AVAudioSession output route switches back from Airplay to HDMI after sleep/wake

Number:rdar://44875522 Date Originated:
Status: Resolved:
Product: Product Version:
Classification: Reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:

1. Hold down Play button on the Siri remote.
2. Turn on Airplay output and disable local output.
3. Launch app that activates AVAudioSession and notice that session.currentRoute.outputs.firstObject.portType says Airplay
4. Hold down TV button and put the ATV to sleep
5. Wake up the ATV
6. Launch app that activates AVAudioSession and expect Airplay but see HDMI output
7. Go to home screen and hold down Play button. Airplay option is still selected


Apple TV 4
tvOS 12.0


import UIKit
import AVFoundation

class AppDelegate: UIResponder, UIApplicationDelegate {

  var window: UIWindow?

  func application(_ application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplication.LaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {
    let notificationCenter = NotificationCenter.default
                                   selector: #selector(handleRouteChange),
                                   name: AVAudioSession.routeChangeNotification,
                                   object: nil)
    return true

  @objc func handleRouteChange(notification: Notification) {
    guard let userInfo = notification.userInfo,
      let reasonValue = userInfo[AVAudioSessionRouteChangeReasonKey] as? UInt,
      let reason = AVAudioSession.RouteChangeReason(rawValue:reasonValue) else {
    print("route changed: reason=\(reason)")

  func applicationWillResignActive(_ application: UIApplication) {
    let session = AVAudioSession.sharedInstance()
    do {
      try session.setActive(false)
    } catch {
      print("deactive error: \(error)")

  func applicationDidBecomeActive(_ application: UIApplication) {
    let session = AVAudioSession.sharedInstance()
    do {
      try session.setCategory(.playback, mode: .moviePlayback, policy: .longForm)
      try session.setActive(true)
      print("outputs: \(session.currentRoute.outputs)")
    } catch {
      print("reactive error: \(error)")


outputs: [<AVAudioSessionPortDescription: 0x1c000ed20, type = AirPlay; name = AirPlay; UID = 12779568-c588-478e-8019-d3b65ae2c30b; selectedDataSource = (null)>]
outputs: [<AVAudioSessionPortDescription: 0x1c000f870, type = HDMIOutput; name = Entertainment Room; UID = 4C2DBA07-0000-0000-2E14-010380593278; selectedDataSource = (null)>]


Same issue :-( Is someone found a fix?

I have exactly the same problem, but i've notice that other apps can correctly output to Airplay after wake up....so it must be a way to avoid this :)

If you find more info about this pls let us know.

By silva.andrefm at Jan. 14, 2019, 6:17 p.m. (reply...)

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