How To Connect Laptop To TV – Wired, And Wireless
The content on your Laptop can be easily shown on your TV by connecting your Laptop to a TV either wired or wirelessly, this allows you to share your screen content to a larger audience. This can come very handy when you are streaming a movie from your laptop, showing your vacation photos or playing a game on a larger display.
Highlights of the Story
- You can share your laptop content to a TV for watching movies, playing games or to show your slideshows on a larger display
- You can connect your Laptop to TV in multiple ways using a Wired connection or a wireless connection based on your choice
- While there are multiple ways of connecting your laptop to a TV, the right method for you boils down to the ports available on your TV and your laptop
Laptops have become extremely common these days and offer simple mobile computing experience to users. Laptops can be used for watching movies, playing games and other work purposes, almost every modern laptop these days comes with a built-in HDMI port allowing you to mirror the display to a larger screen such as your TV. There are several ways in the laptops these days allowing you to cast your display to modern Smart TV wirelessly.
In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to connect your laptop to a TV so that you stream Netflix, games, or your vacation photos on the big screen. There are quite a few ways to do it but in this article, we focus on the most commonly used methods. This right method might vary based on the abilities of your TV, ports available on your TV and Laptop, and the content you are streaming.
Connect Your Laptop To TV Using HDMI Cable:
This is the simplest and easiest way to connect your laptop to a TV, you will need a simple HDMI cable to get the job done, it can be easily purchased online for about Rs 500. HDMI supports both Audio and High-resolution video so it is great for streaming your favorite shows or games. For this solution to work, both your Laptop and your TV need to have an HDMI port. Unless your laptop or your TV is super old, there’s a good chance that both have it on board.
To connect, turn on both the devices and connect them using an HDMI cable and select the correct HDMI input on your TV with the remote to start displaying. These days, smaller laptops have a micro HDMI or a mini HDMI port to save space, so you might need an adaptor or a different cable which can be easily purchased online or in offline stores.
In most cases the connection is established automatically, in case it doesn’t work, go to Settings and open the System tab and choose display. Make sure the settings are configured properly so that the resolution will match the resolution of the TV, then press the Windows and P keys to select the “Duplicate” option to mirror the display
- Connect your laptop to the TV with an HDMI cable.
- Turn on the Laptop and the TV.
- Select the correct HDMI input on the TV based on the connection with the remote.
Connect Your Laptop To TV Using VGA Cable
If you have an older laptop or a TV, then you’ll likely have a VGA port on them instead of an HDMI port. VGA is older and isn’t as good as HDMI due to the lower resolution and lack of support for audio. In this case, you will need an additional cable for audio.
Turn on your TV and the Laptop and connect them using a VGA cable for video output and an additional 3.5mm cable for audio output. Now press the input button on the remote and select the VGA option which is called AV in some cases, now select PC or RGB option from the list and your mirroring should be successful.
- Connect both the devices with a VGA cable.
- Connect the laptop to the TV with a 3.5mm audio cable.
- Turn on the Laptop and the TV.
- Select either the PC or RGB input on the TV with the remote
Connect your Laptop to TV using USB Type-C
If your laptop is pretty new, then it is likely to have a USB Type-C port. You can connect your laptop directly to the TV If the TV also supports USB Type-C input. In such a case, you can grab any supported USB Type-C cable and connect both the devices with it, then select the correct input on the TV. It should be noted that not all USB Type-C cables carry a video signal so it is better to check for compatibility before you buy.
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If your TV doesn’t come with a USB Type-C port, you can still by a USB-C to HDMI adapter and then plug in the USB-C cable into your laptop and the HDMI end to the TV. Now turn on the TV and choose the right input method to start displaying your laptop contents on the TV.
- Connect the laptop to the TV with a USB-C cable or you could use a USB-C to HDMI adapter if your TV doesn’t support Type-C input
- Turn on both the devices
- Select the correct input on the TV with the remote, based on the cable you used
Connect Your Laptop To TV Wirelessly
If you don’t want to deal with those messy cables, then you might want to connect your laptop to the TV wirelessly. You will need a media streaming device such as a Google Chromecast to get the job done. Most of the modern TV’s come with built-in support for Wireless streaming and Android TV’s come with Chromecast built-in. If your TV supports Miracast or Chromecast built-in, then you will not need any additional hardware to stream wirelessly.
A Google Chromecast streaming device might sound a little expensive compared to the other options but offers the convenience of wireless streaming. Connect the device to your TV and finish the setup from your smartphone. Once you have everything set up, you can use Chrome to mirror YouTube videos, Chrome Tabs, Videos or files from your local storage or your entire desktop screen.
Open the Chrome browser and click on the menu icon to the top right, here find the cast option and select the content that you want to case. All the content will show up in the Sources drop-down you can choose the right content and click on the Chromecast that you want to mirror the display to.
- Plug the Chromecast into the TV and set it up using your smartphone
- Open the Chrome browser on the laptop and click the menu icon to the upper-right corner
- Choose the content you want to cast via the “Sources” menu
- Select the Chromecast that you want to cast to in case you have multiple setups in the house
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