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How to Connect Laptop to TV

How to Connect MacBook or Window Laptop to TV, LED TV, Smart TV with HDMI, Wireless, Chromecast.

Need a bigger display for your laptop? You can buy a second monitor, but don’t overlook the giant flat screen TV in your living room — the HD or 4K display can do a superb job of serving as a large desktop for your computer. There are a few easy ways to connect your MacBook or Windows laptop to TV.

How to Connect a PC Laptop to A TV

You can connect your laptop to a TV by either a wired or wireless connection.

Connect Your Laptop to A TV with an HDMI Cable

The most straightforward way to connect your laptop to a TV is via HDMI. Simply plug an HDMI cable into your laptop and then plug the other end into an available HDMI port on your TV.

It’ll automatically transfer both audio and video to the TV. This approach is most practical if your laptop has an HDMI port. If it doesn’t, you will need a USB-C-to-HDMI adapter.

Connect Your Laptop to TV Using Chromecast

If you prefer, you can connect your laptop to TV wirelessly via Chromecast.

  • Plug the power cable into the Chromecast.
  • Plug the Chromecast into one of your TV’s available HDMI ports.
  • Plug the Chromecast into a wall outlet.
  • Install the Google Home app on your iOS or Android phone. After it’s installed, start the app and follow the instructions to set up Chromecast on your TV.
  • On your laptop, start Chrome.
  • At the top right, click the three-dot menu and click cast…
  • In the list of available devices, choose your TV. Your laptop’s display should now appear on the TV.

How to Connect a MacBook to A TV

You can connect your MacBook to a TV by a wired, HDMI connection or wirelessly with an Apple TV.

Connect Your MacBook to A TV with an HDMI Cable

Like a Windows laptop, you should be able to connect your Mac laptop into a TV using HDMI. In most cases, you’ll need an adapter to connect the Mac’s Thunderbolt port to HDMI for your TV.

After that, do this:

  • On the Mac, click the Apple logo and then choose System Preferences…
  • In the System Preferences window, click Displays.
  • In the Resolution section, make sure Resolution is set to Default for display.
  • Click the Back arrow at the top of the window and then click Sound.
  • Select your TV’s speakers from the list of audio options.

Connect Your MacBook to A TV Using Apple TV

  • On the Mac, click the Apple logo and then choose System Preferences…
  • Click Displays.
  • At the bottom of the window, click the drop-down menu to the right of Airplay Display and make sure Apple TV is selected.

A four-digit code should now appear on your TV. Enter that code in the Airplay Device Password pop-up window and click OK. The MacBook’s display should now be on your TV.

How to Connect Your Laptop to Your Smart TV Wirelessly

Depending on the type of computer you have, you may be able to ditch the cables and connect wirelessly.

To Connect Your Pc Laptop To Your Smart TV: 

  • Make sure your laptop and TV are both connected to Wi-Fi.
  • On your laptop, go to Settings > System > Display.
  • Under the Multiple displays header, click Connect to a wireless display. You should see a list of available displays.
  • When your TV appears in the list, click on it to connect your laptop.

If you don’t see your TV on the list, click Detect under the multiple displays header. If it still doesn’t appear, you’re TV or laptop may not support Miracast®, the technology that enables the devices to connect wirelessly. However, you may be able to connect your laptop to a streaming device, such as a Roku® streaming device, which you could then use to project the display onto your TV.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Connect My TV To My Laptop Wirelessly?

If you have a personal computer or laptop that has the Microsoft® Windows® 10 operating system installed, you can use the wireless Screen mirroring feature to display or extend your computer screen to a TV compatible with Miracast™ technology.

How Do I Connect My Laptop To My TV With HDMI?

To connect your laptop to your TV with an HDMI cable:
Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI output on your laptop. Plug the other end of the cable into one of the HDMI inputs on your TV. Using the remote control, select the input that corresponds to where you plugged in the cable (HDMI 1, HDMI 2, HDMI 3, etc.).

How Do I Connect My Laptop To My TV Using A USB Cord?

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 this case, connect both devices with a USB Type-C cable and then select the correct input on the TV.

Why Is Screen Mirror Not Working?

The reason why your TV doesn’t mirror your phone can be because your phone may need permission from the TV to mirror. All you can do is, restart your phone and your TV and try connecting again. This is one easy fix to screen mirroring not working.

Do You Need Wifi to Screen Mirror?

You can view the screen of your Android device on a TV by mirroring it without Wi-Fi. You will need to use a DeX cable or a USB-C to HDMI cable for it to work. To do this, follow the steps below: To connect your phone to the TV, plug one end into the HDMI port and the other end go into your phone or smart device.

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