Prevent Unwanted Users from Casting to Your Apple TV

Diana Diana (1)
5 minutes

Want to avoid unwanted guests from streaming their own videos on your Apple TV? Did you know it's possible to mistakenly connect your phone to your TV wirelessly? If you want to avoid the embarrassment from questionable content appearing on your screen, there’s hope. No complicated wizardry needed!

For the purpose of this guide, I am using the Apple TV (4th Generation) model, version 11.2.6.

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Power on your Apple TV and go to the main screen

To start off, make sure that you’re on the main screen on the Apple TV device. If not, press the Home button twice on your remote. Once you’re presented with the screen below, click on Settings.

Locate the Airplay Settings

Under the Settings tab, locate AirPlay. For those who are not familiar with it, AirPlay allows users to stream media content from one Apple device to another.

Click on Airplay for more options

By default, Apple sets Airplay to appear discoverable for all devices. You have the option to change your Apple TV Name, if you’re concerned about someone remembering your device name.

Determine which option to use for Airplay usage

Once you clicked Airplay, you will be presented with three options: Everyone, Anyone on the Same Network and Off. You also have the option to add in a security code, in case you want to fully secure your device.

Which one to choose? It depends on your personal preference. For example, if you’re a parent that is concerned about having non-kid friendly shows appearing on your screen, your best bet is to choose Off (aside from the normal Parental Control settings on your

If you’re living in a household that often does movie nights and want to take turns in streaming their favorite videos, you can choose Anyone on the Same Network, as long as the devices are connected to the Wifi network that is assigned to the Apple TV device.

Once you choose your selection, you can now watch your content with ease, knowing that no stranger will hijack your Apple TV.

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