12 Replies Latest reply: Aug 21, 2012 7:04 AM by KetIndia
Guy Towle Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
Trying to stream content from iPhone or iTouch to new Apple TV (2nd Generation)
Devices upgraded to iOS4.2.1
Apple TV software updated to this week's new version 4.1
Devices and ATV2 all on same Wi-Fi Network
AirPlay turned "on" in ATV2 menu. No password required
(iTunes on iMac can stream successfully to ATV2 using iTunes Home Sharing)
(One AirPort Express operates on same network and is visible in iMac iTunes)

No icon for AirPlay shows up in devices. I know what to look for as I watched the following video: http://www.apple.com/ios/ but the AirPlay icon doesn't show up in the iPhone or the iTouch.

Anybody with same challenges?
Any solutions or ideas?


iMac Alu 24" 2.8Ghz & G4 Mac Cube, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • anilsudhakaran Level 4 Level 4 (1,445 points)
    By any chance is your Apple TV in sleep mode? That's the only time I have seen the AirPlay icon not appear on my Mac as well as iPhone. Also what model of iPhone are you using?
  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,335 points)
    Double click the Home button and slide the app menu bar to the right. The AirPlay option for the app that you are trying to stream should be there..
  • Guy Towle Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Thanks for the diagnosis! Double clicking the Home button exposes the AirPlay icon. It all seems to work well now on my iPhone and iTouch.
  • Dmsnyc10 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Are you kidding Apple? This feature only works on second generation Apple TVs? So the people who are loyal, buy first and pay the highest price for their devices are the ones that in the end you leave out of new features. Shame on you. My loyalty continues to fade.
  • heticu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Okay. So after several hours of upgrading my iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G to OS 4.2.1 and not having them find my ATV; then reading several forum threads and poking around on my ATV; it became apparent that ATV1 does not support this new AirPlay feature. However, my ATV told me (under the settings, REMOTE section) to download and install the latest version of "REMOTE". I did on both devices, and now can successfully control my ATV1 with either my iPhone or iPod. However... iTunes must be running on my pc; this is the conduit. Hope this helps others.
  • heticu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    UPDATE: Most reading this probably already knew this, but for the rest of us: Further investigation has revealed that the REMOTE software is simply controlling iTunes on my pc. IOW, the music stored on my iPod or iPhone is not being streamed. So, for those of us who don't want to throw away our ATV1, we can simply turn our iPods and iPhones into PC remote controllers.
  • richard3 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
    Thank you!
  • benmoon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    You can simply connect iPhone to Wi-fi and icon will appear and you will have direct access to ATV
  • bozmoz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This worked for me a couple days ago. I just got an optic cord and connected it to my stereo. Now I can't get the airplay icon on my iphone4. I have the latest iOS 4.2.1 and the latest (little black box, version 2)appleTV with the latest OS update. ... No airplay icon.

    Rebooted everything. No icon.

    Disconnected and reconnected to network. No Icon.

    Two das ago it worked when I had the appleTV goe via HDMI to TV then to stereo. Now that doesn't work either.


    ... help?
  • bozmoz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    got it to work... minutes after last post, of course.

    went to settings --> general --> network
    then enabled 3G and Data Roaming

    Not sure which of these settings made the difference. Not sure if anything made the difference. But I can now do airplay. It's still seems weird and I don't feel confident it will continue to work.
  • bozmoz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Still very flakey. I've now got to a point where my iPhone 3GS won't show the icon by my iPhone 4 will. There seems to be no rhyme nor reason. A big part of why I bought the AppleTV was so my wife, who's kind of a technophobe, could stream music from her iPhone easily. "Easy when it works" doesn't cut it.

    I like Apple stuff. Have for a long long time. A big reason is that it just works.... Maybe that's changing. As far as airplay goes, I've lost confidence. It ***** that I bought the AppleTV while airplay was vaporware. Adjusting my trust-o-meter. Oh well.

    While I'm at it. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to stream my laptop's display to my TV via AppleTV? I think so. How 'bout it Apple?

    ... Grrrr. Restarting the iPhone 3GS seems to have helped. The icon's back. ... "So, Honey, Dear, just wake the AppleTV and then see if the icon thingy shows up in the iPod App" (I lost her at the word "wake", never mind "iPod App") "then, if it doesn't, wait a little bit. Sorry. Not sure how long. Just wait. ... Well, then if it doesn't show up then restart your iPhone.... Yeah. I'm not sure that will work. Oh yeah, you don't remember how to restart the iPhone.... Hmmm. Uh. Unplug the AppleTV for about ten seconds. Now plug it in. Wait. Wait. ... " ... ugh. Give me a flip'n turntable. Please.
  • KetIndia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    @ Guy Towle


    Verify that all your AirPlay-enabled devices are logged on to the same home Wi-Fi network (check the home network names on your devices to confirm).