iPads have always been criticized for being the eternal substitute for a Mac, because its operating system prevented it from advancing and settling down as a true computer. However, with the advent of iPadOS and Apple Silicon, the iPad has gradually improved its features, performing functions that were previously only available for MacBooks. Therefore, in this post, we are going to describe How can we connect the iPad to an external monitor, a function that we all do with our Mac.
What do we have on our iPad and monitor?
Before diving into the article, the first thing you have to do is make sure that your iPad and external monitor are compatible. Newer iPads (iPad Pro and some iPad Air and iPad mini models) have a USB-C port, while older models have a Lightning port. The best connection, obviously, is the USB-C, since offers better transfer speeds and because it is the current industry standard. However, it is important to remember that there are also peripherals If your monitor is already a few years old, since there are monitors that include HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA and DVI.
Connect iPad to external monitor
Once the compatibility and the connection ports have been checked, it is time to connect your iPad to the external monitor. To do this, you first have to connect the adapter to the port of your iPad. Then, connect one end of the cable to the adapter and the other end to the corresponding port on your monitor.
then should automatically recognize external monitor and start mirroring your iPad screen on the monitor. However, it is important to mention that the mirror function it will not work with all applications and some may display a black screen.
It should be noted that you can also use the Mac as an external monitor for your iPad, using the Sidecar. It is true that it is not the same as connecting it to an external monitor, but it allows you to increase your work space.
One of the problems that it can present is that the resolution of the screen is not in accordance with the iPadOS interface or to the app you are using. To do this, all you can do is change the screen or television resolution, although, in this sense, Apple does not offer information in this regard and it is the manufacturer who has to offer the information to correct the problem.
Once you have configured the connection of your iPad and external monitor, we can configure the Audio. To do this, you have to go to “Settings” > “Sound and Haptics” > “Audio Output” and select your external monitor.
This possibility is very interesting for conference topics or project presentations, since, if the presentation includes a video or audio, we can play it from the monitor. This function can be further exploited if you use native Apple applications such as iWork.
You can also share screen through technology Air Play that comes standard with your operating system and that allows Share screen via Wifi. To do this, you simply have to open the control center of the device and access the functionality of “Duplicate screen”, subsequently selecting the device with which you want to share.