iPad is a great way cut the cord and get rid of the cable television, but what about watching on TV? If you prefer to watch on a wide screen, you can connect your iPad to your TV via a wired or wireless connection.

you also can connect headphones to any TV for personal viewing. Here are five ways to reach your iPad television goals.

The instructions in this article apply to all iPads.

Connect iPad and TV with Apple TV and AirPlay

An illustration of how to connect an iPad to a TV.
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Apple TV is a great way to connect your iPad to your TV. Because it uses AirPlay, it’s wireless, so you can keep your iPad on your lap and send the display to your TV. For now, this is the best solution for gaming, where the limitation of connecting an iPad to a TV is limited.

Apps already installed on Apple TV give a bonus. if you love Netflix Hulu Plus, and Crackle, you don’t need to connect your iPad to stream video from these services. Apps run on Apple TV.

Apple TV also works great with iPhone and iPod Touch, allowing you to stream video via AirPlay or use your entertainment system’s speakers to play music. Apple’s 2017 Apple TV has a powerful enough processor that it now has access to the full App Store and can stream 4K video.

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How to connect iPad to TV wirelessly or with cables

Apple TV connects to your TV using standard HDMI cables and uses AirPlay to wirelessly communicate with your iPad. Even apps that don’t support AirPlay work through screen mirroring which plays your iPad’s screen on your TV.

Connect iPad wirelessly without using Apple TV via Chromecast

Google Chromecast
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If you don’t want to go the Apple TV route, but still want to connect your iPad to your TV without a lot of wires, Google Chromecast is an alternative solution. Instead of connecting your Apple TV to your TV, you connect Chromecast to TV .

It has a relatively simple setup process that uses your iPad to set up your Chromecast and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. Once everything is set up and working, you can tether your iPad screen to your TV if the app you’re on supports Chromecast.

This is a significant limiting factor compared to Apple TV: Chromecast support must be built into the app, compared to Apple TV’s AirPlay, which works with almost all iPad apps.

So why use a Chromecast? Firstly, streaming devices like Chromecast much cheaper than Apple TV. It also works with both Android and iOS devices, so if you have smartphone Android with your iPad, you can use Chromecast with both of them.

Connect iPad to HDTV via HDMI

HDMI / Lightning adapter

Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter — this is perhaps the simplest and easiest way to connect an iPad to an HDTV. It works via an HDMI cable to send your iPad screen directly to your TV, so it works with any app that runs on your iPad.

Worried about battery life? The adapter also allows you to connect a USB cable to your iPad to power your device and prevent battery drain during a break. Seinfeld or » How I Met your mother». You can also stream your PC to iPad movie collection to HDTV with Home Sharing. This is a great way to finally switch from DVD and Blu-ray to digital video without losing the ability to watch it on a big TV.

Lightning connector does not work with original iPad, iPad 2, or iPad 3. You need buy digital AV adapter with 30 pin male connector for those older iPad models.

Connect your iPad with a composite or component cable

Composite AV cable for iPad (30-pin)

If your TV doesn’t support HDMI or you don’t have enough HDMI outputs on your HDTV, you can choose to connect your iPad to your TV using composite or component cables.

Component adapters separate the video into red, blue and green, which gives a slightly better picture, but component adapters are only available for older 30-pin adapters. The stacked adapters use a single yellow video cable and red and white audio cables that are compatible with almost all TVs.

Component and composite cables do not support iPad mirroring, so they only work with apps such as Netflix and YouTube that support video output. They also don’t support 720p video, so the quality isn’t as great as when using a digital AV adapter or Apple TV.

This accessory may not be available for the new Lightning connector, so you may need a Lightning-to-30-pin adapter.

Connect iPad with VGA adapter

Lighting to VGA adapter

By using Apple Lightning to VGA adapter you can connect your iPad to a TV that is equipped with entrance VGA computer monitor, projector, or other display device that supports VGA. This solution is great for monitors. Many newer monitors support multiple display sources; You can switch between using your desktop monitor and using it for your iPad.

The VGA adapter supports mirroring mode. However, it doesn’t transmit audio, so you’ll either need to listen through the iPad’s built-in speakers or external speakers.

If you plan to watch through your TV, an HDMI adapter or component cables are the best solution. If you plan to use a computer monitor or want to use your iPad for large presentations with a projector, a VGA adapter might be the best solution.

This solution is best for using the monitor to project a large screen to an audience, such as for presentations at work or school.

Watch Live TV on your iPad

Several accessories are designed to let you watch live on your iPad, accessing your cable channels and even your DVR from any room in the house or away from home via a data connection.

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