With the help of wires you can connect an iPad to a projector. The major difference between the two is that with a wired connection, you will able to see ipad on screen. With the other connection, you can either mirror your screen or, if an app supports it, only share specific content from within an app.
When you connect an iPad to a projector, you can show slides, share videos, or simply mirror your screen. A projected screen makes it easier for many people to see what’s on your iPad screen, without people having to crowd around your device or pass it from person to person. In most cases, you can connect your iPad not only to a projector, but also to a television or computer monitor.
Connect an iPad to a Projector with a Cable
The projector input from either an HDMI or VGA connection. Because the iPad only has a Lightning port, you’ll need an adapter to plug into your iPad, as well as either an HDMI or VGA cable that then plugs into the display device. In most cases, the HDMI connection is what you should use, since it conveys both video and audio with a single cable connection. If you’re a frequent presenter, though, you may encounter older systems that only allow a VGA connection, so you may want to carry both kinds of adapters and/or cables.
Otherwise, your iPad likely has a Lightning cable connector. Every iPad released, from the iPad 4 (released in late 2012) through mid-2018, had a Lightning connector. For those devices, you’ll need a Lightning to HDMI adapter or a Lightning to VGA adapter. Expect to pay about $50 for either of these adapters. (If you have an older iPad with a 30-pin dock connector, we recommend you upgrade to a newer device, since the model you have is no longer able to run the current version of Apple’s system software.
If you have an iPad Pro released in (or after) late 2018 and your device has a standard USB-C port, you’ll need either a USB-C to HDMI adapter or a USB-C to VGA adapter, respectively. (You may already have one of these connectors if you’ve connected a macOS laptop with a USB-C connection to a projector. You can use that same USB-C adapter with either your Mac or iPad.) Expect to pay about $70 for either of these adapters.
Connect the Apple TV to the projector.
Use an HDMI cable to connect your Apple TV to your projector. You’re using your projector as the display, replacing what would otherwise typically be your TV. Turn on your projector, and make sure you Apple TV is powered and working. (If you need help getting your Apple TV set up, see How to Set up Apple TV.)
Screen mirroring to connect ipad to projector
Next, on your iPad (iOS 12 or later), put your finger in the upper-right corner, just above the network connection and battery life indicators, and then swipe down. This lets you access the iOS Control Center, which includes a “Screen mirroring” option by default. Tap Screen Mirroring, and then wait a few second until you see the name of your Apple TV listed. Tap the name of your Apple TV. You may be prompted to enter a passcode.
When screen mirroring starts, you’ll notice that the mirroring will change as you rotate your device. Hold it in portrait mode, and mirroring displays in portrait. Turn it to landscape, and mirroring does the same. When you want to end mirroring, access Control Center again, tap Screen Mirroring, and then tap Stop Mirroring.
If you are using iOS 11, Control Center can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
AirPlay to connect ipad to a projector.
Many apps allow you to display a specific photo, video, or file via AirPlay from within the app. This gives you a way to share content, without sharing everything that appears on your screen. For example, open YouTube, tap the icon that looks like a small TV with signals in the lower left corner of it (the icon is in the upper right corner of your YouTube video), then tap AirPlay & Bluetooth devices to share your video to your Apple TV. In other apps, you tap an icon that looks like a box with an arrow pointing upward from it, then tap AirPlay, then tap to select your Apple TV.
To connect iPad to projector, television, monitor, or Apple TV, you’ll see apps, videos, and photos larger than when you look at your iPad screen. Now, you can share what you see, so everyone else in the room can view slides or enjoy a video, too.