How to Connect iPad to TV + Screen Mirror (2024)

3 Ways to connect iPad to Any TV (No Apple TV Needed)

By Stacey Butler - Senior Staff Writer
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In this updated guide for 2024, I explain 3 different methods for connecting any iPad to any TV, without the need of an Apple TV. This also allows for iPad screen mirroring on the TV, which is great for playing games, showing things to friends, playing videos, etc.

One method requires a direct connection, the other 2 are wireless options to stream your iPad to the TV and also screen mirror. Let’s get started.

Method 1: Via AirPlay

The first method to connect an iPad to TV is via AirPlay. This is the easiest and most convenient method because it is completely wireless and might not even require any additional hardware. If you have a 2018 or newer smart TV, you might already have AirPlay 2 built into your TV.

An easy way to check if your TV has AirPlay built-in is to turn on the TV and then go to your iPad’s Control Center. Tap on Screen Mirroring, and your TV should show up right there. If it doesn’t show up, then your TV does not have this feature, and you will need to either use one of the other methods provided in this article or just buy a Roku or an Apple TV.

To stream video from your iPad to your TV via AirPlay, you need to first make sure that your iPad and your TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Then load up the video you want to watch on the big screen, whether that be from YouTube, Hulu, Safari, or something else, and then, depending on the video player, you’ll need to find the AirPlay button.

For example, in the YouTube app for iPad, there will be an AirPlay button in the top right corner of the video. Once you tap on that, it’ll show you the devices you’re able to stream this video to, and you should see your TV or your AirPlay-enabled device. Just tap on the device, and it will start playing on the TV, and you will still get access to the video controls on your iPad.

For other video players like Amazon Prime Video and Safari, you will want to look for the AirPlay icon. You might have to go into full-screen mode to see it, but once you tap on the icon, you will see the device list, and then you just select your TV, your Roku, or your Apple TV, and that content will start playing on the big screen.

If you want to mirror your screen to your TV to maybe show your friends some funny text messages, to maybe play a video, or play a game on the big screen, all you have to do is go into the Control Center and tap on the Screen Mirroring button. Once you tap on it, your iPad’s home screen should show up on the TV, and you could do whatever you want, and it will show up on the big screen.

To end the screen mirroring, go back into the Control Center and tap on Screen Mirroring again and stop it.

Method 2: Using HDMI Adapter Cable

The next method to connect an iPad to TV is using an HDMI adapter cable. This is a more fail-proof method since it works with any modern TV and does not require a Wi-Fi connection. However, it does require an HDMI cord and a USB-C Digital AV adapter from Apple.

The first thing you want to do is plug one end of the HDMI cable into an HDMI port on your TV and then plug the other end into the HDMI adapter.

Next, plug the USB-C cable into your iPad and change the input on your TV if necessary, and you should see your mirroring show up on the TV.

Once your iPad is connected to your TV, you can do everything you could do with AirPlay. You can watch videos, and they’ll fill up the whole screen of the TV. You can play games, but please note there will be a slight delay. So don’t try to play anything competitive. Basically, you can pretty much do anything you can do on your iPad on the big screen.

As I already mentioned, this method is really nice because it does not require Wi-Fi. So if you have a weak connection or no Wi-Fi at all, this is going to be the solution for you.

See also: Does iPad Pro Have HDMI Port? Here’s The Truth

Method 3: Via Google Chromecast

The third and final method to connect an iPad to TV is using the Google Chromecast. This is a cheaper alternative to purchasing an Apple TV or a new TV in general, and it’s actually what a lot of people use and I used to use in the past. It is going to be about 30 bucks. You can pick this up at your local Best Buy or Amazon.

To get started, you first need to, of course, purchase the Chromecast dongle and plug it into your HDMI slot on your TV. Next, go ahead and download the Google Home app on your iPad. You’ll have to enter in a code that you’ll see on the TV and maybe do some updates. But after that, you will see it on your device, and then you will see the Chromecast icon throughout your iPad and like the YouTube application, Prime Video, and Hulu, you will see it on your device, and it will act pretty much just like AirPlay and just like we did with the HDMI adapter. So you’ll be able to run everything through Google Chromecast.

Other Things to Know

You can only stream 4K video via AirPlay. This means you cannot stream 4K video if you use the HDMI adapter cable. That is only going to give you 1080p quality. So keep that in mind.

Also, like I briefly mentioned earlier: if you’re trying to play a game on the big screen, don’t expect it to run perfectly. There is going to be a little bit of a delay regardless of if you use AirPlay or the HDMI adapter cable. So don’t try to play something like Call of Duty Mobile or PUBG or something where you need to be really competitive and have a quick reaction time. Otherwise, you’re not going to enjoy it on the big screen.

Conclusion

There you have it. That is an updated 2024 guide on how to connect your iPad to a TV. You can now stream videos from your iPad to your TV and also use screen mirroring on your TV. Were you able to connect your iPad to a TV? Which method do you prefer in 2024? Let me know in the comment section below.

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By Stacey Butler Senior Staff Writer
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Stacey is a senior staff writer at GeeksChalk and has been writing about Apple for nearly a decade. She covers all things Apple for GeeksChalk, including iPhones, iPads and Mac. Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Stacey is often found hiking precarious landscapes or tinkering with a camera.
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