Have you ever wanted to play games or watch movies on a big screen? Well, it can be an excellent experience for you if you have an external monitor or your TV. You can always use your TV screen and connect it to your laptop and play games or watch movies in better and sharp colors. Connecting your computer to a TV screen is not that hard, you just need to have some basic knowledge of connecting computer parts, and you need to have some extra accessories.
There are several straightforward methods that you can use to make your TV display your Laptop screen, and all of the methods are easy to understand and efficient, so it is up to you which way you choose according to your circumstances. Let me clear one thing, you can connect your Laptop screen no matter which type of Operating System it is running on.
How to connect laptop screen to a TV in Windows 10
This method is one of the easiest ways to connect your laptop to a TV screen so that it can provide you the purpose of another screen or dual screen, as you want it to be. For this procedure, you would only need one extra thing, which is an HDMI cable, which you can easily buy from any PC Hardware store near you, and it doesn’t even cost that much.
So follow these steps, and you will be able to connect your laptop to your TV Screen:
- Turn on your Laptop
- Turn on your TV
- Plugin the first HDMI side to a Laptop’s HDMI Port
- Plugin the second HDMI side to the TV’s HDMI port
Now, if you already have enabled the HDMI option on your TV, you might see your Laptop screen on your TV already, but usually, the choice is not allowed, and the users have to do it manually. So follow these steps to make your Laptop screen show on your TV Screen:
- Go to the Input Settings of your TV (By the side buttons or Remote)
- There you might see “TV” as the selected option
- Now you may see other available options in the list
- Select HDMI 1 or HDMI 2 whichever you used to plug in the HDMI Cable
BOOM! Your laptop is now connected to your TV Screen, and now you can enjoy watching movies or playing games on a big screen with high definition colors. Please note that this method can efficiently work on any type of laptop, whether it is a Windows Laptop or Macbook, so you don’t have to worry.
Users always ask and get in the trouble that their laptop screen is not showing on their TV even after enabling the HDMI option from your TV Settings, and this problem occurs typically in a Windows 10 Laptop. Still, I have a solution to this problem, and it will fix your problem:
How to enable Windows 10 to use External Display or TV Screen
Windows 10 has fascinating features and security system, and that is why when an external display or TV is connected to a PC or a Laptop, users would have to enable it manually instead of the mechanical connection. There is nothing to panic about, as this procedure is straightforward and easy to do, just follow these simple steps:
- Go to the settings of your Windows 10
- Go to the Display Settings
- There you will see an option named “Multiple Displays.”
- Click on ‘Detect’ under the ‘Multiple Displays’ option
- The Windows will detect your TV screen or any external display right away
- Now there will be four option for you to use your TV screen or External Display
These four options are mainly these:
- PC Screen Only
- Second Screen Only
Most of the users use the “Extend” feature as it displays the screen on both of your monitors, the screen of the laptop, and the external display or TV Screen. Other than that, you can also select any of the other three options, as per your use.
How to display MacBook screen to a TV
As I have stated earlier, it is elementary to connect any Laptop to a TV screen with an HDMI cable, so you can just follow up on the steps I have mentioned above. But now again, the Operating System of MacBook does not automatically provide the display to the TV Screen. That is why users have to enable it manually from the settings of the macOS. So, to allow your MacBook to display its screen to a TV, follow these steps:
- Go to the Apple Menu where all the options are located
- Select System Preferences
- Select Displays option
- Click on the Arrangement option available in the Displays options
- You will see an option that says “Mirror Display,” tick its box and your Laptop screen will appear on your TV.
- You are good to go
How to solve the Audio problem on TV when connected to the Laptop Screen
This occurrence is the major issue that occurs in both of the Laptops, whether it is a macOS Laptop or a Windows Laptop. But you will just have to do some sort of setting, and the audio will be back on your TV. Settings of Audio are pretty much the same for both of the Operating Systems so that you can follow these steps for both of the devices:
- Go to the Apple Menu/Windows Settings
- Select System Preferences
- Select Audio
- Go to the Output option
- Click on the name of your TV or external screen
By following these steps, the audio of your laptop will be enabled for your TV, and you will be able to hear every sound produced.
Four other ways to display your Laptop screen on a TV
By the “Four” other ways, it means the third-party software and devices that can help you connect your Laptop Screen to your TV wirelessly. A thing to note down is that the below-mentioned software and tools are tested, verified, and secured, so there is no harm to use these ways!
If you want to save your time from the hustle of connecting wires and to sort out its problems, then you will just have to spend some money and buy the Google Chromecast Wireless connectivity device from any trusted store like Amazon. Google Chromecast enables its users to connect their Laptop display to a TV without setting up anything. Users usually just have to plug the Chromecast device into their TV, and from their Chrome Browser installed on the laptop, they can enable the Chromecast to mirror the display on the TV instantly.
Here is a detailed video of Setting Up Google Chromecast that can help you:
You must have heard the word “Air” mostly in Apple’s devices, so that case hasn’t changed yet. Apple developed this device along with its software specifically for their devices. The users require having an Apple TV Box connected to their TV, which could help in the mirroring of the screen. No matter which company your TV Screen is, AirPlay will work for all of the devices, but you can only display the screen of the Apple Devices. The best thing about AirPlay is that the users can mirror or display any of Apple’s device screen, whether it is a MacBook, iPhone, iPad, or anything in particular. Users just have to install their official AirPlay app in their device, and they are ready to connect their device to their TV Screen.
Check out this detailed tutorial to better understand the integration of AirPlay Mirroring:
If you are more into the movies, images, and videos, then there is no better option for you to use Plex to display your laptop screen to your TV. Most of the users use Plex to stream videos and movies with a big library to their TV Screen easily. The only drawback of Plex is that it cannot stream or mirror any other applications and games into your TV screen other than the media files. Plex works in all types of smart TVs, users just have to install their app on the laptop, and Smart TV and Plex will do the rest. Users can use Plex for absolutely free, but to use premium features like DVR, users will have to pay some extra cash to them.
Here is the video explanation of Plex and how it works to stream Media:
We discussed the mirroring of media files in a previous way, and now it’s time to talk about the Games. The most popular gaming store called ‘Steam’ launched its Steam Link device some years back. Steam Link serves as a device to mirror and produce HD quality of Games to display on the TV Screen. Users have to connect to the Steam Link to their TV and pair their controller or Keyboard to it so that the users can play games. Steam Link handles all types of technical issues like Audio and Video automatically as their algorithm sort every bit of the function of it. You just have to install the Steam Link application on your laptop, and your Laptop screen will be connected to your TV in no time.
Here is how you can use Stream Link to play games on your Smart TV:
So these are four ways that enable the users to connect their Laptops to their TV screens wirelessly. Users indeed have to spend some cash to buy these gadgets and adapters to work fully. You might have a question about what if your internet connection is slow? Well, it can affect your stream and mirroring your TV if you have a prolonged internet connection. It is stated that you should have an internet connection of at least 5 Mbps, which is pretty standard for everyone to have that kind of speed in today’s era. If you don’t have that much Internet speed, then spend a few bucks and upgrade your connection already.