How do you hook up a projector to a TV?

How to connect a video projector to a TV?

You bought one of our portable projectors , popcorn, candy and drinks. You've fluffed up the cushions on your couch and agreed on what you're going to watch as a family. Finally, you are ready for your home theater experience when you realize that you don't know how to connect the TV to the projector. Well, we have the solution for you! Keep reading to learn how to connect your projector to your TV with, and without, an HDMI cable.

Do projectors have HDMI ports?

With all the projectors on the market today, it's important to first know if your projector even has an HMDI port or not. Most projectors connect to a television using an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) or VGA (Video Graphics Array) cable. HDMI cables have the advantage of ensuring the transmission of HD video and audio signal. So you don't have to worry about losing video quality or having to use speakers since the sound will come directly from your television.

Three HDMI jack sizes are commonly used.

Type A (left) is Standard: It is often present on large devices, such as televisions, computers or game consoles.

Type C (middle), also nicknamed Mini HDMI , and type D (right), generally referred to as Micro HDMI , are found almost exclusively on tablets and smartphones.

Some projectors use Bluetooth or WIFI to connect to Smart TVs and other televisions.

To find out if your projector has an HDMI port, check the user manual that came with your purchase or the manufacturer's online website for a digital copy. Another way to see if your projector has an HDMI port is to visually inspect your projector for a port.

How to Connect a Projector to Your TV via HDMI in 5 Steps

  1. Turn off your TV and projector. Allow time for the projector to cool down if it has been used previously.
  2. Insert one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI input port on your projector.
  3. Insert the other end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI output port on your TV or cable box. ( Please note that if you do not have an HDMI port on your TV, then you will need to use an RCA To HDMI converter. Plug the RCA cable (white, red and yellow) into the back of your TV, at the where it says video output Next, plug the HDMI cord into the back of the projector where it says HDMI.
  4. Turn on the television and projector. Remember to remove the projector cap if necessary.
  5. Change the projector's video input to HDMI if your projector does not automatically detect the connection. This can usually be done by pressing an HDMI button on your projector or by scrolling through your projector's video input menu.

How to Connect a Projector to a TV Without HDMI

If you're trying to connect a projector to your TV and don't have an HDMI cable, there are still a few ways to connect your projector and get it ready to play your media. Some older TVs come with VGA or RCA cables rather than HDMI ports, which can make it almost impossible to connect the projector to the TV without an HDMI cable. One way to solve this problem is to purchase a VGA to HDMI adapter or an RCA to HDMI adapter.

Another way to connect a projector to your TV without an HDMI cable is to use a streaming device such as a Chromecast. You can connect the chromecast device by plugging it into the HDMI port of your projector. Then, after installation, you will have the option to cast a video playing on your phone to the Chromecast. (In this case, the video played will be from your cable provider's app.) Additionally, some newer projector models can connect wirelessly to your phone using BlueTooth and WiFi connections, allowing you to stream your media without using cables.

For the Wifi connection you will need good bandwidth, so as not to have latency

What to do if the HDMI cable doesn't work with your projector

If your projector isn't displaying the screen of your computer, gaming system, streaming device, or cable TV, then try these troubleshooting steps.

  1. Make sure you are on the correct entry. Many people get it wrong and can spend hours trying to figure out why their projector isn't working with their cable.
  2. Turn off the power to your devices. Sometimes devices need to be restarted to correctly process new input signals and to correct errors.
  3. Unplug/replug your HDMI cable. We've found this tip to be effective if your image isn't displaying. Unplug your male HDMI cable for about 10 seconds, then plug it back in.
  4. Try another HDMI to connect the devices together. Finally, you should try a high speed HDMI cable to see if the problem is the cable or the projector.


High definition television has significantly changed home entertainment in the media industry since its inception. HDMI cables have enabled millions of customers to enjoy high definition television, both audio and video, through a single cable. If your projector has an HDMI port, we recommend using it over another video connection as it will project the best resolution. With a projector, it is important to have a good HDMI connection because you are projecting a larger screen which may be subject to lower resolution and blurring depending on the projector. Overall, projectors are a great alternative to TVs and, if installed correctly, can give you a complete cinematic experience.

How do I connect my pocket projector to my TV with HDMI?

Of all the features available on portable video projectors, there is one that is very sought after.

And for good reason, this option would allow, in the case of a low brightness video projector, to be able to use it at any time of the day and especially in broad daylight. But be careful, not all devices have the appropriate connection to perform this function.

Indeed, to be able to connect an LED projector for projection on a TV, the latter must be compatible and therefore equipped with an HDMI OUT port and not an HDMI IN which equips 95% of devices on the market.

HDMI OUT= The HDMI OUT port allows you to connect and output high definition digital, audio and video content or streams to a device.

example: Apple TV, Xbox, Playstation, Blue-Ray player etc...

HDMI IN= The HDMI IN port allows you to input high definition digital, audio and video content or streams to a device.

example: Mini video projector, televisions etc...

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