How to Play Your Computer Screen on Your TV Wirelessly
At this day and age where smart TVs have conquered most households across the globe, we still see some homes that come with the ordinary flat screen TVs. These flat screen TVs still are suitable investments because they let users have an immersive cinematic experience albeit the smart features. However, most of us still want to dip our toes as to how it feels like having a smart TV.
Thankfully, you can always have a smart TV like experience by connecting your computer or laptop to your flat screen TV. In this article, we will teach you how to play your computer screen on your TV wirelessly. For now, the simplest and most convenient way to connect a PC to a TV is through the HDMI cable. But since we are in the topic of connecting a PC to a TV wirelessly, we won’t be discussing this method.
We will be tackling five different methods of mirroring your computer or laptop screen on your TV. With this, you might be having second thoughts about spending a couple bucks and upgrading to a smart TV.
5 Ways to Play Your Computer Screen on Your TV Wirelessly
One of the most efficient and accessible means of connecting your computer to a TV is by using a Chromecast device. Chromecast is one of Google’s smart devices that are geared towards giving users the capability of seamlessly linking your computer to a non-smart TV. It is worth noting that the Chromecast device is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS platforms. It also works well with Chromebooks. The Chromecast is connected via the HDMI port of the TV.
To use the Chromecast device, you need to navigate through the Chrome browser’s menu. Open the browser and then click on the three dots placed in the top right portion. Click on the Cast option. This will prompt you to a list of available devices, pick the Chromecast from the list. After doing this, you can expect that the screen will now show up on the TV.
However, some people complain about some lags whenever streaming full definition videos. With this, you might need to scale down the quality of the videos you play. Nevertheless, we still think that Chromecast is one of the most efficient ways of mirroring your computer screen on the TV.
Another casting device that you can use is Roku. While the invention is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS platforms, Roku is more suited for Windows-powered computers and laptops.
To use the Roku device, you need to open the Action Center of the computer. You can see it by searching it on the search bar or by clicking the notification icon placed on the right side of the taskbar. Once you are in the Action Center, click on Connect. Before connection though, you should see to it that the Roku device and your computer is connected to the same WIFI network. Once connected, the computer screen will be mirrored on the TV screen.
When using the Roku device, you should toggle the requests on and approve all future requests whenever connecting to the same computer or laptop. You can also see the approved and blocked computers ad device in the settings menu.
For Mac OS powered laptops, you might need to use third party apps to connect with the device.
The next method is geared towards Mac OS powered laptops and computers. Airplay is suited for devices that come with AirPlay feature. With these features, you do not need to own an Apple TV to connect with your Mac.
When using Airplay, you first need to check if the Mac and the Airplay device is connected to the same WIFI network. Once you have this in check, the AirPlay device should appear as available in the Mac. You can see this in the menu bar. Select the AirPlay device in the settings, and you are good to go.
If ever the AirPlay button cannot be seen in the Mac, you might need to do some tinkering of the settings. To do this, go to System Preferences and navigate to Displays. In here, it will give you the option to screen mirror your Mac to the TV or use the TV as an extended display. Whatever you choose, click the box near the opportunities to get started. To turn off the AirPlay mirroring, click AirPlay off on the menu bar.
The fourth methods on our list are by the use of AirParrot. The device mimics the features and capabilities we already mentioned before. However, the app will only work if you have an Apple TV or have a Chromecast connected to your TV. The good thing about AirParrot is that it is feature packed and comes with useful features that you don’t get with most Casting devices.
The app also works with both Windows and Mac OS computers and laptops. The app can be bought at $13. However, you can test the waters by first using the trial version.
To use the app, you need to first download and install the program on your computer. After this, it detects all the compatible casting devices on the area. On top of this, it gives you the option to mirror your computer or laptop screen on the TV.
The last method we will be discussing Micracast. It is worth noting that the device only works with Windows 10 powered computers. The app is also available in order types of devices such as Amazon Fire TV. However, the connection with Amazon Fire TV is still unstable and unreliable.
The Micracast adapter allows users to mirror the screens of computers and even Android devices. With this, you can enjoy your favorite videos or games on a larger screen. The dongle has a pickup range of up to 25 feet or seven meters. Because of this, you need not worry about standing or sitting close to the TV when using the device.
So there you have it, those are the different methods that you can use to wirelessly connect your computer to a TV. With this, you do not need to buy a smart TV. Save some cash and purchase the devices mentioned above instead of upgrading to a smart TV.