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January 10, 2020 at 3:45 pm #83764Participant@chinomnso
Connecting your laptop to your TV allows you to view images in larger sizes and more colors. I especially enjoy it when gaming or coding. But this might be a challenge for some. Normally, connecting a laptop to a TV should not be a difficult thing to do, as long as there is an HDMI port on both the TV and the laptop, and an HDMI cable.
In real life, we don’t always enjoy ideal situations. Your TV or your laptop may not have an HDMI port, or your TV may be wall-mounted, making it difficult for you to plug a cable behind the TV. This article explains what you need to do to connect your laptop to your TV.
How To Connect Your Laptop To Your TV Using HDMI
HDMI – short for High Definition Multimedia Interface – transmits both audio and video, making it the easiest way to connect your laptop to your TV. But it is worthy of note that some smaller devices like tablets have a smaller version of the HDMI port known as Micro-HDMI. In fact, there is a smaller one known as Mini-HDMI. Your laptop is most unlikely to have any of the smaller sizes. Rather, the vast majority of laptops that have an HDMI port, if not all, have the full-size HDMI port measuring 14×4.5mm. It is also known as Type-A.
If your TV and laptop both have HDMI ports, simply plug the cable – one end into your laptop’s HDMI port and the other into your TV’s HDMI port. It would not be possible to describe the specific settings you need to change on all television brands. But after connecting the cable, you should change the input source on your TV to the HDMI port to which the cable was plugged. Then you may also need to change your laptop’s projection settings.
On a Windows machine, pressing Windows + P reveals a pane with options to select how you want to project your screen’s display. The options are easy to use. Just pick what meets your needs at the moment. The Extend option allows you to show different content on each of both displays. The Duplicate option allows you to show the same content on both screens. Selecting Second Screen Only disables your laptop’s display and displays content only on the TV.
If this does not work, make sure the HDMI cable is properly plugged on both ends. If that fails, there’s a chance your cable might be faulty. If your laptop is a new model laptop and does not have an HDMI port, it may have a USB Type-C port. You can purchase a USB-HDMI adaptor.
Connecting Your Laptop To Your TV With A VGA Cable
Older laptops and TVs may not have HDMI ports, but they may have VGA ports. A VGA cable has both “male” and “female” ends. The ports too have “male” and “female” versions. So, before purchasing a cable, be sure to ascertain the kind of ports you have on your laptop and on your TV, then buy accordingly. VGA – Video Graphics Array – carries only video. So if you want your laptop’s audio to play on your TV too, you will have to connect an audio cable from your laptop to your TV.
Connecting Your Laptop To Your TV Wirelessly
Even if your laptop and TV have HDMI or VGA ports, it may be difficult to connect using cables if your TV is wall-mounted. And whether your TV is wall-mounted or not, a wireless connection is neater as it does not leave cables flying all over the place. There are many devices that you can use to connect your TV to your laptop, including Google Chromecast. But let us discuss Miracast.
Miracast is a standard for wireless connections from mobile phones, tablets and laptops to external displays like televisions. If your TV comes with built-in Miracast support, you can turn it on and connect from your laptop. Otherwise, you can buy a Miracast adapter that connects via HDMI. In the event that your TV does not have an HDMI port, you can use a USB-HDMI adaptor.
To connect from a Windows 10 machine, navigate to Start -> Settings -> Devices -> Connected Devices. Click on Add Device and wait for the TV or the Miracast adapter to appear on the list. Clicking on the TV or adapter sets up the device and you are ready to run. Just press Windows + P and select the option that meets your needs.
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