How to Connect a Laptop To a TV


If you want to make really good use of your television, you have a range of options that’ll allow you to connect your mobile or your laptop to your TV and take advantage of its big screen. Find out how to connect the television with a laptop or a Smartphone – wirelessly or with cables.

  • If you have a smart TV with support for DLNA media streaming, then you can send movies, photos, and other media files directly to it without the need for any additional hardware – just locate the right app on your TV to receive the content. You'll also need a suitable app (like the AllCast) for your laptop or mobile that will allow you to send or stream content using DLNA. The app will let you display locally stored media as well as media hosted on another local DLNA server or in the cloud.
  • If your TV isn't smart, you can purchase a smart box like Apple TV or Google Chromecast, which will plug into your TV via an HDMI port. This will allow you to stream media as well as mirror your laptop or Smartphone’s display on the big screen.

If you'd prefer to have a cable connection, HDMI is the best solution as it supports both audio and video (HD and beyond). All you need therefore is an HDMI cable to connect the TV and the laptop. For most laptops, any HDMI cable will do.

  • The latest MacBook models require a USB Type-C adapter to connect them to your TV. Apple has a Digital AV Multiport Adapter, but if you want a simple USB-C to HDMI connection at HD quality, you can buy a more affordable adapter.
  • MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros have Thunderbolt ports that double up as Mini DisplayPorts. This means you need a USB-C to DisplayPort cable. Just make sure it supports 4K resolutions.
  • If you don't need HD video – if you're connecting to an older television, for example – then the best option is to use the S-Video port. It only carries the video signal. You'll need to hook up a separate audio cable (typically from your laptop's 3.5mm headphone jack) to the audio inputs on your TV.
  • Your TV will need one of two things: either separate S-Video and phono audio ports or a SCART socket. You'll then need an S-Video cable of suitable length along with a separate audio cable. If necessary, purchase a SCART adapter to connect both sets of cables to your TV.
  • Modern laptops do not have an S-Video port. If this is the case, you'll need to use the laptop's VGA port instead. This is a practical solution if your flat-screen TV has a VGA port included – a standard VGA cable coupled with an audio cable will be sufficient. You may even be able to view HD content this way.

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