Mirroring iPad Screen on a TV Without Apple TV

Mirroring your iPad screen to your television when you have an Apple TV box is as simple as setting up your Apple TV and hitting a few buttons your iPad. If you want to mirror your iPad screen without an Apple TV, though, you will have to work a bit harder. Here are a few potential solutions.

Step 1

Consider buying an adapter that will plug into your iPad’s charging port and provide an HDMI hook-up. You can then use an HDMI cable to attach your iPad (with adapter) to your TV. This is probably the easiest way to mirror both the video and audio of your iPad device to your television. Unfortunately, to make it work, you will have to purchase both the adapter and (if you don’t have one) an HDMI cable.

Step 2

Use a third-party program to mirror your iPad to your computer screen. Options include AirServer and Reflector. Both allow your computer to work as an Airplay receiver, so you can use the Airplay function on your iOS device to mirror your iPad display to your computer display. From there, you can hook your computer to your television with an HDMI cable. AirServer and Reflector both cost a small amount of money for a computer license. Instructions and details for both can be found on the app websites.


If you don’t have Apple TV—and many iOS users do not—have no fear. There are methods out there that will allow you to mirror your iPad display to your television screen. None of the solutions are free, but you should be able to solve the problem without spending much or working through any extremely technical processes.