How to Connect iPad to Your TV

The displays that the iPad ships with have always been the industry-leading panels compared to other tablets and phones. However, the largest iPad model topped out at 12.9″, which is huge for a tablet but a bit small when you want to share the love with other viewers.

Thankfully, there are ways to connect your iPad (or iPhone for that matter) to a big TV. In fact, you are free to choose, you can have a hard time deciding which one you want to use.

Use a dongle

Apple was certainly the forerunner of #DongleLife, but while having only two USB-C ports on a MacBook might feel limiting, it makes perfect sense to have a single port on a tablet.

You can buy a dongle adapter for your iPad with an HDMI port. It’s the most widely used standard for modern TVs and will let you connect your iPad to your TV or pretty much anything else. Just be aware that iPads that use the Lightning port must be paired with an Apple-certified adapter, or they may not work properly. For iPad Pro to use USB-C, you don’t have to be so special.

Adapter dongle for iPad

This is the simplest method to connect your iPad, it gives the best picture quality and no lag. This makes it perfect for watching movies or playing games with the controller. It’s also a solid choice if you have a presentation and also has a wireless remote control to upgrade your slides.

Use AirPlay with Apple TV

If you need to use a wireless connection, the best choice is Apple’s internal AirPlay standard. Since Apple doesn’t make TVs yet, you can use Apple TV as a receiving device. Assuming AirPlay is enabled on your Apple TV, all you have to do is:

Apple TV
  1. Swipe down from the top right edge of the screen to reveal Control Center on your iPad.
  2. Option Screen mirroring.
  3. Choose Apple TV from the list of available devices.
  4. Import pairing code if instigated.

It’s as easy as that, just be aware that if either device is very far from the wireless router, you may experience lag and stuttering.

Using Airplay on third-party devices

For a long time, Apple only allowed AirPlay on its own hardware, but times have changed. There are now a large number of consumer TVs with built-in AirPlay support. For example, while you won’t find this feature on mainstream Samsung models from 2018, the 2020 lineup features AirPlay-enabled models.

AirPlay enabled on iPhone

Assuming you have AirPlay enabled on the device, it works exactly like connecting to an Apple TV. So you can use the same instructions as above.

Take your AirPlay receiver with you

If you’re not sure that there will be an AirPlay-enabled TV or device where you want to mirror your iPad’s screen, there’s another solution. You can buy a variety of receivers including AirPlay as one of the protocols they support.

They usually come in the form of a stick resembling a USB drive. Except, instead of a USB plug, it’s HDMI. Just plug it into an open HDMI port and then search for it in AirPlay devices the same way you would with an Apple TV.

EZCast . HDMI stick

Of course, you need to switch the TV to the corresponding HDMI source! The EZCast is one of the most popular and well-known examples of such a receiver.

We think this is a good product for those who travel a lot and give presentations or often have to use HDMI monitors that they don’t have a choice.

Use a mirroring app other than AirPlay

While AirPlays is the most efficient and reliable wireless screen mirroring technology for your iPad, it doesn’t help if the device you want to mirror doesn’t support it! However, there are other standards, such as Miracast, and custom solutions that use apps that can be installed through the app stores of some smart TVs.

So you can either use the Miracast app, which will allow you to mirror your screen to Miracast enabled devices, or use an app like AirBeam TV with devices that can install the app. its use.

Cast content using DLNA, Chromecast or Android TV devices

If you don’t want to mirror your iPad’s screen but just want to cast content onto a larger screen, that’s actually easier. For example, if you have a Chromecast or an Android TV box, you can use apps on your iPad that support casting to these devices to display your videos, photos, or music on your TV.

While it’s not the most elegant solution, you can always rely on the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) standard to upload content to your smart TV. It’s a widely supported method of streaming that you can take advantage of through a variety of DLNA server apps on iOS.

Chromecast is plugged into the TV

When you install one of these apps on your tablet, you can stream content from your device to any DLNA-enabled device. It’s not as glamorous as using something like Plex, which has a fancy user interface, but it works reliably and usually doesn’t require much to run.

Once the DLNA server app is installed, opened and configured, you should see it pop up on any smart TV connected to the same network.

Connect your iPad to something other than a TV

While smart TVs are ubiquitous, and it’s not difficult to carry an AirPlay receiver around, there are even more options for screen mirroring. You can even mirror your iPad to your PC or Mac using the software AirPlay receiver.

It’s an app that runs on your desktop operating system and appears on your iPad as a hardware AirPlay receiver. It used to be a useful way to record the iPad or iPhone screen, but since screen recording is now a built-in iOS feature, it’s no longer really necessary.

Mirroring mode on MacBook and iPad

However, it is useful when the only device connected to the big screen is a Mac or Windows PC. These software solutions turn that computer into a temporary receiver. The most famous example is probably AirServer Connect.

You can also use the HDMI dongle method to connect your iPad to a computer monitor. It’s a more common situation, as most new TVs after all smart TVs. Computer monitors do not. Just keep in mind that if the monitor doesn’t have built-in speakers, you’ll have to use a Bluetooth device to play the audio, or use a dongle that also has an HDMI external headphone jack.

Sometimes better on the big screen

That would more or less cover every (sensible) way to connect an iPad to a TV or other large format display. Every year, all of our devices can talk to each other more and more easily, and if Apple continues to make an actual TV, we bet it will provide the most seamless connection of all. there.

In the meantime, have fun playing Apple Arcade games on your conference room TV at work. That’s why you were looking for this information in the first place, right?

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