By now, you’re probably used to staying home during the coronavirus pandemic – and your TV, computer, phone, and tablets have probably become a daily part of your routine.

You’ve probably had a video chat with friends or coworkers, taken a class online, and binge-watched a lot more Netflix than ever before.

But you’ve probably wished you could watch a Facebook video or an online class on a larger screen…

Here’s how you can connect your computer, tablet, or phone to your TV. It’s easier than you think.

Connect with AirPlay or Apple TV

Apple TVs are television sets that connect to Apple devices for easy playback.

AirPlay is supported by Apple TVs, and some newer smart TVs.  

AirPlay with your Macbook, iPad, or iPhone:  

  1. Open your favorite streaming app on your device
  2. Find the AirPlay icon while you play your song or video (it looks like a rounded rectangle with a triangle at the bottom)
  3. Select the Apple TV or compatible smart TV you prefer

On Apple TV, using your Macbook:   

  1. Make sure your Apple TV and device are on the same WiFi network
  2. Tap the Apple icon > System Preferences > Displays
  3. Select Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available
  4. Select the AirPlay icon and choose the Apple TV or compatible smart TV you prefer

On Apple TV, using your iPhone or iPad:  

  1. Make sure your Apple TV and device are on the same WiFi network
  2. Swipe down (on newer devices) or swipe up to open the Control Center
  3. Select Screen Mirroring
  4. Select your Apple TV and follow connection instructions

Connect to your smart TV

Smart TVs are television sets that connect to the internet and offer interactive multimedia features. Smart TVs typically have streaming services like Netflix or YouTube built in, and they make it easy to connect your different devices.

On your Windows 10 computer:

  1. Press the Windows icon + P
  2. Select Connect to a wireless display
  3. Select your smart TV and follow connection instructions

Android phone users:

  1. Open Quick Settings
  2. Tape the Smart View icon
  3. Select your TV and follow connection instructions

“Cast” your screen to your TV

You can use third-party devices and apps to “cast” your device’s screen to your television. These devices are perfect if you don’t want to buy a smart TV just yet. All you need is a smartphone with the correct app installed, and a TV with an HDMI port to plug in the device – and voila! Your ‘dumb’ TV is a little smarter.

You have a few “cast” options, like:

These simple, portable devices plug into your TV, and allow you to project your video, audio, and streaming apps like Netflix or YouTube. They’re compatible with many TVs, and your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Connect with a cable

This is the most basic way to connect your computer to your TV.

What type of cable do you need?

Check the ports on the side of your TV, and your laptop or computer tower (they may be in the back). Compare them to the chart below to see which cable you need to find.

Remember, your cable needs to be compatible with both devices.

Technology can be tricky, so you may need to test a few cables to find the one that works best. But here are some common combinations:

If your device has an HDMI port use a standard HDMI cable to connect your laptop to your TV.

If your device has a Mini DisplayPort find a mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI cable.

If your device has a USB-C port (common in newer devices), use a USB-C to HDMI adapter.

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