Connecting Nexus 7 (2013) to HDMI Screen or Projector

Connecting your Nexus 7 [UK Link] to a HDMI Screen or projector couldn’t be simpler. With a SlimPort adapter [UK Link] that plugs into the socket at the bottom of your tablet you can share content from your device with others. This takes away the need for streaming over Chromecast as will be particularly useful in situations where you do not have wireless access. When connected up it looks like this:

Connecting Nexus 7 2013 to HDMI Screen or Projector


Because the SlimPort adapter connects to a HDMI cable this neatly handles audio as well as video. So you can enjoy watching a film on the big screen without having to hook up any further cables.


There is Micro USB port on the SlimPort adapter that enables you to charge your tablet whilst in use. This is pretty important as your tablet screen will remain on all the time you are displaying content from your Nexus 7 – which can drain the battery.

Nexus 7 2013

This solution only works with the 2013 / second generation Nexus 7. If you have the first generation then you cannot use this method as video output isn’t supported. In that instance you should try Chromecast and supported apps instead.

  2 comments for “Connecting Nexus 7 (2013) to HDMI Screen or Projector

  1. David.
    25/09/2014 at 2:11 am

    I tried this with no success. I have the Nexus 7 2013, with the slim port adapter to HDMI. I was able to connect the tablet to my TV with no problem. I tried connecting it to an Epson ex7220 project using the HDMI. The HDMI connection works, I tried it with a borrowed PC that has an HDMI port. Any suggestions?

    • 25/09/2014 at 6:32 am

      I’d suggest that the projector is having difficulties acknowledging the full 1920×1200 output resolution from your Nexus 7. Usually projectors attempt to scale the image to something they can work with but it doesn’t sound like yours can.

      You might want to try looking for an app that allows you to change the output resolution – although from the quick Google I did it appears that you may need to root your device first (which is something I do not want to do on mine).

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