Watch YouTube From the Couch: How to Watch Laptop on TV

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Why stick to a small screen when you can watch your laptop on TV? With the right equipment, you can display video from your laptop on your TV’s larger screen. This is ideal for watching streaming services, YouTube videos, or just using your TV as a large monitor.

Here’s how to watch YouTube on TV from your laptop:

Equipment Required to Watch Laptop on TV

Ports sizes to connect laptop to TV - Digital CareThe equipment you need varies based on the type of TV and laptop you have. If both devices have an HDMI port, connect an HDMI cable between the two devices.

If your TV has an HDMI port, but your laptop only has a Mini DisplayPort, you’ll need an HDMI cable and a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter for your laptop.

If neither device supports HDMI, you have the following options:

  • DVI adapter and cable for video only. You’ll need an audio patch cable with a 3.5 mm end for your laptop’s headphone jack and two ends to correspond with the red and white audio inputs on your TV.
  • VGA is a more common option. You’ll need the same audio cable setup to carry sound.
  • S-video cable is ideal if you have a standard definition TV. Once again, you’ll need a separate audio cable.

Related Read: How to Watch Amazon Prime Video on Any Device

Configure Your Laptop

To watch a laptop on TV, you have to configure the settings from your laptop:

  1. Go to your Start menu, choose Control Panel, and select Display.
  2. Your connection may appear automatically on your TV, but the resolution may not be great. If this is the case, choose Adjust Resolution in your laptop’s Display menu. Select TV from the Display drop down box.
  3. If you don’t see an image at all, choose Change Display Settings from the Display menu. Click Project to a Second Screen.

Other Ways to Watch Laptop on TV

Google Chromecast - Watch laptop on TV - Digital CareIf you have a Wi-Fi connection, an HDMI port on your TV, and a compatible laptop, you can use a streaming stick, such as Google Chromecast (Windows/Android) or Apple TV (Mac/iOS). Neither are quite as reliable as HDMI, but don’t require cables between your devices.

Let us know if you find something good to watch!

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