Connecting Your Device to a Classroom Display

Learn how to connect your compatible device to the classroom display through HDMI or the provided "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) Adapter Ring.

Operating System: Multiple

Applies To: UB instructors

Last Updated: December 11, 2023

VIDEO: Connecting Personal Devices to Teaching Stations

Arrange a Demo

Need help connecting your device? Planning to record a class with your device projecting? Call 716-645-3542 and request a demonstration or test.

Review Android Device Support

Newer model android phones with USB-C interfaces now send video.  Please note not all USB-C android devices can send video and older android devices may not project properly, if at all.

Available Teaching Station Display Connections


Connection cables are either permanently attached to the Teaching Cabinet, available in the receptacle or stored near or hanging in the cabinet independently.

1. If you have:

  • A laptop with an HDMI port: connect the HDMI cable directly to the HDMI port on your laptop.
  • A device or laptop without an HDMI port:
    1. Locate the correct adapter for your device on the BYOD Adapter Ring
    2. Attach the adapter to the HDMI cable.
    3. Insert the adapter into your device.
      Note: Some adapters are very similar. Do not force an adapter into your device or you may break your device.

2. On the teaching station touchscreen:

1. Select Portable Device

2. Press HDMI for devices connected to the HDMI cable or adapter and HDMI cable.

Common Questions

Do all rooms have VGA cables?

No, they are not available in:

  • Academic Center 322, 325, 328 and 355
  • Alumni 97
  • Baldy 108, 110 and 206
  • Capen 109, 110, 260 and 262
  • Clemens 202 and 322
  • Cooke 127 A and B
  • Farber 135, 136, 137 and G26
  • Fronczak 408, 422 and 454
  • Greiner 116B, 118B, 120B, and 134/135C
  • Hochstetter 307
  • Norton 210, 216 and 218
  • NSC 201, 210, 215, 220 and 225
  • O'Brian 212
  • Park 143, 146 and 250

I plugged it in but my device isn't displaying. What do I do?

  • All devices: Check the HDMI cable is properly attached to the device (and adapter if applicable).
  • Windows laptops: Press the F8 key (or whichever function key has a screen icon for "display"), or Windows key + P to open the display options. Choose Duplicate or Extend.
  • Mac laptops
    1. Go to System Settings > Displays
    2. Select the image labeled Crestron
    3. Beside Use as:
      • Choose Mirror for built-in display if you want to duplicate. your laptop screen on the projector
      • Choose Extend display to use extended display and show different things on the projector

My device is displaying but doesn't look correct?

Not all apps are able to rotate. Not all apps and devices display properly. If you experience problems, contact the UBIT Help Center.

If my course is being recorded, will content from my device be captured?

Some devices and apps have built-in restrictions which prevent content from being recorded. To ensure your course will be recorded properly when using your own device, contact Classroom Services at 716-645-3542 to schedule a one-on-one test beforehand.

Will my device charge while connected?

No. The adapters do not charge your device.

Still need help?

Contact the UBIT Help Center.