So you have some content on your tablet that you want to project on a big screen for your audience? But the problem is you don’t know how to wirelessly connect your iPad to the projector?
If yes, we’ll show you how to do it in this simplified guide.
Whether you want to connect your projector wirelessly with an Apple tablet device or an android tablet, this guide will take you through the steps to follow to get it done.
This process is simple and painless for everyone and doesn’t require you to be tech-savvy or have any special knowledge.
How to Connect Tablet to Projector Wirelessly:
When it comes to wirelessly casting your tablet to a projector, there are several ways you can go about it. The most effective methods include using a WiFi network, Bluetooth, and Miracast options.
Below, we’ll take you through the key steps for using each method.
Using your WiFi network
This is probably the easiest and fastest way to connect your tablet to a projector. As the name suggests, this process involves only using WiFi connectivity.
No additional devices are needed! No software installation is required! Just a reliable WIFI connection.
However, this method works for modern projectors with a built-in WIFI feature.
A good example is the Epson Epson projector with the Epson iProjection App. This feature is specially made to let you wirelessly project from your iOS or Android device.
This is how you use the feature to wirelessly connect your tablet to projector:
If your projector is connected to the network via Ethernet, simply launch the app, tap the “Projector” option and select the correct device.
If your projector has wireless capability, the process will involve more steps. Press the LAN button on your projector’s remote to display the network IP address and SSID.
Next, tap “settings” on the tablet, then Wireless & Networks, and select WIFI.
From the resulting list of available networks, choose the one with the same SSID as your projector.
Launch the iProjection App, select the “Projector” option and select the projector featuring the correct IP and SSID. This last step is necessary for projecting your tablet on the screen.
NOTE: If your projector manufacturer doesn’t have a custom app for their projector, you can choose from one of the multiple options on the Google Play store.
Some of these apps work with specific hardware, while others are versatile and work with projectors from all manufacturers.
For instance, the iShow App is designed for Kodak wireless projectors, while Mobishow works with Dell projectors.
However, an app like WiFi-Doc is more versatile and will work with most wireless projectors.
The Miracast option
This is all about screen mirroring. It is a great option if you’re using an old projector that only features VGA, USB cable, HDMI cable ports, and no wireless options.
In this case, you need to get a HDMI wireless dongle to give your projector wireless capabilities and enable you to connect it to your tablet.
The wireless dongle will help you cast the tablet display on the big projector display. It’s like connecting your laptop to your TV wirelessly (via Mira cast).
Word of Advice: You’ll come across multiple wireless HDMI dongles to choose from out there. They vary in brand, features, quality, and price points. We advise you to go for a higher-priced dongle with multiple features and a more reliable connection.
You can still get a decent device if you’re on a budget. But make sure it also offers a reliable connection with no lagging issues. This is especially important if you plan to play games on your tablet. Lags can really kill your gaming mood!
You’ll also need to check the dongle’s resolution. If you’re using a modern 4K projector, get a 4K supported dongle to ensure a proper tablet-projector setup. Go for a max HD resolution dongle only when using a low-end projector.
Assuming you’ve gotten a compatible dongle for your needs, here are the steps to follow:
Step 1. Plug in the wireless HDMI dongle
First, turn off your projector. Then proceed to insert the new dongle at the HDMI port situated at the back of your projector. The device should easily fit into the port. Double-check that it’s correctly inserted, so you’ll get to wirelessly transmit video and audio signals.
Step 2. Switch on your projector
With your dongle in place, switch it on and switch on your projector. Note that switching on the device first will help you bypass the device recognition issue users usually face with their projectors.
If your projector doesn’t recognize the dongle even after switching it last, just acknowledge it manually, as discussed in the next step.
Step 3. Pair your dongle with the projector
Go to your projector input settings and search for the dongle. This simple search will make the dongle pair up with your projecting device. And now you have a wireless connection between the two devices!
Step 4. Completing the tablet-projector wireless setup
You’ll need to connect your projector to the existing WiFi network in this part.
Before you do this, however, it’s worth noting that different HDMI dongles feature completely different setups. Thus, you may need to consult your user manual on how to go about this part.
Generally, the process involves connecting the dongle and tablet to the SAME WiFi network.
After both devices are connected to the WiFi, giving your dongle a unique name is a good idea. This will help you easily recognize it, especially when dealing with multiple WiFi devices.
PRO TIP: Most dongles have poor WIFI coverage, so try placing your router close to your projector to ensure a reliable connection throughout the projection process.
Step 5. Activate the Miracast option
The last step is to enable the Mira cast feature on your table to begin the screen mirroring process.
Go to your tablet Display option under the settings menu (for android devices) and enable the Mira cast option.
If you’re using an iPad Pro or any other Apple device, the process is different. You’ll need to enable wireless display function under the Menu option.
If you enable Miracast function, your dongle’s name should appear in the networks list. Simply tap it to pair your tablet and the projector.
You did it!! Your projector should now mirror your entire tablet display to the big projector screen.
Connect tablet to projector via Bluetooth
Just like your smartphone, tablets are generally Bluetooth-enabled. And this is a good thing because this wireless technology can also effectively connect your tablet to your Epson projector or any other projector you’re using.
However, not all projectors come with a Bluetooth connectivity option. If the model you’re using doesn’t have this connectivity, you may need to get a Bluetooth USB dongle that you simply fit in the USB port of the projector to give it Bluetooth capabilities.
Once you have both the projector and tablet ready, you can now switch on Bluetooth on the Bluetooth settings on your tablet’s wireless and networks tab. Next, look for your projector’s Bluetooth name and tap it to complete the pairing process.
1. Can you wirelessly connect to a projector?
Yes. You can wirelessly connect to a projector using one of the above methods. Study each of these methods and decide which one is most suitable for you, depending on the projector you’re using.
2. Can you connect a tablet to a projector?
You can connect a tablet to a projector using wireless or wirelessly. For wired connections, you can use HDMI, VGA, or USB ports. Wireless connections, on the other hand, may involve your WIFI network or Bluetooth. The wireless option is more convenient as it doesn’t include any cables.
3. Can I connect my Samsung tablet to the projector?
You can connect your Samsung tablet to the projector. The process is simple and fast, and you can do it in minutes.
You can do it using a USB-C to HDMI adapter. Connect the adapter USB part to your Samsung tablet. Next, connect the adapter to HDMI cable. Finally, connect the HDMI to your projector. Navigate to the HDMI source on your projector, and your tablet content should be displayed on the big screen.
If your projector is wireless-enabled, you can also connect the two devices wirelessly.
4. How to connect phone to projector wirelessly?
You can connect your phone to projector wirelessly if your projector has wireless capability. You’ll need to rely on wireless solutions to connect the two devices, such as Miracast, Apple Airplay, WiFi Direct, and Chromecast.
Projector manufacturers may also have custom software and apps that you can use to connect your smartphone to them. Needless to say, you’ll reliable WIFI network is necessary to connect the two devices.
5. How to connect phone to projector via Bluetooth?
Connecting your phone to a projector via Bluetooth is easy if your projector is Bluetooth enabled. You’ll first need to turn on the Bluetooth function on both devices. Next, pair them by selecting your projector name on your phone’s device list. You may need to enter a passkey for successful pairing. That’s all.
6. How do I mirror my Android to my projector?
You can mirror your Android to your projector using Chromecast or Mira cast. Besides these two options, there are also 3rd party apps on the google play store you can use to cast your Android to your projector. If you want to go the cables way, you can use the following options:
- USB-C to HDMI adapter
- USB-C to USB-C (for projectors with USB-C port)
- HDMI to HDMI (if your Android has a mini/micro HDMI port)
- USB-C to VGA (for the older projector models)
- MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link)
7. What is Mira cast projector?
Miracast is a media-streaming standard that allows you to wirelessly mirror your phone or tablet to a large projector screen for more comfortable viewing. This function relies on WIFI network to transmit the media on your handheld device to the projector.
Now that you know how to connect your tablet to your projector wirelessly, you should have an easy time connecting the two devices. This is a straightforward process and will work for iPad and Android tablets.
As you have seen above, you can connect your tablet using WiFi, Mira cast, or Bluetooth. If your projector has no wireless connectivity option, use a HDMI dongle to create a wireless solution that enables you to use the Mira cast option.
If you follow these steps, you should be able to display your tablet content on the big screen in minutes.