How to Connect a TV to an iPod

By Techwalla Electronics Editor

Using iPod's "TV-out" feature, you can view slideshows and videos from your iPod on a TV screen. There are a couple ways to do this depending on what kind of accessories you want to buy. These steps will walk you through ways you can connect a TV to an iPod.

Using the iPod AV Cable

Step 1

Use the Apple iPod AV cable. This plugs into the RCA ports on your TV or VCR. This is by far the easiest method.

Step 2

Connect the AV cable into your iPod. Plug the small end into the iPod where the earbuds would go.

Step 3

Connect the red RCA plug. This goes into the right audio input of the television or VCR. The colors should match.

Step 4

Connect the white RCA plug. This plugs into the left audio input of your TV. Connect the yellow RCA plug. This goes into the video input of your TV.

Step 5

Begin playing a video on the iPod.

Using the iPod Dock

Step 1

Find the right input on your TV. First, try channel 3 or 4. Next, find an "Input" or "Video" button on your TV or remote and scroll through the options until the video appears.

Step 2

Use the Apple universal iPod dock. This lets you use S-video for a slightly better picture. Place the iPod in the dock.

Step 3

Connect the S-video cable to the S-video Out port on the dock. Connect the other end of the S-video cable to the S-video Input on the TV.

Step 4

Connect the AV cable to the Line Out port on the dock. Follow steps 3 through 5 to complete the connection.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are running through a VCR, make sure your TV input is set to VCR and the VCR is set up to play through the auxiliary connection.
  • There are third party TV-out kits from companies like Monster, Griffin and MLO.
  • TV-out is only supported by iPod video and iPod photo.