TV) near to the Wi-Fi router as possible.
  • Check the Wi-Fi network in all the devices by using internet explorers and online app.

Unable to Connect Airplay From Mac

First, check your device is compatible with AirPlay options. New devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple TV) from Apple and SmartTV only support Airplay mirroring.

List of Airplay compatible Devices,

Apple TV: Apple TV – a 2nd generation or later (Also update AppleTV OS)

Mac Machine:

Mac Pro (Late 2013 or later), MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or later), MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or later), MacBook (Early 2015 and later), iMac (Mid 2011 or later).

HDTV: If you are using SmartTV (Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Micromax, Weston) with Apple TV.

For Peer to peer connection, no Password required within the same network

Apple TV (3rd Generation)

Mac (2012 or later) with Yosemite 10.10 & later

airplay not showing up on mac menu bar mac Big Sur, Catalina

Airplay icon missing on Mac or not connecting to Apple TV

Go to the System Preference on Mac > Display

Enable Checkbox for “Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available”. if this option is disabled then we unable See or Airplay icon not showing in Mac Menu Bar.

4 Show mirroring option on Mac Settings

Now you can stream or Mirrors your Mac screen on Apple TV Using Airplay icon at the top Mac menu bar.

Also, Check Some settings, Airplay from Mac to Apple TV doesn’t work,

  1. Firewall Settings: Mac Apple menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Firewall

1 Mac Security & Privacy under System Preferences

  1. Unlock access to Make Changes from bottom-right corner > Don’t turn off firewall then Firewall Options and Uncheck Block All Firewall incoming connections.

2 Change Mac OS Firewall settings

5 Uncheck Block all incoming connection from Mac Firewall settings


Save settings.

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Enable AirPlay in Apple TV settings and Try to connect.

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