You can use a technology called "mirroring" to share your iPad screen's contents with another device remotely. This allows you to give presentations and show movies and still images to a roomful of people. It works in two ways: via an HDMI cable or through a Wi-Fi network. The HDMI adapter cable plugs into a high-definition TV or monitor that has that type of connector. The Apple TV device has a Wi-Fi feature called AirPlay which shares iPad video wirelessly.
Things You'll Need
- HDMI adapter
- HDMI cable
- High-definition TV or monitor
- Apple TV (optional)
Plug the adapter into the iPad's docking port. If you have a newer iPad with a "Lightning" connector, connect a separate HDMI cable into the adapter's HDMI socket.
Connect the HDMI end of the adapter or cable into a high-definition monitor.
Turn the iPad and monitor on. If the iPad is connected correctly, its video appears on the monitor immediately.
Via Apple TV
Plug the HDMI connector into the Apple TV device.
Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to a high-definition monitor.
Turn the Apple TV, iPad and high-definition monitor on.
Double-click the "Home" button on the iPad. It displays a row of app icons. Swipe the row from left to right twice until the "AirPlay" icon appears.
Tap the "AirPlay" icon. The app displays a list of AirPlay devices, including the Apple TV.
Tap the Apple TV entry in the Airplay app, then set the "Mirroring" switch to "ON."
Press the iPad's "Home" button. Video from the iPad appears on the monitor.
Tips & Warnings
- Make sure the high-definition monitor is set to display video from the HDMI port you're using with your iPad.
- There's also an app, called Reflector (link in Resources), that uses AirPlay to wirelessly mirror your iPad 2 or the new iPad to any Mac or PC.
- As of March 2013, newer iPads have the "Lightning" connector, whereas older models have the traditional 30-pin connector. The first-generation iPad supports "video out," allowing you to show video and still images, but it does not display the Home screen and other app activities. Later models support mirroring.
- Mobile device technology changes rapidly. The information presented here is accurate for iPad models up to the fourth-generation models running iOS 6.
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