Apple TV Airplay Keeps Asking You For Passcode? Here’s Why

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Stuck trying to stop Apple TV Airplay from asking for a passcode?

AirPlay’s passcode is a security feature that keeps your neighbors from taking over the screen. It makes sure that the person who wants to connect their device to the Apple TV is in the room and is responsible for what’s being shared.

Unfortunately, many people find this feature annoying.

Honestly, I’m not surprised. Connecting your iOS device to an Apple TV should be an easy and quick thing to do.

But, don’t worry. In this article, you’ll learn how to prevent this situation from happening again.

If Apple TV Airplay keeps asking you for a passcode, you’ll need to tweak your AirPlay settings. But if that doesn’t work, you’ll need to restart, update, or reset your Apple TV.

Keep reading to learn more about this!

#1 Tweak Your AirPlay Settings

If you love Apple products as much as I do, I’m sure you’ll agree that being able to share videos, photos, movies, and music to your TV by using the AirPlay feature is great.

Unfortunately, being constantly asked for a passcode can be super annoying.

But, what if I told you that you can easily solve this issue by tweaking your AirPlay settings?

Yes, that’s all it might take.

Follow these simple instructions to do it:

  1. Turn on your Apple TV and go to the Settings menu.
  2. Select “AirPlay” from the options.
  3. Go to “Security”.
  4. Choose “None”. This way, you will be no longer required to enter a passcode into your device every time you’d like to share content.

While doing our research, we noticed that hundreds of people are having trouble disabling the AirPlay 2 passcode on Samsung TVs, LG Smart TVs, and Sony TVs.

If that’s your case, you’re in luck. Read this quick guide to learn how to do it:

LG Smart TV:

  1. Press the home button on your remote.
  2. Go to the home dashboard and press the up button on your remote. Then, select “AirPlay”.
  3. You’ll see the AirPlay menu, please press the “Ok” or “Enter button”.
  4. Go to “Require Code” and select “First Time Only” from the options. This way, you’ll only be asked to enter the AirPlay passcode the first time you connect your device to your TV.

Samsung TV:

  1. Go to your device’s Settings menu.
  2. Select “Connection” or “General” from the options and click on “Apple AirPlay Settings”.
  3. You’ll be redirected to the AirPlay menu, please select “Require Code”.
  4. Choose “First Time Only”.

Sony TV:

  1. Go to the Settings menu and click on “System”.
  2. Select “Apple AirPlay & Home Kit”.
  3. On the AirPlay Menu, select “Require Code”.
  4. Click on “First Time Only”.

Once you’ve completed the steps above, try sharing your screen again.

#2 Restart Your Device

If you couldn’t access the AirPlay menu on your Apple TV, or you’re still required to enter a passcode every time you want to mirror your screen, you might want to keep reading.

You may not know this, but your Apple TV needs to run thousands of processes in the back to work correctly.

Unfortunately, if you haven’t turned off your device in a while, one or more of these processes may crash and cause unexpected errors, such as AirPlay issues, a frozen screen, and much more.

Don’t worry, though. These problems can be easily solved by restarting your Apple TV. Follow this quick guide to do it:

  1. Press and hold the Menu (1st generation remote) or back (2nd generation remote) and the Control Center (TV icon) buttons on your remote. If you have an aluminum or white remote, you’ll need to press the Menu and Down buttons.
  2. Wait until the lights on your Apple TV begin to flash.
Restart your Apple TV

Tip: If you’re using AirPlay 2 on a Samsung TV, LG Smart TV, VIZIO, Sony TV, or another model, you can restart your device by unplugging it from the power source, waiting for a couple of minutes, and plugging it back in.

Once you’ve restarted your device, try tweaking the AirPlay settings again and mirror your screen.

#3 Update Your TV

If Apple TV AirPlay keeps asking you for a passcode even after tweaking your settings and restarting your device, chances are you missed an update.

You see, sometimes bugs can interfere with the way AirPlay and your Apple TV work. By updating your device, you may be able to get rid of them and enjoy new features.

Although your Apple TV is programmed to automatically install any new software versions, sometimes having a weak Internet connection can prevent this from happening.

Don’t worry, though. You can manually update your Apple TV, you’ll just need to:

  1. Go to the Settings menu.
  2. Choose “System” from the options and click on “Software Updates”.
  3. Click on “Update Software”. Your device will start searching for a new software version.
  4. Click on the “Update and Install button”.

Tip: If you’re using a Samsung TV, LG Smart TV, VIZIO, Sony TV, or a different device that is compatible with AirPlay 2, please go to Google and search for “How to update my [Your Device’s Name Goes Here]”

#4 Reset Your Apple TV

I know, this is probably the last thing you wanted to hear. But, if none of the fixes above have helped you solve the issue, chances are there’s a major error with your Apple TV.

When this happens, the best thing you can do is revert your device to the condition it was when you purchased it.

You see, by doing this, you’ll be able to get rid of the corrupted cache or troublesome code that was preventing you from disabling AirPlay’s passcode.

Bear in mind that resetting your Apple TV will delete any personal data, such as your preferred settings, account information, or installed apps.

This is why, before completing this section, I recommend making a list of this information, so you can easily remember it.

Follow these simple instructions to factory reset your Apple TV:

  1. Go to Settings and select “System” from the menu.
  2. Click “Reset”. You’ll be asked to confirm the process, please choose “Reset” again.
  3. If asked, enter your password.

You can also use your computer to reset your Apple TV. To do it, you’ll just need to:

  1. Turn on your PC or Mac and connect your Apple TV to your computer with the original USB cable.
  2. Launch the iTunes app and click on the Apple TV icon.
  3. Go to the “Summary” section and click on “Apple TV”.
  4. Choose “Restore Apple TV”.

Once you’ve completed the steps above, try tweaking your AirPlay settings again. You should be able to do it without further trouble.


That about covers it! I hope that this article has helped you stop the Apple TV AirPlay from asking you for a passcode.

If you take anything away, please let it be that the best way to disable the AirPlay passcode is by tweaking your device’s settings.

But, if that didn’t do the trick, remember that restarting, updating, or resetting your device should solve the issue.

Thank you so much for taking the time to try the fixes above. If you ever experience a different issue while using your Apple TV or any other streaming device, don’t forget to check out our site. I’m sure you’ll find multiple articles that will help you fix it.

Have a wonderful rest of the day!