How to Connect a Laptop to a TV & Show Pictures on the TV

Updated February 21, 2017

Digital cameras make it easy for you to share you photos with friends and family. If you have a laptop computer, you can show your friends and family photos directly on the computer screen. However, this screen can be small and limiting if you are trying to share your pictures with a large group of people. If you want to view digital photos on a larger screen, you can connect your laptop to your TV.

Connect the video cable to your laptop computer. You'll first need to determine what video cable you need to use. If your laptop has an HDMI port, use an HDMI cable as this provides you with the highest quality connection. If you computer has an S-video port, use an S-video to RCA cable. The quality of S-video isn't as clear as HDMI, but it's better than VGA. If your laptop has a VGA port, use a VGA to RCA cable.

Insert the opposite end of the video cable into your TV's video input port. This port can be found on the sides or the back of your TV. Sometimes a TV will have RCA inputs on the front of the TV as well. Write down or take a mental note of the input name you've connected your laptop to.

Change the input on your TV to the input port you've connected your computer into. Press the "TV/Video," "Input" or "Source" button on your remote to change the input source.

Activate the video output source on your laptop computer. Most laptops have hot keys that allow you to do this. Press the "FN" and "LCD/CRT" buttons on your keyboard. The "LCD/CRT" button is one of the "Function" keys at the top of the keyboard.

Open your digital pictures on your computer. You are now able to view pictures from your laptop on your TV.

Things You'll Need

  • VGA to RCA cable
  • HDMI cable
  • S-Video to RCA cable
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Art Corvelay is a freelance writer for demand studios who has been writing and editing for five years. He holds a Ph.D. in technical communication and teaches courses in writing and editing at the university level.