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How to Turn Off AirPlay on iPhone

With AirPlay, you can stream any content, like photos, videos, and documents, on a bigger screen like a Mac, Smart TV, or Apple TV. Since AirPlay is enabled by default on your iPhone/iPad, you don’t need to change any settings.

Here are some ways to turn off AirPlay on your iPhone if it sometimes becomes annoying.

Turn Off AirPlay on iPhone from an App

You can use AirPlay from the supported apps on your iPhone to Mirror the content to the bigger screen. To turn off AirPlay while screen mirroring, you don’t need to exit the app you are in.

For example, let’s say you are watching the slideshow of your recent vacation photos on your smart TV, and you want to turn off AirPlay. On your iPhone Photos app, you can see a TV icon at the top right whenever you are streaming your photos/videos.

airplay enabled photos app iphone

A small pop-up menu will appear at the bottom when you tap on that TV icon. Go ahead and tap Turn off AirPlay to disconnect the iPhone from your TV.

turn off airplay from photos app iphone

Likewise, you can turn off AirPlay from the Apple Music app to stop streaming music or videos. Also you can disconnect AirPlay from the Apple TV as well.

Related: How to Mirror iPhone/iPad to Windows Screen for Free with AirPlay?

Turn Off AirPlay from Control Center

If you are mirroring your entire iPhone screen to your TV, then you can easily turn off AirPlay from the Control center. Swipe down from the top right to launch Control Center on your device. Tap on the screen mirroring icon (two overlapped rectangles).

screen mirroring enabled iphone

Then, tap Stop Mirroring in the pop-up menu displayed on your screen.

stop screen mirroring iphone

It will stop mirroring your iPhone screen or app to the TV instantly.

Turn Off AirPlay from the Lock Screen

While playing music from apps like Apple Music, you can access the media player from the locked screen. If you are streaming music/video over AirPlay, you can see the TV icon on the right of the player.

media player lock screen iphone

To turn off AirPlay, tap on the TV icon. Here, you can see iPhone and the device currently connected via AirPlay. Just tap on iPhone so that AirPlay will get turned off and the media will continue playing on your iPhone.

turn off airplay from lock screen

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How to Stop AirPlay from Automatically Connecting to Your TV

Though AirPlay helps you to stream your media on a bigger screen, it can be embarrassing sometimes. Let’s say someone is sleeping in your living room, and you have accidentally clicked the AirPlay button. Now, you have to rush to turn off the TV or stop AirPlay to prevent that person from waking up.

To avoid this kind of situation, you can stop AirPlay on your iPhone from automatically connecting to your TV. For that, go to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff.

AirPlay and Handoff Settings iPhone

On the new screen, tap Automatically AirPlay to TVs.

airplay settings iphone

Then, from the list of options, tap Never or Ask instead of Automatic. That’s it. From now on, AirPlay will not get connected to your TV automatically.

disable automatic connection of airplay iphone

Related: How to Avoid Annoying Notifications While Holding iPhone Near HomePod mini

How to Completely Disable AirPlay on iPhone

There is no setting on iPhone to altogether disable AirPlay as you do for other connectivity options like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. As mentioned in the above section. you can stop AirPlay from automatically connecting to a device.

Another option is to disable AirPlay on your Smart or Apple TV.

FAQ: Turn Off AirPlay on iPhone

How do I turn off AirPlay on my lock screen?

If you are streaming media from your iPhone to your HomePod, Apple TV, or other devices, you can see the media player on a locked screen. To turn off AirPlay, tap the TV icon displayed on the player.

How do I turn off AirPlay for certain apps?

You cannot block AirPlay for only some apps as it is a system-wide setting. However, if the app has any setting that prevents you from connecting to AirPlay, you can use that to turn off AirPlay.

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