Laptops are designed to be portable and mobile. Therefore, they mostly do not have particularly large displays. This is fine for personal use, but what if you want to share it with multiple people? What if you have to make a presentation for work or school? Or what if you just wanted a bigger screen to watch your movies?

There are several ways you can connect your laptop to your TV, whether it's wired or wireless. Depending on your laptop, there are several ways you can connect it to your TV, depending on your personal preferences.

How to connect a laptop to a TV via HDMI

The easiest way to connect a laptop to a television is to connect it directly. This can be done with an HDMI cable. As long as your TV has an HDMI connection, you can simply connect your laptop to your TV and get started.

But it gets a little difficult here. You need to make sure that your laptop has an HDMI output. Nowadays, many laptops focus on being thin and portable, and as such, many have decided not to include HDMI ports. Some may only come with a DisplayPort, others may use mini HDMI.

If your laptop doesn't have an HDMI port, this isn't the end of the world. You can easily buy a USB to HDMI adapter online that connects the USB end to your laptop, one end of the HDMI cable to the adapter, and the other end to your TV. Once you're connected to your TV:

  1. Turn on your TV
  2. Go to your TV's input settings
  3. Select the HDMI port your laptop is currently connected to
  4. You should now see a mirror of your laptop's display on your TV and you're good to go

How to connect a laptop with USB-C to a television

If your laptop has a USB-C port and your TV also supports USB-C, this is extremely easy. In fact, a USB-C to USB-C connection also means that you can not only connect your laptop to your TV, but also charge your laptop at the same time. You only need a normal USB-C to USB-C cable. Note that this method also works with USB-C monitors.

  1. Turn on your TV
  2. Go to your TV's input settings
  3. Choose the USB port your laptop is connected to and you will be set

Connect a laptop to a TV wirelessly

If cable connections aren't your jam and you hate the idea of ​​plugging and unplugging things, or if you don't want cables all over your floor, a wireless connection may be the answer. There are several ways you can wirelessly connect your laptop to your TV. Here are two of the most popular options.

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If you have an Apple device and your TV supports it, or if you have an Apple TV, you can use AirPlay to connect your MacBook to your TV wirelessly. AirPlay is essentially Apple's own standard when it comes to wireless connectivity. You need to make sure that both your TV and MacBook support this.

  1. Connect your MacBook to the same WiFi network as your TV or Apple TV
  2. In the status bar under macOS you will see a small icon that looks like a monitor / display. Click on it.
    1. If you don't see it, click the Apple icon, go to System Preferences> View, and choose "Show Mirroring Options On Menu Bar When Available".
  3. Select your AirPlay 2 compatible TV from the list. When prompted to enter a passcode, just follow the on-screen instructions
  4. You can also choose to use your TV as a mirror for your laptop or to use it as a secondary display

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If you don't have an Apple laptop or your TV isn't compatible with AirPlay, Google's Chromecast is the next best choice. Similar to AirPlay, however, you need to make sure that your TV supports Chromecast. If it doesn't, you can buy the Google Chromecast dongle and plug it into your TV's HDMI port for Chromecast features.

  1. Turn on your TV
  2. Go to your TV's input settings and select the HDMI port to which the Chromecast dongle is connected
  3. Start Google Chrome and make sure you have the latest version (read our guide on how to update Chrome).
  4. Go to the top right corner of the browser and click on the three-dot symbol
  5. Select Cast and then the device you want to transfer your laptop to
  6. Click the arrow icon and you can choose to transfer either the currently open Google Chrome tab or your entire desktop

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