AirPlay not playing sound on TV? Try these 4 easy solutions

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • If AirPlay won't play sound on your TV, then the service will not be usable at full capacity.
  • To solve this problem, you will have to check your network settings and also change sound output settings. For more details scroll down.
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Airplay not playing sound on TV

AirPlay is a great way to experience multimedia wirelessly on your TV, but some users reported that AirPlay won’t play sound on the TV. This can be an inconvenient problem, but in today’s article, we’ll show you how to fix it once and for all.

What to do if AirPlay is not playing sound on TV?

1. Make sure that all AirPlay devices are using the 2.4GHz network

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According to users, if AirPlay won’t play sound on your TV, the problem might be your wireless network. Many users reported issues with 5GHz networks, and if you have a 5GHz router, it’s advised to connect both your MacBook or iOS device and the other AirPlay device to the 2.4GHz network.


2. Use the Terminal

Sometimes there can be an audio glitch that causes this problem to appear. To fix it, it’s advised that you restart the coreaudiod service. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Finder and navigate to Applications > Utility.
  2. Start the Terminal.
    terminal airplay will not play sound on tv
  3. When the Terminal starts, run the following command:
    • sudo killall coreaudiod

After the command is executed, check if the problem is still there. Bear in mind that this is just a workaround, so you might have to repeat this solution if you encounter the problem again.


3. Change the sound output settings

According to users, if AirPlay won’t play sound on the TV, you can fix that simply by changing the sound output settings. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to System Preferences > Sound.
  2. Open the Output tab and set Apple TV as the output device. Save changes.
    sound output settings airplay will not play sound on tv

After doing that, check if the problem with AirPlay is still there.


4. Add coreaudiod to the list exceptions in your firewall

In some instances, your firewall can interfere with coreaudiod process and cause this problem to appear. To fix that, you need to add this process to the list of exceptions by following these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences > Security/Security & Privacy.
  2. Navigate to the Firewall Click the lock icon if available and enter your credentials.
  3. Now click on Firewall Options.
    firewall options airplay will not play sound on tv
  4. Click the Add Application (+) button and select coreaudiod.
  5. Click Add and OK.

Some users are suggesting to uncheck Block all incoming connections option in Firewall settings so you can try that as well.


We hope the solutions mentioned in this article have helped you when AirPlay won’t play sound on your TV.

FAQ: Learn more about using AirPlay with TV

  • Why is there no sound when I screen mirror?

To have sound while you screen mirror, make sure to have the window that should play the media open when you turn on the mirroring service.

  • Do you need Apple TV to use AirPlay?

No, you do not need an Apple TV to be able to use AirPlay. You just need two AirPlay-compatible devices and a common WiFi network for both devices to connect to.

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  • What does screen mirroring mean?

Screen mirroring, as the name suggests, allows you to create a virtual ‘mirror’ of a screen from a smaller device, to a bigger display. This enables you to watch your iPhone videos on your big TV with just a few clicks.

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