How To Cast Laptop Screen to a Smart TV

Screen mirroring is a wonderful experience and has many benefits. The photos and videos you want to share with anyone, you can easily show to others by casting your laptop or desktop screen to a smart TV.

Watching an enticing experience of casting a screen on TV, today many companies make use of TVs for meetings or presentations.

This feature of screen mirroring or screen casting has become now common on TVs.

We will guide you that how you can cast your laptop or desktop screen on your smart TV.

How To Cast Laptop Screen to a Smart TV?

There are two easy ways to connect the laptop to a TV.

With cables

You can connect your laptop to the TV, using an HDMI cable whether you don’t have a smart TV. Other than casting your screen, you can also use it is as an expanded screen, as a dual-monitor setup.

This is the best thing for multi-tasking while running multiple applications.

You can even drag and drop applications from one screen to another.

  • To connect the laptop to the TV, by using an HDMI cable.
  • Most of the laptops in today’s time have the HDMI cable port.
  • HDMI cables can convey full HD and 4K video and surround audio to the TV.
  • If you don’t have an HDMI port, then can use a VGA (D-Sub) cable.
  • VGA only carries video so you’ll need to use a 3.5mm audio port to send audio from your laptop to the TV, or external speakers.

In the case of the TV not supporting VGA, you’ll have to make use of an adaptor.

  • First, connect the TV to the laptop using the HDMI (or VGA) cable.
  • Change the source of the TV to the HDMI port (or VGA) using the remote control.

Without Cables

Here, the laptop connects to the TV using a feature called Wi-Fi Direct, or Miracast.

This means that you need to have a smart TV that supports screen mirroring using Wi-Fi Direct.

  • Your laptop also needs to support wireless screencasting.
  • The newly launched laptops should support this feature.
  • You can look this up online by checking the features of the processor your laptop uses.
  • With the help of Wi-Fi Direct, both devices can connect directly to each other.
  • Use the TV remote and select the source to Screencasting. It will show a screen with the TV name.
  • On the laptop, press the Windows button and type in ‘Settings’.
  • Then go to ‘Connected devices’ and click on the ‘Add device’ option at the top.
  • The drop-down menu will list all the devices you can cast to. Select your TV and the laptop screen will start mirroring to the TV.

The TV name also gets saved in the connected devices list, so connecting the laptop to the TV in the future is easy.

Apple MacBooks use AirPlay to cast the screen

Your TV requires to support AirPlay though. AirPlay also needs you to connect both devices to the same wireless network.

  • On the Apple Macbook, you can find the AirPlay option under ‘Settings’.
  • Then ‘Display’ other than that, the process is similar to a Windows laptop.

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