3 Tested Methods to Connect Your Apple TV to a Projector Effortlessly

Apple TV connected to an Epson projector

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What To Know

  • Method 1: Use an HDMI cable by plugging it into both the Apple TV’s HDMI OUT port and the projector’s HDMI IN port.
  • Method 2: For projectors without HDMI, use the appropriate HDMI converter (VGA, RCA, DVI-D, or S-Video) and possibly an AUX cable for audio.
  • Method 3: A Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver offers a cable-free connection between the Apple TV and the projector.

In this guide, I show you three proven solutions to help you connect your Apple TV to a projector, including wired and wireless ways.

Let’s get started!

1. Use an HDMI Cable

This is the simplest solution where you only need to use an HDMI cable to connect the Apple TV to your projector.

Materials Needed

Step-by-Step InstructionsApple TV connect to an Epson projector with HDMI cable

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

2. Use an HDMI Converter

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.

Materials Needed

Step-by-Step Instructionsdiagram to use HDMI to VGA connector to connect Apple TV to a projector

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.

3. Use the 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.wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver

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.

Materials Needed

Step-by-Step Instructions

Please refer to the connection diagram below to use the HDMI Transmitter and Receiver to connect your Apple TV to the projector.diagram to use wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver to connect Apple TV to projector

The final setup will look like this picture:

final setup with wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver to connect Apple TV to projector

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.

reset button on wireless HDMI Receiver

Step 3: Connect the HDMI connector on the HDMI Transmitter to the HDMI OUT port on the Apple TV.wireless HDMI Transmitter connected to Apple TV via HDMI

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.use a HDMI cable to connect projector to wireless HDMI Receiver

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.

message of HDMI Transmitter to tap the button to cast the screen

Step 7: Press the pairing button on the HDMI Transmitter to link the HDMI Transmitter to Receiver and start casting.

press the cast button on wireless HDMI Transmitter

Now you can view the Apple TV home screen on the projector screen.Apple TV home screen on 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.

Component to HDMI Adapter Unboxing and Detailed Review

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