DISCOVER
×

How to Connect a Laptop to a HDMI Television

Updated July 20, 2017

If you've ever wanted to enjoy a high definition movie on your HDTV--but the movie only resides on your laptop--you can transfer those super detailed images to your TV screen. With a simple adaptor, you can connect your laptop computer to an HDMI enabled high definition television.

Turn off the HDTV and your laptop.

Connect the HDMI adaptor cable to the laptop's output port. Ensure that the connector is secure in the port.

Connect the HDMI adaptor cable to the HDMI input on your television set. Ensure that the connection is solid and secure, but be careful not to bend any connector pins within the adaptor.

Power on your HDTV first. This allows the Mac laptop to detect the connection between the devices when you power it on.

Turn your Mac laptop on, allowing it to completely boot up. Your Mac will automatically detect the HDTV through the HDMI connection and make the necessary adjustments. In a few moments, you should see the Mac's desktop on the HDTV screen.

Turn off the HDTV and your laptop. This allows both devices to clear any previous settings that may interfere with the connecting process.

Connect the adaptor to the output port on your laptop. Ensure that the connection is solid and secure, but be careful not to bend any connector pins within the adaptor.

Connect the HDMI end of the adaptor to the HDMI input port on your television set, making sure to push it in securely, but gently.

Turn the television on first, allowing it to completely power on. This allows the laptop to recognise the HD signal sent from the HDTV.

Power up the laptop, allowing it to completely boot up. Switch monitor sources by using the laptop's keyboard function keys. Most often, you'll hold down a button marked "Fn" and one of the function keys located at the top of the keyboard. You should now see your laptop's desktop on your HDTV monitor.

Tip

Different laptops come pre-installed with different video adaptor ports. Check which port your computer uses before purchasing an HDMI adaptor to connect to your laptop.

Things You'll Need

  • HDMI connector cable
bibliography-icon icon for annotation tool Cite this Article

About the Author

Aaron King is an award-winning media production specialist with more than 15 years of experience in video, television and new media. An experienced, published writer, King runs a travel and adventure blog, a video production blog and the official blog of a microbrewery. He holds a B.A. from Marist College.