So, you have got a new Television and now want to enjoy your favourite TV shows and movies, which you’ve saved on your laptop, on the bigger screen?
But wait, isn’t it a Smart TV? Well, you must have saved a lot on buying a non-smart TV, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your laptop content on your TV.
Here’s a complete guide you can follow to connect your laptop to your T.V.
What You Need to connect a laptop to the TV?
To connect your laptop with your TV, you first need to identify what ports are available on both your laptop and TV. This is the biggest step you can take to connect both of these devices because not all cables are equal. There are different kinds of ports available on laptops that include:
- HDMI Ports
- DVI Ports
- VGA Ports
- USB Ports
One of the most common methods available these days is via HDMI cables. It’s because the HDMI port is available on almost every laptop and TV, no matter what model you own. Of course, your laptop may lack HDMI port if it’s too old. Virtually all TVs are equipped with HDMI ports to connect with laptop devices. Also, there are many other methods available. This guide will tell you how to connect your laptop with TV using different types of cables. Read on to understand the process.
Via HDMI Cable
Connecting a laptop to the TV via the HDMI cable is the easiest way available. And since almost all the laptops are equipped with HDMI ports, you don’t need to worry about your gadget’s compatibility issue, unless your laptop is not manufactured before 2008. And since all modern televisions have an HDMI input, you can easily connect your laptop with your TV easily.
These HDMI cables are easily available in your local electronics store and they are very affordable, but ensure very good picture quality and sound.
Steps to Follow:
To connect your laptop with TV, you need one HDMI cable.
To connect your laptop and TV, you need to power on your laptop and TV and prepare an HDMI cable. Now plug one part of the HDMI cable into your laptop and another one to your TV. For the windows laptops, you just need to ensure that your laptop is switched on and your TV and laptop will automatically configure to give you the best settings from here.
But, if you are not using an up-to-date version of Windows, you need to press INPUT or SOURCE button on your TV remote. You will need to use the Arrow icon to choose HDMI 1 on the TV screen.
Select HDMI option on your TV screen. This will connect your laptop with your TV and now you can see the same screen with the laptop.
If your devices are still not connected, you need to press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open Run box.
b). Here you need to type control in the box and hit Enter to open Control Panel.
In the control panel, you need to click on ‘Display’ and then click on ‘Adjust Resolution.’ From the drop-down list, select TV. Your laptop’s screen will be now visible on your TV.
Now, it’s important to know that the HDMI cables are not just of one kind and design. Instead, there are different kinds of HDMI cables available on the market. The types of HDMI cables include the followings:
- Standard HDMI Cables – These cables are designed with traditional HDMI port to handle most applications and connections.
- Mini HDMI cables – These mini HDMI cables are suitable for smaller devices, but also are now available on TVs
• Micro HDMI cables – This format is one of the smallest one available in the segment. They are 50% smaller than the standard HDMI cables.
Via DVI Cable
Some laptops may be old enough to not have HDMI port. In such conditions, you need not to worry as the DVI cables will serve the purpose. Just like the HDMI cables, the DVI wires are also designed to connect laptops with TVs, which carry digital signals, some which carry analog signals, and some which carry both.
Using the DVI ports is also a common choice among those who don’t have the facility to use an HDMI cable to connect their devices. It is important to use the appropriate cable and adapter to connect to the HDTV port of the television. You may also use additional audio cables to connect the laptop speakers to the TV speakers because the sound quality is not good in this connection.
Here are the steps to follow to connect your laptop with TV:
Look for your laptop’s DVI port. Here you need to use a DVI cable that fits well in the port. Make sure to buy a cable that is suitable with your laptop’s DVI port. Once it’s connected, you may also need to use external cables for sound. These audio cables may be suitable to connect the laptop speakers to the TV speakers.
Via VGA Cables
This is another popular form of connecting laptops with TVs. In fact, this is one of the easiest ways available for the purpose. For the laptops that are 4-5 years old, using VGA cables is the most appropriate options as they are likely to have VGA ports.
But, it is important to remember that connecting via the VGA cables only offers video, and not sound. For sound, you may need external audio wires to connect with speakers. You may easily buy the 3.5mm audio lead available on the market. Connect the lead with your headphone or speakers for audio output.
If you are using a Windows laptop, it will automatically configure the settings like it would if you were using an HDMI cable. But, if you face difficulty with an automatic connection, then you need to follow the given step:
- Go to Control Panel
- Click on Display
- Adjust Resolutions
- Select Display from drop down box
To connect your laptop with your TV, turn on your TV and laptop for instant connection. Now, connect your VGA cable with your TV and laptop. It doesn’t matter which device you connect first.
Now, you need to do the same with your 3.5mm jack. Connect it with your headphone and laptop
Via USB Cables
We all know the USB cables as the most common way to connect our laptops with other gadgets like camera, mobile, etc. However, it is also a feasible option to connect your laptop with your TV to enjoy watching your laptop’s content on the TV set. However, it is important to know that the USB to USB connection from a laptop to a TV isn’t available on all models.
But, there are many companies that have developed various kinds of adapters that will help convert your USB port to an HDMI out. This means, if you have a USB cable, the HDMI out connector will let you connect your laptop with your TV via the HDMI port on your devices.
All you need is additional software for your laptop to turn the USB port into a video out port. Before you plan to connect your laptop and TV set using the USB cable, it is suggested to check your TV’s user manual to verify if it allows your TV to connect with the laptop. The user manual will have all the information whether your TV’s port will enable a direct connection to a PC and which file types are supported.
Follow these steps to connect your laptop with TV using USB cable:
- Locate the USB port on your TV
- Buy a USB adapter that will help properly fit the USB ports on both the TV and your laptop.
- Plug one end of the cable to your laptop and connect the HDMI out adapter to your USB cable. Now connect the HDMI out port to your TV.
- Select the correct input source. You can use your TV remote or console “Input Select” button.
To use this facility, you must have a smart TV with integrated Wi-Fi facility. If it has the Wi-Fi feature available, then it’s just a matter of a few minutes.
To connect your laptop with TV, follow these steps:
- Enable Wi-Fi mode on the TV. Read on the TV’s user manual to switch on Wi-Fi on your TV.
- Now, connect your TV with the Wi-Fi network. It should be the same that your laptop is connected with.
- Right-click on the desktop and click Display settings.
- Click on “Multiple displays” and choose ‘Duplicate this display’ from the drop-down box.
- Click ‘Apply.’
- Go to Laptop settings and click on ‘Devices.’ Choose connected devices.
- Here you need to click on ‘Add a device.’
- Select your ‘TV name’ from the list and your laptop will get automatically connect to your TV.
Not all TV sets and laptops have the latest features. So, if your laptop or TV isn’t having one option, you may choose the other one available from the above-mentioned list.