Connect projector to iPhone

The best guide online - for all iPhones & iPads!

If you don't want to play films or videos on a small iPhone or iPad screen but want to enjoy them on a big screen, you can easily connect your iPhone or iPad to your projector. We show you all the connection options and give practical tips for the best transmission quality.


Quick Info - Connections


Projector connections

If you want to connect a projector to a MacBook, iPad or iPhone, it takes just a few simple steps. Projectors support the HDMI connection as standard, so both picture and sound are transmitted via a single cable. If the device has an older connection, such as DVI, DisplayPort and VGA, you often need an adapter.

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iPhone/iPad connections

The connections differ depending on the iPhone or iPad model. Older iPhone models (e.g. iPhone 4 and 4S / iPad 2) have a 30-pin dock connector and require a corresponding adapter. From iPhone 5 or iPad 4 onwards, a connection via Lightning or USB-C is possible. Here, you establish a connection to a projector via a corresponding adapter.


Matching cables & adapters

There are suitable adapters for all projector-iPhone combinations. Typical adapters for older devices are, for example, dock-to-HDMI or dock-to-VGA. For newer iPhones with a lightning connector, Lightning-to-HDMI and Lightning-to-VGA adapters are available. Connection via Thunderbolt is also particularly popular.

Tip: You can also connect your projector wirelessly to your iPhone and iPad using appropriate dongles or via Apple TV.

Connecting projector and iPhone wirelessly

Of course, you can also connect a projector wirelessly to your iPhone or iPad. There are several options to choose from.


The advantages of Apple AirPlay


Transfer of films and videos from iPhone & iPad in Full HD quality


Share content easily and quickly


No additional app needed


Mirroring of the screen (homescreen) possible

Wireless via Apple TV (AirPlay)

App-free AirPlay support in projectors has become standard. Thanks to an intuitive user interface, Apple AirPlay is a particularly popular solution for connecting iOS devices to a projector. This connection eliminates the need for a cable connection between the iOS device and your projector.

This is possible with devices from iOS 8, fourth-generation iPads and fifth-generation iPhones, as well as with a third-generation Apple TV or newer. The only thing that matters is that the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functions are activated on both devices. If you have an Apple TV module, you can connect it to your projector via the HDMI interface. Your iPhone/iPad recognises the Apple TV module and establishes the connection to the projector via Apple AirPlay. The AirPlay function is permanently implemented in Apple's iOS operating system. You therefore do not need a separate app.

Step-by-step guide: To connect your iOS device to the projector via Apple TV

1. Open any app and select "Airplay".

2. Select Apple TV for the broadcast.

3. Flip the "Screen Sync" switch.

4. Your content will now be played back on the projector.

Of course, the wireless connection also works with other Apple devices, such as MacBooks and iMacs. Discover our range of Apple TV devices now and stream your content to a projector via AirPlay.

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Top projection apps

If your projector is already WLAN-enabled and does not require a special extension, you can start your video transmissions via app. In our guide to projection apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod, we present a wide selection for your projections.

Apps from some well-known projector manufacturers specifically for use with Apple devices are Epson's iProjection app and the Acer eDisplay Pro app.

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Connecting via cable

Even though connecting mobile devices to a projector via a cable is no longer the most common connection, it offers a particularly simple and reliable connection. If you want to connect your iOS device to a projector via cable, you will need a compatible adapter as well as a suitable cable.

The connection via cable offers two advantages:

Screen mirroring: You can follow every action performed on the iPhone.

Almost no image delays when transferring videos and films with a connection via cable. With a wireless connection, small jerks can quickly occur.

Step-by-step instructions: To connect your iOS device to the projector via cable

1. Make sure that the projector is switched off.

2. Connect the appropriate adapter for your terminal to the charging port of your iPhone or iPad.

3. Connect the HDMI cable to the projector via the HDMI interface.

4. Switch on the projector.

5. Now select the correct video input on the projector.

6. Then select the correct video input on the projector. Done!

These adapters are available for iPhone & iPad

Older iPhone generations, up to iPhone 4GS, were equipped with a 30Pin connector. These iPhone models require a 30Pin-to-AV adapter to connect to a projector. Since the fifth iPhone generation, the devices have a new Lightning connector. With a suitable Lightning-to-AV adapter, you establish the connection to the projector.

30 Pin to VGA adapter
30 Pin to HDMI adapter
Lighting AV adapter


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30pin to AV adapter
  • VGA
  • HDMI
  • iPhone 1st gen 
  • iPhone 3G 
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4 
  • iPhone 4GS
  • iPad 1st gen
  • iPad 2 
  • iPad 3rd gen
Lightning to AV adapter
  • VGA
  • HDMI
  • iPhone 5 / 5S
  • iPhone 6 / 6S
  • iPhone SE 
  • iPhone 7 / 7S
  • iPhone 8 / Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPad 4th gen 
  • iPad Air 
  • iPad Air 2 
  • iPad Air 5th gen 
  • iPad Air 6th gen
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