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Connecting iPad iPhone or iPod to TV or Projector

Published: 2012-02-02 - Updated: 2019-04-15
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Synopsis: Information on which cables to use to connect iPhone iPad or iPod Touch to your Television set or projector. Easily connect your iPod, iPhone, or iPad to the video inputs on a TV or projector. The iPad was introduced on January 27, 2010 by Apple's then-CEO Steve Jobs.

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iPads are a line of tablet computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc., primarily as a platform for audio-visual media including books, periodicals, movies, music, games, and web content. The iPad was introduced on January 27, 2010 by Apple's then-CEO Steve Jobs. Its size and weight fall between those of contemporary smartphones and laptop computers. The iPad runs the same operating system as the iPod Touch and iPhone, and can run its own applications as well as iPhone applications.


There are several methods you can use to connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to your TV set depending on what type of cables you wish to use.

Video mirroring makes it possible to share what's on your iPad on a bigger screen, such as a large screen TV or HD projection screen for presentations and conferences etc. Or you could use an educational iPad app to teach an entire classroom via a larger screen.

iPad 1 and iPad 2

iPad 2 features the ability to fully mirror whatever is on your iPad screen onto an external display device. For all other devices, only video-enabled apps (like YouTube, Netflix, or stored videos), music, and photos can be displayed on your TV.

iPad 1

When the cable is connected to a TV or projector, an application that supports playing video to an external display will automatically use it when playing video.

Of the built-in applications, Videos, Photos, and YouTube support external video display.

The original iPad, (Wi-Fi) and iPad (Wi-Fi/3G/A-GPS), can be connected to a television or projector to display photo slide-shows or video by using an Apple Composite AV Cable, Apple Component AV Cable, or the iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter.

iPad 2

iPad 2 models support full video mirroring of all applications as well as the operating system.

The iPad 2 (Wi-Fi), iPad 2 (Wi-Fi/GSM/A-GPS), and iPad 2 (Wi-Fi/CDMA/A-GPS), support earlier adapters as well as the new HDMI-equipped "Apple Digital AV Adapter."

The Apple Digital AV Adapter is compatible with the original iPad models as well.

Screen Resolutions

The original iPad and iPad 2 models support 480i and 576i via the composite adapter and 480p and 576p via the component adapter.

iPad 2 models also add support for up to 1080p video out via the VGA adapter or the new HDMI-equipped Apple Digital AV Adapter.

Both the original iPad and the iPad 2 are capable of mirroring the internal display at 1024x768 via VGA or HDMI.

iPad to TV Settings

To set up your iPad video options on the iPad.

Go to Videos - Video Settings from the settings icon on the main screen.

There are three settings: TV Out, TV Signal and Widescreen.

If you live in the US or Canada your TV Signal is NTSC.

If you're outside the US or Canada the setting may be PAL.

Adjust the selections to give the video playback options you need.

iPad to TV Cable Choices

Apple Digital AV Adapter (HDMI)

iPad to TV composite cable system
iPad to TV composite cable system

The new Apple Digital AV Adapter mirrors exactly what you see on your iPad so that everyone in the room can enjoy it on your widescreen TV, video projection screen or other HDMI-compatible display. It even routes digital audio to screens that support it.

A second built-in 30-pin connector lets you charge your iPad while it's mirroring. So you don't have to worry about running out of battery power. One end simply plugs into the 30 pin connector on the iPad, the other end plugs into your HDTV, projector or other HDMI friendly screen.

Apple Composite AV Cables (Yellow, Red, White)

You can watch iPad video on a big screen with full stereo sound by connecting iPad to the composite video and stereo audio inputs on your TV or home cinema system using Composite AV Cables which connect to your device or Universal Dock via the 30-pin dock connector to your TV, home cinema receiver or stereo receiver via the composite video (Yellow) and red/white analog audio ports.

The cable also features a USB connector that you can plug in to a power source.

Apple Component AV Cable (Blue, Green, Red, and White/Red for Audio)

Watch iPad video on a big screen with full stereo sound by connecting iPad to the component video and stereo audio inputs on your TV or home cinema system.

Apple VGA Adapter

iPad to TV component cables
iPad to TV component cables

The Apple VGA Adapter connects to your iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad Dock or Universal Dock via the dock connector and to your projector or display using the VGA adapter.

Use the Apple VGA Adapter to mirror whatever's on your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S screen apps, presentations, websites on a VGA equipped TV, display, projector or other compatible display - up to 1080p HD.

Watch slide-shows and video on the big screen in up to 720p by connecting your iPad, iPhone 4 or iPod touch (4th generation) to a television, projector or other VGA-compatible display.

Airplay - Broadcast live to your HDTV and speakers

With AirPlay, you can wirelessly stream what's on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your HDTV and speakers via Apple TV - Or mirror your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S screen.

With an Apple TV, you can use the AirPlay feature and avoid cables altogether. Connect your iOS device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV, select the video you want to watch from your device, and press the AirPlay button (it's hidden when you're not on the network).

Select "Apple TV," and your content will begin streaming. Use Air Play to stream photos, videos, or music to your TV.

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