How to Connect Laptop to TV

Chris Campbell15 Jan 2022

If you're becoming tired of your laptop's little screen, consider utilizing your huge TV as a monitor substitute. It's nice to be able to kick back and browse the web, enjoy PC games, stream content from applications that aren't accessible on your TV, or perhaps you just want a larger view for video conferencing.

Utilizing your TV as a screen has disadvantages too. The text could be too tiny to see, input latency may destroy your game scores, and although the sofa may appear comfortable, it may cause neck pain when used as an office chair. And then there is the mouse, touchpad, and keyboard to consider. However, moving PC-to-TV goes well in many instances, and the best thing is that it's inexpensive or even totally free.

Let's be honest. Oftentimes your laptop screen isn't large enough to accommodate all you want to accomplish. Afterwards, you look over at your forlorn 50-inch Smart TV, which is begging to be utilized, and you wonder if there's a way of connecting the two. There is, indeed!

How to Mirror Laptop to TV

With the use of screen mirroring innovation, you can now stream music and videos from your laptop to your TV. This means being able to see what's exactly on your laptop screen without having to strain your eyes to stare at a tiny screen on your laptop.

You can mirror your Windows 10 laptop onto your TV, allowing you o watch your computer on your TV display rather than squinting over a laptop screen.  This is known as casting to a device, and it is useful for conferences, social affairs, and film showings. Here's how to mirror your Windows laptop to your television.

A few prerequisites must be completed prior to casting in order for it to work:

  • In order to effectively cast your laptop screen to your TV, your TV has to be a smart TV with Wi-Fi enabled. Your smart TV and laptop must both be linked to the very same Wi-Fi connection.
  • Bluetooth should be enabled on both the smart TV and laptop.
  • Confirm that both your smart TV and laptop support Miracast. You may confirm this by using the Connect app from the Start screen on your Windows 10 laptop.
  • Ensure that the drivers for your television and laptop are fully updated.
  • Verify that your TV is not an Apple TV. The procedure for casting on an Apple TV differs from that of other smart TVs, therefore this tutorial will not be entirely relevant to an Apple TV.

You can begin casting once you've satisfied all of these requirements.

Casting from a Windows Laptop to TV

  1. Depending on the model of your TV remote, push the "Home" or "Input" button.
  2. Choose "Screen mirroring" or "Project" with the remote, depending upon the nature of casting you want to conduct. Depending on the model of your TV, you might need to first pick "Apps."
  3. Navigate to the "Settings" menu on your laptop and select "Devices."
  4. Hit "Add Bluetooth or other device" beneath "Bluetooth & other devices."
  5. "Wireless display or dock" should be selected.
  6. To begin casting, choose your smart TV from the menu that displays.

Using Chromecast to Cast from Windows Laptop to TV

  1. On your laptop, ensure that both "Network discovery" and "Printer Sharing" are turned on.
  2. Right-click on the material you want to cast, such as a video file, and select Cast.
  3. Select "Cast to Device" and afterward select the device to which you want to cast. However, bear in mind that this approach does not work with all smart TVs.

Other Methods for Casting from Windows Laptop to TV

If everything else fails, you may still use an HDMI cable, a third-party Miracast adaptor, or a Google Chromecast device to mirror your Windows laptop to your TV. Unlike previous ways, the HDMI cable and Chromecast plug-in choices do not need that your television is a smart TV.

How to Connect Laptop to TV: HDMI Method

Linking your laptop to your TV is a quick and easy method to mirror what's on your laptop on your television, or perhaps to use it as a second screen.

HDMI is a fairly widespread system for transmitting audio and video from one piece of equipment to another. It is a singular, comparatively small wire that does not tangle as readily as prior standards and supports complete high-definition picture compatibility. Furthermore, it has been intended to be bi-directional, which means that the display will communicate with your laptop, alerting it to what resolutions it can handle, what color depth is available, and a variety of other characteristics your device can utilize.

Unlike prior standards, HDMI allows both audio and video to be transferred over the same cable, substantially easing the installation of home theater systems or connecting your laptop to your TV to stream movies, share family photos, or showcase a work presentation.

Linking your Windows or Mac laptop to your TV through HDMI is a simple process that should only take a few minutes.

How to Go About It:

  1. Turn on the laptop and TV. Make sure both of them have an HDMI connector.
  2. Connect the HDMI cable to both the HDMI ports on the laptop and TV.
  3. You may now notice that your TV has a blue screen with the statement "No signal." 
  4. On your TV remote, press the INPUT or SOURCE button. Then, on your TV's screen, use the Arrow symbol to choose HDMI 1.

Voila! On the TV, you will see the same screen that you see on your laptop.

How to Connect Laptop to TV Without HDMI

It's not unusual to see the laptop projected on the TV display. The latest technical breakthrough has simplified the process of linking your TV screen to your laptop.

The HDMI connector on the PC allows it to be readily linked to the TV. The HDMI connector allows for flawless video and audio transmission on the TV screen. It is accomplished by simply connecting the HDMI output port of the laptop and the HDMI slot of the TV with an HDMI cable.

This approach is highly widespread and simple to use, and the majority of newly made laptops include an HDMI connector. But what if your television does not come with one.


Another simple and effective technique of connecting a laptop to a laptop is via the VGA connector. This is widely accessible for computers as old as 5 to 6 years. The VGA cable is attached in the same manner as the HDMI cable. The main difference is that VGA is solely intended for visual output, whereas head speaker connections can be used for audio output.

Simply turn on both the TV and the laptop and attach the VGA wire to both. Plug the headphones into the laptop audio-out port and the TV audio-in port. The TV should start mirroring the laptop automatically.

If it fails, you must change the settings on your laptop's controller. Navigate through the control panel. Find the "display" option. Set your favorite screen resolution instantly. Select TV as one of the options available from the Display drop-down menu. This is the preferred technique for owners of vintage televisions. It is without a doubt the greatest hardware alternative for HDMI.


A USB to USB connection may appear to be quite straightforward. However, that's not true here. Linking your laptop to your TV appears to be a simple and quick process, but it is not. Because USB ports do not offer video-out, it is difficult to make a USB-to-USB connection work. The vast majority of laptops lack a USB video-out connector.

It is not feasible to connect the laptop to a TV through USB. It will only function if you have specialist software installed on your laptop. The connection to the TV is now relatively simple because many TVs recently created are high-def TVs. They have plenty of USB ports.

Just plug the USB dongle into the USB port on the TV and the USB port on the laptop. If the laptop has the necessary USB software installed, the laptop files can be seen on the TV screen. Simply move your laptop files to the TV's media file, in which you will locate them all. You may use this to see your laptop's images, transfer data, and watch films on the TV screen.

How to Connect Laptop to TV Wirelessly

If you want to link your laptop to a TV but without the hassle of lengthy HDMI cords, wireless video HDMI is a terrific option. Wireless Video HDMI kits normally contain a transmitter that provides a direct link without the need for a business Wi-Fi network to be used.

A wireless video HDMI transmitter and receiver kit do not require Wi-Fi, thus video streaming will not strain your network. The transmitter is connected to your laptop, while the receiver is connected to your television. The transmitter provides a powerful point-to-point signal with a range of 150 feet to the receiver.

Set it up as follows:

  1. Attach the transmitter to the HDMI connector on your laptop. You will need to utilize an HDMI adapter if your laptop doesn't really have an HDMI port.
  2. Plug the receiver into the HDMI port on your television.
  3. Join the power cables.
  4. Turn on the gadgets that will link your laptop to the TV.
  5. Choose the best display choice for your needs from the "Display" options menu on your laptop.

If you're frustrated by your laptop's small screen when working or video chatting with family and friends, consider linking it to your TV for a more convenient and better experience.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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