How To: Enable HDMI Mirroring On The Original iPad

How To: Enable HDMI Mirroring On The Original iPad

As you may know, Apple has built mirroring functionality into iOS 5, and the ability to stream HD video and game content to your HDTV from your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S is pretty awesome, but users of older devices may feel betrayed that this won’t work for them – until now!

Gizmodo shares how to enable HDMI mirroring (and multi-tasking gestures, which let you four-finger swipe to pull up the multitasking drawer, swipe left and right between apps, and five-finger pinch to view the homescreen) on the original iPad without having to jailbreak.

To enable mirroring on your original iPad, you’ll need to download a modified version of the jailbreaking tool redsn0w (available here), which tweaks a few settings on your iPad to enable the new features.

Once you’ve downloaded and unzipped redsn0w, the following steps will get you up and running:

  • Go through through the redsn0w wizard, which guides you through the process of putting your iPad into DFU mode.
  • When presented with checkboxes with various options (like installing Cydia), ignore them – the checkboxes don’t actually do anything in this modified version of redsn0w.
  • Once you’ve clicked through the wizard, just be patient – your iPad will restart a few times.

When redsn0w is finished, and your iPad comes back to the lock screen, just unlock, migrate to Settings > General, and in just a new minutes you’ll be up and running with mirroring support and the new multitasking gestures on your original iPad!

Be patient, and once redsn0w is done, your iPad will restart. Unlock your screen, head to Settings > General, and you should now see the multitasking option enabled on your device.

It’s unclear whether or not this will work on the iPhone 4, so give it a try, and let us know if it worked for you!

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