There are a few different ways that you can share photos from your Mac to your Apple TV if you have pictures that aren’t in the Photos app. You can use AirPlay, screen mirroring, and of course, Home Sharing. So what if you want to share specific photos in a folder somewhere on your computer?
This is handy for special occasions, events, and holidays where you might have received and saved the photos from someone else.
Whatever the occasion may be, you can choose which photos you want to share from Mac to Apple TV with Home Sharing and here’s how.
Select the photos to share from your Mac
Open iTunes on your Mac and then do the following to share specific folders with Home Sharing.
1) Click File > Home Sharing > Choose Photos to Share with Apple TV. (If the option is greyed out and it says Turn On Home Sharing directly above, select that option, and enter your Apple ID and password. This will enable Home Sharing and you can now choose the photos.)
2) In the pop-up window, check the box for Share Photos from and select the folder for those photos in the drop-down box. You can also select the Photos app and choose albums from there.
3) Click Selected Folders.
4) Mark the boxes next to the folders you want to share. You’ll also see how many items are in the folders that you select.
5) Click Done.
View the photos on Apple TV
Turn on your Apple TV and click the Computers app. Select your library and you should see the folder(s) that you just shared through iTunes on your Mac.
If you cannot view the shared items, make sure that you have Home Sharing enabled on your Apple TV as well. Open Settings > Accounts > Home Sharing. Be sure that you use the same Apple ID on both your Mac and Apple TV for Home Sharing.
Wrapping it up
Sharing pictures from a different place than Photos to your Apple TV is a great way to create the perfect atmosphere for your occasion. Whether it’s for romance or a celebration, give a try and let us know what you think! You can comment below or visit us on Twitter.