How to Connect Windows 10 to a TV

Good day to all! And so, we have another interesting and voluminous question. How to connect Windows 10 to a TV. Immediately a few thoughts come to mind. First of all, for convenience, probably the surest way is DLNA. This technology allows you to plays, browse: photos, listen to music that is on your computer or laptop. On the TV.

In this case, the computer or laptop, like the TV, must be connected to the same network. Over, the connection can be both via cable and Wi-Fi. But once again, both devices must be connected to the same router network.

The second method is not very convenient, but probably the easiest in technical terms and in setup. This is a normal direct connection via an HDMI cable. There is nothing complicated there, but in the article I will tell you exactly this way. There is no difference: which Windows you have: 7, 8 or 10. The instruction is suitable for all OSs.

  1. Windows DLNA server when connected via Wi-Fi and cable
  2. Connection and setup via HDMI
  3. No sound

Windows DLNA server when connected via Wi-Fi and cable

Almost all modern TVs support DLNA technology, which allows you to watch movies from your computer on your TV. The point is that the TV and computer are connected to the same network. Then on the computer it is “shared” or in another way, a shared folder is made. This is necessary so that other network devices can see this folder. That is, so that the TV can play and view the files that are in it. There are two ways.

The first way is to use standard Windows tools and configure the DLNA server yourself. The second way is to use special programs that come from the TV manufacturer. There really is no difference. I already described both of these methods in a detailed article here. There, with an example and with pictures, I talk in detail about the connection. Do not look that the word “Wi-Fi” is in the name. In fact there is no difference how exactly you will be connected to the router: by cable or wirelessly.

If you have a LG TV, then you are welcome to this article. There I talk about the original official SmartShare program, which is easily and quickly configured.

There is another way. This is the use of Miracast WIDI technology. According to her, my colleague wrote in this article. The technology does not work stably in some cases, but sometimes it is much more convenient than the ones I mentioned above. The main problem in Miracast is that not all laptops support it, and the connection is directly via WiFi.

Connection and setup via HDMI

  1. We take the cable of the desired length and connect it to one of the inputs on our TV set. The most important thing is to connect to the desired input. If possible, look for the input with the name “PC” or “IN” and paste there.
  1. And of course, the second end must be inserted into the same port on the laptop. Fortunately there are not many. See that he fits tightly in the groove and does not fall out.
  1. Now on the TV you need to select the desired input. To do this, take the remote control and select the appropriate button. It is usually called as “INPUT”.
  1. You should, in theory, immediately see the image of the laptop screen on the TV.
  1. If this does not happen, then on the computer, simultaneously press the “Win” keys (located between “Ctrl” and “Alt”) and the English “P”. Next, just select one of the options. The best options are Repeatable and Second Screen Only.

If there is no image, then check that you are correctly connected to the TV. Some models have separate input ports labeled “IN”. You can also try all the possible inputs on both the TV and laptop. If this does not help, then we go to my article on solving this problem at this link.

No sound

  1. Find the speaker icon in the lower right corner of the screen and go to “Playback devices”;
  1. In the “Playback” tab should be all possible devices. There should be your TV with the name. Right-click and then select “Use by default.” The connection may not have the name of the TV, but the number of the HDMI port.

If there is no sound or there is no such connection, then most likely there is a problem with the drivers on the card. For this reason, I already left the last link in the previous chapter. The problem with the image and sounds is solved there, so it is better to go there. But you can also ask your questions in the comments.

The Windows 10 update (1607) introduced several new applications, one of which, “Connect,” allows you to turn your computer or laptop into a wireless monitor using Miracast technology (see this topic: How to connect a laptop or computer to a TV over Wi-Fi).

That is, if you have devices that support wireless broadcast of image and sound (for example, an Android phone or tablet), you can transfer the contents of their screen to your Windows 10 computer. Next, how it works.

Broadcast from a mobile device to a Windows 10 computer

All you need to do is open the “Connect” application (it can be found using Windows 10 search or just in the list of all programs in the Start menu). After that (while the application is running), your computer or laptop can be detected as a wireless monitor from devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network and supporting Miracast.

Update 2018: despite the fact that all the steps described below continue to work, new versions of Windows 10 have enhanced options for setting up broadcasting to a computer or laptop via Wi-Fi from a phone or other computer. Read more about the changes, features and possible problems in a separate instruction: How to transfer an image from Android or a computer to Windows 10.

For an example, let’s see how the connection will look on an Android phone or tablet.

How to Connect Windows 10 to a TV

First of all, both the computer and the device from which the broadcast will be performed must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network (update: the requirement in the new versions is not mandatory, just turn on the Wi-Fi adapter on two devices). Or, if you do not have a router, but the computer (laptop) is equipped with a Wi-Fi adapter, you can turn on the mobile hot spot on it and connect to it from the device (see the first method in the instructions How to distribute Internet via Wi-Fi from a laptop on Windows 10). After that, in the notification curtain, click on the “Broadcast” icon.

If you are informed that no devices were found, go to the broadcast settings and make sure that the search for wireless monitors is turned on (see the screenshot).

Select the wireless monitor (it will have the same name as your computer) and wait while the connection is established. If everything goes well, you will see a screen image of the phone or tablet in the “Connect” application window.

For convenience, you can enable landscape orientation of the screen on your mobile device, and open the application window on your computer in full screen.

Additional Information and Notes

Having experimented on three computers, I noticed that this function does not work well everywhere (I think it is connected with equipment, in particular, a Wi-Fi adapter). For example, on a MacBook with Boot Camp Windows 10 installed, it failed to connect at all.

Judging by the notification that appeared when you connected your Android phone. “A device that projects an image through a wireless connection does not support touch input using the mouse of this computer,” some devices should support this input. I assume that these can be smartphones on Windows 10 Mobile, i.E. For them, using the “Connect” application, you can probably get a “wireless Continuum”.

Well, about the practical benefits of connecting the same Android phone or tablet in this way: I did not come up with one. Well, maybe bring some presentations to work on your smartphone and show them through this application on a large screen that is controlled by Windows 10.