How to Connect Projector to Laptop? | A Simple Guide

Connect Projector to Laptop

Are you frustrated on winter nights when you have to leave the cozy and comfortable warmth of your blanket to hang out with friends and family? Are you in a pinch to make a cinema at home? 

Creating a home theatre is surely a good idea if you want to have the highest fun this winter!

And projectors are the only source to make big-screen cinemas at home. Yes, projectors are huge screen output devices that bring movies and games to the giant screen without spoiling the picture quality.

If you know about the projectors and the working of their different types, then you might have decided to purchase the one of your preference. 

But your search is still incomplete as you are overlooking one of the most significant points, and this is the connectivity.

Projectors connect to some devices like computers or laptops to shift the picture from a small screen to a big screen. But the mystery is how to connect the projector to a laptop.

This is pretty darn simple! Don’t you believe this?

Let’s scroll down to read with us. In this guide, we are going to describe a complete process of connecting or mirroring the laptop with a projector in some of the easiest and most recommended ways.

Go ahead to find everything you are looking for!

Simple Guide to Connect Projector To Laptop

Here, we are going to instruct you on how to connect the projector to the laptop in simple steps. This guide is general, but there are some other methods as well, which we will illustrate after explaining this process.

Let’s have a glance!

  1. The first step in mirroring the laptop with the projector is to turn the connection ON.
  2. Take a video cable, either HDMI or VGA, through the external port that you will find on your laptop and take an adapter according to the connections on your laptop and projector.
  3. After plugging in the projector to some electrical outlet, ON the power of the projector.
  4. To get the audio out of the laptop, connect the audio of the laptop through the “Audio Out” port to the projector.
  5. Check the connection. It is easy because the laptop will start showing the projector. Once the projector is successfully connected, press the Windows Key + P.
  6. After clicking the Windows Key + P and then selecting the duplicate option, it directly starts mirroring the picture on the projector which is showing on the laptop.
  7. If the projector doesn’t display the laptop screen, then go to the display settings of the laptop and enable the “detect” mode.

Connect the Laptop to Projector Using Bluetooth with Windows 10

This is another method to mirror the laptop with a projector. You have to follow these simple steps to successfully connect your device to the projector

These include:

  1. Turn ON the laptop as well as the projector because both connections should have power ON.
  2. The second step is to pair up both devices. Turn the Bluetooth ON on the projector as well as the Bluetooth connection of the laptop. Make both devices discoverable to each by tapping on the scanning option.
  3. After pairing both devices, connect the projector to the laptop. Here you will see several passcodes that will help you in creating a successful connection between both devices.
  4. Now press Windows Key + P to display the different screen options.
  5. This is the right time to duplicate the screen of your laptop to the projector.
  6. Select the option of “Extend”. This will help you to see the small laptop screen on the huge projector screen. Now you can share everything you want to display on the projector.
  7. But at that time, the same picture is displayed on both devices, so if you want to see the picture only on the projector, then select the “Second Screen Only” option to display the screen only on the projector.

Connect the Laptop to Projector Using Cables with Windows 10

  1. Check the connection port on the laptop and projector. The connection can be VGA, HDMI, or DVI. After detecting the connection, plug in the cable to the port on both devices.
  2. Many people find the connection ports difficult to identify, but usually, the devices are labeled if you find no labeling, then you can match the shape of the cable with the shape of the connection port. Then plug it into the relevant port.
  3. Most commonly, laptops have a VGA port, but if there is no VGA port, then surely you will find the HDMI port there. Get the adapter for the particular type of port from the retailer’s shop.
  4. If your laptop’s Windows support Miracast, then skip the adapter or cables.
  5. Now, turn the connections of both devices ON.
  6. Now, you have to press the Windows Key + P to share the different screen-sharing options.
  7. Select the “PC screen only” option and “Duplicate” to successfully mirror the screen.
  8. If you want to omit the screen from the laptop, then select the “Extend” option to treat the projector as an extended screen of your laptop.
  9. Finally, select the option of “Second Screen Only” to share everything you want to display on the giant projector screen.

Your cinema is ready to be displayed. Now you can enjoy unlimited movies, games, and TV series that you have been waiting to see for so long!

Why Does the Laptop Not Connect to the Projector?

Most of the users claim that both devices do not connect. But what problem lies here? You have to locate it if you want to fix it.

To make a successful setup of your laptop with your projector to make the projector a secondary screen, you can check the adapters and cable connections. The connections should be in the right port. The VGA port has a specific shape as it has 5 easily detectable holes.

Replace the connection if it seems defective.

Also, check whether the laptop is displayed on the external monitor or not.

Final Words

To connect the projector to the laptop, you need a laptop, projector, cables, and the relevant adapters, as mentioned above. Hopefully, by using the above guidelines, you can now easily set up the projector as a secondary source of display with the laptop!

Hi there! My name is Haris Rehman, and I review projectors for homes, movies, and offices. My passion for all things audiovisual has led me to test and review a broad range of projectors for consumers to help them make informed purchasing decisions. The reviews I provide are honest and unbiased based on my understanding of what makes a quality projector. Check out my blog for the latest reviews and insights.

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