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How to AirPlay almost any video, even if AirPlay isn't in the app

Not all apps with video support AirPlay, but there's still a way to use AirPlay with some of them. Here's how.

If you own an iPhone or iPad and an Apple TV, odds are you have taken advantage of AirPlay. But what about those apps that don't support AirPlay? You may think you are stuck watching the video on your iOS device, instead of your TV. Well, before you get too discouraged, there's another method you can try, and you may be surprised at the results.

Unfortunately this isn't an across-the-board solution for getting video to your TV. Apps such as the ABC Player to HBO Go will only stream audio, or in some cases block AirPlay altogether. If you're set on getting HBO Go to your Apple TV, there is a workaround for getting it there.

To get the video from your iOS device to your Apple TV when the AirPlay icon isn't present, follow the simple steps below. Of course, you'll need an Apple TV and an iOS device on the same Wi-Fi network in order for this to work.

  1. Open the app, begin playing a video.
  2. Double-click the home button to bring up the App Switcher tray. Swipe left-to-right in the tray, revealing the media player controls, including an AirPlay icon.
  3. Tap on the AirPlay icon and select the Apple TV you want to stream to. Don't turn on Mirroring if the option is present; it's not necessary.

The video should then start playing on your TV almost immediately.

That's all there is to it. Let us know which apps you've found this works with, or doesn't work with in the comments below!