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How to project from iPad: You have created a beautiful presentation with Keynote for iPad, you would like to project it in public on a wall or a TV but you don’t know how to do it. I understand. In fact, the Apple tablet does not have ports for direct connection to projectors or TVs, but you should know that there are various ways to achieve this. For example, you can buy adapters to physically connect the iPad to televisions or projectors or take advantage of wireless technologies, AirPlay and Google Cast on all, to play the contents of the Apple tablet on a TV or computer.

If you want to know more, read on: below you will find all the information on how to project from iPad using the adapters, cables and wireless technologies supported by the Apple tablet. Find the solution that you think best suits your needs (and / or your budget) and use it by following the instructions I am about to give you. I guarantee you that your presentations will be a real success.

Just a small clarification before starting: some applications, such as Sky Go, block the streaming of content when the tablet (in this case the iPad) is connected to the TV. These are copyright restrictions that cannot be circumvented in any way (at least legally). Before you buy cables, adapters, or other devices, make sure that the apps you plan to project from your iPad are available for playback on your TV or projector. Then don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!

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Connect iPad to projector

If you want to know how to project presentations, photos or videos from iPad using a projector, you need to buy an adapter that can connect the latter to the Apple tablet. Adapters are very simple to use, but unfortunately they are not particularly cheap. In reality there are also cheap ones but, as they are not original Apple products, they do not ensure a good level of performance (they can present various connection problems and / or be incompatible with the most recent versions of iOS) and therefore should be avoided. That said, let’s take action.

If you have a recent iPad, be it an iPad (base model) , an iPad Air , an iPad Pro or an iPad Mini , you can project the contents of the device on a TV or a wall, through a projector, by purchasing an adapter from Lightning to Digital AV at the price of 59.00 euros. The adapter works with all televisions and projectors with HDMI support and also allows you to project content from iPhone 5 and later and iPod Touch 5th generation and later with a video resolution of up to 1080p. The HDMI cable needed to connect the adapter to your TV or projector must be purchased separately.

 

Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter

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Alternatively, if you need to connect your iPad to an old TV or projector that only has a VGA input, you need to purchase an Apple Lightning to VGA adapter , which costs $ 59. Output resolution and compatible devices are the same as the Apple Lightning to Digital AV Adapter. The VGA cable needed to connect the adapter to your TV or projector must be purchased separately.

 

Apple Lightning to VGA adapter

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If you are using an older iPad model, such as a 1st generation iPad , iPad 2 , or 3rd generation iPad Retina , you need to purchase an Apple 30-pin Digital AV Adapter (if you want to connect the tablet to a projector or TV with HDMI support) or an Apple 30-pin to VGA adapter (if you want to connect the tablet to a VGA projector or old TV). The first costs around 40 euros, the second around 30 euros and both can also be used with iPhone 4 / 4S and 4th generation iPod Touch. Video resolution up to 720p. The HDMI and VGA cables needed to connect the adapters to your TV or projector must be purchased separately.

 

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How to project from iPad to TV

Do you want to connect iPad to TV but don’t know how to do it? Do not worry, you have many solutions at your disposal, both wired (therefore with the use of adapters and cables) and wireless (by purchasing devices to connect to the TV and to the home Wi-Fi network): here they are all illustrated in detail.

Cable connection

Cables for projecting from iPad to TV

As for connecting the iPad to cable TV , you can refer to the instructions and, above all, to the adapters that I recommended in the chapter of the tutorial dedicated to projectors .

Simply put, if you have a recent iPad, you need to purchase a Lightning to Digital AV Adapter or Apple Lightning to VGA Adapter (with associated cables).

 

Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter

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Apple Lightning to VGA adapter

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If you have an  iPad Pro 2018 (or later) without a physical Home button and with a USB-C port, you can get a USB-C to HDMI cable or adapter and use that to connect your tablet directly to your TV.

If, on the other hand, you have an older iPad model, you need to use an Apple 30-pin digital AV adapter or an Apple 30-pin to VGA adapter (with associated cables).

 

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Apple TV

Apple TV

If you prefer the wireless connection to the cable connection, you can project the screen and multimedia contents (videos, photos, music, games, etc.) from the iPad to the TV using AirPlay .

AirPlay is a wireless technology developed by Apple that allows you to project the iOS and macOS screen and multimedia contents of all kinds (videos, photos, music, games, etc.) on all supported devices. It is integrated in all devices of the “bitten apple”, such as iPhone, iPad and Mac and can be used on the TV via the Apple TV multimedia box .

If you have never heard of it, Apple TV is a “box” that connects to the HDMI port of the TV and allows you to access a wide range of apps and contents (all comfortably from a convenient Bluetooth remote control). In addition, supporting the AirPlay technology, it allows you to view content from iPad, iPhone and Mac on the TV.

Apple TV is available in two versions: a 32GB base  that supports content up to Full HD / 1080p resolution and a more advanced one, called Apple TV 4K , which can have 32GB or 64GB internal memory and supports content up to resolution. UltraHD / 2160p with HDR and Dolby Vision. Both versions can be purchased on the Apple website and in major electronics stores (both physical and online).

Apple TV 4K (32GB)

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To project the iPad screen on the TV via AirPlay, you have to make sure that the tablet and the Apple TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, then you have to call the control center of iOS (by swiping from the bottom of the screen towards the ‘top) and you must first press the Duplicate screen button located at the bottom right and then on the item relating to Apple TV .

To stop the transmission, go back to the iOS control center and press first on the Duplicate screen button and then on the item Stop transmission .

AirPlay iPad

To send a single content (e.g. a video) to Apple TV, instead, you have to start playing it on the iPad, then you have to press the transmission icon (the screen with the Wi-Fi waves) or the icon AirPlay ( the screen with the triangle at the bottom) and select the item related to your Apple TV . In some apps, such as YouTube, before viewing the name of the Apple TV, you may have to press the AirPlay & Bluetooth devices item .

To stop the transmission, press the transmission or AirPlay icon again and select the name of your iPad from the list of available devices.

If any steps are not clear to you and / or you want some more detailed information on how Apple TV works, do not hesitate to read the tutorial I wrote on the subject.

Chromecast

Chromecast

If you are not interested in projecting the iPad screen, but only the multimedia contents coming from the latter (eg videos or music), on the TV, you can consider purchasing a Chromecast .

Chromecast is a “key” produced by Google that connects to the HDMI port of the TV and allows you to view content from all major models of smartphones, tablets and computers (using the Chrome browser) on the latter. It is supported by a wide range of apps, such as YouTube , Netflix , Infinity , and DAZN .

It does not officially allow the iPadOS / iOS screen to be projected on the TV (the Android and Windows / macOS screen does), but there are third-party apps, for example Replica (free, with advertising banners), which use the recording function of the screen to mirror home screens, apps and games to Chromecast. Quality and responsiveness are not that of AirPlay, but you can’t complain.

Two versions of Chromecast are available: a basic , from 39 euros, which supports content up to Full HD / 1080p resolution, and a more advanced one, called Chromecast Ultra , which costs 79 euros and supports content up to UltraHD / 2160p resolution with HDR. Both versions can be purchased on the Google website and in major electronics stores (both physical and online).

To project content from the iPad to the Chromecast, you must make sure that the two devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, then you must start an app that supports Chromecast on your tablet (eg Netflix ), press the transmission icon ( the screen with the Wi-Fi waves), select the item related to your Chromecast from the menu that opens and choose the content to send to the TV.

Chromecast iPad

To stop the transmission, all you have to do is press the transmission icon and select the appropriate option from the menu that appears. If any steps are not clear to you and / or you want more information on how Chromecast works, read the guide I have dedicated to the well-known Google home key.

Smart TV

Smart TV

Some Smart TV models , for example those equipped with an Android system , can support Google Cast technology , the same included in Google’s Chromecast keys: this means that they allow you to view content from smartphones, tablets and computers, if you use the apps compatible with Chromecast, without requiring the purchase of the famous Google key.

Other televisions, such as those of Hisense , support proprietary wireless systems compatible with Google Cast, consequently they also allow you to project content from smartphones, tablets and computers without resorting to external devices such as Chromecast.

How to project from iPad to PC

Do you need to project iPad screen on computer ? Do not panic, there are software that allow you to do this too, both in wired and wireless mode: here are a couple of the most interesting.

I also point out that you can also do this by taking advantage of a function integrated in macOS 12 Monterey that allows you to transform some Mac models (MacBook Pro 2018 and later, MacBook Air 2018 and later, iMac 2019 and later, iMac Pro 2017 , Mac Pro 2019 and Mac mini 2020) in an AirPlay receiver in order to transmit the screen and contents from your iPad (or any other Apple device) in a simple and fast way, without resorting to any third-party solution. More info here .

QuickTime Player (macOS)

quick time

If you’re using a Mac , you can use a Lightning cable and QuickTime Player , macOS’s default media player, to view your iPad screen on your computer.

All you have to do is connect iPad to Mac via Lightning cable, open QuickTime Player from Launchpad or Spotlight and start a new video recording. To do this, right-click on the QuickTime icon in the MacOS Dock bar and select the New movie recording item from the menu that opens, then press the arrow located next to the Rec button and choose the iPad item from the Camera menu .

The iPad screen will then be projected in real time on the Mac screen, ready to be shown to the public or recorded if necessary.

Reflector (Windows/macOS)

Reflector

If you use a Windows PC and / or need to project the iPad screen onto the computer wirelessly, you can rely on Reflector , a program that turns your computer (be it a Windows PC or a Mac) into an AirPlay receiver (like Apple TV) and then allows you to view the screen of the Apple tablet on the latter without using cables. It also supports recording.

Reflector costs $ 14.99 but is free to try for 7 days (with a watermark on the screen of the iPad or iPhone playing on the computer). To download it, connect to its official website and, if you use a Mac, click on the Download FREE for 7 days link under Reflector 3 for Mac . If you use a Windows PC, however, click on one of the links located under Reflector 3 for Windows : 32-Bit Download if you are using a 32-bit system or 64-Bit Download if you are using a 64-bit system.

When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, open the Reflector installation package (eg Reflectorxx.msi ), put the check mark next to I accept the terms in the License Agreement and complete the setup by clicking in sequence on the Install , Yes and Finish buttons . If you are using a Mac, on the other hand, open the Reflector dmg package and drag the program icon to the Applications folder of macOS.

At this point, make sure that iPad and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, start Reflector and click on the Try Reflector button to use the trial version of the program. Then select your iPad icon from the software menu and the screen of the latter should be displayed on the PC. Happy?

Note: The Windows version of Reflector requires the presence of .Net Framework 4.5.2 (or later) software to function. You can download this free component from the Microsoft website .