Expert Tips – The easy way to connect a projector to an iPhone & iPad

Connecting a projector to an iPhone or iPad is easy. We’ll show you all the possibilities to connect your devices and give you practical tips to get the best transmission quality. It works with all iPhones & iPads!





Quick info – ports

Projector ports:

A VGA port is a mandatory part for 90% of projectors. Additional typical ports are DVI, HDMI or DisplayPort.

 

iPhone/iPad ports:

The ports vary depending on the model of the iPhone or iPad. Older iPhone models (e.g., iPhone 4 and 4S/iPad 2) have a 30-pin dock connector and require a matching adapter. Recent models (iPhone 5/iPad 4 and higher) have a Lightning connector. This connector requires a matching adapter as well.

 

Matching cables & adapters:

There are matching adapters for all projector-iPhone combinations. Typical adapters for older devices are dock-to-HDMI or dock-to-VGA. Adapter Lightning-to-HDMI and Lightning-to-VGA are available for recent iPhones with a Lightning connector.

 

Tip: It’s also possible to connect the projector wirelessly to an iPhone & iPad.

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We continuously do our best to keep the content on our guide sites up to date. However, compatibility issues can still arise with more recent devices. State: 2018

 

Connectable via cable

For this connection variant, you need a matching adapter and a matching cable.

 

How to do it: Connect your iPhone or iPad to a Lightning- to-AV Adapter. The adapter is equipped with an HDMI interface. Now you only need an HDMI cable that you can connect to the projector via the HDMI interface. Done!

 

The connection via cable has two benefits:

 

1. First, the screen of your iPhones/iPads will be mirrored (Screen-Mirroring). This means you can track each task on your iPhone.

 

2. Second, if you connect the iPhone via cable, there will be no image lags during the transmission of videos and movies. With a wireless connection, however, stuttering or image delays can occur.

 

The advantages listed above are especially relevant for presentations.

Connectable via cable



Wireless connection

Of course you can also connect your projector to your iPhone/iPad without a cable. In this case, you can choose between two options. Which one you choose depends on whether a projector is already WLAN-enabled or whether it has to be made WLAN-enabled with the help of a specific extension.

Projector with WLAN

For video transmission, an app made by the projector’s manufacturer is required

Projector without WLAN (with HDMI)

For video transmission, a matching WLAN module is required

Projector with WLAN For video transmission, an app made by the projector’s manufacturer is required
Projector without WLAN (with HDMI) For video transmission, a matching WLAN module is required

Tip: Many projector manufacturers who offer WLAN projectors supply a matching iOS app that can be downloaded from the App Store. After installing it, you can transmit content to the projector wirelessly via the app. You can find an overview list with the apps of popular projector manufacturers on our website. The list includes information about compatibility and supported media formats.

 

 

Top projection apps

Two of the most well-known projector manufacturers offer apps that are designed specifically to be used with Apple devices.



Epson iProjection App

Epson iProjection App

Epsons iProjection App is one of the first apps for wireless connection to Apple devices. The app was updated frequently, and its functionality was improved. Now it is possible to simply scan the QR code in the projected homescreen of the projector to establish a wireless connection.

 

The Epson iProjection app is primarily designed for displaying presentations, images and controlling the projector via iPhone. The content (e.g., presentations, PDF files and images) is deposited in the app via iTunes or Dropbox and can be projected onto the screen. Thanks to the remote controller function, you can execute various tasks of the remote control via the app.



Acer eDisplay Pro App

Acer eDisplay Pro App

Another similar wireless solution is provided with the Acer eDisplay Pro App. This app works in combination with the Acer MWA3 Wireless Adapter. Purchasing the adapter is optional.

 

The Acer MWA3 offers more than one possibility to supply a projector with a signal without using a cable. These include WLAN as well as Miracast and DLNA. The WLAN function is the crucial factor in connecting the projector to an iPhone or iPad.

 

After installing the Acer eDisplay Pro App, you can transmit standard Office content, images, Cloud content and more to the projector. Video formats are supported as well, although with low image quality.

 

The benefit: The Acer MWA3 Wireless Adapter is compatible with projectors made by other manufacturers. You only need an MHL-enabled HDMI connector or a 5V DC USB connector.



Wireless via Apple TV (AirPlay)

Wireless via Apple TV (AirPlay)

If you own an Apple TV module, you can connect it to the projector via HDMI interface. Your iPhone/iPad recognises the Apple TV module and establishes the connection to the projector via Apple AirPlay. The AirPlay function is implemented in the Apple iOS. Therefore, you don’t need any additional apps.

 

The benefits of AirPlay:

1. Transmission of movies and videos from iPhone & iPad in Full HD quality

2. (Home Screen)-Mirroring is possible

The wireless connection also works with other Apple devices, like MacBooks and iMacs.




These adapters are available for iPhone & iPad

Older iPhone generations, up to iPhone 4GS, are equipped with a 30-pin connector. Those iPhone models require a 30-pin to AV adapterin order to be connected to a projector.

 

iPhones of the fifth generation or higher are equipped with a Lightning connector. With a matching Lightning-to-AV adapter , you can establish the connection to the projector.

 

30-pin to VGA adapter 30-pin to HDMI adapter Lightning-AV adapter

30-pin to AV adapter

Projector connector:

  • VGA
  • HDMI

iPhone model:

  • iPhone 1. Gen
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4GS

iPad model:

  • iPad 1. Gen
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3. Gen

Lightning-to-AV adapter

Projector connector:

  • VGA
  • HDMI

iPhone model:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7S
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X

iPad model:

  • iPad 4. Gen
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air 5. Gen
  • iPad Air 6. Gen
adapterProjector connector:iPhone model:iPad model
30-pin to AV adapter
  • VGA
  • HDMI
  • iPhone 1. Gen
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4GS
  • iPad 1. Gen
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3. Gen
Lightning-to-AV adapter
  • VGA
  • HDMI
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7S
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPad 4. Gen
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air 5. Gen
  • iPad Air 6. Gen

The transmission quality of a Lightning-to-HDMI adapter is better than that of a Lightning-to-VGA adapter.

 

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