Connecting your laptop and TV is an easy way to get more from your devices. In doing so you can access your favourite TV programme, iTunes film or YouTube channel. You can also watch TV services like BBC iPlayer, Sky Go and Netflix.
If you don’t have a DVD player you could watch DVDs on your TV by playing them on your connected laptop; or you could view a photo slideshow and display it on your TV screen – perfect for showing off holiday snaps!
To connect your devices look at the ports available on both your laptop and TV. Laptops and TVs made in the last 5 years should have HDMI ports. You will need to purchase a HDMI cable and connect it to both devices to stream video and audio to your TV.
Older devices should come with either an S-Video port or VGA port. You will need to buy and attach the correct cable. These only carry the video signal so plug a speaker into your laptop headphone jack for the best sound.
Once your devices are connected you need to switch your TV to the correct input by pressing the button that controls your AV settings. Scroll through the options until you find your laptop.
Finally, if it isn’t displaying what it should be, go to your laptop display settings and select TV. With Macs you sometimes need to click and drag the window off the right of your screen and it will appear on the TV.