Find The AirPlay And Volume Settings In The Media Bar On Your iPhone [iOS Tips]

iPhone Volume AirPlay

When you’re using your iPad and want to send the signal up to the big TV in your living room via Apple TV and AirPlay, you can double click on the Home button, swipe to the right, and you’ll see the Media bar, with the brightness, volume, orientation lock, and AirPlay destination settings.

But on the iPhone, when you swipe once to the right, all you’ll see is the orientation lock (or Mute, if you’ve set your hardware switch to lock orientation), and the play, forward, and reverse buttons for media playback via the Music app. Where is the AirPlay setting button? And what about a volume slider?

The answer is typically Apple: intuitive but not well documented. Swipe a second time to the right, and you’ll see the AirPlay button and the Volume slider, ready for your tapping and preference-setting. Simple, right? You’ll need to have an active AirPlay device on your network to see the AirPlay button, though, so don’t freak out if you can’t initially see one.

While you can of course turn your volume up and down with the hardware buttons, there might be a good reason to use the media bar functionality. Maybe your volume buttons are broken, or maybe you’re just used to changing the volume via the touchscreen. Either way, with this second swipe to the right, you’ll be golden.

Thanks, Leah!

  • ElyMantz

    in related news, if you swipe from left to right where it says “slide to unlock”, it unlocks your iphone.

  • roblef

    in related news, if you swipe from left to right where it says “slide to unlock”, it unlocks your iphone.

    Genius! ;)

  • viaumaster

    Yawn. Show me how to turn the unnecessary and redundant volume slider into a much needed brightness slider and you’ve got yourself a story.

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