How to Get Sound from Laptop to TV with HDMI

HDMI or high definition multimedia interface is one of the most excellent innovations during the last decade. Through this connection, laptops and computers can transmit and send video and audio to a TV or an external monitor.

With this, people around the world can watch movies, play games or stream live concerts at a more extensive and immersive display. As a result, you can experience a more enjoyable and fun cinematic experience while watching movies or indulging different content and media.

Laptop and TV

HDMI connections, with their fast popularity; have become a new standard when it comes to streaming videos from laptop to TVs. With this, people can do away with dodgy cable service and instead opt for more functionality and options provided by the internet. Most TV sets are equipped with HDMI ports. Because of this, more people have access to this type of technology.

As mentioned, the HDMI connection can transmit video and audio from the PC or laptop to the TV. However, we see a lot of cases where in the HDMI cable was not able to transmit the audio the TV, while the video transmission works just fine.  In this article, we will teach you how to get sound from laptop to TV with HDMI.

Why HDMI Sound Does Not Work

You finally finished cooking your popcorn, you finished loading up your favorite movie, and your sofa is ready for you. You connect the laptop your TV and then you play the video. The video starts buffering for a couple of minutes, and the movie is finally starting. Several minutes in you notice that while the video is loading up correctly, no audio is coming out from your TV. You unplug and put the HDMI cord back on, but it is still not working.

People who use HDMI connections often experience this kind of problem. While the HDMI connection is usually the culprit of this problem, there are still some other reasons why the link is not working. The problem could stem from any of the components involved. These include PC, HDMI cord or the external monitor or TV.

One way of knowing which of these components is the culprit is by plugging another computer to the TV using the same HDMI cable. If the problem persists, then the problem may be brought about by TV. There is also a possibility that the HDMI cable is causing the issue. You can also try using another HDMI cable. If the audio successfully came out from the TV, then the problem might be brought about by your faulty HDMI cord.

If the HDMI cable is the root cause of the problem, you will be pleased to know that they can be easily replaced. They come with very affordable price tags.

If the computer is the root problem, then you might have to take a look at the settings of the PC. A faulty driver or incompatible settings might cause this. Another reason for this is an error in the laptop’s internal speakers soundcard.  This may be brought about by the internal speakers being set as the default audio output. This is the reason why the TV is not able to pick up the audio from the laptop through the HDMI cable.

The TV might also not have been configured to accept the audio output through the HDMI cable. Another reason is the fact that there are some errors with regards to the drivers and how they communicate.

With that being said, let us now discuss the different steps on how to approach the problem.

How to Solve Sound Issue

As promised, we will discuss to you how to get sound from your PC or laptop to the TV through the HDMI port.

Configure HDMI settings

The first step is to connect the HDMI cord to the output on your computer or laptop to the HDMI input found on the TV.  After this, you need to initiate the steps to establish the connection from the computer to the TV or external monitor. You can do this by pressing “Fn” while hitting the “F5” button at the same time. Afterward, get the TV’s remote control and choose the HDMI option to access the display on the laptop or computer. If after establishing the connection from the computer and TV through the HDMI and the sound successfully comes out through the TV speakers, then no further steps are required.

Using Auxiliary Cord

Another remedy for this is by connecting a 3.5 mm auxiliary cord or audio cable from the computer’s audio jack to the input port of the TV via the HDMI input on the external monitor or TV. You should do this whenever the TV does not relay the audio output from the HDMI cord. After this, plug in the HDMI cord for the video file and then establish a route that permits the connection of the signal to the external monitor and then configure the TV to become the input.  With the use of the auxiliary cord, you are now able to produce sound to the external monitor or TV similar to what you will do when connecting the laptop to a pair of speakers or earphones.

Playback devises Settings

Another method is by customizing the Playback Devices settings. To do this, right click on the audio/volume icon that is located on the bottom portion of the taskbar. After this, click the “Playback Devices” to gain access to the different audio options.

In the pop-up window, locate the “Playback” options and then look for the “Digital Output Device” option and the “HDMI” settings. After this, you need to set the HDMI as the default audio output. Click on Ok to save the changes you have made. It is worth noting that this method only works if you have an HDMI to HDMI connection.  However, it will still require a 3.5 mm auxiliary cord to make the necessary changes. If after doing these steps and you even haven’t heard any sound from the TV, make sure to check if the volume is turned up and not placed at mute.