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Why is AirPlay Lagging With TCL TV?

As an owner of a TCL TV, I was frustrated with the AirPlay lagging issue I was experiencing. After doing some research and testing, I’m here to share how I solved my issue, as well as other solutions I discovered along the way.

AirPlay lagging on TCL TVs is likely caused by a weak wifi connection.
Identify any wifi interference and switch to a 5GHz wifi router for stronger signal.
Minimize the distance between the Apple device and the TCL TV.
Reset the Apple device and the TCL TV to refresh the connection.
Use Apple AirPlay to send content to the TCL TV.
If Apple AirPlay is not supported, use an Apple TV to connect with the TCL TV.

Why is AirPlay Lagging With TCL TV?

The likely reason why you are lagging with Apple AirPlay and your TCL TV is due to the wifi connection you have.

You need a solid wifi connection in order to be able to broadcast content seamlessly and in a smooth fashion to your TCL TV.

When you have a wifi signal that is not fast enough, that is when you may run into a lot of lag.  

Identifying Lagging Issues With TCL TV

You need to work to figure out why you are running into lagging issues with your TCL TV.

There are some steps you can take, many of which revolve around you spending a good chunk of time taking a look at your wifi signal.  

Investigating the WiFi

The way you check the wifi connection from your Apple device to your TCL TV is to first look for any interference.

Do you have a direct line from the router and modem to the Apple device and your TCL TV?

If the router and modem are inside of a cabinet, that may be a sign that the signal is not as strong as it should be. Remove interference where you can.

You also want to look at the connection type of your router. Switch to a 5GHz wifi router if you have the option.

You want to have the router in the faster 802.11n mode. You do not want to have it in b/g mode as this will slow down the signal.  

The final piece of the puzzle is to minimize any distance there is between the TCL TV and the Apple device.

Place the two devices as close as possible and it will help to eliminate any of the lagging you are experiencing.  

Resetting the Devices

Another problem area could just be the devices you are working with. A restart of an Apple device and the TCL TV can go a long way to helping get rid of any lagging you are experiencing.

Try a hard reset of your Apple iPhone or iPad. When you do the reset it will change things up and refresh the connection.

This will help to clear out any cache and other memory which could be slowing down the connection. A reset can be something that, on its own, corrects any lagging you are experiencing.

How to Use AirPlay With TCL TV?

The way you use AirPlay with your TCL TV is the same as you would with any other device. The TCL TV wills support Apple AirPlay natively through its smart television capabilities.

This will allow you to go into the Apple device and choose AirPlay as a casting option to send the signal to your television.

If you are not seeing the TCL TV as an option to use AirPlay with, then it may be that your TCL TV does not support the technology. You can still use AirPlay with your Apple TV.

The way you would do this though would be to hook up an Apple TV device with the TCL TV. You could also use a Roku or other streaming device with a channel that unlocks the capability.

Apple TV is going to be the easiest streaming box of the bunch.  

Once you have Apple TV set up with your TCL TV, the device will show as a streaming option with the Apple device.

You can now use AirPlay with your iPhone or iPad to send the signal to the Apple TV. You can do this with most applications, inclusive of videos and photographs you may have on your Apple device.

It is a great way to get this content to a television.

Apple AirPlay is a great way to share content on your TCL TV. That does not mean, though, that you will not run into issues.

With Apple AirPlay, you could find yourself in a situation where you have lagged.

If you work through some of the troubleshooting items we laid out above, it is likely you will be able to correct the problem for go-forward use.  

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Pros of AirPlay with TCL TV

  • Easily share content from an Apple device to your TCL TV
  • No extra cables or adapters needed
  • Easy to use with just a few clicks

Cons of AirPlay with TCL TV

  • May experience lag or connection issues
  • May require additional troubleshooting to fix any issues
  • May require an Apple TV device for the best streaming experience