How to Display Your iPod Touchscreen on Monitors


Displaying your iPod’s display on an external monitor is a useful feature if you want to watch or play content on a bigger screen for personal enjoyment or business. While Apple’s default apps support this feature for the most part, some third-party apps may not, so you need to check with the individual developer.

Things You'll Need

  • iPod
  • Adapter Cable
  • External Monitor or Television

Connecting the Cable

  • Determine the cable needed to connect the iPod Touch to your monitor or television. It will vary based on the cable inputs available on the display, and the generation of the iPod. Available connection methods are composite, HDMI, and VGA.

  • Obtain the correct cable. For composite inputs and all iPods except the fifth generation iPod Touch, use Apple’s Composite AV cable. Fourth generation iPod Touch users can also use the Apple 30-pin to VGA adapter or the 30-pin Digital AV Adapter for HDMI connections. Fifth generation iPod Touch users must use either the Lightning to VGA adapter or the Lightning Digital AV Adapter.

  • Ensure the app you are planning to view on the monitor is compatible. Apple’s native apps -- including Videos, Photos, iTunes and Keynote -- will support porting the iPod screen to an external monitor, as will select third-party apps (see Warnings).

  • Connect the adapter to the iPod, and the cable to the monitor or television. Ensure that the video input on your monitor or television is set to the input to which the cable is attached.

  • Load the content you wish to play back on the monitor and begin playback. Messages stating that the content cannot be played back on an external monitor are normal in some cases (see Tips and Warnings).

Tips & Warnings

  • There are two types of video that the iPod will transmit. iPods and iPod Touches through the fourth generation support video out, where specific content compatible with the adapter will display. The fifth-generation iPod Touch will also support video mirroring, where the devices screen will also be shown on the monitor as well as any content you may play or run.
  • Third-party apps are not required to offer support, so check with the individual developer to confirm support for external playback.
  • The fifth-generation iPod Touch is designed to default to the “mirror” setting. Be careful in entering any secure information such as passwords, as the keypad entries will be mirrored on the external display.
  • Use only Apple-manufactured display cables. Using an unauthorized cable may result in issues with playing back select types of content due to digital rights management restrictions.

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