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How to use Smart TV as a computer monitor

Many people want to have a big screen to watch movies or play games, your Smart TV will help you to satisfy your need.

How to use Smart TV as a computer monitor on Windows

Determine how your computer can connect to the TV

On the back of your computer, you’ll see multiple ports and connectors. Video connectors you may find near the USB, speaker, and Ethernet connections, or there also may be separate graphics cards further down the back of the computer. There are three main connectors that you want to look for on your computer:

  • HDMI – This is the current standard for connecting HD devices, and most modern computers will have an HDMI port on the back. HDMI may be used for both picture and audio. The HDMI port looks like a longer USB port.
  • DVI – This is a digital connection where pins are used. DVI connectors are rectangular and have three rows of eight pins each. DVI only transfers the image signal.
  • VGA – This is the old standard for connecting display devices. It’s a trapezoidal connection with 15 pins arranged in three rows, and is typically blue. Avoid using this connection if you have access to DVI or HDMI, as VGA is the lowest-quality. VGA only transfers the image signal, and cannot display HD images.

Determine how your TV can connect to the computer

After you have known about the types of connections that are supported by your computer, you should find out what types of connections are supported by your TV. Most TVs have input ports on the back of the TV, though some have ports along with one of the sides.

Most modern HDTVs have one or more HDMI ports, so this is the least complicated way to connect, and also provides you with an opportunity to have the best quality. HDMI is the only connection method is able to transfer both audio and video using only one cable.

DVI is not as common anymore, but it’s still used on many HDTVs and standard-definition TVs.

VGA is typically not available on HDTVs but can be found on standard-definition TVs.

Note the input label on your TV

This will let you choose the correct input when switching to your computer’s display.

Get the right video cable for your preferred connection.

 You may be confused while buying a cable, as companies often throw buzzwords around to make their cables seem better than the competition. Most people won’t notice the difference between a cheap and an expensive cable. If you’re buying HDMI, the cable either works or it doesn’t, so a $5 cable will result in the same quality as an $80 cable.

  • If you don’t have a matching connector on both your computer and your TV, you should buy an adapter. For instance, in case you have a DVI connector on your computer but only have an HDMI port on your TV, you may buy a DVI-to-HDMI adapter or cable. In this way , the HDMI wouldn’t transfer any audio since DVI doesn’t support audio.

Connect your computer to your TV using your cable.

 If you want to connect HDMI to HDMI, you won’t need any other cables. An audio cable is required in case if you’re connecting using a different method.

  • To connect an audio cable from a laptop, you will need a 3.5mm audio cable and then it can be connected to the Headphone jack on your laptop. Use the green audio jack on the back of the computer, which may be found on the desktop. When connecting the audio cable to the TV, you may be able to use a single 3.5mm audio plug or the stereo (RCA) 2-plug cable.
  • If you’re using VGA to connect, your computer and TV should be switched off first. For DVI and HDMI, you don’t need to worry about turning your equipment off.

Switch your TV to the correct input

Make sure to choose the right input that you connected the cable to on your TV. Most TV remotes have an “Input” or “Source” button that will allow you to choose.

Switch your computer to the TV’s display

You can do it in several methods. It will depend on the type of computer that you’re using.

On many laptops, you may find a “Display” key that is used to switch between the displays that are connected. You should click the Fn key in order to access it, and it may just have a symbol instead of the word “Display”.

If you have Windows 7 and later, you should click on the Windows key + P to open the Project menu. Then, you can choose the display mode which you want to use (computer, TV, extended desktop, or duplicate displays).

In any version of Windows, you can right-click on the desktop and select “Screen Resolution” or “Properties”. The “Multiple displays” menu will allow you to select between the different display modes (computer, TV, extended desktop, or duplicate displays).

Hope the article was helpful for you.

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