How To Enable AirPlay Mirroring In iOS 5

One very cool feature of iOS 5 is the ability to display your iDevice on your HDTV with an Apple TV over Wi-Fi.  You no longer have to use an HDMI cable.  Currently iOS 5 only supports the iPad, and I believe only the iPad 2 at that.  This is probably due to the processor requirements as the iPad 2 has a faster processor.

In order to enable AirPlay Mirroring in iOS 5 you have to double click the home button and then slide all the way to the right until you see the AirPlay icon.  Press that and you will see all your enabled AirPlay devices.  Select your AppleTV and you will then see an option to turn on mirroring. Please note that you must be running iOS 5.0+ on your Apple TV as well. Now you can watch, play games, browse the internet, and more all on your big screen TV.

Hopefully there will be support in the future for the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch.

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    • says

      I will make a tutorial later. Basically you plug your apple tv into your computer with a mini usb cable. Do not plug the power cord into the apple tv. Open up itunes and hold down the option key(mac) or shift key(windows) and then press restore. Choose the iOS 5 ipsw for the apple TV and let it update.

      • dan says

        Do i need to get the UDID registered on apple tv 2 to get ios 5.0 o it? if so, how do I locate the The UDID?

        • Icerpro says

          If you are on a windows machine. Download USBView for windows.
          1. Turn off your apple tv
          2. unplug all cords from the apple tv
          3. plug in the power cord into the apple tv
          4. after the white light on the front of the device stops flashing, plug in the usb cable
          5. open USB view
          6. click on the Apple mobile device USB drive port

  1. berkay says

    I’ve updated ipad2 to ios5 and I have apple TV with 4.2.2 .. I could not find the 5.0 ipsw file for apple tv anywhere… do you have a link?

      • berkay says

        Thank you.. I activated my ipad UDID with the help of my friend who is a developer. I do not want to bother him with apple tv also. So I enrolled to developer program to download the ipsw file. I’m just waiting for the verification email from Apple.. Thanks again

      • berkay says

        I enrolled to IOS developer program.. But I could not find the iOS5 download tab in the portal. I only see 4.3 ..

        • Berkay says

          Yes.. But yhe problem is now i cannot locate apple tv UDID on itunes.. Just downloading the xcode.. I’ll do over that..

  2. Joe says

    If anyone can figure out how to find the UUID for the Apple TV 2, please let us know. iOS 5 wants it in order to activate on the Apple TV.

    • Berkay says

      The only way is to download xcode and than connect apple tv to mac and find the UDID.. I could not find the way to locate UDID via itunes

    • Chad says

      Hey just to let yo know google Iphone Configuration Utility it works best to get UUID and great thing it works for MAc or Windows and was created by Apple..

    • Tom says

      System Profiler, under the USB tab. It’s the number next to serial number (obviously the UDID though because it is so long…)

  3. Joe says

    Hmmm… I had tried the old XCode and saw my Apple TV but didn’t see any UUID. I then downloaded the beta XCode to try it next. This time, Apple TV didn’t even show up in the list of devices. I will have to try and reinstall again.

    • Berkay says

      I successfully installed apple tv ios5. I found the UDID via organizer of xcode. I register the device and now its working.. And its cool

  4. Joe says

    For some reason, when I fire up XCode, I can see 3 of my iPhone and iPad devices, but not the Apple TV 2. The Apple TV shows up in iTunes, but not in this new beta of XCode. Weird. Since I can get its UUID, I can’t activate it.

      • Berkay says

        If you do it like this the comp do not see the apple tv.. I found in a forum the way i wrote.. First plug the power cord. Wait for the light to be solid .. Then connect the usb and unplug the power cord..

    • Berkay says

      Just plug the power cord before connecting it to computer with usb.. Wait for the light of apple tv to get solid.. Than connect it to usb.. And then plug off the power cord.. Now xcode must see the apple tv..

  5. Dustin says

    I was unable to get my UDID with iTunes or the Xcode Organizer. I did finally get it from the iPhone Configuration Utility. Also, mirroring does not work the original ipad.

  6. C Keyser says

    This is convoluted. XCode refused to see the device. Then saw it and decided it wasn’t connected, even though it was. Who do I have to screw to get this thing to work?

  7. Eivind says

    I am a registered iOS Developer, I have found my UDID and registered it online, but my problem is that the AppleTV won’t show up in the iTunes source list. I have tried everything, but no luck. Does anyone have any tip? Yes I have read the instructions from Apple, and tried them, but it just don’t work.

    • theotheravguy says

      ive had the same issue with apple tv being recognised by itunes only way it works is with DFU mode or restore mode otherwise it doesnt come up. im also having issues with mirroring not working unsure of the cause so far but i can run music etc over air play and control via remote app but as soon as i select mirroring it turns off airplay

  8. Cyril says

    Guys to find UDID just plug device in iTunes and then on Summary tab click on Serial Number…. Then UDID will appear:)

  9. Dan says

    Found your forum, I’m a developer, I have no problem getting all my devices to provision and then activate. I can get Apple TV to show in Xcode and I can get it to show in Itunes, I’ve updated to the new software So whats the issue, here is the rub

    It keeps saying that it won’t activate? I don’t get it. I get a green light on all other devices, any advice on how to activate this darn thing?


  10. Mar says

    I have an iPad 2, updated to iOS 5. Also updated appleTV.
    But I do not get any Ariplay icon on my iPad.
    Sliding to the right, I only see an iTunes icon and controls to play music, but NO AIRPLAY.
    Any idea of what I am missing?

  11. Rob says

    Airplay mirroring works well with my ipad2 . But does an iphone 5 support mirroring. It supports audio but i cant find a way to use this phone to give me the mirroring facilities of the ipad. I understand the iphone 4 can mirror

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