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How to Connect Your iPhone or iPad for a Presentation

How to Connect Your iPhone or iPad for a Presentation
With the right apps and equipment, it’s easy to share a presentation stored on your iPhone or iPad. / Credit: Shutterstock

If you have a presentation coming up and you want to showcase your visuals using your iPhone or iPad, we’ve got you covered. There are lots of ways to bring your mobile presentation to life by casting through projectors or external screens, it all depends on the type of technology you’re using and the level of connectivity you require.

If you want to skip the extra dongles and wires you can use the app AllCast to wirelessly stream the content that’s on your phone to an external monitor. AllCast is available in the Apple app store and is compatible with Roku, Apple TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One as well as Smart TVs from Samsung, Sony and Panasonic. Assuming you have a compatible external television, you can download AllCast on your iOS device, make sure both the TV and phone or tablet are on the same Wi-Fi network, and then stream at will.

If your device is running iOS version 5 or higher, you can use AirPlay to mirror your phone on your television. AirPlay is a feature of Apple TV, so the catch is that you must also have the Apple TV set-top box, which retails for $99. Assuming you do have Apple TV, navigate to the Settings menu, and then activate AirPlay. Next, you enable AirPlay on your iPhone or iPad. Once that’s done, and your Apple TV and your iOS device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you should be able to find your Apple TV and start your presentation. 

If you have access to a monitor and you don’t want to connect wirelessly you can always opt for a good old-fashioned cable adaptor. Apple sells a lightning digital AV adaptor with an additional power port (so you can charge your iPhone or iPad while you present from it). At $49, Apple’s adaptor is pricy for a one-off presentation, but if you travel a lot it could be a worthwhile purchase. Using Wi-Fi across various venues can be a gamble, and if you’re presenting to clients you may not want to roll the dice, in which case what you’re really paying for is guaranteed connectivity.

Many modern projectors have their own proprietary apps to connect wirelessly from mobile devices, but they vary drastically in terms of quality, availability and compatibility. If you want to be certain of your ability to connect to a certain projector, an adaptor is a great option. Newer projectors typically have both HDMI and VGA ports. If you have the option of either, opt for an HDMI adaptor because it’ll be more useful for more things. If you need to connect to an older projector you will probably have to connect using a VGA adaptor, and Apple sells one for $49 that has an added charging port so you don’t run out of juice.

Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro, Business.com and Business News Daily. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and has previously worked as an IT Technician, a Copywriter, a Software Administrator, a Scheduling Manager and an Editorial Writer. Mona began freelance writing full-time in 2014 and joined the Purch team in 2017.