You can share your iPad's screen into a Zoom meeting on your laptop; this might be particularly useful if you'd like to use your iPad as a live DocuCam or digital whiteboard in a Zoom meeting. 

If you AirPlay your laptop's screen to the classroom display at the same time, your in-class and your remote students will both be able to see the iPad's screen.


Demonstration Video

Here is a 5 minute video demonstrating how to connect your iPad to your laptop, and share its screen into a Zoom meeting.

Connecting the iPad

First, use a lightning cable (the cable you use to charge the iPad) to plug your iPad into your laptop.

Turn on and unlock the iPad. If you've never connected your iPad to your laptop before, wait a few seconds for a Trust This Computer message to appear on your iPad. Tap the Trust button.

Next, open Zoom and start a meeting, just as you normally would. Make sure your iPad is awake, then click Zoom's Share Screen (A)button. Choose the iPhone/iPad via Cable (B) option and click Share.

Your Zoom screen sharing session will begin, and a new window will appear which shows your iPad's screen. You may need to press the iPad's home button or tap on the screen to wake it up.

You can now use your iPad just as you normally would, and the iPad's screen will be shared with your students through Zoom. If you use AirPlay to share your laptop's screen to your classroom display, your students will also be able to follow along with your iPad's screen.

When you are done, just stop the Zoom screen sharing session and disconnect the iPad from your laptop.


It's very important that your iPad is connected to your laptop and turned on before you open the Quicktime Player or Zoom app. If Quicktime Player is already open, you may not see your iPad listed under Camera

If this happens, just quit Quicktime Player or Zoom, connect and turn on your iPad, then launch Quicktime or Zoom again.

Zoom Problems

If you are trying to use your iPad directly with Zoom through the Screen Sharing feature, but you don't see your iPad listed as an option, you may need to adjust your Zoom settings at

In particular, make sure that the following setting is turned off:

This setting sounds as though it prevents others from sharing their screen, but in fact it prevents you from sharing your entire screen, or the screen of your iPad.

iTunes Problems

Sometimes iTunes causes trouble. If you see a message that the iPad requires a software update, click Not now.

You may also see a message about allowing the computer to access information on the iPad. Click Continue

However, this message indicates that iTunes is going to cause problems. Open the iTunes application, then click the iTunes menu in the top-left corner of your screen and choose Preferences....

Click the Devices (A) icon at the top of the window, then check the box for Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically (B). Finally, click OK (C).

This will stop iTunes from interfering when you connect the iPad to your laptop.