Use your iPad as a projector for your presentations and movies
Connect your iPad to a projector to show slides, share videos and mirror the screen. A projected screen makes it easier for others to see without crowding around your device or passing it from person to person. In most cases, you can also connect an iPad to a TV or computer monitor.
Here’s how to connect an iPad to a projector with wires, and wirelessly using an Apple TV. With a wired connection, what you see on the iPad appears on the projector screen. With an AirPlay wireless connection, you can mirror the screen or share content from any app that supports it.
The instructions in this article apply to iPads with iPadOS 13 or iOS 12.
The projector, television, or monitor must allow input through an HDMI or VGA connection. Because iPad has a Lightning port, use an adapter to plug it in and an HDMI or VGA cable to connect it to the display.
In most cases, use the HDMI connection. HDMI transmits video and audio through a single cable. If you’re a frequent presenter, you may come across older systems that only allow a VGA connection, so you may want to carry both types of adapters and cables.
To connect an iPad to a projector, TV, or monitor:
- Use the correct adapter. On an iPad Pro released in late 2018 or later with a standard USB-C port, use either a USB-C to HDMI adapter or a USB-C to VGA adapter depending on the display device. These are the same connectors that connect a MacOS laptop with a USB-C connection to a projector. You can use the same USB-C adapter with a Mac and an iPad. On an iPad with a Lightning cable connector, use a Lightning to HDMI adapter or Lightning to VGA adapter.
- Get the right cable. In most cases, use the HDMI or VGA cable that came with the projector, TV, or monitor. If you don’t have an HDMI or VGA cable, purchase a Belkin HDMI cable from an Apple store or purchase an HDMI or VGA cable from a third-party vendor, such as Monoprice.
- Connect the devices. Plug the adapter into the iPad, plug the cable (HDMI or VGA) into the other end of the adapter, then plug the cable into the projector. If the adapter includes a port for power, connect a power cable. Some systems and configurations only work with one power source.
- Light up electronics. Turn on the projector and the iPad. The projector or screen detects the connected iPad and automatically displays the screen.
- Change the settings. If the screen does not appear after the projector has been turned on for a minute or two, you may need to change a projector, TV, or screen setting. Look for buttons or menu items that control the source.
You can also connect an iPad to a wireless projector. You need a projector with an HDMI connection, an Apple TV, and an HDMI cable. In addition, Apple TV and iPad must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
You can mirror an iPad in portrait and landscape orientation.
- Connect Apple TV to the projector using an HDMI cable. The projector is the screen instead of the television. Turn on the projector and Apple TV.
- Swipe the top right corner of the iPad home screen to open Command Center.
- Tap Screen Mirroring.
- Type the name of the Apple TV.
- To stop sharing the iPad screen with Apple TV, go to Command Center, tap the name of the Apple TV, then tap ” Stop Mirroring ».
- The Apple TV screen returns, and you can disconnect the iPad.
Many apps can display a photo, video, or file via AirPlay from within the app. Use AirPlay when you want to share content without revealing everything on the iPad screen.
Not all apps support AirPlay. Check compatibility before following these steps.
- Open an application that supports AirPlay, like YouTube, which supports AirPlay for some of its videos.
- Find the video you want to share and tap the icon AirPlay.
- Press the AirPlay and Bluetooth devices.
- Tap the name of the Apple TV to connect to it.
- To stop sharing, tap the AirPlay icon, then tap the device name to return to Apple TV.