How to Terminate the HDMI Cable Connection

Updated March 23, 2017

HDMI cables possess the ability to transfer vivid, high-definition video signals in addition to uncompressed multichannel audio signals to your media equipment. Despite the versatility and ability of HDMI cables, you must take care when terminating the HDMI cable connection between your electronic equipment. HDMI cables are not "hot-swappable," meaning that that they cannot be connected or removed without first turning other equipment off. Avoid damage to your equipment by disconnecting your HDMI cable correctly.

Turn off the device on the receiving end of the HDMI cable. If you have a computer or cable box sending HDMI video to a television or monitor, you would turn the television or monitor off.

Turn off the unit sending the HDMI signal to the receiving device. The sending unit could be a computer, cable box, or video game console.

Disconnect the end of the cable that is plugged into the receiving device. Pull the cable directly out of the device; twisting or torquing the cable end can snap the pins in the HDMI cable.

Disconnect the end of the cable that is plugged into the sending device.


Avoid pulling down or to the side when removing your HDMI cable. The pins inside the cable are sensitive to stress, and may break. Electrical surges from "hot-swapping" can ruin your equipment.

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