AirPlay on iOS 8 uses peer-to-peer, won’t require you to connect to a network

by Roshan on June 4, 2014

Peer to peer airplay in OS 8

The last thing to pop up between you and that awesome presentation you’ve been working on for months, should be the inability to find the local WiFi password at the correct time. However, that seems to happen frequently enough as to warranted a response from Apple. One of the new iOS 8 features which Apple failed to mention during the WWDC keynote is the new peer-to-peer connection for AirPlaying to Apple TV.

Till now, you needed to connect both your Apple TV and your iPhone or iPad to the same WiFi network to AirPlay content, but now is Apple is changing the way AirPlay works in iOS 8 by adding peer-to-peer, the same protocol which it used in AirDrop to share files.

Though Apple din’t brag about it in the WWDC, this new addition is featured in the Enterprise section of the iOS 8 microsite of the website.

Peer-to-peer AirPlay discovery and playback.
With iOS 8, you can wirelessly connect iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to Apple TV without first connecting to the organization’s network. Which means you can present or share your work even if you’re offline or the organization has a complex network.

So now you can just hang around your Apple TV and it will automatically show up on your AirPlay menu without the need of any setup – it just works out of the box.


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  • kzpbb2

    Doesn’t work for me…iPhone 5S with iOS 8.0 but when I turn off Wi-Fi, AirPlay disappears from Control Center. What am I missing?

  • editor

    You can’t turn off Wi-Fi. This new feature does not require you to connect to a network, but you still need a working WiFi antenna so your iPhone can crete an ad hoc network (same happens with AirDrop, however it uses Bluetooth and AirPlay will probably use WiFi Direct).

    Also, since we haven’t tested it yet, we’re not sure whether this feature is present in the current iOS 8 beta or not. Apple TV might need an update, too.

  • kzpbb2

    Thank you for your reply. Shortly after I posted my comment “the light went on” and I realized Wi-Fi was required to establish the ad- hoc network connection between devices. I will test it this pm and let you know my experience. Thanks again.

  • Breznjef

    What if you want to user your Wi-Fi for streaming content from the cloud?

  • Dan

    Its working now in the the release builds for me with 2nd Gen Apple TV and iPad 4th Gen. Has worked every time I tried it so hopefully its stable and good enough to be in classrooms and meeting rooms! Its a game changer if its stable!

  • kzpbb2

    Tnx for the update Dan. I tried it this weekend and discovered my A1427 Apple TV is not capable. Ordered latest model from Apple. LookIng forward to using it in my classes this fall.

  • Dan

    Yea sorry I had Gen 2 not sure what i was thinking. You need the latest version Gen 3 Rev A. A1469 – AppleTV3,2 – MD199LL/A. Snippet from Apple support below:

    Peer-to-peer AirPlay

    With peer-to-peer AirPlay, your iOS device and Apple TV don’t need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. If you have one of these products, you can use peer-to-peer AirPlay:

    * iPhone 5 or later, iPad (3rd generation or later), iPad mini, or iPod touch (5th generation) using iOS 8 or later.
    * Apple TV (3rd generation rev A, model A1469 or later) with Apple TV software 7.0 or later. Find out which Apple TV model you have.

    To use peer-to-peer AirPlay, your iOS device needs to have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on.

  • kzpbb2

    Got the A1469 model today, updated its software and peer-to-peer working now. Thanks for your help.

  • Alan

    works with bluetooth on

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