How to Project YouTube From an iPad to an External Projector


Connect your iPad to an external projector by using an adapter created by Apple specifically for this purpose. These adapters -- the Lightning Digital AV Adapter and the Lightning to VGA Adapter -- support mirroring of your iPad's screen. Therefore, you can display YouTube videos on a projector's screen as they appear on your iPad screen after you connect the two devices. The adapter you need to use to connect the projector to your iPad depends on whether the projector's available ports are HDMI or VGA.

Things You'll Need

  • Lightning to VGA Adapter and a VGA cable
  • Lightning Digital AV Adapter and an HDMI cable
  • Plug one end of the HDMI video cable into the projector's appropriate HDMI input port. If you are using a VGA cable, plug the cable into the projector's VGA input port.

  • Insert the other end of the video cable into the output port of the appropriate Apple adapter. For example, if you are using an HDMI cable, plug it into the Lightning Digital AV Adapter's video output port. Use a Lightning to VGA Adapter if you are connecting your iPad to the projector with a VGA cable.

  • Insert the Lightning end of the Apple adapter into the iPad's Lightning connector.

  • Turn on the projector and your iPad. If applicable, switch the projector's video input to match your iPad's video connection, such as HDMI. Refer to your projector's user manual for exact instructions. The projector automatically displays the iPad's screen.

  • Open YouTube on your iPad by navigating to the YouTube website using Safari or by launching the YouTube app on your device.

  • Navigate to the YouTube video you want to display and select the option to play it on your iPad. The projector automatically displays the video.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have the free YouTube app on your iPad, download it from the Apple App Store.
  • Information in this article applies to an iPad running iOS 6. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


  • Photo Credit Sean Gallup/Getty Images News/Getty Images
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