iPad External Display Not Working After iPadOS 16 Update?

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External display not working iPadOS 16

External display not connecting to iPad after iPadOS 16 update? Screen mirroring not working with external monitor using a USB-C to HDMI adapter, although it worked without any problems in iPadOS 15.7? You’re not alone!

External Display Not Connecting iPadOS 16

This issue has been reported by Justin:

“Ever since I updated, I cannot connect to a display through a usb-c to HDMI adapter.”

We’ve found multiple other similar reports on Reddit:

“External monitors not recognized anymore after updating to iPadOS 16. I’m using an iPad Pro 12.9” 5th gen with M1 and a third party usb-C Hub with 3x usb 3.0 ports, an Ethernet adapter, usb-C power in and a hdmi port.”


“Trying to connect my ipad pro to my monitor but it doesn’t work”


“My usb adapter is not working after the iPadOS update”

External monitor not connecting complaints are available on Apple’ Discussion forums too:

“I just updated to ipad os 16. My external monitor doesn’t even show up or turn on. Not even mirror display.”

Conclusion: This is a widespread issue and Apple will have to fix it in an upcoming iPadOS 16.1.1 software update.

Fact: iPad External display for Stage Manager has been officially delayed for “later this year”. Most likely it will be released alongside iPadOS 16.2, in December.

How To Fix External Display Not Working on iPad

1. Use Original USB-C to HDMI Adapter

Some users have confirmed that they managed to connect an external monitor to iPad by using the original Apple USB-C to HDMI adapter.

There’s still a downside though: screen mirroring won’t work in fullscreen mode. You’ll get a reduced screen size.

2. Use Monitor With USB-C Port

Another user confirms that using a display with an USB-C port works, as long as the third-party adapter isn’t involved.

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3. Update To iPadOS 16.2 (Beta)

iPad external display issues seem to have been fixed in the upcoming 16.2 version. The software is currently beta tested and expected to be released in December.

You can install the Public beta on your iPad and fix external display not working as confirmed by Hansel and Rafael.

Have you managed to fix iPad external display not working in iPadOS 16.1? Do you have a better solution or other problems to report? Share your feedback in the comments!

Related: For more iPadOS 16 problems and their available workarounds please check our extended review.