Back in the day in order to connect your laptop to your TV, you needed to purchase a separate HDMI cable. However, in this day and age, everything is becoming wireless. The HDMI cable is no longer needed, especially if you’re an Apple fan. Since the release of the third generation Apple TV n 2014, connecting to your smart television has never been easier, thanks to an added feature known as Peer-to-peer Airplay.

Working with Bluetooth, Peer-to-peer Airplay allows you to connect your Mac, iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV, without requiring the devices to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, or even connected to any Wi-Fi network at all. This feature works by converting your device into a temporary Wi-Fi hotspot, which is used to connect to your television, and easily stream your music, videos, or photos.

While this is an extremely handy feature, it’s not without its faults. Though streaming has never been easier, using Peer-to-peer Airplay isn’t as effective as connecting via Wi-Fi as often you may experience lagging videos, if you’re carrying out heavy tasks such as watching movies.

Nonetheless, this feature is a must have for business honchos, who can now mirror presentations onto a large screen, and even for casual users, who now have an alternative option for days when their internet service may be out. The feature also allows guests to connect to your Apple TV, without having to log onto your Wi-Fi network.

In order to use Peer-to-peer Airplay, your Apple TV should be a late model 3 rev. A, with the number A1469 on the bottom, or onwards. The Apple TV must also have installed version 7.0 for its operating system. You must also have a Mac or iOS device that was released in 2012 or afterwards. To connect to your Apple TV without Wi-Fi using Peer-to-peer Airplay, follow the instructions below,

1. If you’re connected to Wi-Fi on your Mac or iDevice, go into Settings and click Wi-Fi.

2. Click the Wi-Fi network you’re connected to, and then click Forget This Network.

3. Despite disconnecting from your Wi-Fi network, do be sure Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled on both your Apple TV and iDevice or Mac.

4. Restart all devices involved in the process, whether that is your Mac or iDevice, and your Apple TV.

5. Connect your Mac or iDevice to Apple TV, following the appropriate option below

  • Mac: On the top menu bar, towards the left there will be an icon shaped like a TV. Click this icon, and choose your Apple TV from the menu.
  • iPhone or iPad: Swipe up on your screen to open Control Center. Click Screen Mirroring.

6. Your Apple TV may ask you to enter a code in order to get AirPlay to work. Enter the code.

You have now connected to your Apple TV using Peer-to-peer Airplay. Please note that is the first time you’re connecting to your Apple TV using Peer-to-peer, the process may be time consuming.

If you seem to be experiencing problems connecting to your Apple TV, ensure that both your TV and connecting device have the latest software update installed. Also bear in mind that Peer-to-peer Airplay doesn’t support media from Youtube, Netflix, HBO GO, Showtime, Crackle, and Amazon Instant Video.

Other than these platforms, Peer-to-peer Airplay is a suitable option when it comes to easily connecting to a larger screen in order to stream content for you and your family.

Troubleshoot Problems with Connecting Apple TV Without Wi-Fi

If you find that the above method for connecting your Apple TV without Wi-Fi isn’t working, you shouldn’t be too worried. Such a problem is common and can easily be fixed. It could be that you need to update the software on your devices, or you simply need to reboot your Apple TV. Whatever the case, by following the methods below, your Apple TV and other connecting devise will be working smoothly again. Follow the instructions below to troubleshoot the problem,

1. Update the iOS, macOS and Apple TV software on all devices involved in the connection process. Software is filled with bugs, and it’s not uncommon for problems to occur in your device after you install a new update. Luckily, Apple is constantly releasing subsequent updates in order to correct the mistakes of prior updates. This is why it’s essential to constantly keep the software on your device up to date.

2. Reboot your iDevice or Mac, along with your Apple TV.

3. Before enabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, first enable AirPlay on your Apple TV. Then enable Wi-Fi, and then Bluetooth on your iDevice.

4. Restart your Apple TV.

5. Ensure that your device and Apple TV are correct models that supports Peer to Peer AirPlay. Read the second paragraph of this article for more information.

Disable Peer to Peer Airplay

If you want to disable Peer to Peer Airplay, follow one of the instructions below,

1. Open Settings. Tap on General. Tap on Bluetooth. Turn Bluetooth off.

2. Turn ON Require Device Verification.

3. Require a preset password for AirPlay

Set an AirPlay Password

If you have annoying siblings or would rather your guests not have full access to your Apple TV, it’s best to set a password. In order to set an AirPlay password, follow the instructions below,

1. Go to Settings.

2. Go to AirPlay.

3. Go to Password.

4. Go to [set password].

Set On Screen Passcode for Apple TV Access

If you’re worried that your neighbor or other people nearby will be able to AirPlay to your Apple TV, you can always set an on-screen passcode on your Apple TV. Any AirPlay enabled a device that tries to connect to your Apple TV will have to enter the code that appeared on your Apple TV. In order to set an on-screen code on your Apple TV, follow the instructions below,

1. Navigate to Settings.

2. Click AirPlay.

3. Click Onscreen Code.

4. Turn this option ON.

Give Your Apple TV a Unique Name

IF you live in an apartment complex or have neighbors that also possess an Apple TV, you or your neighbors may have trouble recognizing which Apple TV is yours. This is why you should give your Apple TV a unique name. This will make it easy for you and your neighbors to identify their own television. In order to give your Apple TV a unique name, follow the instructions below,

1. Navigate to Settings.

2. Click AirPlay.

3. Click Apple TV Name.

4. Click Custom Name.

Set a unique name that you’ll be able to easily recognize.


Peer to Peer Airplay makes it easy for you to connect your Mac or iDevice to your Apple TV wirelessly, even without an internet connection. Your guests won’t need to connect to a Wi-Fi network and can begin streaming on your Apple TV with relative ease. Though this is limited in that you can’t AirPlay Netflix, HBO, GO, Showtime and Facebook, you can still AirPlay content that you’ve downloaded on your device, whether that be photos, videos, or movies. Download content beforehand, and then enjoy the content on the big screen, using Peer to Peer AirPlay.

It’s also best to set an AirPlay password, and on-screen code. This will prevent strangers or friends, who like to play pranks, from AirPlaying content on to your Apple TV. Don’t worry, for devices that you would like to give permanent access to, you’ll only need to enter the password once. As for the on-screen code, this will need to be entered every time an AirPlay enabled device tries to connect to your Apple TV. While a bit troublesome, this is best if you want to add a layer of security when it comes to accessing your Apple TV using Peer to Peer Airplay.