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How to Connect Laptop to TV (Step by Step Guide)

How to Connect Laptop to TV? It was hard to connect the TV to a Laptop in starting years of laptop and TVs manufacturing, but nowadays, it’s a toy-like thing. Anyone can do this. It’s effortless. But because of different manufacturers, some different settings are set up to make this task possible.

There are several connectors out there that used to connect TVs and Computers. The current one is connecting TV and laptop via HDMI cable. Others are VGAs, Display ports cable, DVI cable, and some converters you can use the oldest connection RCA. And, nowadays, you can share a laptop’s screen with a TV via screen sharing service wirelessly with a tiny USB dongle.

So, here are several ways to connect the laptop to the TV.

Way 1: Connecting Laptop To TV Via HDMI Cable

  • Connect HDMI cable to both TV and laptop.
  • Now, on the TV, select source as HDMI. (If you have a dual HDMI port, select the port you have connected the cable).
  • Now, on the laptop, you hear a device connected sound.
  • After connection success, press the windows key and P and select duplicate to show your current desktop to the TV.
  • You can also extend the screen or use the TV only as a monitor by selecting the second screen only.

Note: if there problems with display resolution, lower display resolution to 1280*720 to support the screen to resolution. Read your TV’s manufacturer’s guide to see maximum supported resolution.

Example: HDTVs are supported max resolution of 1280*720. Full HD TVs can support up to 1920*1080. 4K UHD TVs can support up to 3840*2160 resolutions.

For HDMI Audio (From Laptop To TV)

If your TV is not receiving audio from the laptop, you can do these simple steps:

  • On your laptop, right-click on the sound icon and click on the sounds.
  • Now, under playback, select your TV as a playback device.

Way 2: Connecting Laptop To The TV Via VGA Cable

Before HDMI, there are only VGA connection used to connect the laptop to TVs and projectors. People still use it, but the drawback is No sound and lower resolution. Before this process, set your laptop screen resolution similar to the TV’s resolution to support connection on the TV. If it not solves, you can see an error like an unsupported signal or unsupported resolution.

  • On TV, select source as VGA.
  • Now, connect the VGA connectors on both TV and laptop.
  • On the laptop, press windows key + P and select duplicate to duplicate screen on the TV or you can select extend or set a TV as an only active screen.

For Audio In TV While Using A VGA Cable

Unfortunately, the VGA cable connection supports only video format with minimal resolution. So for the audio playback on the TV, you can use an external sound system or use ''3.5 mm male to male jacks'' to connect audio from laptop to TV.

Way 3: Connecting Laptop To The TV Via DVI Cable

DVI is a newer technology that supports a higher resolution than VGA. Still, very few companies provide DVI connection on the TV. Also, only a few companies provide DVI connectors on laptops, but it is generally more found on personal computers.

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  • On TV, select DVI as a source.
  • Now, connect both with a DVI cable.
  • Now, you will hear a sound after connecting the cable on a laptop that means the cable is connected.
  • Now, on the laptop screen, press ‘’Windows key + P’’, and select duplicate to mirror screen on TV.

Way 4: Connecting Laptop To TV Wirelessly Via Chrome Cast

It is an easy procedure to set up. Just insert your chrome cast dongle in the HDMI port in your TV and make sure it’s connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the laptop.

  • Open Google Chrome browser and click on the menu (three vertical dots), and click on the cast.
  • Now select cast desktop and select nickname from the device list. That’s it.

Note: This is good for still images, presentation and other stationery stuff but not suitable for video playback. For these purposes, you have to use HDMI or other cable connections for better video playback.

Way 5: Connecting Laptop To The TV Via HDMI To VGA Cable/Converter

  • There are lots of brands selling this type of cables and converter.
  • If you are using HDMI to VGA cable, do the same procedure as the above-given steps.
  • If you use HDMI to VGA converter, plug that connector in the laptop’s HDMI port or do an invert procedure. For example, if the TV has HDMI and the laptop has VGA, the plug converter to VGA connects both with HDMI cable.

Note: You can also convert VGA to HDMI by inverting converter or cable.

Way 6: Connecting Laptop To The TV Via VGA To DVI Cable/Converter

  • You can get a VGA to DVI cable or use a converter instead and get a suitable VGA or DVI cable according to compatibility.
  • If the laptop has a DVI port and the TV has a VGA port, there are two possibilities: Use a converter or use a DVI cable or VGA cable.
  • Do the same procedure if the TV has a DVI port and the laptop has a VGA port.

Way 7: Connecting The Laptop To The TV Via HDMI To DVI Cable/Converter

  • You can use an exceptional HDMI to DVI cable in this procedure, or you can use a converter and use your old cable.
  • If the laptop has HDMI and the TV has DVI, use a converter and use your HDMI cable or a special cable.
  • If the laptop has DVI and TV has HDMI: Do the same procedure as above. Just invert the procedure.

So, here are all ways you can use to connect a Laptop to a TV.

Suppose you are buying a converter, then be sure. In that case, it is a good brand because bad manufacturing causes wrong/weird colours on the TV display. Also, be sure to check the refresh rate before connecting the TV to the laptop.

All TV supports 60 Hz of refresh rate, but some TVs can support up to 144 Hz or more. Some users reported that using a converter causes screen colour problems and resolutions problems with your own risk.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Dhruv Joshi

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