With the AirPlay feature, you can cast content from the iPhone, iPad, and Mac on your Apple TV. Therefore, you get to access more content on your Apple TV apart from what is available in the App Store. At times, it is possible that issues might arise during the screen mirroring process. You might see that your Apple TV is not showing up on your smartphone when you try to cast content on it. If you come across such a situation on your devices, you can try the following troubleshooting tips.

Apple TV Not Showing Up on iPhone: Fixes

When you connect Apple devices using AirPlay, it works without issues in a coordinated manner. However, if your Apple TV is not showing up on your iPhone, you can see a message saying that the device is looking for Apple TV. The following fixes will help you out with the same.

Restart Your iPhone and Apple TV

If your Apple TV doesn’t show up during screen mirroring, you will have to restart both devices.

To restart your Apple TV:

1. Remove the power cable from the power source for 30 seconds.

2. After the desired time has passed, connect your device back to the power source.

3. Finally, check if you can connect the devices using the AirPlay feature and cast content from the iPhone.

To restart iPhone:

  • Press and hold the Power button and drag the slider towards the right to restart.

Check Your Wi-Fi Network

You need to connect your Apple TV and iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network so that you can cast content on it using the AirPlay feature. Therefore, make sure you have connected the iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network. Also, check if the Wi-Fi network is strong enough. You can restart your Wi-Fi router as follows.

Apple TV not showing up on iPhone

1. Remove the power cord of the Wi-Fi router from the power source.

2. Keep the power cable unplugged for at least 30 seconds.

3. Next, connect the router back to power after the desired time has passed.

4. Finally, check if you can cast content from your iPhone on your Apple TV.

Enable AirPlay on Apple TV

1. You need to sign in to your Apple TV and iOS device using the same Apple ID.

2. On the Apple TV, open the Settings menu.

3. Next, select the AirPlay option.


4. Select Room, and select the room with your Apple TV following the onscreen instructions.

Check if your iPhone supports AirPlay

You need to check if your iPhone supports The AirPlay feature as follows.

1. On your iPhone, open the Control Center from its home screen.

2. If you can see the Screen Mirroring icon, it means that the device has AirPlay support.

Screen Mirroring icon

Software Update

Perform a Software Update on the Apple TV and the iPhone as it will fix bugs on both the devices.

1. On your Apple TV, open the Settings menu.

2. Select the System option and the Software Updates option.

3. Next, select the Update Software option.

Update Software

4. If there is a pending update, click on Download and Install.

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Check the AirPlay Settings

1. On your Apple TV, launch the Settings app.


2. Next, open AirPlay and HomeKit.

AirPlay and HomeKit

3. From the AirPlay menu, select the Allow Access option.

Apple TV not showing up on iPhone

4. Select the Everyone option from the menu.

Apple TV not showing up on iPhone

Contact Apple Support

After performing each troubleshooting tip, you need to check if the Apple TV shows up on your smartphone during screen mirroring. If none of the above tips was helpful to you, you need to contact Apple Support.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why isn’t my Apple TV showing on my iPhone?

Your Apple TV might not show up on your iPhone because of a weak internet connection or pending software updates on the devices.

How do I pair my iPhone with Apple TV?

Connect your iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV. Next, launch the Control Center on your iPhone and select the Screen Mirroring option. Select your Apple TV from the list of devices to enable the casting.

Why is Apple TV not showing up on iPhone?

The issue might be due to the device with outdated software. Also, check if the Apple TV and iPhone is connected to the same WIFI.

Why does Apple TV not showing 4k option?

You can check if you are using HDMI input that supports 4K and higher video. Also, check the video and HDMI settings, and the HDMI cables are 4K compatible.

How to connect Apple TV with iPhone?

You need to use the same WIFI on TV and iPhone to establish a connection through AirPlay.

What to do when Apple TV not showing up on iTunes?

In that case, the user should reinstall iTunes with the latest version and check if the Apple TV is plugged properly on to the TV.