Many of us spend most of the time on our laptops, whether working, studying, or for entertainment. Spending long hours on a tiny screen can be boring or tiring for some, and they wish for a bigger screen, so they have a broader view of things they are working on. There are many ways you can make this happen. However, not every method seems suitable for every occasion of a person.
The best way to enhance your experience by getting a broad view is by connecting your laptop to your TV, either wirelessly or via HDMI. There are several wired and wireless methods to connect your laptop with your TV, and we have all of the solutions right here. Also, these techniques work for both laptops and desktop PCs.
How to Connect Via Wire?
The most common and easiest way to connect your laptop to a TV is by using connectivity output. You will only need to connect one end of the wire to your TV and the other to your laptop to make it work. If you have older versions of TV or laptop, then it may have VGA, which is not in use anymore in modern devices, so you will need an adapter to make it work. Each laptop and TV model offers different connecting output options, and you need to work depending on the given output options.
If your laptop has a standard HDMI, then you are lucky because you will only need a cable to connect your laptop to your TV directly. However, if your laptop supports mini HDMI output, buy an adapter with a standard HDMI port on one end for connecting to your TV. You just need to connect one end of the port to your laptop and the other to the TV to convert the TV into a mirroring display or make it a secondary desktop.
Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, or Mini DisplayPort:
As you may be wondering, what to do if my laptop does not have an HDMI output? Modern laptops are sleek thin that leaves no room for an HDMI to fit, or they are going minimal with only a few ports. You can still connect those laptops with your TV, will need a converter only. Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort are the common ports you will see in modern laptops. They also work as an HDMI output. You just need a converter with Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, or Mini DisplayPort output on one side and an HDMI on another side. Plug the side that supports your laptop and an HDMI to your TV to make a connection.
Some laptops only have USB-C port availability for connectivity, and it will work fine too. Just buy the right adapter that is compatible with your laptop and TV.
Wireless Vs. Wired
Distance between devices can range from 10-30 meters
|Distance between devices is limited to wire length|
Connectivity without any hassle of wires
Better and faster connectivity
Flexibility in movement due to no length restriction
Cannot move your laptop due to wire length
|Includes all necessary components required||
May require adapters to establish a connection
How to Connect Wirelessly?
If the wired connectivity isn’t for your then you can connect your Windows, Chrome, and Apple laptops to your TV wirelessly just by using a built-in tool. Below are the methods that will help you convert your TV into a monitor wirelessly.
Miracast – Windows OS
Miracast is a built-in feature in Android and Windows OS devices that allows you to mirror your laptop’s screen onto your TV. However, to connect your TV, it must support Mircast. Many TV’s support Miracsast and especially Roku Streamers. If it does not support then you can buy a wireless display adapter for the method to work.
One drawback is that it is not fully developed like Airplay because sometimes it works and sometimes does not. You might have difficulty connecting it with your TV as an unknown error occurs and it fails to work. We recommend only buying Miracast hardware if you do not have any other options and your TV will be compatible.
Chromecast – Chrome OS
If you have a Chromebook, then you can connect wireless to your TV using Chromecast or a wireless adapter. If you have any other laptop, you can still use the Chromecast feature from the Chrome browser, but it is compatible for few devices only, and it will only show the contents on the browser, nothing else. Moreover, you can use it to see content from specific apps like Youtube or Netflix on your TV. It does not categorize as screen mirroring but more like extending your display to a bigger screen.
AirPlay – Mac OS
If you are using a Mac, then you can connect your laptop to your TV using AirPlay Mirroring. It requires an Apple TV box and compatible TV from Sony, Samsung, Vizio, or LG. If you hook up an Apple TV box, you can easily mirror your laptop display on your TV. However, if you have Apple, TV, you do not need an extra box and just connect directly from your Mac devices.
How do I connect my PC to my smart TV wirelessly?
You can connect your PC to your smart TV wireless by using the built-in tool on your PC. If you have Windows then use Miracast, Chrmorecast for Chromebooks, and Airplay in Apple laptops. You can use any of the methods depending on your laptop to make your TV into an extended screen or secondary desktop. If your TV does not support wireless connectivity then buy a compatible wireless adapter to make things easier.
How do I cast my laptop to my TV?
You can cast your laptop display either using wired outputs or using built-in tools for wireless connectivity. Attach an HDMI cable to your laptop and TV to make a connection to use your TV as your monitor. Otherwise, use built-in features like Miracast for Windows, Chromecast for Chromebook, and Airplay for Mac laptops to cast the screen on the TV.
Why can’t I connect my laptop to my TV wirelessly?
Firstly, you need to make sure your TV supports wireless connectivity and if it is correct then check other options. Establish a connection using a suitable option available and if it does not work, then restart the TV and connect again from your laptop after removing previous devices from the wireless display list. The most common issues you will face are that your TV isn’t compatible, a fault in the wireless adapter, an issue with the built-in software, or internet connectivity issues.