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How to Connect Your iPhone to a Projector to Share iPhone Photos and Video?

  • BenQ
  • 2020-09-18

According to Cnet, the new iPhones from Apple are one of the best camera systems available today  and deliver spectacular 4K video as well as photo quality previously found only in DSLR cameras.  If you have an iPhone, chances are you will probably want to share your pictures and video’s with a projector at some point. Sounds simple – but like many things in life, it can be more complicated than it appears once you start.

A woman trying to find a way to connect iPhone to a Projector

Connect Your iPhone to a Projector with a Cable

Every iPhone sold today has a Lightning video output port.  Since most projectors still use HDMI as their standard input port, the Lighting Digital AV adapter can enable you to connect to your projector with a simple cable. Once you get the cable connected – all you need to do is make sure you are on the right source to start sharing on your projector.  But with new wireless technology, it is easier than ever to share your iPhone’s content from anywhere in the room.



Connect Your iPhone to a Projector Using Apple TV

For sharing photos and videos at home, Apple TV does a great job of enabling an easy wireless connection via Apple AirPlay.   Many home theater rooms have an Apple TV as a way to stream movies to your projector.  You simply log onto the same WiFi network the Apple TV is using and your iPhone can find the Apple TV.   Hit the share button and you can see your photos and videos on the big screen.   The system also works with HDCP copy-protected content as well. 

Since AirPlay only works with Apple products, if you are looking to share photos and videos from your iPhone in a collaboration setting such as a classroom or a meeting room, then you may want to look at a wireless screen mirroring system to enable faster switching between presenters – or multiple presenters sharing the same screen.

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Wireless iPhone Screen Mirroring in Collaborative Environments

If you want to have multiple people share content from their iPhone (or other kinds of phone or notebooks) to a projector at the same time, then you will want to look at a purpose-built wireless screen mirroring system such as a BenQ InstaShow S WDC-20.   While these are more expensive than an Apple TV, they can facilitate better collaboration – and pay for themselves in time savings alone.  Here are some of the reasons you may want to use this to connect to your projector:

  • Make it easy for guests and visitors to connect their different devices to your projector
  • Enable you to change presenters instantly on your projector with a push of a button.
  • Display multiple sources or presenters on the projector at the same time

There are also other reasons to look at these systems – including both security and managing network bandwidth.  Bottom line – if you want to connect your iPhone to a projector for business or educational collaboration, you may want to learn more about how to use these types of systems and determine which one might be the best one for your situation – and budget. You can check out several different comparisons and learn what separates one system from another here.