How Do I Play Disney+ Through a Projector?

Disney+ is a relative newcomer to the digital content streaming industry as it was only launched in November 2019 but was quickly released around the world in 2020.  It has quickly become the best way of watching high definition Disney content, as well as other Disney, owned brands such as National Geographic.

You can stream Disney+ via your Smart TV, Chromecast, laptop, and phone.  But the question remains; Can you play Disney+ through a projector?

The answer is a resounding yes.  In fact, there are multiple ways of streaming Disney+ via a projector, using HDMI, Chromecast, screen mirroring, WiFi, etc and this article is the ultimate guide on how to do this as well as how to troubleshoot any issues that you may encounter.

How to play Disney+ on a Smart Projector?

Streaming Disney+ via a Smart Projector is very, very easy.  First of all, what makes a projector a “smart projector”?  Well, like Smart TVs, Smart Projectors come with a pre-installed operating system, such as Android, that allows the projector to perform other functions.

These additional functions are delivered via apps that are either pre-installed or can be downloaded over WiFi and installed onto the projector directly.

The vast majority of Smart Projectors come with the Disney+ app pre-installed as this, although please check the manufacturer’s website first.

Streaming Disney+ on a Smart Projector can be achieved via the following steps:

  1. Switch on the Smart projector.
  2. Connect the Smart projector to your home WiFi or tether it to your mobile phone.
  3. Launch the Disney+ app.  If your Smart Projector doesn’t have the Disney+ app, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to download and install this.
  4. Sign in to Disney+ (if you have previously signed into Disney+ on the Smart Projector you won’t need to do this again).
  5. Select your favorite TV show or Hollywood blockbuster and sit back and relax!

How to play Disney+ on a projector with HDMI?

All modern projectors will come with at least an HDMI port.  HDMI is a fantastic technology as it allows you to transfer 4K video along with crystal clear sound, all in one cable.

You will need a separate device with an HDMI port that will be used to connect to the WiFi, stream Disney+ and output the video signal to the HDMI cable and therefore projector.  A laptop, Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick are the ideal devices for this task as they can all install and run the Disney+ app.

To stream Disney+ on a projector via HDMI carry out the following:

  1. Switch on your projector.
  2. Change the Source on the projector so that it is HDMI.
  3. Insert your HDMI capable device into the HDMI port on the back of the projector.
  4. Power on the HDMI device such as the laptop, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV Stick (other devices are available too but check the manufacturer’s website first).
  5. Connect the HDMI device to your home WiFi or tether it to your mobile phone.
  6. Launch the Disney+ app.  If your device doesn’t have the Disney+ app, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to download and install this.
  7. Sign in to Disney+ (if you have previously signed into Disney+ on the device you won’t need to do this again).
  8. Select your favorite TV show or Hollywood blockbuster and sit back and relax!

Please note that Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and other HDMI devices will need an external power source.  A neat trick for small HDMI capable devices like Amazon Fire TV Sticks is that these can usually be powered via the USB port on the side of a projector.  Most modern projectors have these ports.

Obviously, laptops require an AC adapter to power them but it is possible to run these off a battery which will keep cables to a minimum.

A Chromecast device is a fantastic solution for streaming Disney+ on a projector.  The latest Chromecast devices are capable of displaying up to 4K Disney+ shows and films (as long as your projector can projector at a 4K resolution of course).

Please note that 4K Ultra HD and HDR content, requires your projector to support HDCP 2.2.  Please check your manufacturer’s website to see if your projector is HDCP 2.2 compatible.

How to play Disney+ on a projector using Google Chrome and Android TV?

It is possible to “Cast” your Disney+ content from a device using Google Chrome to a Smart Projector running Android TV.  Essentially, this allows you to use your device with Google Chrome installed, to control the output on the projector much like a remote control.

Streaming Disney+ to a Smart Projector running Android TV from Google Chrome can be achieved via the following steps:

  1. Switch on the Smart projector.
  2. Connect the Smart projector to your home WiFi or tether it to your mobile phone.
  3. Sign in to Disney+ in Google Chrome on your laptop or desktop.  
  4. Select the TV show or movie that you would like to play and right-click the tab in Google Chrome and select the three vertical dots in the top right of Google Chrome.
  5. From the drop-down menu, select Cast and then choose the Android TV enabled Smart projector.
  6. The Disney+ content should begin to playback via the Smart Projector.
  7. Select your favorite TV show or Hollywood blockbuster and sit back and relax!

For this option check your manufacturer’s website for compatibility.

How to play Disney+ on a projector using Airplay?

Apple AirPlay allows you to send the video from your iOS device to your AirPlay capable projector.  Please check the manufacturer’s website to see if your smart projector is directly compatible with Apple AirPlay.  

If not, you could connect an Apple TV to the HDMI port of the projector to extend this ability to the projector.

To play Disney+ content to your smart projector via AirPlay, follow the steps below:

  1. Check that your smart projector and iOS device are on the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Launch the Disney+ app on the iOS device.  Sign in to your account if you have not already done so.
  3. Choose the TV show or movie that you want to wish and press Play.
  4. Single tap once on the video, and you should see the AirPlay icon in the top right corner.
  5. Swipe down from the top right corner of your iOS device to launch the Control Center.
  6. Locate the AirPlay control.
  7. Single tap the AirPlay button.
  8. Choose the smart projector or Apple TV that you have connected to your projector. 

The Disney+ TV show or movie will now begin to play on your projector.

Please note that Disney+ supports AirPlay across Apple TV (running tvOS 11.0 or higher), 3rd and 4th generation Apple TV as well as TVs compatible with AirPlay 2.

How to play Disney+ on a projector using an Xbox or Playstation?

The Playstation 5, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X all have their own app stores, and the great news is for Disney+ subscribers is that you can download and install the Disney+ app for free on all of these devices.

Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch doesn’t have its own Disney+ app which is surprising due to the incredible popularity of this device. All modern projectors will come with at least an HDMI port.  HDMI is a fantastic technology as it allows you to transfer 4K video along with crystal clear sound, all in one cable.

Connecting your Xbox or Playstation is an absolute breeze using the HDMI port.  Your projector will need to be able to support an HDMI input however all but the oldest projectors support HDMI.

To stream Disney+ from your Xbox or Playstation onto a projector carry out the following:

  1. Switch on your projector.
  2. Change the Source on the projector so that it is HDMI.
  3. Insert your HDMI cable into the HDMI port of the Xbox or Playstation.
  4. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the projector.
  5. Power on the Xbox or Playstation.
  6. Launch the Disney+ app.  If your device doesn’t have the Disney+ app, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to download and install this.
  7. Sign in to Disney+ (if you have previously signed into Disney+ on the device you won’t need to do this again).
  8. Select your favorite TV show or Hollywood blockbuster and sit back and relax!

An Xbox or Playstation device is a fantastic solution for streaming Disney+ on a projector.  The Xbox X and Playstation 5 game consoles are capable of displaying up to 4K Disney+ shows and films (as long as your projector can projector at a 4K resolution of course).

You will also need to be paying for the 4K Disney+ subscription tier.

Please note that 4K Ultra HD and HDR content, requires your projector to support HDCP 2.2.  Please check your manufacturer’s website to see if your projector is HDCP 2.2 compatible.

Why Can’t I play Disney+ on my projector?

Disney+ won’t play on my projector from a Windows laptop

There are a number of reasons that might be preventing you from streaming Disney+ on your projector from your laptop.

Check the source input

  1. Ensure that your projector is set to the correct source.  To do this, double-check which projector port you are plugging into from your laptop.  
  2. Then scroll through the options on the projector remote to toggle through each of the inputs.

Check the cabling

  1. Check that the cable is plugged firmly into the projector port,
  2. Check that the cable is firmly connected to the laptop port.
  3. Does there appear to be any damage to the cable?
  4. Does the cable work on other devices such as between your laptop and your TV.  If it is working with another device, move on to the next steps.

Check the Project options in Windows 10/8/7

When you are logged into Windows, complete the following steps to ensure that you are sending a video signal from your laptop to your projector.

Wired connection to the projector

  1. Hold down the Windows key and select the P key.  A grey box will appear on the right-hand side of the screen.
  2. Using your mouse or touchpad, select the Duplicate option.  The Duplicate option will mirror whatever is on your laptop screen directly to your projector.

Wireless connection to the projector

Please note that if you are wirelessly connecting to your projector and using the Disney+ app on your laptop, some content might not appear due to it having content protection enabled.  If that occurs, please try streaming directly via a web browser such as Google Chrome.

To wirelessly connect to your projector, carry out the following steps:

  1. Click on Start and select Settings.
  2. Select System and then select Display.
  3. Select the Connect to a Wireless Display option.
  4. A window will appear on the right of the screen listing devices that you can wirelessly connect to. 
  5. Select your projector from the list.

Check your device drivers

 

It’s possible that your laptop might not have the latest device drivers installed and therefore may prevent you from connecting to your projector.  To update these, perform the following steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press OK to open the Device Manager console.
  3. From within Device Manager, double click on the Display Adapter option.  Your display adapter will appear in the list.
  4. Right-click on your display adapter and select Update Driver.
  5. Select Search automatically for updated driver.

Your laptop will download and install any available driver updates.  Once complete, reboot your laptop and try connecting to your projector again.

4K or HDR compatibility

Please note that 4K Ultra HD and HDR content, requires your projector to support HDCP 2.2.  Please check your manufacturer’s website to see if your projector is HDCP 2.2 compatible.

Disney+ won’t play on my projector from a Chromebook

If you are struggling to stream Disney+ from your Chromebook to your projector, this may be down to the Chromebook being out of date and requiring an update to the OS.

As Chromebooks run an OS called Chromium that is essentially just a cut-down OS based around the Google Chrome web browser, updating your Chromebook is very straightforward indeed.

Follow the steps below to resolve Disney+ streaming issues:

  1. Select the time in the bottom right of the Chrome OS desktop.
  2. Select the Settings icon (this looks like a gear).
  3. Click the Menu button in the top left of the screen (this icon consists of three horizontal lines).
  4. Click About Chrome OS in the bottom left of the screen.
  5. Click Check for updates.
  6. Your Chromebook will begin to download and install the latest update if one is available.
  7. When the update has finished being processed, an icon containing arrows will appear in the bottom right of the screen.  Select the arrow icon.
  8. Select Restart to Update.

The Chromebook will now reboot.  Once the Chromebook has rebooted try again to stream Disney+ to your projector.

Disney+ won’t play on my projector from Macbook

There are a number of reasons that might be preventing you from streaming Disney+ on your projector from your Macbook.

Check the source input

  1. Ensure that your projector is set to the correct source.  To do this, double-check which projector port you are plugging into from your Macbook.  
  2. Then scroll through the options on the projector remote to toggle through each of the inputs.

Check the cabling

  1. Check that the cable is plugged firmly into the projector port.
  2. Check that the Mac Video Adapter is firmly connected to the display port on the Macbook.
  3. Check that the HDMI cable is firmly plugged into the Mac Video Adapter.
  4. Does there appear to be any damage to the cable?
  5. Does the cable work on other devices such as between your Macbook and your TV.
  6. If it is working with another device, move on to the next steps.

Send video signal to the projector from Macbook

  1. Select the Apple Menu in the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Select System Preferences from the menu.
  3. Select the Displays option.
  4. From the Displays window, select the Detect Displays button.
  5. Select the Mirror Displays box in the bottom left of the window.

The Macbook will now display your screen and therefore Disney+ on the projector.

Please note that you will need an HDCP compliant cable to stream Disney+ over HDMI.

If this doesn’t work, you may have to log in to your Disney+ account via a web browser such as Safari or Google Chrome in order to stream content to your projector.

4K or HDR compatibility

Please note that 4K Ultra HD and HDR content, requires your projector to support HDCP 2.2.  Please check your manufacturer’s website to see if your projector is HDCP 2.2 compatible.

Disney+ won’t play on my projector from my iPhone

Streaming Disney+ and other media such as your personal photos from your iPhone is an awesome and quick solution to being able to enjoy your content on a very large screen in high resolution.

Sometimes, however, there are technical difficulties in mirroring your iPhone with your projector.  Fixing this will depend on how you are streaming Disney+ to your projector.

Please note that Disney+ is supported on devices running iOS/iPadOS 11.0 and later.

Below are a few ways of troubleshooting these issues.

Wired connection troubleshooting – Lightning to HDMI adapter

If you are using either an official Lightning to HDMI adapter from Apple or a third party, sometimes you might struggle to mirror or stream your Disney+ content out to your projector.  Please note that these adapters require an external power supply to be plugged into the unit before you begin to send a video and audio signal over the HDMI cable.

The iPhone does not have enough power to power the HDMI cable itself.

Please go through the following checklist to successfully stream Disney+ from your iPhone to your projector.

  1. First, ensure that you have plugged in the power cable into the Lightning to HDMI adapter and that the plug is set to On.
  2. Next, ensure that your projector is set to the correct source i.e. HDMI.
  3. Check that the HDMI cable is plugged firmly into the projector’s HDMI port.
  4. Check that the HDMI cable is firmly connected to the Lightning to HDMI adapter.
  5. Ensure that the Lightning end of the adapter is plugged firmly into the iPhone.
  6. Does there appear to be any damage to the cabling?
  7. Does the adapter work on other devices such as between your iPhone and your TV.

Your iPhone should now be able to stream Disney+ to your projector.

Wireless connection troubleshooting – AirPlay

Apple AirPlay allows you to send the video from your iOS device to your AirPlay capable projector.  Please check the manufacturer’s website to see if your smart projector is directly compatible with Apple AirPlay.  

If not, you could connect an Apple TV to the HDMI port of the projector to extend this ability to the projector.

To play Disney+ content to your smart projector via AirPlay, follow the steps below:

  1. Check the menu on the Smart projector to see which WiFi network the projector is connected to.  You will need to check your manufacturer’s instructions on how to do this as it differs from model to model.
  2. Check your iPhone WiFi settings.  To do this go to Settings and then WiFi.
  3. Check that WiFi is switched on and check that the WiFi network has the same name as the one on the projector.
  4. If the smart projector and iPhone aren’t on the same WiFi network, please connect them to the same network and try mirroring again.  If they are on the same network then skip to the next step.
  5. Switch off your projector.
  6. Reboot your home router.  Wait for 5 minutes until it has fully rebooted.
  7. Restart your iPhone and check that it connects back to the WiFi.
  8. Switch on your projector and check that it connects back to the WiFi.
  9. Launch the Disney+ app on the iOS device.  Sign in to your account if you have not already done so.
  10. Choose the TV show or movie that you want to wish and press Play.
  11. Single tap once on the video, and you should see the AirPlay icon in the top right corner.
  12. Swipe down from the top right corner of your iOS device to launch the Control Center.
  13. Locate the AirPlay control.
  14. Single tap the AirPlay button.
  15. Choose the smart projector or Apple TV that you have connected to your projector. 

The Disney+ TV show or movie will now begin to play on your projector.

Please note that Disney+ supports AirPlay across Apple TV (running tvOS 11.0 or higher), 3rd and 4th generation Apple TV as well as TVs compatible with AirPlay 2.

Wireless connection troubleshooting – Smart Projector

Your smart projector might support wireless screen mirroring with your iPhone or another iOS device.  From time to time, things can go wrong to prevent this from working.  Here are some simple steps to allow you to troubleshoot your Disney+ stream to the smart projector.

  1. Check the menu on the Smart projector to see which WiFi network the projector is connected to.  You will need to check your manufacturer’s instructions on how to do this as it differs from model to model.
  2. Check your iPhone WiFi settings.  To do this go to Settings and then WiFi.
  3. Check that WiFi is switched on and check that the WiFi network has the same name as the one on the projector.
  4. If the smart projector and iPhone aren’t on the same WiFi network, please connect them to the same network and try mirroring again.  If they are on the same network then skip to the next step.
  5. Switch off your projector.
  6. Reboot your home router.  Wait for 5 minutes until it has fully rebooted.
  7. Restart your iPhone and check that it connects back to the WiFi.
  8. Switch on your projector and check that it connects back to the WiFi.
  9. Now try mirroring your projector again.  To do so, select Quick Settings on your iPhone.
  10. Then select Mirroring.
  11. You should now be able to see the name of your projector listed on your iPhone.  Select the projector and you should be able to mirror your device.

After carrying out the steps above, you should now be able to stream your favorite TV shows and movies on Disney+ to your smart projector again.

Disney+ won’t play on my iOS device – incompatible iOS version

Please note that Disney+ does not allow you to stream content from any web browser, including Safari, on your iPad.

You will need to install the Disney+ app from the App Store to stream content.

The Disney+ app does not run on an iPad that is running iOS 9 or earlier.  If the app won’t install, check to see if you can update your iOS version.  If your iPad is no longer supported, unfortunately, you won’t be able to install the Disney+ app and therefore stream your TV shows or Movies.

Disney+ won’t play on my projector from my Android phone

Streaming Disney+ and other media such as your personal photos from your Android phone is an awesome and quick solution to being able to enjoy your content on a very large screen in high resolution.

Sometimes, however, there are technical difficulties in mirroring your Android device with your projector.  Fixing this will depend on how you are streaming Disney+ to your projector.

Please note that Disney+ is supported on phones or tablets running OS 5.0 (Lollipop) or later.

Wired connection troubleshooting – USB-C to HDMI

Most modern Android phones come with a USB-C port for charging.  These can also be used to transfer data, whether it be files, photos, or video and audio.  A USB-C to HDMI cable is a great way of streaming Disney+ to your projector.

If you are struggling to stream Disney+ to your projector from your Android device, follow these steps.

  1. First, ensure that you have plugged in USB-C to HDMI cable firmly into the phone.
  2. Next, ensure that your projector is set to the correct source i.e. HDMI.
  3. Check that the HDMI cable is plugged firmly into the projector’s HDMI port.
  4. Does there appear to be any damage to the cabling?
  5. Does the adapter work on other devices such as between your iPhone and your TV? Try this to help rule out a faulty cable.
  6. Restart your Android phone and try again.

4K or HDR compatibility

Please note that 4K Ultra HD and HDR content, requires your projector to support HDCP 2.2.  Please check your manufacturer’s website to see if your projector is HDCP 2.2 compatible.

Wired connection troubleshooting – Micro USB to HDMI

Streaming video and audio from your Android device to an HDMI device using Micro USB requires the use of a specific technology called Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL).  Not only do both your Android phone and projector need to support this technology but you also need to use a specific MHL compatible HDMI cable before you can stream Disney+ to your projector.

To troubleshoot any Micro USB to HDMI issues when streaming Disney+, follow the following steps:

  1. First, ensure that you have plugged in Micro USB to HDMI cable firmly into the phone.
  2. Next, ensure that your projector is set to the correct source i.e. HDMI.
  3. Check that the HDMI cable is plugged firmly into the projector’s HDMI port.
  4. Does there appear to be any damage to the cabling?
  5. Does the adapter work on other devices such as between your iPhone and your TV? Try this to help rule out a faulty cable.
  6. Check that your Android phone, Micros USB to HDMI cable and projector are MHL compatible.
  7. Restart your Android phone and try again.

Wireless connection troubleshooting – Smart Projector

Your smart projector might support wireless screen mirroring with your Android phone or another Android device.  From time to time, things can go wrong to prevent this from working.  Here are some simple steps to allow you to troubleshoot your Disney+ stream to the smart projector.

  1. Check the menu on the Smart projector to see which WiFi network the projector is connected to.  You will need to check your manufacturer’s instructions on how to do this as it differs from model to model.
  2. Check the WiFi settings on your Android phone.  To do this swipe down from the top of the screen, touch and hold the Wi-Fi icon. Check the WiFi name that it is connected to.
  3. Check that WiFi is switched on and check that the WiFi network has the same name as the one on the projector.
  4. If the smart projector and Android device aren’t on the same WiFi network, please connect them to the same network and try mirroring again.  If they are on the same network then skip to the next step.
  5. Switch off your projector.
  6. Reboot your home router.  Wait for 5 minutes until it has fully rebooted.
  7. Restart your Android phone and check that it connects back to the WiFi.
  8. Switch on your projector and check that it connects back to the WiFi.
  9. Now try mirroring your projector again.  To do so, swipe down from the top of the screen, and select the Screen cast option. 
  10. You should now be able to see the name of your projector listed on your Android phone.
  11. Select the projector and you should be able to mirror your device.

After carrying out the steps above, you should now be able to stream your favorite TV shows and movies on Disney+ to your smart projector again.

Why can’t I stream Disney+ content from my device to my projector when using a VPN?

The Disney+ app and website are smart enough to know if the device that you are using to access their content is using a VPN service to connect to the internet.

This will prevent you from being able to stream this content to your projector.

Unfortunately, you will need to disable the VPN and connect directly via your broadband or data plan to be able to access the Disney+ website or application.