Using VGA Adapter With iPad/iPhone Apps

Love the iPad. I take it to every meeting. Recently started connecting it via VGA adapter to projectors and monitors for presentations I give. But I have to admit I am pretty disappointed that unlike a laptop, not everything you see on the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch screen will appear on the attached projector/monitor.

You’ll need to test in advance so you don’t look foolish.

From what I’ve tested and learned, the iPad, iPad 2 (+ presumably the 3rd gen “new” iPad), iPhone 4, iPod Touch (4th gen+), these apps that I own have worked with the VGA adapter:

  • Keynote
  • Photos slideshow (loaded into device from iPhoto)
  • Videos (loaded into device from iTunes)
  • YouTube
  • Adobe Ideas
  • ProPrompter
  • Netflix

These apps I own do not work:

  • Safari browser
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • iBook
  • Dropbox
  • Evernote
  • Google Earth
  • Notes
  • Talk Timer
  • Photoshop Express
  • Palette
  • Palettes
  • Peppermint
  • SimpleMind+


  • Charge your iPad before a long presentation because you can’t charge your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch while the VGA adapter is plugged in.
  • Audio is only played through iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch’s speakers.
  • Can’t display Safari web browser if you need to show websites in real time. (Work around is to take screenshots and embed in Keynote before your meeting.)
  • Can’t display PDF files. I tried using iBook, as well as accessing from Dropbox and apps.

Please share your experience with any apps I didn’t mention in the lists above.

Hope you find this helpful.

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  1. Indra April 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

    For showing PDFs try Goodreader. Worked for me.

  2. irene ilaga February 5, 2013 at 8:37 am

    what IOS is compatible with VGA?

    • Roland Reinhart February 6, 2013 at 2:16 am

      You should check the technical specs of the VGA or HDMI adapter you plan to buy to make sure it's compatible with your particular iOS device.

  3. Roland Reinhart July 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Found a good article that expands on what I talked about above. Especially which models of iPad support mirroring.

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