How to Connect an iPod to a Vizio

By Brad Harris

Even if your Vizio supports AUX-in connections, AUX cables only allow you to play music through the TV, not video.
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While being able to play content from your iPod on your Vizio TV may be useful, mistakenly purchasing the wrong cables and adapters could waste your time and money. Understanding what type of connection your iPod supports will allow you to procure the proper connector. With the right cable in hand, you can quickly connect your devices together and enjoy content streamed through your TV.

Necessary Equipment

For iPods equipped with Lightning ports, you’ll need to purchase the Lightning Digital AV Adapter. This adapter is available at many electronics outlets as well as through Apple’s Web store. You will also need an HDMI cable to link the adapter into your Vizio TV. For iPods equipped with the older 30-pin connector, you’ll need the Apple Composite AV Cable, also widely available.

Equipment Setup

If using a Lightning-equipped iPod, connect the Lightning digital adapter to the device. With the TV off, plug one end of the HDMI cable into the adapter and then connect the other end to an open HDMI port on your Vizio. If there are no open ports, you may need to temporarily disconnect another device to make room. Turn the TV on and switch the input source to whichever HDMI port you used. If using a 30-pin iPod, connect the composite cable to the iPod and, with the TV off, plug the colored ends of the cable into the correspondingly colored ports on your Vizio. Turn on the TV and change the input source to “Composite.”

Content Playback

If connected via Lightning adapter, your iPod’s screen should now be mirrored on your Vizio. Whether you want to watch movies via Netflix or just play music during a party, whatever content you pull up on your iPod will now play through the TV. Be warned, however: high-definition video streamed from your iPod will not look as clear on the TV due to limitations of the adapter. If using the composite cable, your screen will not be mirrored on the TV. However, any content accessed through the Videos, Music and Photos apps will now play through the Vizio while connected.

Wireless Alternative

If your iPod is equipped with Wi-Fi, you may want to consider purchasing an Apple TV unit. Apple TV is a small box that plugs into your TV or receiver via an HDMI cable and allows you to stream content from your iPod for play through your Vizio via the AirPlay feature. Apple TV also allows you to access services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO Go without needing to stream them from your iPod.

Hardware Disclaimer

Information in this article applies to all iPods up through the fifth generation iPod Touch and many current models of Vizio televisions. Instructions may vary for other models not included in this article.