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How to AirPlay Stream Video to MacBook with AirPods for Audio Output

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to AirPlay content to your MacBook while keeping your AirPods as the sound output. AirPlay, Apple’s wireless communication technology, allows seamless sharing and streaming of videos, photos, and music across Apple devices, such as Apple TV, speakers, and smart TVs. It’s a powerful feature within the Apple ecosystem, but some users face a specific challenge.

When they attempt to mirror their screen to their MacBook using AirPlay, both the video and audio migrate to the MacBook. However, they want the audio to stay in their AirPods while only the video is streamed to the MacBook. In other words, during AirPlay, the MacBook should serve as the display, while the AirPods should handle the audio output. Is this possible? Absolutely! Here’s how you can achieve it:

How to AirPlay to MacBook with AirPods as Sound Output

By default, AirPlay typically transmits both video and audio to the MacBook. To achieve the desired setup where your MacBook serves as the display, and your AirPods handle the audio output, follow these steps:

Step 1: Connect AirPods to MacBook: Begin by connecting your AirPods to your MacBook. You can do this by opening the AirPods case near your MacBook and following the on-screen prompts to establish the connection.

Step 2: Use AirPlay from iPhone: Instead of initiating AirPlay from your MacBook, use your iPhone for the AirPlay process.

Step 3: Adjust Sound Output on MacBook: After establishing the AirPods connection, head over to your MacBook’s settings by going to Settings > Sound > Output & Input > Output. From the list of output devices, select your AirPods.

After establishing the AirPods connection, head over to your MacBook's settings by going to Settings > Sound > Output & Input > Output. From the list of output devices, select your AirPods.

That’s it! With these settings in place, when you initiate an AirPlay session, only the video content will be displayed on your MacBook, while the audio will be directed to your AirPods.

With this information, we conclude this guide. If you have any questions or encounter any issues while following these steps, please feel free to leave a comment. We’re here to assist you promptly and provide a solution to your specific query.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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