Airplay is a feature on Mac devices that allows casting from devices such as iPhones and Macs to TVs and monitors.
Some users report that the LG TV Airplay is lagging and unresponsive.
We have some tips to help increase the performance of LG TV Airplay.
How to fix LG TV Airplay lagging
Here are some key ways to improve Airplay performance on LG TVs.
- Use Wifi over Bluetooth (If available)
- Update your TV firmware
- Reset your Router
- Disconnect other devices from your Wifi network
- Soft Reset your LG TV
- Close any apps not being used on iPhone or Mac
- Upgrade your Internet Connection
- Contact LG Support
Use Wifi over Bluetooth (If available)
To prevent LG TV airplay lag, you should always opt for a Wifi connection over a Bluetooth connection wherever possible.
Airplay is transitioning to Wifi from Bluetooth in its latest iterations because a Wifi connection will perform better than its Bluetooth rival.
Update your LG TV software.
To ensure you get the best Airplay performance on your LG TV, you must ensure that your TV is up to date.
Most LG TVs have automatic updates enabled by default, which should install automatically, presuming that your TV is connected to the internet.
We strongly recommend updating your LG TV firmware to ensure you have the latest software, access to new apps, and an improved viewing experience.
LG is constantly improving and refining its Airplay software. To prevent LG TV airplay buffering, you should update your LG TV firmware now.
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How to update your LG firmware
If your TV is turned on, hit the settings button on the remote.
Now you will see the setting menu on the TV’s left side (Please note that this may vary depending on the model of your LG TV).
You should see the All settings button at the bottom of the row of icons. Please select this option to proceed to the following menu.
Now navigate down to “SUPPORT” on the new menu that appears and then select “SOFTWARE UPDATE”
Now you can activate the automatic update feature and check for new updates.
Once the updates have been installed, restart your TV to see if the HBO Max app is now available.
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Reset your Router
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but it effectively gives you a faster and more responsive internet connection.
If you are using LG TV Airplay over a Wifi network, then we highly recommend this step for increasing the quality of the Airplay picture, sound, and responsiveness.
How do I reset my router?
The easiest way to reset your router is to unplug it from the wall socket for 30 seconds before plugging it back in.
This action will “power-cycle” your router and provide more bandwidth to increase your ability to decrease LG TV airplay buffering.
Why does resetting your router improve LG TV Airplay performance?
Think of all the devices that are and have been connected to the router. I’m sure that in today’s digital world, quite a few devices are connected to the router.
Your router is like a mini-PC and will slow down as more tasks are added.
Having all those devices connected will reduce the bandwidth available to your iPhone or Mac and subsequently throttle your connection speed.
This throttling or network interference can affect the speed and consistency of signal over the AIrplay connection on LG TVs.
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Disconnect other devices in your home from the internet
If you cannot reset your router for any reason, I would try and disconnect none essential devices from the internet.
Is someone in your home watching Netflix or playing Xbox?
Every device you can disconnect from your internet connection will assist in reducing lag on LG TV Airplay.
Soft Reset your LG TV (All LG Models)
Performing a soft reset of your LG TV reduces airplay stuttering and buffering.
Unplug your LG TV and wait 60 seconds before plugging it back in. This will power cycle the TV.
What does unplugging your LG TV do?
When you unplug your LG TV for around 60 seconds, it does a soft reset of the system.
When trying to reduce lag on Airplay for LG TV, a soft reset of the system will clear the system cache and increase the performance.
Close any apps not being used on iPhone or Mac.
To improve LG TV airplay performance, it is advisable to close any apps that you are not using on both the source and receiving devices.
Having multiple applications open while using Airplay will cause lag, stuttering, buffering, and sync issues.
As most Airplay connections occur over Wifi, this connection quality will deteriorate further if those apps also use the Internet.
Disable any VPN connection.
A VPN will negatively affect the playback performance and cause Aiplay to stutter on LG Tvs.
Your connection to a VPN will always limit the speed at which you can play content.
Unfortunately, using a VPN creates another dependency that can cause LG TV airplay to lag if there are any problems or limited speed.
Upgrade your Internet Connection
Not everyone has access to high download speed through their ISP (Internet Service Provider), but for those that do, consider upgrading your internet connection.
LG TV airplay transmits data to and from devices over your Wifi network.
If you have an older/slower internet connection, then this can cause LG TV airplay to lag.
Contact LG Support
If none of our tips have helped resolve the LG TV airplay lagging problems, it might be time to consider contacting LG support to help you troubleshoot the issue further.
LG may be able to advise you of other things to try or help diagnose the root cause of the issues.
Conclusion – LG TV Airplay Lagging
LG TV Airplay technology is far from perfect.
It would help if you accepted that this is a subpar way of consuming content versus traditional wired connections.
Following the steps above, however, will give you the best chance of reducing lagging on your Airplay setup for LG TVs.
I hope that this article was able to improve your viewing experience.