How To Fix A Faulty iPad 2 HDMI AV Adapter

Are you having troubles with the iPad 2 HDMI AV Adapter? Perhaps you got one and it is not working on your TV and all it does is display a blank screen? Here’s some steps you can to to troubleshoot an iPad 2 HDMI AV adapter that is not working.

How To Fix The iPad 2 HDMI AV Adapter

iPad 2 HDMI Adapter

A lot of people are getting the new Apple HDMI AV Adapter for their iPad 2 so that they can display the iPad 2′s screen on their TV.  But they are seeing a variety of issues such as an empty black screen on their TV.  If you are experience this or any other issues with your HDMI adapter, then here are some things you can try to fix the issue.

  • Make sure that your TV sources are set to the HDMI port where the iPad 2 is connected.  Most of the time, you can just press “TV Source” or “Input’ on your TV Remote and it will cycle through the various ports.
  • Try to set the iPad 2 in a stand or lay it flat and do not move it around or bump it and see if this clears up the picture.  Some people have found that bumping it causes the signal to distort.
  • Did you do a restore of your old iPad 2 to your new iPad 2? If you did then this could be the issue. Restore your iPad 2 back to factory settings (you do this in iTunes by clicking “restore”) and then try the HDMI AV adapter again
  • Shut down your iPad 2 completely and and restart it while it is plugged into the HDMI Adapter.  Here is how to restart or reboot your iPad 2.

These are a few things you can do to try and fix your iPad 2 HDMI AV Adapter.  Hopefully one of these things will work but always remember that not all apps can send video out (even with Mirroring) so it simply may just be an app issue at the end of the day.

If you are having these issues and find a different solution, please let us know in the comments below.


  1. Robert L. says:

    Just got mine today. Hope to test it tommorow so thanks for the tips.

    1. Shane says:

      Let me know how you like it Robert :-)

  2. Mimi says:

    Mine works sporadically. Much more DOESN’T work than does work.
    Very disappointed.

    1. Shane says:

      Hi there Mimi –

      Yeah I have been seeing and having the same issues…it’s really picky – in fact at one point I had to hold my iPad in just the right way to get it to work!

  3. hightechrefugee says:

    It’s a blank screen for me. Rebooting didn’t help. I know the problem is on the iPad 2 side (or the adapter), because when I plug the same HDMI cable into my laptop’s HDMI port, everything is fine.

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  5. cb says:

    similar problem here but different. i am using rdp to a windows computer running in 1920×1080. the output from the ipad goes to an LG 24″ 1920×1080 with VGA, HDMI etc.

    output from the iPad via VGA works a treat. output using the HDMI works but the image is scaled, and it would seem to not be in native resolution – the image is out of focus. any help

  6. Tony says:

    I would like to share my experience with the Digital AV Adapter that I bought last week.

    I am using iPad 2 with latest iOs 5.1, bought a new Digital AV adapter from Apple Store, connected it with my existing HDMI cable (unknown version) that came with the DVD player, didnt work.

    The TV keeps flashing and blinking on and off. Went back to Apple Store to exchange the adapter, thinking it was the problem, went home and tried, same problem.

    Then I went to the TV shop where I purchased my TV with all my adapter and existing cable, tested with the same model they have on display, same problem. The sales guy took their cable, worked fine immediately.
    He said that was an older version 1.3 cable.

    He took another new one branded version 1.4, problem started again, blank screen and blinking.

    So conclusion is the HDMI cable compatibility with the TV.

    To cut a long story short, The Summary is:

    1. Not all HDMI Cables are equal, there are versions and compatibility, the latest and most expensive one doesnt mean its the best and may not always work. The one that I found compatible with my tv is version 1.3 (latest 1.4), so test with a few HDMI cables, test at the shop or borrow from friends. Finally I bought the working cable from the TV shop for $15, dont get fooled by all the expensive “latest gold plated life time warranty stuff”.

    2. Not all HDMI ports on the tv are equal too (apparently). I’m using a Sharp Aquos LED 40′ TV with 3 HDMI Input ports, Input port 1 and 2 did not work properly, Input port 3 did. Dont know why, I thought they were all equal contrary to my thinking.

    3. Not all HD TVs are compatible, but I found it could possibly be the combination of the built-in functions and the HDMI cables connecting to the iPad. I test on 2 other TV models of the same brand, worked with my old HDMI cable.

    4. While a restart of the iPad maybe needed, I didnt restart but worked fine. So try restarting if it doesnt.

    Tried it on my wife’s iPhone, works the same. Hope it helps. Cheers.

  7. Alan M says:

    How in the world does Apple get away with a device that has so many problems. If this was a PC adapter we would be hearing all about it! I have tried the “reboot with cable attached” method and it did nothing. I just get a blank screen on the Sharp 46 inch LED TV. I have been using an HDMI cable supplied with a recent Blue-Ray player I purchased, and I have only tried one input out of the four available slots. While I really like the iPad2 I am not real happy with this issue taking so much time to resolve. I just ordered a 30 pin to VGA adapter, which I hear works much better.

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