Earlier this year, we covered a Cydia tweak by the name of AirFloat that allows users to stream music from any iDevice to their jailbroken iPhone. In our review of the tweak, we mentioned that AirFloat doesn’t offer a brand new concept, since there are plenty of other available options if you want to use your iDevice as a remote display or an external speaker via AirPlay. This might lead you to believe that there is no reason for you to give AirPlayServer a shot, since it essentially does the same thing. However, this new Cydia release is unique because of the clutter-free and easy way it harnesses AirPlay. Unlike some other tweaks of this kind, users just have to toggle a single option to make their device’s AirPlay active. This means you can then access your iPhone from any iDevice, even if it is not jailbroken.
We have seen some AirPlay-related tweaks in the past that either require a lot of configuration, or don’t offer any customization options at all. AirPlayServer lies somewhere between these two extremes, making it perfect for use in a pinch. The sole option that AirPlayServer offers in its Settings menu lets you enable or disable the tweak. This means that you can make your device accessible to other iDevices only when you want to, which is important as the tweak doesn’t prompt for any confirmation before establishing a connection.
To use AirPlayServer, just enable the tweak and hit the AirPlay button from anywhere in the other device from which you intend to stream music. Another way of establishing a connection is to use the AirPlay button from the Music area in the App Switcher tray. If you are already on iOS 7, the Control Center has a special button dedicated to AirPlay as well.
Like normal AirPlay sessions, the receiving device (the one with AirPlayServer installed on it) cannot control any aspect of the audio playback. You can change your own speaker’s volume level, but the incoming audio’s volume is determined by the person controlling the other device. Pause/play and other sound-related options remain under the control of the other user as well.
AirPlayServer is not capable of streaming video from one device to another, but the sound of any video can be routed to the device that has the tweak installed on it. This can come handy if you want to listen to music from a computer that doesn’t have speakers, or the ones it has are faulty or just not loud enough. In such cases, AirPlayServer can prove to be a godsend.
AirPlayServer is a free tweak, and you can grab it for your iDevice by heading to the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store.