How to Use a TV as a Monitor for a Laptop

By Techwalla Contributor

Using a TV screen monitor makes working on computer a lot easier especially if you happen to have the newer model of TV set which is bigger and with better display capacity. The bigger your TV screen is, the more fun it is to use it as an alternate screen for your computer or laptop. Here are the steps to use your TV as monitor for your laptop:

Things You'll Need

  • VGA cable (length depends on your preference)
  • Laptop
  • TV with VGA/RGB port
  • TV remote control

Step 1

Turn off both TV and laptop if you are using them.

Step 2

Get ready the VGA cable that you will use to connect the laptop and the TV.

Step 3

Locate the RGB/VGA external monitor port on your laptop. It is usually found at the back or on the side. It will have 15 pins (5 holes in 3 rows) which in most models has a screw hole on either side.

Step 4

Attach one end of the cable to the external monitor port of your laptop.

Step 5

Connect the other end of the cable to the VGA port at the back of your TV.

Step 6

Tighten the two screw-in connectors to secure the cable.

Step 7

Turn on the computer and the TV.

Step 8

Use the remote control to switch the TV input to PC.

Step 9

You can now use your TV screen as monitor for your laptop.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure the TV and laptop is connected to a surge protector breaker box to protect these equipments.