Learn how to connect your PC to a TV using an HDMI cable. Connecting your PC to your TV will allow you to view your computer screen on your TV, so you can watch movies or browse the Internet on the big screen. All you need to connect the two devices is an HDMI cable.
Part 1 of 2: Connect your PC to TV
Step 1. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the PC
The HDMI slot is most often behind your processor or video card if you have a desktop computer, or on the side (or back) if you have a laptop.
- Some PCs may have a normal HDMI port, while others will have a mini or MiniDisplay HDMI port.
- For HDMI mini and MiniDisplay cables, one end of the cable should be an HDMI mini or MiniDisplay socket that you can plug into your computer, and the other end should be a full size HDMI socket, to connect to your TV.
- Some computers do not have an HDMI port. For older computers you may need to use a VGA or DVI cable. You can connect them to a TV's HDMI port using an adapter and a separate audio cable. If you have a laptop that does not have an HDMI port or other video output port, you can purchase a USB to HDMI adapter. You may need to install additional software on your PC.
Step 2. Connect the other end of the cable to your TV
Find a free HDMI port on your TV and connect the other end of the cable to it. The ports are usually numbered and the text HDMI appears.
- Take note of the HDMI port you are connecting to.
- Consider purchasing an HDMI cable long enough to connect your PC to your TV. Measure the distance if necessary.
Step 3. Select the HDMI source on the TV with the remote control
Look for a button on the TV or remote that says Source, Input, or something similar. Use this button to select the HDMI port to which you have connected your PC.
- After connecting your PC and TV, the TV will sometimes automatically display what is on your computer screen. If nothing is displayed, use the 2nd method to detect your TV in Windows 10.
- Use the HDMI port numbers to help you find which HDMI source your computer is connected to.
Part 2 of 2: Detect your TV on Windows
Step 1. Click on the Start menu
on your PC.
You will usually find it at the bottom left of your screen. Its icon is the small Windows logo. The Start menu will appear.
Step 2. Click the Settings icon
It is the icon that looks like a gear. It's on the left of the Start menu.
Step 3. Click System
This is the first option in the Windows Settings menu. It's next to an icon that looks like a laptop.
Step 4. Click View
This is the first option in the sidebar menu on the left. Your display settings will then open.
Step 5. Scroll down and click Detect
This is at the bottom of the Display Settings menu. Windows will detect all connected screens.
- Adjust the resolution, if necessary, to look best on your TV. If you have an HD TV, select 1920 x 1080 in the Resolution drop-down menu. If you have a 4K TV, select up to 3840 x 2160 or the highest possible resolution from the Resolution drop-down menu.
- If sound is coming out of your PC or laptop speakers instead of the TV, open the Control panel, select His and find your TV in the Playback tab. If you can't find it, try right clicking on the white space and choosing Show disabled devices.