Connecting your Laptop to your TV
Whether you want to stream your favourite viral videos in all their HD glory, have some work that could use a bigger screen, or want to show your family your holiday snaps on a 40-inch display, connecting your laptop to your television couldn’t be easier – we’ve broken down the different ways of doing this in our handy guide on how to connect your laptop to your TV.
Are you getting the most out of your new Laptops and Televisions? Whether you want to stream your favourite viral videos in all their HD glory, have some work that could use a bigger screen, or want to show your family your holiday snaps on a 40-inch display, connecting your laptop to your television couldn't be easier - we've broken down the different ways of doing this in our handy guide on how to connect your laptop to your TV.
Connect an HDMI lead to your laptop and one of the HDMI ports on the back of your TV (most have several, and are labelled as HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc). You'll then need to select the correct 'source' or 'input' on your TV - choose HDMI 1, or whichever option corresponds to the port you plugged the HDMI cable into.
A note for Mac users…
The majority of newer Apple machines now have HDMI ports built in, but if you're using a slightly older model, your Mac will have a Mini display port instead so you'll need an adapter.
Google's device couldn't be easier to set up - simply plug Chromecast into your TV and connect the USB power cable to both Chromecast and either a power outlet using the power adapter, or into a free USB port on your TV.
Check that your Chromecast and the laptop you are using to set up Chromecast with are on the same Wi-Fi network, then download the Chromecast app on your laptop and follow the setup instructions.
Make sure Airplay is turned on in your Apple TV settings menu. An Airplay menu will appear in the menu bar if an Apple TV is on the same network. When mirroring is turned on, the Airplay Mirroring menu icon will turn blue.
VGA is a video-only lead, so you'll need a 3.5mm audio lead too if you want to watch anything with sound. Connect your VGA cable to both your TV and Laptop, and do the same with the 3.5mm audio jack (from your laptop's headphone port to the 'audio in' on your TV.
Once connected, your TV should mirror your laptop screen automatically; if it doesn't:
There should be a function key which allows you to choose between extending or mirroring your screen. If you're using Windows 7/8, you can right click the desktop to select 'screen resolution', where you'll be able to select your TV display once detected.
Go to 'System Preferences', select 'Displays', then either Detect Displays or the Arrangement tab. Select 'Mirror Displays' by clicking in the tick box, and your laptop and TV screens should show the same picture.