Connecting iPhone or iPad to Apple TV Without Wi-Fi Network

iPad Help, Tips & Tricks
// February 9, 2017

You can connect your iPhone 6s/iPhone 7 Plus or iPad Air to Apple TV even if your iDevices are not connected to Wi-Fi. You can show your photos, stream music and play your videos on the Apple TV even if your iDevices are connected to a different network. All you need to do is to use Peer to Peer Airplay. Isn’t that awesome?

Benefits of Peer to Peer Airplay

Using Peer to Peer airplay allows you to share your photos, videos and music with your family and friends without having to connect to the same Wi-Fi network. Even your guests can also share their photos or videos directly to Apple TV without having to use your home’s Wi-Fi network.  This means that everyone can just get their iPhones from their pockets and show what they have got through Apple TV.

Some people also have undependable internet service providers. When internet service is down, it is still possible to use AirPlay and stream music, share photos and watch videos. It also does not get buggy and no audio dropouts.

The Peer to Peer Airplay is also perfect for making presentations in school or business without having to log onto the client’s Wi-Fi connection. Whether for work or school purposes, presentations are now a child’s play with Apple TVs. There is no need to connect to Wi-Fi network as Peer to Peer Airplay works even offline.

Connect Mac, iPhone 6/iPhone 7 Plus or iPad to Apple TV without Wi-Fi

When iOS 8 was released, one of its excellent features is Peer to Peer Airplay. This feature lets you transform your Apple TV into a streaming device anytime and anywhere you are. You can connect your iPhone 7 plus or iPad to Apple TV even if they are not connected to the same Wi-Fi Network. However, this awesome feature is only available on Apple TV 3 devices.

  • In order to use Peer to Peer airplay, your iPhone 7 plus, iPad or iPod should have iOS 8 and later.
  • For Mac users, it requires OX X Yosemite v10.10 or later.
  • Peer to Peer Airplay requires Apple TV (3rd gen rev A model A1469) with software 7.0 and later. To check the model of your Apple TV, simply look go to Settings, select General and choose About. You can also just check the bottom of your TV to determine the model.

To start using Peer to Peer Airplay, follow these easy steps:

#1. On your iDevice or Mac, go to Settings and select Forget This Network.

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#2. On your Apple TV, also select Forget Wi-Fi Network.

#3. Turn on Bluetooth on your iDevice or Mac and Apply TV. There is no need to pair via Bluetooth.

#4. Turn on Wi-Fi even if your iDevice, Mac or Apple TV are not connected to your home network. Make sure that your Mac or iDevice are not on the same Wi-Fi network as Peer to Peer mirroring may fail.

#5. Restart your Mac or iDevice and AppleTV. The AirPlay feature will work on Mac or iDevice.

#6. Simply connect your iPhone/iPad or Mac to Apple TV.

  • For iDevices, swipe up to open Control Center and tap AirPlay.
  • For Mac, go to AirPlay status menu and select Apple TV.

Wait for your iDevice or Mac to connect to Apple TV. Using Peer to Peer Airplay for the first time may take few minutes.

Peer to Peer AirPlay Troubleshoot

If you are having problems when using Peer to Peer AirPlay, you can try this solution:

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on Apple TV.
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, turn on both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  3. Turn off and on your Apple TV.
  4. On your iPhone or iPad, swipe up to open Control Panel and tap Apple TV mirroring.

On your Apple TV, go to Settings and select AirPlay. Make sure that you turn on Require Device Verification.

If that solution did not work, you will have to get the latest operating systems of your iPhone or iPad and Apple TV. After updating your devices, simply reboot your iDevice and Apple TV. Make sure that both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are on even if they are not paired or connected to a network.


Connecting your iPhone 7 plus/iPhone 6 or iPad to Apple TV has been made easier. There is no need to be in the same network just to watch videos, show photos or make presentations. Peer to Peer AirPlay also works even offline so you can watch your stored videos on the road. If not logged into the same iCloud account, you will be required to enter a 4-digit PIN that the Apple TV will produce. This will keep outsiders from streaming to your Apple TV.

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