Projecting Your iPad/iPhone to a Larger Screen

With the plethora of amazing apps now available I commonly get asked how to project the content of an iPhone or iPad onto a larger screen for group sharing. Here’s how to make it possible.

1) Apple TV – With access to an Apple TV unit and an modern day TV with HDMI connection, users can wirelessly project their devices screen onto the TV. The only requirement is that both devices are connected to the same WiFi connection or alternatively that the Apple TV is connected via an Ethernet cord.

2) Reflection App for Mac – This cool software enables Mac users to wirelessly stream their iPhone/iPad contents directly to their Mac computer. The only requirement is that both devices are connected to the same WiFi connection. You can then easily connect your Mac to an external display and you are free to move around the gymnasium while the content is displayed. This is awesome for for use with apps like CoachPad and RipDeck


3) AirServer – Works the same as the Reflection app above, however also available for use on Windows PC’s. (Thanks to those who informed me of this great alternative)

4) VGA Cable – Allows you to mirror everything on your iPad or iPhone 4S screen to an external projector. This is a simple solution for most schools given the access to projectors that  most schools have.

5) HDMI cable – Use this adapter to connect your iPad/iPhone 4s directly to a modern TV. If your TV is mountable, or even better portable on a trolley, then you can easily use it to conduct everything from video analysis to score boards in your Gymnasium.

17 thoughts on “Projecting Your iPad/iPhone to a Larger Screen”

  1. Makenzie Cunningham


    My name is Makenzie Cunningham and I am enrolled at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I have been assigned to your blog for the last two weeks I am excited to say I have found your blogs very helpful for using in my future classroom. I have often wondered what I could buy to display images, videos, presentations, and more to a larger screen. Thank you for sharing all of these great ideas. Please feel free to visit our class blog at or my personal class blog at

    Thank you for the great ideas!
    Makenzie Cunningham

  2. Hi mckenzie have you found a way to display the information from an I pad to a big screen projector “WIRELESSLY” if so how is it done.

  3. Do you know if the hdmi cable works also on the iPhone 4 to a projector? Is there a setting I need to change for it to work on a 4s?

  4. Danielle Peterson

    Do you have any recommendations on a specific projector you like that will work wirelessly with an iPad? I am currently trying to write a grant for my class and the more specific the better. Also, have you used any speakers that you like to stream spot iffy or pandora through that are also wireless and work well enough in the gym?

  5. Thanks for your comment. Please be aware that there are no such projectors that allow wirelessly streaming to a projector. You will require an Apple TV Unit that can be connected to pretty much any modern projector via a HDMI connection. This then allows you to wirelessy stream via AirPlay to the Apple TV which in turn will connect to the projector. We have a series of projectors at our school that have Apple TV running into them

  6. I tried out airserver at school but it would not match with my iPad and instead was picking up other iPads so I could not get it to work. If it is on this it is obviously recommended. Can anyone tell me how they got around this problem?

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