How to Connect Apple TV to a Projector (2-Minute Guide)

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Apple TV is the preferred digital media player by most people.

It is a go-to choice for users within the Apple ecosystem. Thus, getting Apple TV is a no-brainer.

If you’re wondering if can you connect Apple TV to a projector? Then the answer is yes, and down below, we’ll show you how to do it.

While it is effortless to hook up an Apple TV with a regular TV; however, we’ll go into detail about how to connect Apple TV to a Projector.

Compared to a TV, there are few challenges and special requirements when connecting Apple TV to the projector.

This takes us to our original question:

How to Connect Apple TV to a Projector?

There are 4 steps involved to connect Apple TV with a projector:

  1. Power On Apple TV and the projector
  2. Locate the HDMI port on both devices
  3. Connect both devices through an HDMI cable
  4. Select the correct HDMI source on the projector

As you can see, it’s a very simple and straightforward process to connect a projector to an Apple TV. However, I get it there are a few complications that some of you might have. Therefore, we’ll tackle them further in this article.

There are a few things to consider here. If your projector has an HDMI port, then the connection is seamless and without any issues. However, if you have an older projector that doesn’t include an HDMI port, then what do you do.

Thus, we’ll tackle both scenarios and show you how to connect Apple TV to a projector with an HDMI cable and also without it.

Are you ready?

Let’s get started!

Connect Apple TV to a Projector with an HDMI cable

Step 1: Power on both the devices

Before you connect Apple TV with a projector, make sure you turn on both devices.

In this article, I’m assuming the Apple TV is turned on and set up completely. If it isn’t set up yet, you can refer to this video for guidance.

Once both devices are working, let’s move on to the next step.

Step 2: Locate HDMI ports on Apple TV and projector

The HDMI port in the Apple TV is located right next to the power port; hence locating it won’t be an issue.

Apple TV 3rd Gen HDMI port
HDMI port on Apple TV 3rd Gen

Coming to a projector, the HDMI port placement depends on the projector. Commonly, the HDMI port(s) is located at the back in most projectors.

HDMI port location on a projector

Whereas few projectors have an HDMI port(s) either on the left or right side.

For example, one of my favorite budget projectors, Yaber Pro V7, hosts the HDMI ports on its left side.

Step 3: Connect Apple TV and projector with an HDMI cable

Once you locate HDMI ports on both devices, now it’s time to connect them.

Apple TV doesn’t come with an HDMI cable, but your projector box might have it.

In case you don’t have an HDMI cable, you can buy it from here.

Before getting an HDMI cable, be sure of the distance between the projector and the Apple TV. Suppose your projector is ceiling-mounted and the Apple TV box is far away. In that case, you can opt to get a longer (<25 meter) HDMI cable.

Step 4: Select the correct HDMI source

Once both the devices are turned on and connected through the HDMI cable, later select the correct source on your projector.

Suppose no other device is connected to the projector other than the Apple TV. In that case, you’ll automatically see content from Apple TV. Otherwise, you’ll have to manually cycle through the source input.

You can select the input source either from the onboard controls on the projector

Source input selection on a projector (Image Credit)

In addition, you can select it through the remote control provided by the projector.

There are no additional steps or setup involved, and you’ll start seeing Apple TV contents straightaway.

What to do if all HDMI ports on a Projector are in use?

Most projectors come with limited HDMI ports. Hence, it is possible that all of them might be in use, either by a gaming console or other streaming media player.

In this case, you might wonder how you’d connect your Apple TV with the projector, right?

Don’t worry because, in this scenario, you can get a device like an HDMI Switch. An HDMI Splitter is similar to an HDMI extension cable. However, the other end of the cable consists of 3 female HDMI connectors rather than one.

HDMI Switch - how to connect xbox one to projector using an HDMI Switch

Thus, you can connect the male part of the HDMI Splitter to an HDMI port on your projector. Later, you can connect three other devices, including the Apple TV, to the female part of the HDMI Splitter through an HDMI cable.

Furthermore, the HDMI Splitter has a button that you can use to cycle between 3 HDMI devices at once.

Isn’t that awesome?

Now, if you have an old projector that doesn’t include an HDMI port, then here’s what you can do.

How to Connect Apple TV to a Projector without HDMI

Older projectors do not have an HDMI port; instead, they have a VGA port or a composite video port.

In this scenario, you can get a VGA to HDMI adapter for your projector.

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With this adapter, you can connect one part of the adapter to the VGA port on your projector. Later, connect the HDMI cable from Apple TV to the HDMI port of the adapter.

Rest all steps remain the same as mentioned way. Hence, this way, you can connect Apple TV to a projector that doesn’t have an HDMI port.

Frequently Asked Questions: How to Connect Apple TV to a Projector?

How to connect an Apple TV to a Projector with Sound?

The beauty of HDMI cable is that it can transmit video and audio through a single cable (source). Thus, if your projector is connected to a speaker system, you don’t need to do anything extra to get sound from the projector or Apple TV.

How to Connect Apple TV to Epson/BenQ/Optoma Projector?

The above-mentioned process stays the same for projectors from any brand. You can follow the above steps to connect Apple TV to a projector from Epson, BenQ, Optoma, or any other projector with an HDMI port.

How to Connect Apple TV to Projector and Speakers?

Most projectors come with built-in speakers. As you connect an Apple TV with the projector, you can use the projector speakers.

Other than that, you can also connect external speakers to the projector by using a headphone jack or analog audio ports.

Furthermore, you can also wirelessly connect Bluetooth speakers to Apple TV. Otherwise, if the projector has Bluetooth connectivity, you can connect Bluetooth speakers directly to the projector.

As a result, you have 4 options to connect Apple TV to a projector and speaker.

Can you Connect Apple TV to a Projector?

Yes, you can connect Apple TV to a projector. You can do it by using an HDMI cable.

Does Apple TV come with an HDMI cable?

No! The Apple TV box doesn’t come with an HDMI cable. It only comes with a power cord and a lighting cable to charge the remote control.

Does Apple TV work wirelessly with a Projector?

No! Apple TV can only connect to a projector using an HDMI cable. Instead, you can connect other wireless devices like earbuds and speakers through Bluetooth.


As you’ve seen here, it is very easy to connect Apple TV to a projector.

It takes just 2 minutes, and you’re done with it. You don’t even need to see it again unless the connection gets loose, which is very rare.

If you have an older projector, then it makes sense to get a VGA adapter to make the connection.

If you have any issues regarding this task. Please don’t forget to leave it in the comments section below.

Have a great day ahead!

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