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If you are having troubles streaming video content via AirPlay or Screen Mirroring from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to your Apple TV, you are not alone! I am guessing that you already tried the “fixes” offered by other bloggers, but none of them have worked. While I don’t have a permanent fix either, I can provide you with a workaround that enabled me to stream [email protected] videos from my iCloud Photo Library to my 4K Apple TV without lags or stuttering.
I have been struggling specifically with AirPlay mirroring where I would mirror the screen of my iPhone to my 4K Apple TV for the purpose of replaying videos from my iCloud Photo Library. The videos that I recorded in 4K with 60 frames per second play fine on my iPhone, but as soon as I enable screen mirroring, they become unwatchable on the Apple TV. What I mean by that is that the playback is slow and jerky and the video intermittently stops every second or so.
What is AirPlay?
AirPlay is a wireless protocol developed by Apple that allows you to stream music or videos from your iOS device, or Mac to an Apple TV, HomePod, or a third-party AirPlay receiver.
AirPlay 1 vs. AirPlay 2 Audio and Video Streaming
I have had AirPlay problems since Apple first released the protocol stack in September of 2010. Apple used to call AirPlay AirTunes for audio-only streaming, but the company later changed the name to AirPlay. The name change made sense considering that AirPlay not only covers streaming music but also photos and videos.
With iOS 11.4, Apple launched AirPlay 2, and I was hoping that would solve the slow performance I have experienced with the previous version. However, it appears as if Apple’s focus with AirPlay 2 was to enable multi-device and multi-room streaming only, which is a crucial differentiator for the HomePod.
AirPlay Tips That Often Don’t Work
When I googled for a solution, all I could find were mostly useless tips, such as:
- Get close to the router to im