Connecting Apple iOS Devices to a TV or Projector with a Wired Connection

If you don't have an Apple TV or plan to use a wired connection instead, this tutorial will walk through the general step-by-step procedure to connect your Apple iOS device to a TV or projector.

What will you need?

  • An iOS device that has the ability to use apps from the App Store, such as an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
  • An HDMI adapter for your iOS device
  • An HDMI cable
  • An external monitor, such as a TV, or projector with an HDMI input
HDMI is recommended for best picture quality, but you can also use adapters and cables for VGA or DVI if your monitor or projector does not have an HDMI input.

Please Note: It is always recommended to use first-party peripherals that come from the same manufacturer as the device you plan to use. For this connection, we recommend using Apple brand cables and adapters for best results.

  1. Before connecting your device, it is recommended to put the device in "Do Not Disturb" mode to prevent unwanted calls or alerts coming through during your class.
  2. Locate the connection port on your iOS device, which should be located on the bottom of the device. The size of the port will vary, depending on your device's model. Please refer to your device owner manual if you are not sure which connection your device uses. Both variations are shown in the following images. 

  3. Take the adapter and plug it into your iOS device. For this tutorial, we are showing the HDMI-to-Lightning cable adapter.

  4. Plug your HDMI cable into the other end of your adapter.

    While it's not necessary for displaying your content on the screen, we still recommend plugging a charging cable into your adapter, if it has the option, so that it keeps your device charged, during playback.

  5. Locate the HDMI input on your monitor or projector and plug the other end of the cable into it.

  6. Now you should see the screen from your iOS device displaying on your monitor or projector. You can now show your students the lesson content you wish to display.