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How to Stream Music and Videos with AirPlay on the iPad

The coolest feature arriving on the iPad and other iOS 4.2 devices is the ability to stream video playback to other devices, specifically the Apple TV. Users can now stream a movie from the iPad to your Apple TV with a push of button. You can also stream music and other content to the Apple TV and other devices. The guide below will show you how to stream videos from your iPad to an Apple TV in your home.

For those of you who like the use of videos to learn, you will find a video at the end of the post showing you how to stream videos and music to the Apple TV from the iPad. If you have any comments or questions please use the comments form at the end of the article.

Software/Hardware used: iPad 16GB running iOS 4.2 and an Apple TV (2010 model).

If you own an iPad you may want to consider protecting your iPad’s screen with Zagg Invisible Shield Screen Protectors.

Before proceeding with the guide make sure that the Apple TV you wish to stream video to is on the same network as the iPad and that AirPlay is enabled on the Apple TV.

How To Stream Videos from the iPad to Your Apple TV

With AirPlay you can stream audio and video to an Apple TV. In this section we will go over streaming video from the iPad.

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1. While playing a video on the iPad, tap on the screen for the controls to appear.

2. Tap on the AirPlay icon.

3. Choose the device you wish to stream the video to.

The video should begin streaming on to the Apple TV you chose from the list. To stop streaming repeat the steps above and tap on iPad.

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You can also control AirPlay from the recently used applications list.

1. While playing the video on the iPad, press the Home button twice and scroll to the left.

2. Tap on the AirPlay icon.

3. Choose the device you wish to stream the video to.

The video should begin streaming on to the device you chose from the list. To stop streaming repeat the steps above and tap on iPad.

If you happen to have wireless speakers at home that are compatible with AirPlay you will be able to select them from the list to stream only audio.

How to Stream Music from the iPad to Your Apple TV

In this section we will go over streaming audio from the iPad to the Apple TV.

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1. Open the iPod app and tap on the AirPlay icon next to the volume control.

2. Tap on the device you wish to stream the audio to.

To bring the audio back to the iPad repeat the steps above and tap on iPad from the list.

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You can also access AirPlay settings for audio without having to exit the application you are working on.

1. Press the Home button twice to open the recently used apps bar, scroll to the left until you see the iPod controls.

2. Tap on the AirPlay icon.

3. Tap on the device you wish to stream the audio to.

To bring the audio back to the iPad repeat the steps above and tap on iPad from the list.

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As far as I can tell the second option listed above will allow you to stream audio from Pandora, I noticed that there is no option to enable streaming within the Pandora App, but I’m sure that will be taken care of in a future update to Pandora.

Stream Videos and Music to Apple TV with the iPad

What do you think about AirPlay so far? Use the comments form below.

  • Neville Franks

    Is it possible to stream music from an iPad to a Windows PC, in particular Windows Media Center.

  • Cat Byter

    I’d like to be able to use Airplay to stream different music to different airplay speakers. 5.1 airplay is a start, but better yet would be a multitrack audio player/Airplay that allows as many speakers to play discrete audio as is required for the project. 12 speakers playing different parts at once is an amazing sound.

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      I guess we’ll have to wait for the next version of iOS for the Apple TV and iPad/iPhone.

  • Valdez

    I don’t have the airplay icon. What do I do?

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      Did you update your Apple TV? Is your Apple TV on the same network as the iOS device?