Laptops have become extremely common these days and offer simple mobile computing experience to users. Laptops can be used for watching movies, playing games and other work purposes, almost every modern laptop these days comes with a built-in HDMI port allowing you to mirror the display to a larger screen such as your TV. There are several ways in the laptops these days allowing you to cast your display to modern Smart TV wirelessly.

In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to connect your laptop to a TV so that you stream Netflix, games, or your vacation photos on the big screen. There are quite a few ways to do it but in this article, we focus on the most commonly used methods. This right method might vary based on the abilities of your TV, ports available on your TV and Laptop, and the content you are streaming.

Connect Your Laptop To TV Using HDMI Cable:
This is the simplest and easiest way to connect your laptop to a TV, you will need a simple HDMI cable to get the job done, it can be easily purchased online for about Rs 500. HDMI supports both Audio and High-resolution video so it is great for streaming your favorite shows or games. For this solution to work, both your Laptop and your TV need to have an HDMI port. Unless your laptop or your TV is super old, there’s a good chance that both have it on board.

To connect, turn on both the devices and connect them using an HDMI cable and select the correct HDMI input on your TV with the remote to start displaying. These days, smaller laptops have a micro HDMI or a mini HDMI port to save space, so you might need an adaptor or a different cable which can be easily purchased online or in offline stores.

In most cases the connection is established automatically, in case it doesn’t work, go to Settings and open the System tab and choose display. Make sure the settings are configured properly so that the resolution will match the resolution of the TV, then press the Windows and P keys to select the “Duplicate” option to mirror the display

Step-by-step Instructions:
Connect your laptop to the TV with an HDMI cable.
Turn on the Laptop and the TV.
Select the correct HDMI input on the TV based on the connection with the remote.

Connect Your Laptop To TV Using VGA Cable
If you have an older laptop or a TV, then you’ll likely have a VGA port on them instead of an HDMI port. VGA is older and isn’t as good as HDMI due to the lower resolution and lack of support for audio. In this case, you will need an additional cable for audio.

Turn on your TV and the Laptop and connect them using a VGA cable for video output and an additional 3.5mm cable for audio output. Now press the input button on the remote and select the VGA option which is called AV in some cases, now select PC or RGB option from the list and your mirroring should be successful.

Step-by-step instructions:
Connect both the devices with a VGA cable.
Connect the laptop to the TV with a 3.5mm audio cable.
Turn on the Laptop and the TV.
Select either the PC or RGB input on the TV with the remote
Connect your Laptop to TV using USB Type-C
If your laptop is pretty new, then it is likely to have a USB Type-C port. You can connect your laptop directly to the TV If the TV also supports USB Type-C input. In such a case, you can grab any supported USB Type-C cable and connect both the devices with it, then select the correct input on the TV. It should be noted that not all USB Type-C cables carry a video signal so it is better to check for compatibility before you buy.