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How can I make AirPlay work on my Android device?

It's tricky, but you can get iOS and Android devices to communicate. Here's how.

For dedicated Apple users, AirPlay is one of Apple TV's big drawcards, letting you easily stream to your TV from your iPhone or iPad as well as use services such as Apple's own iTunes movies and TV. You can also use Netflix, Stan and free-to-air catch-up apps.

But if you own an Apple TV as well as an Android device, it's a little trickier. Apple has a strong preference for keeping the Apple TV within its own ecosystem, rather than playing nicely with others.

While there were third-party apps that could work around this, that all changed earlier this year with the tvOS 10.2 update for the fourth-generation Apple TV. This updated knocked out a lot of the Android apps by demanding a verification check that only Apple products could provide. With that in mind, what are your current options?

Old timers

If you're still using tvOS 10.1, then chances are you're still able to use any of the third-party app options, such as the popular AllCast. You could just never update, but that's not a recommended strategy. Not updating is a short-term solution that at some point may leave you with an Apple TV that has limited functionality.

New world

Luckily, since all this went down in the first half of 2017, the Android streaming apps are releasing smart updates to once again work around Apple's walled garden of streaming.

One of the first off the block, and one that many users quite like, is doubleTwist Pro. Since version 2.7.8, doubleTwist Pro has been able to offer the verification that lets it stream high-quality music via AirPlay.

Unfortunately, this will cost you. While there is a free version of doubleTwist, AirPlay compatibility isn't an included function. You'll need the paid Pro version of doubleTwist for this to work.

If you're only keen on music, of course, the rise of music streaming services has rendered much of this moot since you can just log in to the service via Apple TV if it's supported. But if you're rocking a more old-world set-up, doubleTwist Pro might be the solution for you.

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