When connecting your iPad to your TV, you should do so via wires—like a Lightning or USB-C to HDMI adapter—or via Airplay and an Apple-compatible smart TV. Otherwise, it won’t work or you’ll get less-than-desired results like a black screen with sound but no video feed.
Although Microsoft technically came up with the tablet first, their abysmal commercial launch got swallowed up by the Apple marketing giant, with most people preferring to get an iPad or a touchscreen version of their iPhone or MacBook on hand.
With that in mind, do you wish to know how to connect an iPad to a TV? You’ve come across the correct article. It’s relatively easy if you are know-how.
How to Connect iPad to TV
You can connect your iPad to your HDTV through an HDMI cable, Lightning to HDMI adapter, and the Apple TV via Airplay or AirPlay 2. It’s the same deal with your iPhone or iPod Touch. The “smarter” your TV the easier the mobile connection will be.
If you’re using a computer monitor, get a Lightning to VGA or USB-C to VGA adapter instead to establish a vide connection. Nowadays, modern iPads and iPhones have started using the more universal USB-C standard the same way it started adopting HDMI to their devices.
Aside from an AV adapter, you can go completely wireless with your connection via Airplay 2 or with the Apple TV device connected to your TV.
How to Do It by Adapter or Converter
Unless your smart TV or Apple TV has a Lightning port, you need to first get an adapter or converter for it. An adapter is usually just a small plug or wire with double ends that allows your HDMI cable to connect to a Lightning or USB-C port.
A converter or multi-port adapter is a whole kit and caboodle. It usually has its own power plug and it might even be capable of powering up your iPad or iPhone altogether. The converter is the bigger, console-sized version of the adapter that simply swaps one connector to another.
After getting the adapter or converter, do the following:
- Connect to the Video Cable: Connect your adapter or converter to the HDMI, VGA, or A/V cable. The rarest of all is the Lightning to A/V (RCA composite or S-video) adapter for CRT TVs though. HDMI or digital is the way to go.
- Connect to the TV Input: Connect your iPad to one end of the adapter or converter while connecting the other end to the available TV input. It should either be HDMI and optical TOSLINK, HDMI-ARC, or HDMI-eARC.
- Lightning or USB-C Port: For most of Apple’s existence, they’ve been resistant in adopting third-party formats and connections, opting for their own Lightning mobile port to the USB-C standard used everywhere. This changed recently thanks to an E.U. ruling.
- Go to the Input or Port: Use your TV control panel or remote control in order to shift the display to your mobile device. It’s like shifting to HDMI1 or HDMI2 or AV1 or AV2 in order to access your DVD or Blu-Ray Player.
How to Connect iPad Wirelessly by Apple TV and Airplay
You can connect your iPad, iPhone, iPod, and so forth to your TV display wireless by using Apple TV as your central hub. Apple TV can connect to your mobile devices like it’s nothing. However, it becomes more complicated with smart TVs.
If you can connect your iPad or iPhone to your Apple TV then mirror that mirrored display to an Apple-compatible TV from Sony or Samsung, you can have a double display of the same iPad screen. You can also do a screen mirror through your iPad’s Control Center via Wi-Fi.
How to Screen Mirror with Apple TV
In order to use Airplay or the app that allows for wireless peer-to-peer connection between Apple devices to stream directly from apps, you should activate the feature this way.
- Same Network: Make sure your iPad is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your smart TV that uses Airplay 2 or your Apple TV. Make sure that your television is turned on and has the Apple TV screen displayed. If it can’t display the screen it’s not Apple-compatible.
- Go to the Video: Navigate through your iPad’s touchscreen to access the video as well as show/movie you wish to stream. You can do the same with Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Disney Plus, and Hulu (among others).
- Use Control Center: Swipe down from top-right side corner (iOS 12 and above) or swipe up from the bottom of the screen (iOS 11 and earlier) to access the Control Center then tap the “Screen Mirroring” button to access your Apple TV or Apple-compatible TV.
How to Screen Mirror with Airplay
Do all the previous steps but skip the Control Center step. Instead, do the following:
- Activate Airplay: Start playing your TV show episode or movie on your iPad. On the upper-right corner of the video screen, tap on the icon for Airplay. It’s the rectangle with the triangle inside. Now you can view the video on the TV automatically with the right resolution.
- Airplay Device Options: On the list of Airplay options that come up after tapping the icon, select your smart TV or the Apple TV. If it’s the Apple TV the connection is much smoother because Apple is all about that first-party device support.
- Fair Warning: You should use a wired connection with HDCP handshakes included to view Netflix from your iPad to your HDTV. Why? The Netflix app has abandoned support for Apple Airplay.
- Netflix Viewing Alternatives: You can download or pirate the Netflix videos by saving them locally on your iPad. Or you can use some other streaming service that still supports wireless Airplay. Finally, just play Netflix directly on your smart TV.
It’s easy to connect your iPad or iPhone to your TV or computer monitor as long as they’re deemed Apple-compatible. Android devices or lesser-known smart TVs tend to not display the iPad or iPhone screen even when linked via Lightning to HDMI adapter (it’ll be viewed as an unknown device).
How do I connect my iPad to my TV wirelessly?
How do I display my iPad to my TV?
Mirror your iPad on Apple TV or a smart TV
- Open Control Center on your iPad.
- Tap. , then choose your Apple TV or an AirPlay 2-enabled smart TV as the playback destination. If an AirPlay passcode appears on the TV screen, enter the passcode on your iPad.
How do I connect my iPad to my TV wirelessly without Apple TV?
Screen Mirroring iPad to TV (No Chromecast – Wirelessly
How do I connect the iPad to the TV with HDMI?
- Plug your Digital AV or VGA adapter into the charging port on the bottom of your iOS device.
- Connect an HDMI or VGA cable to your adapter.
- Connect the other end of your HDMI or VGA cable to your secondary display (TV, monitor, or projector).
- Turn on your secondary display.
Can you connect the iPad to the TV with USB?
Plug a USB-C Display AV Adapter or USB-C VGA Multi-port Adapter into the charging port on iPad. Connect an HDMI or VGA cable to the adapter. Connect the other end of the HDMI or VGA cable to the display, TV, or projector. If necessary, switch to the correct video source on the display, TV, or projector.
How do I connect the iPad to the TV with USB?
Simply connect your iPad’s Lightning port to the TV with a USB cable (the one you use to charge your phone every night will probably do the trick), switch to the correct input, and enjoy.
Why is my iPad not connecting to the TV with HDMI?
iPad to TV HDMI Not Working FIX
The process of connecting your iPad to your TV is similar to the iPhone and iPad. As a rule of thumb, you can either use an Apple TV and Airplay or a Lightning to HDMI adapter to connect mobile devices to Apple-compatible TVs.
Even though the square iPad display should end up portrait-like and vertical with black boxes on either side (especially for widescreen TVs), it should automatically fit high-resolution videos in 720p to 1080p on your HDTV when you play them on Netflix or locally via saved videos.
- “4 simple ways to connect your iPhone to your TV“, AllConnect.com, March 16, 2022
- “Use AirPlay to stream video or mirror the screen of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch“, Apple.com Support, Retrieved April 10, 2022