How to Connect iPad to a Projector

Tablets like the Apple iPad are becoming standard in the workplace. Rather than showing your PowerPoint slides from a laptop, you might just want to connect your iPad to a projector for your meetings instead. We’ll show you how with this tutorial.

When it comes to connecting your iPad or any other Apple device to a projector, you basically have two options, wireless or hard-wired.

Wirelessly Via Projector App

Panasonic app

Apps like “Panasonic Wireless Projector” allow you to connect to newer projectors wirelessly.

Many of the newer projectors are capable of connecting to a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth network. If the projector is Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capable, check to see whether the company that manufacturers it supplies an app. A search within the App store for the brand name of the projector should yield results. Brands like Epson or Panasonic supply apps that allow you to connect iPad to a projector wirelessly. If you find an app that works with your projector, it should be as easy as connecting the projector to the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi network and activating the app.

If you use AirPlay in your environment, your projector may support it as well. Many of the Epson projectors allow you to display content straight from your device using their apps.

If you’re not sure if your projector supports any of these wireless methods, consult the documentation provided with your projector.

 

Wired Connection

Apple Adapter

Apple makes adapters for a hard wired connection to any video device.

If you have an older projector or for whatever reason a wireless connection is not available, you will need to go with a wired connection. It’s likely the projector you’ll be using has a number of different inputs you can use. The most common connections are HDMI and VGA.

HDMI Connection

An HDMI connection is the best option for a hard-wired connection as it provides a crystal clear, high definition picture. You can then use an Apple Digital AV Adapter to hook everything up. Be careful which one you buy though. There is one made for iPad 1, 2, and 3 and a different one for iPad 4 and iPad Mini. You would connect your iPad to the adapter using the cable included with your iPad, then connect the adapter to the projector using a standard HDMI cable.

VGA Connection

If the projector does not have an HDMI port, it is likely an older model. For this situation, you would likely want to use a VGA port. Unless your projector is more than 20 years old, it should have a VGA port. For this type of connection you will need to purchase an Apple VGA Adapter. Like the Digital AV Adapter, there is one for iPad 1,2, and 3, and a different one for the iPad 4 and iPad Mini. This will allow you to connect your iPad to the adapter using the cable included with your iPad, then connect the adapter to the projector using a standard VGA cable.

 

Hopefully after reading this tutorial, you have found the right solution for connecting your iPad to a projector. Feel free to share a question or observation in the comments section below.

Comments

  1. says

    A LAN port wouldn’t work for that. I may be wrong, but I believe mirroring is your only option unless there is a third-party app out there somewhere that does just what you need.

  2. Paula McHugh says

    I am able to connect the iPad to my Epson projector through the VGA port but the iprojection software only mirrors, so I am not able to have the thumbnail images appear on my iPad while the audience only sees the full image. Is there a way to connect the iPad to the LAN port wired. I had a wireless unit I loved the technology but it kept cutting out. Epson replaced it but I don’t trust the technology now in front of a paid audience. Looking for an alternative.

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