How To Connect Your Laptop To Your TV With HDMI and RCA Cables!

Have you ever wanted to watch your favorite media on your big screen television? Well it’s a lot easier to do than you might realize. In fact, we’re going to break down how you can watch anything that you’ve downloaded on T.V. into some very easy to follow steps. Thanks to the internet it’s never been easier to watch so many different kinds of entertainment. So there’s no reason that you should be restricted to a tiny laptop screen. Even if you don’t know the difference between HDMI or USB you’ll be able to this. So let’s get started!


These days most laptops and digital devices have an HDMI port. In fact, they may also include an HDMI cable with the accessories that you computer came with. The HDMI port is a 19-pinhole port that is shaped like a trapezoid. On most devices it’s located on the side of the computer. In fact, many models also label that port so that you can easily locate it. The good news is that most Televisions also come with an HDMI port. That means its relatively easy to connect your laptop to your television!

HDMI Cable
HDMI Cable

Step 1 – Connect The Laptop To Your Television

Take your HDMI cable and plug it into your laptop. Next take the other end of your cable and connect it to your televisions matching port. This is the easiest part and should only take a few  seconds.

Step 2 – Make Adjustments To Your Laptop settings.

The next thing you will need to do is to make some minor adjustments to your laptop settings. Don’t worry these are very easy and your laptop is actually made to do this. On a Windows laptop open the “Control Panel”. Next click on Adjust Screen Resolution. Windows should locate your TV and present it as video output option. Just click on it and then select “Extend the Desktop to this monitor”. Now finally, click apply. Viola! Your windows desktop should now appear on your television monitor!

(* Tip – If this doesn’t work then press the FN (Function) key while pressing F8. This should automatically toggle your Windows desktop to your Television screen).

What If I My Television (or Laptop) Doesn’t Have An HDMI Port?

RCA Cable
RCA Cable

Older electronic devices may not have an HDMI port, but should have whats called a VGA (Video Graphics Array) port. In fact most older televisions have this VGA port located in the back. Unlike the HDMI port VGA will only transmit video signals.  So you will need to have 3.5mm Stero-to-phono audio cables as well as a VGA cable.  After you hook up the VGA cable, look for the two stereo connections. These should be located on the back of your TV set. They are usually red and white connectors that may be labeled “RCA“. Using your 3.5mm audio cables connect your laptops audio output to your TV’s stereo input!

Stop Reading And Get Started!

As you can see it really is very easy to watch your favorite videos and movies on your Television. There are also other options including wireless and USB connections. Check with your local electronics store and find out what the best option may be for you!

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