How to connect a VCR to a TV

How to connect a VCR to a TV
How to connect a VCR to a TV
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While VCRs are now considered obsolete technology, it is still possible to plug them into most televisions with a coaxial cable or a series of AV cables. If your VCR does not support coaxial cables and your television does not support AV, you can use an RCA-to-HDMI adapter to connect them with AV cables and an HDMI cable.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Use a coaxial cable

Hook Up a VCR to a TV Step 1

Step 1. Find a coaxial port on your television and VCR

The coaxial port looks like a metal cylinder with a small hole in the middle. However, if your television is quite old, it might just have a small circular hole in the back.

  • Both the TV and VCR must have a coaxial port for this method to work.
  • If your television or VCR does not have a coaxial port, you can use AV cables to connect your VCR.
Hook Up a VCR to a TV Step 2

Step 2. Purchase a coaxial cable

Coaxial cables have the same connector on both sides (a hollow metal cylinder with a plug in the middle) and often have a ring on each end to strengthen the attachment to the port.

If you don't have a coaxial cable, you can buy it on the Internet or at an electronics store

Hook Up a VCR to a TV Step 3

Step 3. Turn off and unplug your television

This will prevent you from damaging it or hurting yourself while you connect the VCR.

Hook Up a VCR to a TV Step 4

Step 4. Connect one end of the coaxial cable to the VCR

It should plug directly into the coaxial port on the back of the VCR.

  • You can tighten the cable to secure it securely to the VCR.
  • On the VCR you will see something like "TO TV" written under the coaxial port.
Hook Up a VCR to a TV Step 5

Step 5. Connect the other end of the cable to the TV

Once again, it should plug directly into the back of the television.

Tighten this cable if possible

Hook Up a VCR to a TV Step 6

Step 6. Plug your VCR into an electrical outlet

Insert the VCR's power cable into an electrical outlet (wall outlet or surge protector).

If your VCR's power cable is not permanently connected, you will need to plug it into the back of your device first

Hook Up a VCR to a TV Step 7

Step 7. Reconnect and turn on your television

The VCR should also turn on. If so, skip the next step.

Hook Up a VCR to a TV Step 8

Step 8. Turn on your VCR

Press the VCR's power button to turn it on.

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Step 9. Select channel 3 or 4

Use the channel “+” or “-” buttons on your television or remote control to select channel 3 or 4. The channel used varies from TV to TV, but you'll know it's the right one when. you will see the blue screen of the VCR.

  • On some VCRs, the channel must be selected on the VCR itself before a tape can be played.
  • To play a VHS tape with your VCR, simply insert the tape and press Play.

Method 2 of 2: Use AV cables

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Step 1. Purchase AV cables

AV cables are cables with 3 red, white and yellow connectors typically used to connect old tech equipment to televisions.

  • The red and white cables transmit the sound.
  • The yellow cable transmits the image.
  • If you don't have AV cables, you can buy them on the Internet or at an electronics store. Their price is relatively affordable.
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Step 2. Find the AV inputs on your television

Usually the red, white, and yellow ports are on the back of the television, but on older models they are on the front.

  • If you find red and white inputs, but no yellow inputs, look for a green input with the word "Video" next to it. If your television has one, you can still use the AV cables.
  • If your television does not have an AV input, you will need to purchase an RCA-to-HDMI (not HDMI-to-RCA) adapter and an HDMI cable.
Hook Up a VCR to a TV Step 12

Step 3. Turn off and unplug your television

Unplug your television so as not to damage it or hurt yourself while you are connecting the VCR.

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Step 4. Connect the AV cables to the VCR

Plug the white cable into the white port on the back of the VCR, the red cable into the red port, and the yellow cable into the yellow port.

Some VCRs only support mono sound. That means you will only have a white or red port in the back. Leave the unused cable unplugged

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Step 5. Connect the other end of the AV cables to the television

Look for a harness of red, white, and yellow input ports and connect the cables to the corresponding ports.

  • Make sure all 3 cable connectors are in the same area, row or column. These locations are generally numbered.
  • If you are using an RCA-to-HDMI adapter, do the following: Connect the AV cables to the colored ports on the adapter, one end of the HDMI cable into the RCA adapter, the other end into the HDMI port on the television and the adapter power cable into a power source (eg an electrical outlet).
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Step 6. Connect your VCR to a power source

Insert the VCR's power cable into an electrical outlet. A wall outlet or surge protector will do the trick.

If the VCR's power cable is not permanently attached, you will need to plug it into the corresponding input on the VCR first

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Step 7. Reconnect and turn on your television

If your VCR turns on when the TV turns on, skip the next step.

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Step 8. Turn on your VCR

Press the power button to turn on your VCR.

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Step 9. Change your television input if necessary

If your television is not already configured to use the AV input, press the "Input" or "Source" button until you open the AV setting. You should now be able to use your VCR.

To play a tape on your VCR, insert it and press the play button

Advice

  • If you are using a receiver to connect all of your television's inputs, you can connect the VCR to the receiver rather than to the TV. Most of these devices should allow you to use HDMI and AV.
  • Some televisions and VCRs support S-video cables which are better alternatives to the yellow AV (video) cable.

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