Charge and connect with the USB-C port on your iPad

Use the versatile USB-C port on your iPad to charge, connect to accessories like external storage, cameras, and displays, and power other devices.

iPad Pro connected to a digital camera via USB-C cable

What you need

You need an iPad model that has a USB-C port: 

  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation) or later
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) or later
  • iPad Air (4th generation)

Charge your iPad

To charge your iPad, connect the included USB-C cable to the device's USB-C port and to the included power adapter. Then plug the adapter into a wall outlet.

If you have a higher-wattage USB-C power adapter—such as the one that came with your Mac notebook—you can use it with your iPad for faster charging. You can also charge your iPad by connecting it to the USB-C port on your computer.

Connect iPad to your Mac or other computer

You can connect iPad to your Mac or PC to charge the device or sync content using iTunes.

First, identify the ports on your computer. If your computer is a more recent model that has a USB-C port, connect to it with the USB-C cable that came with your iPad.

If your computer has only USB-A USB icon ports, you need a USB-A to USB-C cable to connect to your iPad. One example is the mophie USB-A Cable with USB-C Connector; many other USB-certified brands available in your country or region might also work. The correct cable has connectors that look like this:

illustration of USB-C portillustration of USB-A port

Connect to displays and monitors

The USB-C port on your iPad connects to external displays so that you can watch video, play Keynote presentations, and more on a larger screen. Depending on the display that you're connecting to, you might need an adapter.

When you connect an external display, it shows what you see on the built-in display of your iPad, unless you're using an app that has a "second screen" experience (such as a video app).

USB-C displays

Your iPad uses the DisplayPort protocol to support connections to USB-C displays1 with these resolutions:

  • Up to 4K for iPad Air (4th generation)
  • Up to 5K for iPad Pro 11-inch (1st and 2nd generation) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd and 4th generation)
  • Up to 6k for iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) with Pro Display XDR

iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) also support Thunderbolt displays.

To connect your iPad to high-resolution displays, use a USB-C cable that supports high-bandwidth connections, such as the cable included with the display, the Belkin USB-C to USB-C Cable, or the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Cable (sold separately).2

Your iPad also supports high-dynamic-range USB-C displays that use the HDR10 standard. You can switch between SDR and HDR modes by going to Settings > Display & Brightness and selecting your connected display. Your iPad matches the frame rate and dynamic range of currently playing content when you turn on Allow Display Mode Changes.

Some USB-C displays can also charge your iPad while it's connected.

1. iPad Pro 11-inch (1st and 2nd generation) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd and 4th generation) support the 2019 LG UltraFine 5K Display at 4K resolution with video, audio, data, and power. These iPad Pro models don't support Thunderbolt displays such as the 2016 LG UltraFine 5K Display.

2. The Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Cable has a Thunderbolt symbol Thunderbolt icon to distinguish it from a USB-C cable.

HDMI displays or TVs

You can connect your iPad to an HDMI display or TV with a USB-C to HDMI adapter. Adapters that support HDMI 2.0 can output video from iPad Pro at 4K resolution and 60Hz, while iPad Air can output video at 4K resolution and 30Hz.

The Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter is also compatible with iPad. This adapter can output video from iPad Pro at up to 4K resolution and 30Hz.*

Your iPad can output Dolby Digital Plus audio streams via HDMI, but not Dolby Atmos. Also note that your iPad will play HDR10 or Dolby Vision content via HDMI when HDMI 2.0 adapters that support these formats become available.

* When you use the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter with your iPad, its Home screen and apps appear on HDMI displays at 1080p and 60Hz. When you begin playing video content, the resolution switches to match the content, up to 4K at 30Hz. Turn on the Match Content option on your iPad in Settings > Displays.

Play audio

To play audio on your iPad, you can use its built-in speakers, connect to AirPods or other Bluetooth devices, or use AirPlay. You can also use the USB-C port to connect to USB-C docks, audio interfaces, or wired headphones that have a USB-C connector.

If you need to play audio through the USB-C port to other speakers or headphones, connect using the Apple USB-C to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter (sold separately).

Connect to other devices

The USB-C port on your iPad allows connections to a variety of devices. For example, you can connect a digital camera or the Apple USB-C to SD Card Reader to import photos. Other USB devices you can connect to your iPad include these:

  • External storage
  • Hubs and docks
  • Keyboards
  • Audio interfaces and MIDI devices
  • USB to Ethernet adapters

Use an adapter

Depending on the device, you might need an adapter. Here are some common connections:

  • If the device that you're connecting to has a USB-C port, all you need is a cable with USB-C connectors on each end, such as the cable that came with your iPad.
  • If the device has a USB-C connector, you can plug it directly into the iPad Pro USB-C port.
  • If the device has a USB-A connector, you can plug it into the Apple USB-C to USB adapter, then plug the adapter into the iPad Pro USB-C port.

Thunderbolt and USB4

iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) also support a wide ecosystem of high-performance Thunderbolt and USB4 accessories. Some accessories can request higher power from your iPad, which might affect battery life. To extend battery life, remember to disconnect these accessories from iPad Pro when you aren't using them. Refer to your accessory manufacturers’ specifications for more information.

Use your iPad to charge other devices

Away from a power outlet and need to charge your iPhone, other iPad, Apple Watch, or third-party USB device? Just connect the right cable or adapter to your iPad to share its long-lasting battery with your other devices:

  • To charge your iPhone or earlier-model iPad that has a Lightning port, connect it to your iPad using the Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable. If you have a Lightning to USB cable, you can combine it with the Apple USB-C to USB Adapter, then connect the adapter to iPad Pro.
  • If you have two iPad models with USB-C ports, you can connect them directly with a USB-C cable. One iPad will draw power from the other. If you want to change which iPad charges, unplug the USB-C cable and then reconnect them.
  • Charge your Apple Watch by connecting its Magnetic Charging Cable to your iPad via the Apple USB-C to USB Adapter. If you have an Apple Watch Magnetic Charger to USB-C Cable, you can connect it directly to your iPad.

Information about products not manufactured by Apple, or independent websites not controlled or tested by Apple, is provided without recommendation or endorsement. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance, or use of third-party websites or products. Apple makes no representations regarding third-party website accuracy or reliability. Contact the vendor for additional information.

Published Date: