If you do not own an Apple TV device you will be looking elsewhere for ways to tap into Apple’s AirPlay technology. Kodi AirPlay Mirroring has supported this technology for a while but its accuracy has been hindered by each release of IOS on both tablets and smart phones. Apple don’t make it easy for the Kodi team to implement this feature. In this ‘How to Enable Airplay Kodi’ article I will take you through the setup steps required and will look at the current status of Kodi AirPlay support on later versions of IOS. I will address the requirements for each version & discuss the status of Kodi AirPlay IOS 13 functionality.
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Enable Airplay Kodi – All you Need to Know (Plus IOS 13 status)
The latest versions of the great media centre solution do have Kodi AirPlay support but how good this is depends on the version of IOS you are using. In this post I will show you how to enable Kodi AirPlay from start to finish. The fast track steps required to implement this are as follows. These steps are explained in further detail beneath including images. [Extra Reading: Enable Kodi DLNA – Create a Kodi Media Server]
- Enable Zeroconf using the guide post found here.
- Select the ‘Settings Cog’ found on the main left hand Kodi menu.
- Select ‘Service settings’ on the far right of the menu.
- On the Settings / Service page click ‘Settings Cog’ at bottom left until ‘Expert’ shows.
- Select ‘AirPlay’ from the left hand menu.
- Switch on ‘Enable AirPlay support’ on the right hand page.
- Configure a password on this page if you would like to use one.
- On the Iphone ‘swipe up’ from the bottom of the home screen.
- Click on the ‘AirPlay’ icon.
- Select your Kodi machine to begin streaming.
Enable Zeroconf in Kodi
Enabling Zeroconf is the first step in the Enable Airplay Kodi process. Kodi Airplay mirroring requires that your Kodi device is discoverable on your local network. This means that when you search for Airplay targets on either your phone or tablet your Kodi setup will appear in your list of available options. Switching on Zeroconf is required for all versions of IOS and has a number of steps of its own to implement. We have a dedicated article for Kodi zeroconf. Please complete the steps in this guide first and then return to this post. [Extra Reading:How to Enable Zeroconf Kodi 17 – Connect Phones and Remotes to Kodi]
How to Enable Airplay Kodi
If you want to see this process implemented a full Enable AirPlay Kodi video tutorial is shown at the bottom of this post. Once Zeroconf is enabled it is time to switch on AirPlay. To do this Select the Settings Cog from the main left hand menu to present the Kodi settings options. Next, Select Service settings on the far right hand side of the screen as shown in the image below. [Extra Reading: Setup Official Kodi Remote on IOS & Android]
On the left hand side of the screen that follows you will see all of the available service settings. Before we begin we must change the settings level to Expert so that we see the full list of available options. Keep clicking on the Cog shown at the bottom left of the screen until it changes to Expert. Now click on AirPlay on the left menu and you will see all settings for Kodi AirPlay mirroring. [Extra Reading: Play Games on Kodi]
To enable the Airplay Kodi functionality switch on the ‘Enable AirPlay support‘ option. At this stage if you would like to enable a password for this Kodi device you can do so by switching on ‘Use password protection’ and then entering a password into the box below. If your Kodi device is not discoverable from outside of your home network there is no need to do this. [Extra Reading: 30 Best Kodi Skins – The Complete List]
Kodi Airplay IOS 9 Additional Settings
The current support status of Kodi AirPlay is as follows:
- OS 8 or older: Kodi supports audio, video, and pictures.
- iOS 9: Kodi only supports audio.
IOS 10 or higher has even further issues but these we will discuss later. If you are using IOS 9 on your phone or tablet you will need to configure an additional setting. You must uncheck ‘Enable AirPlay “videos” and “Pictures” support’ as shown in the image above. As you may have guessed you will not be able to stream videos and pictures with this method but audio AirPlay will work fine. [Read: How to Setup TV Shows in Kodi]
Connecting Your iPhone / iPad to Kodi
Once you have completed the above steps for Kodi Airplay mirroring swipe up from the bottom on your phone or tablet to reveal the command centre. Select AirPlay mirroring as shown in the image below to pair your device with Kodi. If Zeroconf and Airplay settings have been setup correctly you should see your device in the available list. Select your Kodi machine and your devices will be paired. You should now see your content on screen. [Extra Reading: Play Blu-ray Movie Discs with Kodi]
Kodi Airplay IOS 10 -13 – Kodi AirPlay Status
If you are using IOS 10, 11, 12 or 13 you cannot currently use AirPlay with Kodi. There are Kodi addons out there that claim to be capable of achieving this but to my knowledge these are all fake. There are however many AirPlay receivers for both Windows PC & Android so if AirPlay from Kodi is a must you could potentially initiate one of these receivers from within Kodi. You can launch Android apps from Kodi out of the box and if you are using a Windows based system you have the option to use plugins such as Advanced Launcher to open other Windows applications. A range of Android AirPlay receiver apps can be found here. [Extra Reading: Steam Link Review – Stream Games to Every Room]
I will update this post with any future Kodi Airplay IOS 10 & higher developments.
Enable AirPlay Kodi Video Tutorial
The video tutorial below will take you through the full process step by step.