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

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

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

What you need

You'll 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 or later)
  • iPad mini (6th 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 laptop – 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 your 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 or the Finder.*

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

If your computer only has USB-A USB icon ports, you'll 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 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 will show what's visible 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) and iPad mini (6th 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), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) and iPad Air (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 Thunderbolt 3 Cable (USB-C to USB-C) 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've turned 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), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd and 4th generation) and iPad Air (5th generation) support the 2019 LG UltraFine 5K Display at 4K resolution with video, audio, data and power. These iPad 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 and iPad Air (5th generation) at 4K resolution and 60 Hz, while iPad Air (4th generation) and iPad mini (6th generation) can output video at 4K resolution and 30 Hz.

The Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter is also compatible with iPad. This adapter can output video from iPad Pro and iPad Air (5th generation) at up to 4K resolution and 60 Hz,* while iPad Air (4th generation) and iPad mini (6th generation) can output video at up to 4K resolution and 30 Hz.

Your iPad can output Dolby Digital Plus audio streams through HDMI, but not Dolby Atmos. Please note that your iPad will play HDR10 or Dolby Vision content through 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 will appear on HDMI displays at 1080p and 60 Hz. When you start playing video content, the resolution will switch to match the content, up to 4K at 60 Hz. 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, displays, 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 that you can connect to your iPad include these:

  • External storage devices
  • 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 you're connecting to has a USB-C port, all you'll 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 USB-C port of your iPad. 

Thunderbolt and USB 4

iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) also support a wide ecosystem of high-performance Thunderbolt and USB 4 accessories. Some accessories can request higher power from your iPad, which may 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 manufacturer's 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 (1m). 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 your iPad.
  • 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 using the Apple USB-C to USB Adapter. If you have an Apple Watch Magnetic Fast Charger to USB-C Cable, you can connect it directly to your iPad.

* Data transmission speed varies depending on the model of your iPad and whether it’s connected to a computer or to another device.

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