Connect a laptop to a TV it is the best option to see the content in a larger format than the small screen of 13 or 15 inches. This can be useful if you’re giving a presentation, streaming a Netflix show or movie, or just want to increase picture quality.
You don’t have to be a techie (or call a computer professional) to figure out how to connect a laptop to a TV. It is a fairly simple process and you can do it in two ways, wirelessly or via an HDMI cable.
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The easiest way to connect your laptop to a TV is with an HDMI cable. It is designed to transmit digital audio and video from a source (such as your computer) to a projector, monitor, or in this case, a television screen. Here’s how to set it up.
Step 1: First, locate the HDMI port on your laptop. It is usually at the rear or side.
If your computer doesn’t have a full-size HDMI, it may have a mini- or micro-HDMI, which you can connect using a converter. Many modern laptops have USB-C, Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, or Mini DisplayPort, all of which can be connected using an adapter.
If your laptop doesn’t have an HDMI port, you can use a video graphics array (VGA) connector. However, keep in mind that this kind of cable only carries video, so you’ll also need to connect it to your TV using an audio cable.
Step 2: Once the HDMI cable is connected to the laptop, connect the other end to the HDMI input on the TV. You will usually find the connector on the back. If you have a very thin TV, it may be on the side. The exact location may vary depending on the device.
If you can’t locate the HDMI port, check your TV’s user manual to verify.
Step 3: Sometimes the TV and the laptop will automatically communicate and start to display the content on the screen. If not, you’ll need to change the TV’s input manually.
To do this, turn on the TV and use the remote to switch the TV’s source to the numbered HDMI port you connected to.
The steps to adjust the TV display options depend on the device, so check the manual if you don’t know how to do it.
Step 4: In addition to setting the proper source on your TV, you also need to set the corresponding output on your laptop. If you have a Windows computer, press the Windows key and “P” to open the display settings.
On a Mac, click the Apple icon at the top left of the screen, under System Preferences, and under Displays.
How to wirelessly connect your laptop to a TV
If you don’t want to deal with the cable mess that comes with an HDMI connection, you can set up a wireless connection between your laptop and a TV. The exact process will depend on whether you have a Mac, a Windows laptop, or a Chromebook.
If you have a Mac and an Apple TV Box, setting up screen mirroring on your TV is easy.
Step 1: First, make sure both devices are using the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 2: then go to Screen settings: From the Apple menu, click System Preferences, then Displays, and look for AirPlay Display.
Step 3: Either from System Preferences or from the menu bar, select Apple TV from the dropdown list. Your screen will be mirrored or stretched to your TV, depending on your choice.
Step 4: What if you don’t have an Apple TV? Do not worry. Many modern smart TVs support Apple AirPlay. When you open the option Screen settingsyou may see your TV listed.
You can also set it up wirelessly between your Windows 10 or 11 laptop and your TV, which has to be smart and able to connect to Wi-Fi, plus it needs to support screen mirroring.
If you are not sure if your devices support screen mirroring, please refer to the manual.
Step 1: Make sure both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 2: Then use your remote to select screen mirroring on your TV. A list of fonts should appear. Just add your TV to your laptop’s approved devices.
To do this, go to Settings, Connected Devices and add device. Select your TV from the dropdown menu and the laptop will be mirrored to the TV.