Nowadays everything is on our iPhone or iPad, so why wouldn’t we want to connect them to our projector? Connecting your iPhone or iPad to your projector doesn’t only allow you to display movies, it also allows you to project family photos, games, and even apps!
Luckily, connecting your iPhone or iPad to your ViewSonic projector only requires an adapter, a cable, and a few moments of your time.
How can you connect your iPhone or iPad to a ViewSonic projector?
What adapters and cables do you need?
Keep reading to find out!
- Quick Guide for Connecting Your iPhone or iPad to a ViewSonic Projector
- Connect via a Lightning to HDMI Adapter
- Connect via a Lightning to VGA Adapter
- Connect via a USB-C to HDMI Adapter
- Connect via a USB-C to VGA Adapter
- Connect via a USB-C Cable
- Why isn’t My iPhone or iPad Connecting to my ViewSonic Projector?
- Wrapping Things Up
- Quick Guide to MacBook and ViewSonic Projector Ports
Quick Guide for Connecting Your iPhone or iPad to a ViewSonic Projector
All these different port names can get confused, but our quick guide chart can help! Here you’ll find how to connect each iPhone or iPad port to a compatible ViewSonic projector port. Don’t worry if you don’t have the necessary cables or adapters, we’ve included links showing where to get them online.
|Case||iPhone/ iPad Port||ViewSonic Projector Port||Cable/Adapter needed||How to connect|
||Lightning iPhone/iPad → Lightning to HDMI Adapter → HDMI Cable → HDMI port of Projector|
|2||Lightning||VGA||Lightning iPhone/iPad → Lightning to VGA Adapter → VGA Cable → VGA port of Projector|
|3||USB-C||HDMI||USB-C iPad → USB-C to HDMI Adapter → HDMI Cable → HDMI port of projector|
|4||USB-C||VGA||USB-C iPad → USB-C to VGA Adapter → VGA Cable → VGA port of projector|
|5||USB-C||USB-C||USB-C iPad → USB-C Cable → USB-C port of Projector|
Pro tip: Scroll to the end of the article to find a quick guide table on which ports iPhones, iPads, and ViewSonic projectors have!
Connect via a Lightning to HDMI Adapter
You can connect to your projector via your iPhone or iPad’s Lightning port (i.e. charging port).
To connect your iPhone or iPad to your ViewSonic projector, you will need a Lightning to HDMI adapter and an HDMI cable. It can be difficult to find a Lightning to HDMI cable, so you will need to purchase them separately.
Check out the No products found. and Amazon Basics High-Speed HDMI Cable for iPhone and ViewSonic compatible cables. Make sure you get a Lightning to HDMI adapter with a charging port so movie night doesn’t have to end on account of a low battery.
Plug the Lightning to HDMI adapter into your tablet’s charging port, then plug the HDMI cable into the adapter’s HDMI port. Plug the HDMI port into your ViewSonic projector and it’s projecting time!
Connect via a Lightning to VGA Adapter
If your ViewSonic’s HDMI port is unresponsive or frequently glitching, try using your ViewSonic projector’s VGA port.
Several ViewSonic projectors, such as all M-series models, do not have VGA ports. If your ViewSonic projector does not have a VGA port, consider connecting your Apple tablet via an HDMI or USB-C port.
VGA ports are characterized by two metal screw holes on either side of 15 small pin holes. They are commonly black or blue.
This adapter may be difficult to find in most tech stores, so check out the Apple Lightning to VGA Adapter on Amazon.
You will also need a VGA cable. If you don’t have one at home, see the Amazon Basics VGA to VGA Cable.
Plug the Lightning end of the Lightning to VGA adapter into your iPhone or iPad, then plug one end of the VGA cable into the respective adapter port. Now, plug the other end of the VGA cable into your projector.
Make sure the VGA cable’s pins are correctly placed inside the port and twist the two screws to secure them in place.
Now you know how to project content from your iPhone or iPad to your projector via a VGA cable!
Connect via a USB-C to HDMI Adapter
If your iPad doesn’t have a Lightning port, it will have a USB-C port (or both!). Note that none of the iPhone generations have a USB-C port.
To connect your USB-C compatible iPad to a ViewSonic projector, you will need a USB-C to HDMI adapter, like the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter which includes a handy charging port!
You will also need an HDMI cable, like the Amazon Basics High-Speed HDMI Cable .
Now that you have all the necessary supplies, you’re ready to get projecting!
Plug the USB-C to HDMI adapter into your iPad, then the HDMI cable into the adapter’s HDMI port. Plug the HDMI cable into your projector and it’s movie time!
Connect via a USB-C to VGA Adapter
Check that your ViewSonic projector has a VGA port before purchasing a USB-C to VGA adapter and VGA cable.
Note that many sleeker ViewSonic projector models (like those in the M-series) will not have a VGA port, so see if they have an HDMI or USB-C port instead.
Plug the USB-C cable into your iPad, then plug the VGA cable into the USB-C to VGA adapter. Attach and screw the VGA cable into your projector and it’s go time!
Connect via a USB-C Cable
This option is great for those who have an iPad with a USB-C port and like taking the simple route. There are no adapters required for this solution, just a single cable that you probably already have at home.
However, only a few ViewSonic projectors have USB-C ports, which are commonly labeled Type-C.
Using a USB-C cable, like the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Cable , plug your iPad into your ViewSonic projector via their USB-C ports.
That’s it! We told you it was easy!
Why isn’t My iPhone or iPad Connecting to my ViewSonic Projector?
Follow our tips below to help connect your iPhone or iPad to your ViewSonic projector.
It’s not uncommon to experience connectivity issues when using adapters with your iPhone or iPad. But, before you start Googling “How to return a fault adapter,” follow our suggestions below to troubleshoot the problem at home!
Check the Cables
Make sure your cables are in good condition, especially if they’re frequently used. See that the tubing is not bent or worn where it meets the plug.
Note that cheap cables tend to stop working sooner than name-brand cables, meaning you must frequently replace them. In fact, cheap cables can even harm your device since they can damage the Lightning port’s charging chip.
If you’re experiencing difficulties with your iPhone or iPad’s Lightning charging port and have used knock-off Apple chargers in the past, you may want to consult Apple tech support.
Check the Ports
Ensure your device’s ports haven’t been damaged by faulty cables by seeing if your Apple device connects to power via an Apple Lighting charging cable .
Clean your device’s ports of any dust using a cotton swab and compressed air. Make sure your iPhone or iPad is not warm when using compressed air as it is highly flammable.
Update the iOS or iPadOS
You may need to update your Apple tablet’s operating system (IOS for iPhones or iPadOS for iPads) to ensure it’s compatible with the cables and ViewSonic projector.
To update the IOS or iPadOS, open the Settings icon. Scroll down and open General, then select Software Update. Install any available updates and toggle Automatic Updates “On” so your device will update automatically in the future.
Wrapping Things Up
Connecting your iPhone/iPad to a ViewSonic projector may look different than connecting via your laptop, but it’s just as simple.
Once you’ve figured out which ports your Apple tablet and ViewSonic projector have, you can use an adapter or USB-C cable to plug it directly into your unit.
Always be aware of which cables and adapters you plug into your iPhone or iPad’s Lightning port and ensure they come from a reputable source.
If you’re having problems connecting your iPhone or iPad to a ViewSonic projector, try checking the cables and ports, and updating your IOS or iPadOS.
What’s your experience connecting an iPhone or iPad to a ViewSonic projector?
Have our suggestions helped you understand your options when connecting an Apple tablet to a projector?
Let us know in the comments below!
Quick Guide to MacBook and ViewSonic Projector Ports
See the charts below to learn which ports your MacBook and ViewSonic projector have!
iPhone’s and iPad’s Ports
|iPhone||All iPhones since iPhone 5||None|
|iPad||All iPads since 4th Gen||None|
|iPad Mini||iPad Mini 1st to 5th Gen||iPad Mini 6th Gen|
|iPad Air||iPad Air 1st to 3rd Gen||iPad Air 4th to 5th Gen|
|iPad Pro||iPad Pro 1st and 2nd Gen||All iPad Pros since 3rd Gen|
ViewSonic Projectors’ Ports
|PA – Value Series||ALL||None||ALL|
|PG – Business/Education Series||ALL||None||ALL|
|PX – Home Theater (1080p) Series||ALL||
|PS – Ultra Short Throw (Interactive) Series||ALL||None||ALL|
|LS – Laser Series||ALL||None||
Yesenia Achlim is a technical copywriter and editor with a focus on AV equipment. She aims to break down complicated topics and make technology accessible, no matter your technical expertise. When she’s not teaching you how to replace a projector lamp, you can find her reading and baking.