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

Airplay icon can’t show or appear in iPhone, or iPad control center is running on iOS 11, iOS 10, iOS 9, iOS 8, iOS 7. and on Mac menu. Here is the solution on how to manage this and enable/ turn on 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 problem and troubleshooting solution on how we can manage it without any technical knowledge. Airplay icon missing cause 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 

From control center Airplay icon missing in iPhone and iPad

Step 1

Check your iOS device updated with latest new on, iOS 11/ iOS 10/ iOS 9/ iOS 8/ iOS 7 (if possible otherwise you can also work on iOS 7 devices or later all devices).

To check Go to the Setting > General > Software Update

Step 2

Your Apple TV also running on 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 device, your iOS device and Airplay enabled Apple TV.

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

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

AirPlay not Working on iOS 11: 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 AirPlay icon until you see the expandable pop up on 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 enable 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.Trouble shooting steps for show airplay icon in control center

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

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

Unable to Connect Airplay From Mac

First, check your device is compatible for 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 – 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 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 your can stream or Mirrors your Mac screen on Apple TV Using Airplay icon at 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.

Enable AirPlay in Apple TV settings and Try to connect.

Useful: enjoy by Play iTunes Song, Video to Apple TV directly using Airplay.

Here we are up-to-date on fix your problem, Airplay icon missing or doesn’t appear Airplay icon at iPhone and iPad control center. Any suggestion on this solution and solved this own way then don’t miss to share with us on below comment box.

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