How to connect a computer to a television with an HDMI cable

How to connect a computer to a television with an HDMI cable
How to connect a computer to a television with an HDMI cable
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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.

Steps

Part 1 of 2: Connect your PC to TV

Connect PC to TV with HDMI Step 1

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.
Connect PC to TV with HDMI Step 2

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.
Connect PC to TV with HDMI Step 3

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

Connect PC to TV with HDMI Step 4

Step 1. Click on the Start menu

Windowsstart

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.

Connect PC to TV with HDMI Step 5

Step 2. Click the Settings icon

Windowssettings

It is the icon that looks like a gear. It's on the left of the Start menu.

Connect PC to TV with HDMI Step 6

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.

Connect PC to TV with HDMI Step 7

Step 4. Click View

This is the first option in the sidebar menu on the left. Your display settings will then open.

Connect PC to TV with HDMI Step 8

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.

Advice

  • 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.

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