How Do I Display Images From a USB Drive to an LCD TV?

Updated February 21, 2017

Most liquid crystal display (LCD) television sets are equipped with a USB port on the edge or the back of the cabinet for quick connections with AV components. The port can also be used to attach a USN flash drive (memory stick) with stored data on the drive. A USB drive loaded with stored images can be connected to the LCD TV in seconds for displaying a slideshow of pictures, for example, by using the TV remote control.

Insert the USB drive into a free USB Upstream or Input port on the LCD television.

Turn on the TV and press the "Input" button repeatedly until the connected USB drive displays on the screen, then press "Enter." For example, the display might be "USB Input 1."

Use the up and down arrow keys to highlight and select the USB drive by pressing "Enter."

Press the left and right arrow keys to advance through the images stored on the USB drive.


Be sure to use the Upstream or Input port for receiving data. The Downstream or Output ports are for sending signals from the LCD TV to another device.

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James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.