Apple TV AirPlay Icon Not Showing on MacBook Pro Toolbar

Apple TV AirPlay Icon Not Showing MacBook Pro Toolbar

The Apple TV AirPlay icon is no longer showing up on my MacBook Pro toolbar!

If you’re experiencing this problem, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

A new MacBook Pro and an Apple TV are the most recent technical additions to my household.

As we were enjoying the AirPlay feature last night to stream HD video from the MacBook Pro to the Apple TV, the signal was suddenly lost and the AirPlay icon no longer appeared in the toolbar on the MacBook Pro.

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Based on the fact that the MacBook Pro is brand new, running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and had successfully mirrored it’s display via AirPlay previously to our Apple TV, I knew it was not a compatibility issue.

If you have never successfully connected your Apple device to your Apple TV via Airplay, you may want to check below to see if your device is compatible with Apple TV:

Apple TV Requirements (listed on box):

  1. iOS 4.3 or later (first generation iPad is NOT supported).
  2. 802.11 wireless or Ethernet network.
  3. Video streaming requires a 802.11a, g or n wireless network.

I have read elsewhere that people are having trouble using AirPlay with MacBook Pros that were manufactured before 2011 but, according to the requirements listed by Apple, that should not be the case.

How I fixed the AirPlay icon not appearing on a MacBook Pro:


I restarted the MacBook Pro.

I first tried restarting the Apple TV, checking my network’s connectivity, checked in the MacBook Pro’s settings and none of those troubleshooting techniques shed any light on the situation.

Immediately after a MacBook Pro restart however, the AirPlay icon reappeared and I was able to successfully mirror the MacBook Pro’s screen to the Apple TV over a wireless network.

Unfortunately, this is the only technique that I have discovered to work at the moment.

Why did the AirPlay icon disappear?

Although I am not quite sure at the moment as to exactly why the icon disappeared, I do have a very good idea.

You see, I have tons of devices connected to my wireless network:

  1. Windows 7 laptop
  2. Intel Core 2 Duo iMac
  3. 2008 MacBook Pro
  4. 2013 MacBook Pro
  5. Apple TV
  6. iPhone 5
  7. iPhone 4s
  8. Xbox 360
  9. PS3
  10. HP Printer

Now, these devices aren’t always in use and sucking up my wireless bandwidth but, I believe that when the AirPlay icon disappeared on the MacBook Pro, it was simply a result of not having enough wireless network bandwidth to stream HD video.

In response to being unable to stream HD video throughout my apartment, the MacBook decided to take away the AirPlay icon all-together.

If you have any additional details regarding this issue or your experience using AirPlay with an Apple TV, please let me know in the comments section below.

As always, I will update this post as more information becomes available regarding Apple TV AirPlay streaming with MacBook Pros.

Anson Alexander

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