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The Apple TV plays a range of media, including Amazon Instant TV Amazon Instant Video App Now Supports Airplay and Apple TV Amazon Instant Video App Now Supports Airplay and Apple TV This week, Amazon updated its popular iOS Amazon Instant Video app for AirPlay support. That's right, now you can watch Amazon videos streamed via your Apple TV using your iOS device or Mac. Read More , YouTube 10 More Cool Things You Can Do With YouTube Videos 10 More Cool Things You Can Do With YouTube Videos Read More , Netflix Netflix iOS App Offers Adaptive Streaming & Airplay Support, Encourages ISPs To Adopt "Open Connect" Netflix iOS App Offers Adaptive Streaming & Airplay Support, Encourages ISPs To Adopt "Open Connect" Netflix has finally been updated to keep up with iOS 7. Announced on Thursday, the service released a feature offering standard HD content to all subscribers regardless of who their Internet Service Provider happens to... Read More , HBO, ESPN, iTunes movies and TV shows, but Apple forgot to add a simple Internet web browser to the mix. Thanks to new iPhone and iPad app AirWeb ($1.99), you can now browse the web full screen as you do on your computer.

AirWeb will probably be most useful to teachers, anyone who delivers presentations, and individuals who want full screen display of the Internet on a TV monitor. While you can use AirPlay to mirror what is on your device or view an iPhoto slideshow How to View Mac Photos or iPhoto Slideshows On Your Apple TV How to View Mac Photos or iPhoto Slideshows On Your Apple TV Whether you're using the Photos app or Apple's older iPhoto, it's easy to share your slideshows with friends, family or colleagues. Read More , AirWeb provides a fully-optimized interface for browsing full-screen viewing of web pages on an Apple TV.

AirWeb works with Apple TV 2 or 3, and on the following devices that support AirPlay What's AirPlay, And How To Use It In Mac OS X Mountain Lion What's AirPlay, And How To Use It In Mac OS X Mountain Lion Imagine you want to play your favorite album in Spotify. Naturally, you'll be hooking your computer up to a better sound station. But what if you're lying in bed, or sitting on the couch? Ideally,... Read More : iPad Mini 1G and up, iPad 2 and up, iPad Air, iPhone 4S and up, iPod Touch 5 G and iPhone 4 (requires a VGA/HDMI cable to connect to the TV).

Setup

The AirWeb app walks you through the step-by-step instructions for enabling AirPlay on your Apple TV and iOS advice.

AirWeb connection

To enable AirPlay on your iOS device, bring up Control Center by swiping your finger from the bottom of the screen. The AirPlay button is on the button is the fourth row.

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AirPlay control center

Using AirWeb

AirWeb essentially functions as a web browser. Start using it by entering a website URL  and then tap on the iPhone icon on the top-right of the app’s homepage. The website should open full screen on your TV (not on the app itself), and from here can view and navigate the page as would on a computer.

AirWeb instructions

Notice in the screenshot above that AirWeb includes handy webpage finger gestures. The grey area on the app’s homepage acts as a touch pad for moving the cursor around and navigating a webpage. Use two fingers to scroll up and down a webpage, or even better press down on a page for about three seconds to enable tilt scrolling, which means you can scroll the page by tilting your iOS device up and down. The scrolling and navigation is not as smooth as on a computer, but it’s very manageable.

Tap the question mark button on the bottom-left to bring up the menu of gestures when you need to review them.

Other Features

Unfortunately you can’t bookmark websites in AirWeb, but you can tap on the URL window and get a history of the previously downloaded webpages.

AirWeb single mode

You can also tap single screen mode when Apple TV is turned off, which will enable you to view web pages without them being shown on the TV screen. This single screen mode is useful for locating webpages before presenting them on-screen.

Handy App

While there are a few missing features in AirWeb, such as the lack of browser tabs and bookmarking, most content displays fine using the app, and videos open full screen.

AirWeb delivers functionality that should be installed by default in Apple TV, and while it’s not exactly a ground-breaking app it’s very nice to be able to browse in such a manner. AirWeb is a specialised little app that focuses on one task, and does it well.

Let us know what you think of AirWeb – shouldn’t Apple have included such functionality to begin with?

  1. Dan
    February 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Do you know if I would be able to view full sites like fox.com, nbc.com, etc. using this app? When I currently access these sites from my iphone, the sites know I am accessing it from a mobile device and I cannot view all available videos. Some videos are available from a "computer" only.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Sorry, Dan, I can't answer that question. Try contacting the developers.

  2. Alexis A
    January 4, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Awesome! That was so easy! But then again, Apple is the King of user-friendly. 99% of Apple products are usually an easy set up. Husband and I just got Apple TV last weekend and it took MAYBE a whole 5 min to set it up and start browsing like a pro. Thanks so much for this useful tip!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 5, 2014 at 4:47 am

      Cool, Alexis, great to hear it worked for you.

  3. eldgin
    January 3, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    I like the Rick Roll in the article, wasn't expecting that!!!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 5, 2014 at 4:50 am

      Which Rick Roll are you referring to, Eldgin?

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