Trying to connect your iPad to a TV? Whether you want to watch YouTube on a larger screen, browse the web, or present using Powerpoint or Keynote, our solution will quickly have you up and running. We’ll explain how to set things up and share tips and tricks to get the best results for various scenarios.

Quick Answer: You will need an HDMI adapter to run an HDMI cable from the iPad to a TV. The final setup will look like this iPad > Apple HDMI adapter > HDMI cable > TV.

What equipment do you need to connect an iPad to a TV?

We recommend buying an official Apple HDMI adapter for peace of mind. We have known 3rd party adapters to fail; stress you can do without during a presentation. 

How To Connect an iPad to a TV

Time needed: 5 minutes

  1. Connect the TV to a power source

    Connect power cable to wall outlet

  2. Plug the HDMI cable into an input on your TV

    It doesn’t matter which one you use, but you’ll need to know which one, e.g., “Input 1”.

  3. Connect Adapter to iPad

    You’ll either need a Lighting > HDMI adapter or USBC > HDMI adapter, depending on which model of iPad you have.

  4. Connect another end of your HDMI cable into the Apple adapter

  5. Your TV should display your iPad Screen within a few seconds

    If this doesn’t work, follow our troubleshooting tips in the next section.

Note: The HDMI connection will play sound from the iPad through the TV. This gives you complete control of the volume using your TV remote.

iPad to TV Connection Troubleshooting Tips

11" iPad Pro

If you’re having problems with the connection, try each of these troubleshooting tips one by one.

  • Check that your TV is set to the same input that you plugged your HDMI cable into
  • Turn the TV and iPad off, wait a few seconds, and then turn them back on again
  • Try another input on the TV

Displaying An Internet Browser on the TV

Apple Multi-Port Adapter

The iPad and TV have a different sized viewing area, so what will fill the iPad screen will leave black bars at the side of the content on your TV. 

For internet browsing, this isn’t a huge problem or distraction. The TV will do its best to mirror the iPad display.

Displaying a YouTube Video on the TV

When you’re watching YouTube videos on your TV, you want them to fill the whole display. Thankfully, the iPad takes care of this and will automatically display full-screen video content on your TV. 

Meanwhile, the iPad screen will show comments and other YouTube navigation menus, allowing you to line up the next video behind the scenes.

Displaying Powerpoint & Presenter View

For a professional presentation, you need the slides to take up the whole screen on the TV. But you may wish to have notes display on the iPad to help deliver the presentation.

There are two options in the “slideshow” menu on the top bar that control how the second display (TV) behaves.

  • From Current
    The TV and iPad will show the same full-screen slide content.
  • Presenter View
    This will show the slide full-screen on the TV and a presenter view with thumbnails of all slides and notes on the iPad.

Displaying Keynote & Presenter View

By default, Keynote will give you presenter notes on the iPad and full-screen slides on the TV. All you have to do is hit the play button in the top right corner.

A button in the top right with a two-screen icon allows you to select various other view options if the default is not what you want.

If a TV isn’t big enough for your presentation, check out our article on how to connect an iPad to a projector.

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How To Connect iPad to TV Topics

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 1:05 What Equipment Do You Need?
  • 2:35 How To Connect iPad to TV
  • 4:05 Troubleshooting Tips
  • 4:25 Displaying An Internet Browser
  • 5:00 Displaying YouTube Video
  • 5:35 Displaying Powerpoint & Presenter View
  • 6:49 Displaying Keynote & Presenter View
  • 7:50 Final Thoughts