Watch Movies and Video from a Laptop on a TV

Watch Movies and Video from a Laptop on a TV Connecting your laptop to TV is actually very easy now. What you need is the right cable, lead or streaming hardware and you'll be watching content from your laptop on your television in a moment. There are many methods to watch movies or videos from a laptop to a TV, but here we'll discuss on two most popular methods. Here is the step-by-step guide, which includes HDMI and VGA methods that will take you through how to connect your laptop to a TV.

What cables do you need to connect a laptop to a TV?
To connect a laptop to a TV, at first you need to take a look at what ports are available on both your laptop and TV. This easiest way to connect the two is with an HDMI cable. Unless your laptop is really old, or was a super-budget model, it should have an HDMI output. Virtually all TVs made in the last six years or so also have HDMI ports. The HDMI port in a Laptop and a TV is highlighted in red below.

Another popular way to connect a laptop to a TV is via a VGA cable and a 3.5mm audio lead. This connects to your laptop's headphone port - one cable each for video and sound. You may only use this method if one or both of your devices do not have an HDMI port. The VGA port in a Laptop and a TV is highlighted in green which is labeled as PC IN on the image below.

HDMI and VGA ports in a Laptop and a TV

How to connect a laptop to TV using HDMI?
Connecting via a HDMI cable is the best and easiest way. HDMI cables are cheap and available everywhere which provide the best quality HD picture and sound. It only requires one lead too, as HDMI handles both video and audio. The steps to connect a laptop to TV using HDMI are as follows:

1. Turn your laptop and TV on.
2. Connect your HDMI lead to both your TV and laptop (any order).
3. Select the correct HDMI input on your TV (usually by pressing the AV button).
4. If your laptop does not automatically output its screen to the TV, go to Control Panel > Display > Adjust Resolution and select the TV in the Display drop down box.

HDMI ports

How to connect a laptop to a TV using VGA?
Another straightforward way to connect them is by using the VGA port on both devices. This is likely to only be an option for those of you with a laptop that is over 4/5 years old. To go through by this way, here is the list of steps:

1. Turn your laptop and TV on.
2. Connect your VGA cable to both your TV and Laptop (any order).
3. Now do the same with your 3.5mm audio jack - use the headphone out port on the laptop and audio in on your TV or speakers.
4. Go to Control Panel > Display > Adjust Resolution and ensure that TV is selected in Display drop down box.

VGA ports

Published on 19 May 2015
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