How to See What Is Happening on an iPad Remotely


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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