Digital projectors are great for a plethora of reasons. Their advantages range from their widescreen coverage to their ability to reflect rather than emit light. A particular feature that stands out is their ease of connectivity.
Do you know that projectors can be connected to your digital devices? They cut down the hassle of obtaining hard copy forms of images or videos.
They can be connected to MacBooks, PS4, laptops, and other devices.
You can project any content to a larger screen. All that’s needed is a connection between the projector and the device that houses the content.
Of course, it is necessary for you to know how to make the proper connections.
What is Apple TV?
An Apple TV is a digital media player and micro-console manufactured by Apple. Its primary function is to receive audio or visual data and display it on any connected video display.
The Apple TV can only be controlled remotely via a bluetooth, infrared or wifi medium. The Apple remote or Siri remote makes use of the bluetooth/infrared feature. The Apple TV Remote app makes use of the wifi capability for its control.
To aid its connectivity, the Apple TV is HDMI-compliant. In this article, I will show you how to connect your Apple TV to a projector using a HDMI cable.
If you’re on the lookout for other connectivity options, this article will also guide your search.
Common Ports in Apple TVs and Projectors
The connection between an Apple TV and a projector enables you to project your chosen content onto a larger screen. This connection is made possible by the available ports on both devices.
These ports control the connectivity between the Apple TV and the projector. When connecting these devices together, the ports should be the first thing to take note of.
Apple TVs have had several ports over the years. Amongst them are the component video and RCA connector audio ports, USB ports, etc. The ports available on an Apple TV depend on its year of release (generation).
The most recent and common releases are the 4th and 5th generation Apple TVs. These devices will be covered in this section.
For more information about the model of your device and the ports available for your connectivity, click here.
In the 4th generation Apple TV, the optical audio ports were removed and the HDMI ports were enhanced. The Micro-USB port was replaced with the reversible USB-C port.
For the 5th generation Apple TV, the USB ports were removed entirely. This left the HDMI port as the only available option for connectivity.
HDMI is the most common form of connectivity present in projectors. In fact, most projectors come with their own HDMI cables.
There are rare instances where the HDMI option is unavailable in a projector. However, connectivity is still achievable if you have a suitable adapter.
The adapter should be such that one of its ends fits into the port available on the projector. The other end should have a port matching the port available on your Apple TV.
The ports available on the Apple TV include:
- USB-C Port
The ports available on a projector include:
- HDMI port
- SD Card slot
- USB Port
- VGA port
How to connect your Apple TV to A Projector with an HDMI cable?
- Plug in your Apple TV to a power source.
- If both your Apple TV and projector have HDMI ports, you can connect the HDMI cable directly between both devices.
- If the HDMI port is absent on the projector, then connect the appropriate adapter to the HDMI cable before connecting one end of the HDMI cable to the Apple TV, and the other end of the adapter to the projector.
- Power on both devices.
- On the projector, using its remote, access the menu option and select HDMI as the source.
- If your Apple TV is connected to another device (an Ipad), ensure that they’re on the same network by configuring the network on the Apple TV.
- Slide open the projector lens to view your projected content on a larger surface.
Adapters to use
As stated earlier, some projectors might come without the HDMI port although this doesn’t happen too often.
It is important to note that irrespective of the ports available, the right adapter would ensure a proper connection between the two devices.
These adapters come in different types so the ports available on both devices determine what adapter or converter would be suitable.
Adapters/converters are available for:
- VGA to HDMI connection
- USB-C to HDMI connection
- Micro-USB to HDMI connection
- USB-C to VGA connection
- Micro-USB to VGA connection
It is also important to know the connector type that you have available. This is necessary to determine the connector type needed, so you don’t make a wrong purchase.
Connectors come in male and female types so while taking note of the port type, also consider the nature of its connector.
Female connectors serve as the receivers and they can be identified by the holes on them. Male connectors serve as the senders and they can be identified by the pins they have.
Read more: How To Connect Cable Box To A Projector To Watch TV?
How do I connect my Apple TV to a projector without HDMI?
Some older projector releases do not come with the HDMI port. Still, it is possible to connect these projectors to your Apple TV.
If your projector doesn’t have an HDMI port but comes with a VGA port, connecting it to your Apple TV takes one extra adapter purchase.
A HDMI to VGA converter can be used to convert the HDMI signal into a VGA signal. This converter has both the HDMI and VGA ports. It aids the interconnection of both devices.
- 🌹Note: This VGA to HDMI adapter only converts the VGA signal to the HDMI signal and is not...
- 🌹3.5mm Audio Output: This adapter comes with a 0.6m AUX cable for easy transfer of audio through...
- 🌹Compatibility: With its Micro USB port, this adapter can be used with a variety of VGA devices...
Last update on 2023-03-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API.
Connecting an Apple TV to a projector isn’t rocket science.
To have a working connection, the available input and output ports on both devices need to be compatible. It is important to identify the ports before proceeding with the connection.
In cases where both ports aren’t compatible, the use of a suitable adapter bridges the connectivity gap.
Gabriella ‘Diogo is a content writer with a vested interest in tech hardware and equipment. She shares her knowledge and processes in an easy-to-grasp, lighthearted style. When she’s not testing or researching device performance, you’ll find her writing short stories or rewatching episodes of her favorite sitcoms.