troubles AirPlay from iPhones to AppleTV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by msvadi, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. msvadi macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2010
    It feels like our AppleTV works worse and worse with every software update. It worked flawlessly when we first bought it: our iPhones would easily connect to the AppleTV and stream music.

    Now, many software updates later, it takes numerous attempts just to wake up the AppleTV and start streaming music from an iPhone. I typically have to start playing music on my iPhone first, then select AppleTV, then wait a few minutes and repeat the process several times until it works.

    Things have become even worse after one of the last updates: AppleTV still appears as an available device from an iPhone, but selecting it and starting playing music does not wake the AppleTV up. I either have to wake it up manually using the remote or keep it always on.

    Also, after one of the latest updates, AppleTV stopped supporting gapless playback when music is steamed from an iPhone. It happens only if I steam from an iPhone to the AppleTV: If I used headphones, bluetooth devices, or stream from a Macbook Pro, then it's normal gapless playback.

    I tried resetting the AppleTV numerous times with no improvements.

    I'm quite sure that the problem is not with my iPhone: the same thing happens with all our iPhones (we have several in the house). Also, I have recently upgraded from an iPhone 5 to iPhone 6, and it's the same story with the new device.

    I'm believe that there are no problems with our wi-fi network: AirPlay works absolutely fine from the Macbook Pro every time.

    Can anything be done?
  2. sodapop1 Suspended


    Sep 7, 2014
    Interesting, I'm not having any similar issues whatsoever. I tested 3 iPhones, a 6+ and a 4S each running the latest iOS 8.1.3 and a 3GS running 6.1.6. All were able to wake up the ATV and play music. I also ran the same test from my MacBook and no problems there either.

    You never mentioned how you're attempting to AirPlay music on each of the devices. Are you using Apple apps?

    The only ATV related issue that I'm continuously having isn't with the ATV but rather the iTunes software running on my MacBook needs to be restarted constantly so that the ATV can see my local iTunes library.
  3. msvadi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2010
    Hi, Yes, I use Apple apps only for AirPlay: swipe from the bottom on an iPhone and to get the control center and then select AppleTV. By the way, one more issue: The play/pause button in the control center often becomes unresponsive once AppleTV is selected.
  4. sodapop1 Suspended


    Sep 7, 2014
    Well, if you're able to consistently AirPlay music to the ATV from your MacBook, that proves that both the ATV and your WiFi network are working properly. I also don't think that the issues you're having with the iPhones is AirPlay related at all.

    I suspect that your iPhones are intermittently connecting to the WiFi network that your ATV is connected to. Also, the AirPlay icon is just a cached indicator and it doesn't necessarily mean that the iPhone can actually see the ATV. The two devices need to be connected to the same network in order to be able to communicate with each other.

    I suggest starting to troubleshoot it from an iPhone WiFi connectivity perspective. Also, make sure you delete any "remembered networks" that your phone could be connecting to that you want it to forget
  5. msvadi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2010
    Thanks for your response. I probably should have given more details.

    Half the time, the AppleTV simply would not wake up. But also very often there is communication between the iPhone and AppleTV, but Airplay would not work. In later cases, when I try to Airplay music from my iPhone, AppleTV would show on the screen a message with the name of the song I'm trying to play. The message would go away after a second or so, but music would not start.

    There is also an issue with gapless playback which often does not work with AppleTV.

    I found a few other related discussions on the web, which describe similar problems:

    All this makes me thing that something is broken with AirPlay and AppleTV.

  6. sodapop1 Suspended


    Sep 7, 2014
    Understood but the problem is with "intermittent" communication. And why keep blaming the AppleTV when you have already proven that it isn't the problem? There is something wrong on the iPhone end with WiFi connectivity or the AirPlay software running on the iPhone.
  7. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    google your main router model and airplay.

    I've been using airplay for almost 10 years, and all of the problems i've had with it have been fixed by messing with the main router.

    check in particular for a setting called WMM.
  8. nbernste macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2015
    Airplay from ipad to two speakers simultaneously


    Anyone know how to send music from your ipad to two airplay devices (speakers) at the same time please? It allows me to select two or more at the same time on my mac but when I try to do it via my ipad by swiping up, it only ever seems to allow me to do it to one speaker.

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.


  9. msvadi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2010
    It's unlikely that the same problem happened simultaneously with all 4 iPhones in our house. It must be something else.


    Thanks. I'm using a Time Capsule. I could not find any settings for WMM in the Airport Utility.
  10. msvadi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2010
    Mystery solved: In 2013 Apple started a fee replacement program for some 3rd generation AppleTV's with wi-fi issues:

    It turns out that my unit falls within the range of serial numbers eligible for replacement. I've been struggling with AppleTV issues for at least two years, but never came across that information. I don't know how it escaped my attention, but at least there is an explanation now. I'm scheduling an appointment at the Apple store. Hopefully, the program still goes on and they will replace my unit.
  11. msvadi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2010
    Just a quick update: I went to the Apple store today and my AppleTV was quickly replaced with a new one, even though my unit was over 2 years old. I checked the new unit at home an everything works flawlessly so far. The problems I was experiencing had nothing to do with my router or the network.

    If you are experiencing wi-fi issues with your AppleTV similar to mine, check if your unit falls under the 2013 replacement program, before any troubleshooting. I've seen quite a few posts on different forums from people describing similar issues who are unaware of the replacement program. Somehow it went under the radar.

    I came across the replacement program only after searching the web for AppleTV's randomly turning off (another issue that became very common in the last few weeks before the replacement).
  12. pn247 macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2015
    Great result :)

    Nicely found. I have a Apple TV 3rd gen in the bedroom that I may well be taking into Apple for replacement.

    As an aside, AirPlay has been a real pain on iOS8 in general but has been much more stable since 8.2 became available. :)

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