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How to use AirPlay on Android devices

If you want to use Apple’s AirPlay on your Android phone, you will have to resort to alternatives.

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AirPlay is a wireless technology that allows you to send your screen, video, or music to another device that supports AirPlay. In most cases, the only way to send content from one AirPlay device to another is by using another AirPlay device, which can only receive content from an Apple device (such as an iPhone, iPad, or Mac) or a smart TV, Apple TV, or speaker. There are, however, alternate options that enable AirPlay casting from Android smartphones.


What is AirPlay?

The AirPlay protocol enables wireless media streaming between iOS devices, Macos computers, Apple TV, and Windows PCs with iTunes installed. The AirPlay symbol may be accessed by tapping the phone’s screen and then choosing the target device. AirPlay is a form of audio transmission that does not use intermediary servers. In other words, streaming will cease if either your iOS device or AirPlay speaker/TV stops being connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Android is one of the few operating systems that doesn’t support AirPlay, which is a real bummer. While content can be moved effortlessly in one direction (from iPhone to Chromecast), the reverse is not true. The good news is that you can simply emulate AirPlay on your Android device and send streams to an Apple TV or other AirPlay-enabled device with the help of a number of different apps.

The best AirPlay alternatives for Android

LocalCast

LocalCast apps.

With LocalCast, you may transmit content from your Android mobile device to an Apple TV through AirPlay. The Amazon Fire TV Stick, Xbox 360, and Roku are just some of the devices it is compatible with.

Both Chromecast and Apple TV subtitles are supported. However, an Apple TV 4 is required for subtitle functionality. Due to the app’s free nature, it does have some advertising. By upgrading to the paid Pro edition, you may avoid advertisements, have access to video previews in search results, and gain access to other features. This costs €5.99 per month.

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AllCast

AllCast apps.

AllCast provides much more options than its competitors. The program supports both AirPlay and the DLNA protocol, so you may stream to whatever device you choose. This implies that it can stream to many other devices, including Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and others.

To use it, you must first install the AllCast app on both your Android phone and your Apple TV. Otherwise, the device will be found, but you won’t be able to play anything. The free version of the app has a 5-minute time limit on video and photo viewing. This restriction can be removed by purchasing the full version of the software once for €3.65.

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AllCast

AllCast

Users of the HomePod and other AirPlay-enabled speakers may stream music directly through AirMusic. In AirMusic’s settings, you can specify which means the app should use to get to the audio source. Support for AirPlay, Google Cast, Roku, DLNA, Sonos, AllPlay, Samsung Multiroom, and FireTV is included in AirMusic. This app allows you to send content from any Android app to several recipients at once.

Both a free trial and a paid full edition of the app may be downloaded from the Play Store; the trial is always free, while the full version costs €4.99 one time only.

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