How to AirPlay YouTube from Mac to Apple TV
Have you ever been watching a YouTube video on a Mac and wished you could send it to your Apple TV to view on a bigger screen? You can do exactly that with the help of AirPlay and the latest versions of Mac OS X, which make sending a YouTube video from the Mac to an Apple TV as simple as a few clicks.
In order to AirPlay a YouTube video from the Mac to an Apple TV, you’ll need the following; an Apple TV (3rd generation or later) connected to a TV, a Mac with OS X El Capitan or newer, both the Mac and Apple TV must be on the same wi-fi network, and you’ll need to use Safari. The rest is incredibly simple, as you’ll see in this tutorial.
Mac users with an Apple TV can wirelessly transmit YouTube videos from the computer over to their TV with the help of AirPlay.
How to AirPlay YouTube Videos from Mac to Apple TV
- Open Safari on the Mac, and go to the YouTube video you want to stream to the Apple TV
- Hover the cursor over the playing video and click the “AirPlay” button (it looks like a little TV)
- Select the Apple TV (or other AirPlay receiver) from the device list
The YouTube video will start playing on the Apple TV, and the YouTube video on the Mac will turn gray with a message stating “This video is playing on [Apple TV name]” to indicate what and where its’ playing.
Going beyond YouTube, AirPlay is quite versatile, you can use AirPlay to mirror a Mac screen wirelessly to an Apple TV, and you can AirPlay a video from QuickTime on the Mac too, which is great for locally stored videos and movies that you want to watch on the Apple TV equipped television as well. The ease of the feature is really one of the more compelling reasons to get an Apple TV for many Mac users.
For Mac users who like this idea but don’t have an Apple TV to stream to, you can easily connect a Mac to a TV with HDMI, and while it’s a wired connection (best served with a long HDMI cable), it works flawlessly, has full audio and video support, and is also remarkably easy to setup.