Sometimes, we all just think to ourselves, “maybe the screen size just isn’t enough,” and rightfully so. Maybe you want to show a film to your friends, have a PowerPoint presentation needed to be shown in front of the class, or maybe the screen is just too small for your precise aim in your online games. For some of us, having the sweet, larger screen real estate is a must-have.
You can connect your Chromebook to your TV, or any other display screen in particular, in many ways. From HDMI to wireless, to other means by using adapters; with just a short trip to the gadget store, or maybe even a short rummaging session in your stash of unused items, you are able to connect your Chromebook to your TV in no time.
How to Mirror Chromebook to the TV
Chromebooks can be connected in so many ways on your TV. The basic type of wire you can use is the very common HDMI. Here are the steps in order to have it connected to your TV:
- Find the HDMI port of your TV. In most cases, these can be found at the back or on the side of your TV. Look for a rectangular-shaped port that has a curved shape on the top.
- Plug the HDMI cable into the TV.
- Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into your Chromebook.
By this point, you just have to mirror the Chromebook to your external display, which is in this case, the TV. Here are the steps:
- Select the time on your Chromebook. This can be found in the bottom right corner of your screen.
- Select “settings.”
- Select the “Device” section, and then go to “Displays.”
- Click on “Mirror built-in display.” It will only appear when your Chromebook detects that it’s connected to your TV. By this point, you’re all set!
How to Connect Chromebook to TV Without HDMI
Oh, in case that I haven’t said it yet, aside from the HDMI, there are 3 more common options to connect your Chromebook to your TV.
We have the classic VGA, the video card-friendly DVI, and the futuristic DisplayPort. The tricky part here is getting the right adapters. Some might be unfit for your purposes and will not serve as a reliable means of display processing.
Unreliable adapters will cause lag, quality issues, or they might not even work at all and will cost a lot of money. Here are tips in order to buy the right cables and adapters for your devices:
- Avoid adapters that have weird prices. Too cheap or too expensive adaptors should be avoided because you’ll either be ripped off, or you won’t be able to use it properly.
- Buy from trusted brands and stores. When you’re only able to buy from stores that aren’t known, be sure to look for the comments of the previous buyers of their products. Negative or dodgy reviews mean a no-go.
Once we have this done, we can move on with actually connecting these cables to the TV. For VGA, DVI, and DisplayPort, you will have to use an adapter if your Chromebook has no port for them there. If there is a port available for that type of wire, then just connect it normally as you would an HDMI. If not, then:
- Plug the adaptor into your TV. You can use USB-C to DisplayPort adapters as an example if your Chromebook only supports USB-C but your TV supports another type of display cable.
- Connect your display cable to the adapter and into your Chromebook on the other side.
- Check if the connection from the Chromebook to the TV has been established. The “Mirror built-in display” setting will come up if the Chromebook detects the TV.
How do I Connect Chromebook to TV Wirelessly?
Sometimes, going wireless is just plain better. Minimal wiring and therefore less clutter. With this one, you will need one more device, the Chromecast. Once you have it on you, we’re all set! Here are the steps:
- Turn your TV on.
- Plug your Chromecast into your TV.
- Keep on pressing the “input” button on your TV remote until the screen for Chromecast pops up.
- Sign in to your Chromebook using your account.
- Afterwards, there should be individual steps to follow that show up on your TV. All you have to do is do these steps and you’re all set!
Here is an example of a display adapter. In this case, the output plug is the USB type C and the input is the HDMI port. These are generally used when the device only accepts a specific type of port that the TV does not have. These are your typical HDMI cables.
On most Chromebooks, HDMI is the easiest means of display data transfer as most TVs have it as well. It does not need any adapters unless you want to convert the HDMI into another type of cable, in which case you will have to use one.
What type of display port is common with Chromebooks?
The most common will be HDMI. Other ports that are also sometimes seen on the Chromebook are VGA, DVI, and DisplayPort.
Can Chromebooks run at 144fps?
In a nutshell? Yes. You will need very good specs for your Chromebook, though. You will also have to change the display refresh rate of the Chromebook itself in the settings. Having 144fps will be very power-consuming, and watch out for overheating as well!
If you’re wondering how and in what way to connect your trusty Chromebook to your TV, then you’ve got it! There are more than several ways to connect your device to your TV, whether with many types of display wires, adaptors, or even going full wireless! After all, every pixel counts, so why not expand your screen by adding more?