Congratulations on your new Apple TV! You’re one step closer to experiencing movies like never before. But wait, how do you connect the Apple TV to your projector for a bigger and better movie-watching experience?
Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! In this easy-to-follow guide, I’ll show you how to connect your Apple TV to projectors with HDMI input ports or older models with VGA, RCA, DVI-D, or S-Video ports.
In addition, I’ll introduce you to the wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver that eliminate the need for cables.
So sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy your favorite movies on the big screen. Let’s dive in and make your movie nights unforgettable!
Wired and Wireless Solutions
The first-generation Apple TV allowed video output through both HDMI and component video ports. However, the component video port was subsequently eliminated in the second-generation Apple TV.
Currently, the HDMI port is the sole video output option available on Apple TV, including the latest Apple TV 4K model.
So I will walk through wired and wireless methods for connecting your Apple TV to a projector.
I’ll start with the wired solutions, which will depend on whether your projector has an HDMI input port or not.
Projector With HDMI Input Port
This is the simplest scenario where you only need to use an HDMI cable to connect the Apple TV to your projector.
Step 1: Use an HDMI cable to connect one end to the HDMI OUT port on the Apple TV and the other end to the HDMI IN port on the projector.
Step 2: If needed, adjust the Input settings on the projector to HDMI.
Projector Without HDMI Input Port
In case your projector lacks an HDMI input port and instead has VGA, RCA, DVI-D, or S-Video ports, you can use one of the converters listed below to connect your Apple TV to the projector:
Below is my demonstration example for the HDMI-VGA converter. You can apply in a similar way for the other converters.
Step 1: Power the HDMI – VGA converter.
Step 2: Connect the HDMI connector on the converter to the HDMI OUT port on the Apple TV.
Step 3: Use a VGA cable to connect one end to the VGA OUT port on the converter and the other end to the VGA IN port on the projector.
Step 4: On the projector, change the Input setting to VGA if needed.
Step 5: Use an AUX cable to connect one end to the AUDIO OUT port on the converter and the other end to an external speaker.
Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver
If you’re looking for a more convenient option, I have a wireless solution that eliminates the need for cables.
By using an HDMI Transmitter and Receiver, you can easily connect your Apple TV to the projector without dealing with physical connections.
However, it’s important to note that this solution does come with a few drawbacks.
The HDMI Transmitter and Receiver tend to heat up quickly after a short period of operation.
Additionally, I have observed some input lag when using the HDMI Transmitter and Receiver to connect my PS4 to the projector for gaming purposes.
Nevertheless, when using the HDMI Transmitter and Receiver to connect my Apple TV to the projector, the movie experience remains acceptable.
Please refer to the connection diagram below to use the HDMI Transmitter and Receiver to connect your Apple TV to the projector.
The final setup will look like this picture:Step 1: Power on the HDMI Transmitter and Receiver, projector, and Apple TV.
Step 2: Use a toothpick to press the Reset button on the HDMI Receiver to initiate a reset. Skip this step if your HDMI Receiver does not have the Reset button.Step 3: Connect the HDMI connector on the HDMI Transmitter to the HDMI OUT port on the Apple TV.Step 4: Use an HDMI cable to connect one end to the HDMI port on the HDMI Receiver and the other end to the HDMI IN port on the projector.Step 5: If needed, adjust the Input settings on the projector to HDMI.
Step 6: Wait for the “Please tap the button to cast the screen” message to appear on the projector screen.Step 7: Press the pairing button on the HDMI Transmitter to link the HDMI Transmitter to Receiver and start casting.Now you can view the Apple TV home screen on the projector screen.
Bonus: First-generation Apple TV
The old Apple TV model, such as the first-generation Apple TV, will have two options for output video: HDMI or component ports.
You can utilize any of the aforementioned methods to connect your first-generation Apple TV to your projector using HDMI.
If you prefer to connect your old Apple TV to the projector using component ports, you will need a dedicated converter like Portta Component to HDMI Converter.
Watch the below video to learn more about the converter and how to use it.
Hai Huynh became captivated by technology at a young age when he got his hands on a Gameboy to play Pokemon. Now, he writes and edits technical articles for smart TVs and streaming devices to help readers solve problems on their own. In his free time, he enjoys playing billiards, riding motorbikes, and watching action and horror movies.