How to connect iPhone/ MacBook/ Laptop/ PSP/ Speaker/ TV to your projector?

by Iris Lin on March 21, 2019


The use of digital projectors has become widespread thanks to its ability to show bigger pictures without spending a fortune. The best part is that projectors are evolving with time and now they come with ports through which you can connect your numerous devices and end up with a bigger display. Such a capability enables you to project movies, games and even presentations without going through so much trouble. This translates to you no longer have to squint your eyes with your friends huddled around you just to watch a movie or view some incredible pictures. Some of these devices that you can connect to a projector include. Once you have the device and the projector on standby, you will need the right connector for transmission. If you find all these overwhelming, worry not because at Alphas we are experienced specialist and we have the complete instructions for your reference. All you have to do is follow every step, and you will find the task to be completely manageable.

How to connect your projector to different devices

Before we get to the connection steps, there are a couple of things that you need to know in order to protect your projector and yourself from any damage. These include.
  • Ensure that your projector is placed on a completely stable stand to prevent it from falling.
  • Once you power on the projector, avoid looking directly at the lamp because this may destruct your eyes.
  • Only let an expert dissemble the projector in case of a fault. This prevents any further damage and keeps you from getting shocked.

The projector comes with numerous ports that you need to know and understand if at all you want to ease into the process. There is the audio port that enables you to connect your speakers or headphones.  The AV port which is similar to the audio port allows you to connect AV video devices using the three in one cable. There is an HDMI port is where to connect your TV box or notebook. For your computer, you will use the VGA port. There is the USB output port that allows you to connect your iPhone and iPad and the USB input port that allows you to connect your flash drive. All these ports are designed to ensure that most if not all devices connect to the projector.
Once you connect the device you want, go to the projector settings where you will be provided with an array of options to pick from. These include picture mode, sound, time, and option. Using the remote control, you will need to do is go through all these options adjusting them to suit your preference. Every pick you make is defaulted to change without warning so be on high alert when making picks.
You will also have to adjust the image size to get a clear image from a cheap projector. For this section go for the largest size that is clear. The clarity and the size will differ depending on the device you are using. So it is much more important to compromise the size for a crispy clear image.

What's more, you can download the PDF below according to the corresponding connective devices you want.


Device Requirement Instruction
iPhone/iPad Digital projector.
iPhone should be running on iOS operating system.
HDMI cable.
Lightning AV adapter for HDMI cable.
Lightning VGA adapter for VGA cable.
Macbook A MacBook.
A projector.
Mac adapter cable
Video cable, HDMI or VGA.
Android Phone/Pad An android phone or a PAD.
A USB cable.
An LCD projecto
Laptop/Computer VGA cable.
HDMI cable.
A laptop using either Windows XP, 7, 8 or 10.
A projector.
An adapter cable
PSP A projector.
A USB cable.
Speaker/ Bluetooth soundbar Speaker/ Soundbar.
Bluetooth speaker.
Audio cable.
TV A TV set.
A HDMI cable or VGA cable.
A projector.


How to connect iPhone/ iPad to projector

  • Digital projector.
  • iPhone should be running on iOS operating system.
  • HDMI cable.
  • Lightning AV adapter for HDMI cable.
  • Lightning VGA adapter for VGA cable
Connection steps
NOTE: In case you are using the older iPhone that has a long connector, there is also a cable suitable for that.
Step 1.
Connect any of the two adapters to your iPhone port. This depends on whether you need to use a VGA cable or an HDMI cable.
Step 2.
Once you are certain that the adapter is well fitted on the iPhone, go ahead insert the available cable on the adapter. It should slide right in without any difficulty.
Step 3.
You can then connect the end of the cable to your projector. If you are using the VGA cable, you will see it labeled on the projector. A similar label is made on the HDMI port.
Step 4.
This step is optional. For loud, clear sound, you will have to connect an audio cable to the projectors audio input and your iOS system’s headphone port. This is only cold upon if you are using a VGA cable. However, if you are using a projector that lacks an audio output port, you will be required to use an HDMI cable. This is because HDMI transfers both data and sound.
Step 5.
You can now go ahead and turn on your projector and using your remote select the source of your projections. This can be VGA input or HDMI.
Step 6.
Switch on your iPhone Xs or any type of iPhone you have, and it will automatically project on the projector screen. Otherwise, ensure that the cable is firmly placed in your iPhone’s port.
This method can be used if you are using any type of iOS system like iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPad pro or even iPad mini. For all these, use the above steps.

Elephas YG500 projector

NOTE: if you have a smart projector with Wi-Fi capabilities, you may also use the Wi-Fi to connect your iPhone to the projector using the following steps.
Step 1.
Make sure that your projector is visible in the Wi-Fi network.
Step 2.
Open the control center on your iPhone Phone. For iPhone 8 and other models, slide your finger up to access this menu and for iPhone X slide your finger from the right Corner of the screen.
Step 3.
Turn on the Air-play then tap on the screen mirroring. In no time you will see your image projected on the projector screen.
This is by far one of the easiest ways to connect your iPhone and your projector. This feature is however not available on every cheap projector.

How to connect MAC to a Projector

  • A MacBook.
  • A projector.
  • Mac adapter cable
  • Video cable, HDMI or VGA.
Connection Steps
Step 1.
Go ahead and plug your digital projector on the socket and switch it on. Also, ensure your Apple Mac is powered on too.
Step 2.
Connect your Mac adapter cable to your MacBook then go ahead and connect the video cable. This can be either the VGA or HDMI.
Step 3.  
Connect the alternate end of the video cable to your projector. Make sure it is well connected before proceeding. Please press “INPUT”or “SOURCE” button on the remote control or choose VGA or HDMI on the projector
Step 4.
Once both the devices are safely connected, go to the menu on your laptop Mac and click on system preferences from the drop-down menu.
Step 5.
Click on the display icon and then the detect display button. This will initiate the synchronization of your Apple Mac and your projector. Once done, you will see the same image on your computer being projected on the wall.
NOTE: The above steps can be used on Apple laptop Mac model. When using the VGA cable, you will have to use the audio input cable to connect the MacBook and projector for adequate sound. You will however not need it if you have to use an HDMI cable.
connect projector to MACBOOK

How to connect your Android smartphone/ Pad to your projector

  • Android phone or a PAD.
  • A USB cable.
  • An LCD projector.

NOTE: There are two different methods of achieving this connection.

Method One

Step 1.
Power off your android device and your projector.
Step 2.
On one end of the USB cable plug to your smartphone.
Step 3.
Plug the other end of the USB cable to your projector USB input.
Step 4.
Power on the projector and wait for some minutes.
Step 5.
Power on the tablet and it will sync automatically displaying similar image both on your android system and your projector.

Method Two
Step 1.
Power on both your Android smartphone and your mini projector.
Step 2.
Enable Wi-Fi on your smartphone.
Step 3.
Pull down the menu of your android screen by sliding your finger down from the top of the screen then tap mirroring. You should be able to view the image on your phone being projected on the projector screen.


How to connect a laptop or computer to a projector

  • VGA cable.
  • HDMI cable.
  • A laptop using either Windows XP, 7, 8 or 10.
  • A projector.
  • An adapter cable
Connection process

Step 1.
Power on the system.
Step 2.
Plug on one end of the adapter cable either VGA adapter cable or HDMI adapter cable.
Step 3.
Plug the HDMI cable or VGA cable to the adapter depending on the adapter type.
Step 4.
Turn on your laptop, and you will be able to see your image being projected on the screen. Otherwise;

For Windows XP.

  • Right-click a blank space on the desktop.
  • Click on graphics option.
  • Choose output to then Intel dual display.
  • Click on monitor + notebook.

For Windows 7 & 8.

  • Press the windows button and P.
  • While still holding windows down press P.
  • Select either duplicate image or extend depending on your preference.

For Windows 10.

  • Right-click a blank section of the desktop.
  • Click once on graphics properties.
  • Select display then resolution.
  • Choose the resolution you want then save the profile.

All the steps apply to common computer and laptop model on the market, such as Lenovo, Dell, HP, Samsung...

(Video from Youtube by By Janeeta Gill)

How to connect PSP to projector

  • A projector.
  • A PSP.
  • A USB cable.
Connection Steps
Step 1.
Ensure that your PSP is powered off.
Step 2.
On one end of the USB cable connect to the PSP. It should slide right in.
Step 3.
On the other end of the USB cable to the projector USB input slot.
Step 4.
Power on the PSP and you should be able to see a clear image.

How to connect Speaker/ Bluetooth soundbar to projector

  • Speaker/ Soundbar.
  • Bluetooth speaker.
  • Audio cable. 
Connection steps
Step 1.
Ensure that the soundbar is off.
Step 2.
On one end of the audio cable connect to soundbar.
Step 3.
Connect the other end to the projectors audio port.
Step 4.
Power up the soundbar or the Bluetooth speaker. You should be able to hear clear sound.
NOTE: There are so many types of speakers that you can connect with the projector including.
  • Bose
  • Sony
  • Phylips
  • Bowers & Wilkins
  • Harman
  • UE Boom 2
  • JBL charge 3
projector connect to ipad

How to connect a TV (Television) to a projector

  • A TV set.
  • An HDMI cable or VGA cable.
  • A projector.
Connection steps
Step 1.
Power off your television set and the projector.
Step 2.
On one end of the HDMI cable connect to the TV and the other to the projector.
Step 3.
Power on the TV.
Step 4.
Go to the menu and turn on the ‘auxiliary video out’ or the ‘Enable video out’ option.
Step 5.
Turn on the projector, go to menu, select input source HDMI, and you will be able to see your image.


Some tips for troubleshooting

There are some of the basic troubleshooting that you can be prompted to do whenever your projector does the following.

Doesn’t Power on.
  • The first measure you should do is to ensure that the projector is properly plugged in.
  • Ensure the power cable is intact.
  • Switch off the socket then try again.
No image.
  • Ensure that the video cable is properly connected.
  • Ensure you have selected the right input.
  • Remove the lens cap.
  • Adjust the picture resolutions.

Where to buy the cable?

There’re lots of places where you can get genuine cables for connection. These include licensed electronic stores. You can also get some of the cables online from trusted sites. Just ensure that you purchase the right cable for the connection to work.

connective cable


Projectors have indeed invaded various aspects of our lives, and all this is credited to its incredible functionality. Recently, numerous ports have been added to even cheap projectors enabling you to connect different devices and project your image. The above steps show how to connect a number of devices to a projector and the cables you need to achieve every connection. Ensure you pay maximum attention to which port to use so that you can get the best image.
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