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How to Restrict AirPlay Access to Your Apple TV

AirPlay, the wireless tech that lets you stream content from one Apple device to another, is certainly one of the cooler perks of owning a suite of iDevices. At the tap of a button, AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream movies, music, and photos from any iDevice (iPad, iPod, iPhone, or computer) to your large screen television with Apple TV ($99).

By default, however, this AirPlay wireless streaming is wide open; anybody running iOS or iTunes on the same network can freely broadcast content to your Apple TV at the tap of a button. For most home users this isn’t a huge problem, but if you have kids in the house, or you otherwise use your Apple TV on a network shared with other iOS users, you may find it useful to restrict AirPlay access to your Apple TV—particularly since starting AirPlay from another device will interrupt whatever you may currently be watching. Here is how.

Apple has provided a couple of options for this,  you can configure and adjust AirPlay settings by going to Settings > AirPlay:

If you don’t want your Apple TV to be accessible via AirPlay at all, you can simply toggle it off from here.

Alternatively, you can set an onscreen code or a password to prevent AirPlay access to your Apple TV from iOS devices or iTunes.

To set an onscreen code

Use this setting to require a specific code to AirPlay to the Apple TV. When an AirPlay-enabled device attempts to connect to an Apple TV with Onscreen Code enabled, enter the passcode shown on the TV into the device that’s attempting to connect to the Apple TV.

To set a password

Use this setting to require a password for AirPlay-enabled devices to connect using AirPlay on the Apple TV. Use this setting for devices that will need permanent access and you only want to enter the password once.