3 ways to hook up an iPod to a TV

3 ways to hook up an iPod to a TV
3 ways to hook up an iPod to a TV

If you want to stream videos or other content from your iPod to your TV, there are a number of ways to do this. You may need to use additional cables or devices depending on the option you choose.


Method 1 of 3: Composite AV Cable for iPod

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Step 1. Plug the smaller end into the iPod

Look at the very bottom of the iPod. You should see the port you typically use when charging your device. The smaller end of your AV cord should have a component that connects to this port. Plug the cord into the iPod to continue.

  • You will normally need Apple's Composite AV Cable, part number MB129LL. This cable is compatible with all versions of iPod. On the other hand, the iPod AV cable, reference M9765G, is only compatible with 5th generation iPods and iPod Photo.
  • If you have an iPod AV cable instead of a composite cable, you will need to plug the end of the cable into the audio jack on the iPod.
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Step 2. Connect the RCA ports to the TV

Locate the red, white, and yellow composite ports on your TV. The other end of your cable should have two audio jacks and a video jack that are also red, white, and yellow. Plug each end of the cable into the corresponding colored port on the TV.

If a VCR or other device is already occupying the composite AV ports on your TV, you will need to plug that cable into the video-in and audio-in ports on your VCR instead of plugging them directly into the TV

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Step 3. Tune your TV to the correct source

The method varies by TV. You will need to tune the TV to a particular channel (eg channels 2, 3 or 4) or press the "Source" or "Input" button on your remote until you find an input called "Video" or something. similar thing.

For details, see your TV's user manual

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Step 4. Navigate through the video settings

Find your iPod's "Video Settings" menu.

  • If you are not already in the main menu, navigate to it by pressing the "Home" button on an iPod Touch, or by using the click wheel on a standard iPod, until you reach the main menu.
  • In the main menu, scroll down until you find "Video". Tap this option if you have an iPod Touch, or use the click wheel on your standard iPod.
  • In the "Video" menu, scroll down until you find the "Video settings" option. Select this option by tapping or clicking.
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Step 5. Select "TV Out"

The "TV Out" option should be near the top of the "Video Settings" menu. Tap this option if you have an iPod Touch or highlight it and press the click wheel if you have a standard iPod.

  • The word "On" should appear. If not, there should be some other indication that the "TV Out" option has been enabled.
  • You should see what is displayed on your iPod screen appear on your TV as soon as you complete this step. If that doesn't work, check both ends of the cable connection and verify that your TV is set to the correct source or channel.
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Step 6. Watch your video

Find the video you want to stream by browsing your iPod menu as you normally would. Select it, then watch it stream on your TV screen.

With this method, your video should appear on the TV with a resolution of 480i. It's nowhere near high definition, but it's at least as good as a standard quality DVD

Method 2 of 3: iPod dock or adapter

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Step 1. Connect the dock or adapter to your iPod

If you are using a dock, you will simply need to connect your iPod by sliding the bottom port into the appropriate slot. The bottom of your iPod should fit directly into the dock's charging component. If you are using an adapter, you will need to plug the charging cord into the same charging port at the bottom of the device.

  • Make sure you have the correct cradle or adapter for your device.
  • Both the Universal iPod Dock and the Apple Universal Dock should work with your iPod.
  • If you are using a digital AV adapter, you will need to use Apple's 30-pin digital AV adapter. You will not be able to use the Lightning Adapter because it is not compatible with iPods.
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Step 2. Connect the stand or adapter to the TV

The exact ports you should use vary depending on the option you choose. Regardless of which method you choose, you will need to find the right cable and plug it into the cradle / adapter on the one hand and the TV on the other.

  • If you are using a Dock, use the Apple Universal Dock with an Apple Composite AV Cable, or an iPod Universal Dock with an iPod AV Cable or S-Video Cable.

    • When using a composite AV cable, connect the video-in and audio-in components to the television, and the video-out and audio-out components to the cradle. The same goes for the iPod AV cable.
    • When using the S-Video cable, you need to locate the Line-In and Line-Out ports on your cradle and TV. These are circular ports that have lines or pins inside. The S-Video cable should have the corresponding components that connect to the TV and the base.
  • For the adapter, you will need to find a cable that connects both to the rectangular 30-pin port on the adapter and to the corresponding port on the television.
  • Note that using the Digital AV Adapter and the Universal iPod Dock with an S-Video cable may increase the quality of your videos, the former being better than the latter. Other pedestal connections, however, will only provide 480i video resolution.
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Step 3. Tune your TV to the correct source

Which method to use depends on your TV model. Check the user manual for more information.

  • You may need to find a certain channel to change the source, especially if you have an older TV. It could be channels 2, 3 or 4.
  • On newer TV models, you will usually need to press a "Source" or "Input" button to find the correct video input.
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Step 4. Change your iPod video settings

Navigate through your iPod's video settings and select the "TV Out" option to turn it on.

  • From the Home screen or the main menu, browse and select the "Video" menu.
  • Under the "Video" menu, find and select "Video Settings".
  • Locate the "TV Out" option. Select it to sync your iPod screen to the TV. When this is working, the word "ON" should appear under the "TV Out" option.
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Step 5. Watch your video

Select your video as you usually do when choosing content from your iPod. It should play both on your iPod and on TV.

Method 3 of 3: AirPlay via Apple TV

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Step 1. Use an Apple TV

Apple TV is the most convenient way to use AirPlay. This device costs a hundred euros.

  • If you have AirPlay-compatible speakers or receivers, you can do without Apple TV and use one of those devices instead. However, they're more expensive, so Apple TV is still your best bet if you're starting from scratch.
  • Note that you also need an iPod that works with iOS 4.2 or higher, as well as a reliable wireless network.
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Step 2. Configure AirPlay on your TV

Connect Apple TV to your wireless network. Check that AirPlay is turned on by going to the "Settings" menu and selecting the "AirPlay on your Apple TV" option.

When you connect your Apple TV to your TV for the first time, you should automatically be taken to a series of screens with instructions. When prompted, select your home wireless network from the list of available networks and enter the password if you are using one

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Step 3. Connect your iPod to the same wireless network

Make sure your iPod is connected to the same wireless network as your Apple TV.

  • Choose "Settings" from the main menu or the home menu of your iPod.
  • Scroll down to the "Wi-Fi" option and select it.
  • Turn on Wi-Fi, and browse the list of available wireless networks until you find yours. Highlight your network and press the "Choose network" option to select it.
  • When prompted, enter the network password, if there is one.
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Step 4. Play the video on your iPod and send it to Apple TV

Browse videos on your iPod as you normally would. Select a video and then press the "Play" option. An AirPlay icon should appear when you do this. Click on it and select "Apple TV" from the options that appear.

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