How to Make an iPad Play on TV

By Mario Calhoun

The iPad is capable of wirelessly connecting to your television to play videos, music or photo slideshows when an Apple TV is connected to your television. The Apple TV and iPad have AirPlay -- a feature found in iOS devices that connects via your local Wi-Fi connection to push content to the Apple TV. To watch videos or play music from your iPad on your TV, you must have the latest version of iOS -- available through the iTunes program as a free download.

Things You'll Need

  • iOS 4.3 or later
  • Second-generation Apple TV
  • Television with HDMI port
  • HDMI cable

Step 1

Plug the Apple TV's power cable into an electrical outlet and the power port on the back of the Apple TV.

Step 2

Turn on your television, and insert the HDMI cable into the HDMI port on the back of your Apple TV and your television.

Step 3

Press "Menu" on the Apple remote to begin the Apple TV setup process, and enter your network name and password to connect to your home's Wi-Fi network.

Step 4

Press "Settings" on the iPad's screen, and touch "Wi-Fi" in the Settings menu. Swipe the Wi-Fi bar to turn on the network search tool, and tap the same network used to connect the Apple TV.

Step 5

Enter the network's password, and touch "Join." Push "Home" on the iPad, and tap "iPod" on the tablet to access your music library. Or tap "Videos" to view movies or TV shows stored on your device.

Step 6

Tap the video or song you wish to send to the Apple TV, and tap "AirPlay" in the bottom-right corner of the iPad's screen. Tap "Apple TV" to wirelessly send it to your Apple TV.