How To Stop Mirroring On Mac

Screen mirroring is a handy feature for sharing your Mac screen with another display. However, there might be situations where you no longer want to use this feature and are looking for ways to disable it. In this article, we will walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to stop mirroring on your Mac.

1. Disconnect from the AirPlay Device

If you are mirroring your Mac screen using AirPlay, here is how you can stop it:

Step 1: On the top right corner of your screen, click on the AirPlay icon. It looks like a TV with a triangle at the bottom.

Step 2: A drop-down menu will appear. There, select “Turn AirPlay Off”.

This will effectively disconnect your Mac from the AirPlay device, turning off the screen mirroring feature.

2. Change Display Preferences

If you are using an external monitor and want to stop it from mirroring your Mac’s display, you need to adjust your Mac’s display preferences:

Step 1: Go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Displays.

Step 2: Here, click on the ‘Arrangement’ tab.

Step 3: Uncheck the box labeled ‘Mirror Displays’.

Your Mac will now treat your external monitor as a separate display, rather than mirroring your Mac’s screen.

3. Disconnect HDMI or VGA Cable

If you’ve connected your Mac to a TV or another display using a wired connection like HDMI or VGA, the screen mirroring might be due to this physical connection. To stop mirroring in this case, simply disconnect the cable from your Mac.

Remember, always safely remove any connected devices to prevent damaging your Mac or the connected device.


It’s important to keep in mind that if you’re using an app that requires screen mirroring, such as Zoom or other video conferencing tools, you may need to change the settings within those specific apps to stop screen mirroring.

We hope that this guide has helped you understand how to stop mirroring on your Mac. Whether you’re using AirPlay or an external display, these steps should help you achieve the desired result.