A 14 or 15.6-inch Chromebook can certainly feel small and limited especially if you want to project slideshows and presentations at work or at school, even more so when you’re on a movie marathon! Why keep watching on a tiny screen if you have an HD TV or even a 4K TV unit at your disposal?
Mirroring your Chromebook screen to a TV is a quick and easy process. For this guide, we’ll show you two methods on how to use your TV as an external screen for your Chromebook. Depending on your resources, you can make a wired or wireless connection to do screen mirroring. Keep reading for a detailed but easy-to-follow guide!
Wired connection using an HDMI cable
For this method, you’ll need an HDMI cable plus an adapter as an optional requirement. Plug the cable into your Chromebook. If it doesn’t have any HDMI ports, plug the cable into an adapter before fitting it into one of your USB-C ports. Plug the other end of the cable into one of the HDMI ports on your TV.
Turn on your Chromebook, and you’ll see a notification saying that a connection has been made with your laptop. Turn on the TV and check if an HDMI 3 or HDMI 4 has appeared in one of your TV inputs. Choose the correct HDMI input, then your desktop background should immediately flash on the TV screen.
To make sure that the entire screen is visible on the TV, turn on the Mirror Internal Imaging by clicking on the time at the bottom-right corner. Select Advanced on the pop-up notification. Choose Device then Displays. Look for the Arrangement section then tick the Mirror Internal Display box. Afterward, your whole laptop screen should be mirrored on the TV, instead of just the desktop background.
Wireless connection using Chromecast
First, you need to have Chromecast set up on your TV and updated to the latest firmware. Update your Chromebook with the latest version of Chrome OS as well.
Once you’ve updated your devices, click the time at the bottom-right corner. Select Cast on the pop-up menu, then choose your Chromecast device. Choose your desktop in the pop-up window, then click Share. To stop casting, click the time again and choose Stop from the window that opens above the menu.
If you prefer not to share the entire screen, you can cast from within Google Chrome instead. To do this, open Google Chrome and load any website you wish to share on the TV. Select the three-dot icon at the upper right corner. Click Cast, then look for your Chromecast device. To stop casting, select the blue Cast icon on the Google Chrome toolbar. Click on your Chromecast device on the menu.
The best method
When choosing the best method to mirror your Chromebook to TV, you need to consider the availability of resources. If you already have an HDMI cable lying around your house, then you opt for a wireless connection. They are also fairly inexpensive, so it’s definitely the cheaper option between the two. The downside is that if your Chromebook doesn’t have any HDMI port, you’ll still need an adapter.
On the other hand, using Chromecast for a wireless connection is more convenient. Having Chromecast on your TV also gives you access to exclusive content on several streaming platforms such as Netflix and Hulu! But of course, it costs way more and you have to be subscribed to these platforms for you to be able to stream content.
Whether you’re after affordability or convenience, the best method depends entirely on your preferences. If you’re on a budget, choose a wired connection with an HDMI cable. If you prefer the convenience and don’t mind paying more for the added extra of streaming exclusive content from other platforms, choose a wireless connection with Chromecast.
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