How do you hook up a projector to a TV?
Mar 13, 2021
How do you connect a projector to a TV?
You bought your projector, popcorn, candies and drinks. You've inflated your sofa cushions and agreed on what you're going to watch as a family. Finally, you're ready for your home theater experience when you realize 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 the projectors have HDMI ports?
With all the projectors on the market today, it is important to know first 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 TV.
Three sizes of HDMI socket are commonly used.
Type A (on the left) is the Standard: It is often present on large devices, such as televisions, computers or game consoles.
Type C (middle), also dubbed Mini hdmi , and Type D (right) usually 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 to find a port.
How to connect a projector to your TV via HDMI in 5 steps
- Turn off your TV and projector. Allow the projector to cool down if it has been used previously.
- Insert one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI input port on your projector.
- 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, then plug the HDMI cord into the back of the projector where it says HDMI.
- Turn on the television and the projector. Remember to remove the projector cap if necessary.
- 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 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 you 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 have VGA or RCA cables rather than HDMI ports, which can make it nearly impossible to connect the projector to the TV without an HDMI cable. One way to solve this problem is to buy 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 your projector's HDMI port. Then, after installation, you will have the option to cast a video playing on your phone to the Chromecast. (In this case, the video being streamed will be from your cable provider's app.) Additionally, some newer projector models can wirelessly connect to your phone through Bluetooth and WiFi connections, allowing you to stream your media without using cables.
For the Wifi connection you will need a good bandwidth, so as not to have latency
What to do if the HDMI cable does not work with your projector
If your projector is not displaying the screen of your computer, gaming system, streaming device, or cable TV, then try these troubleshooting steps.
- Make sure you are on the right entry. Many people make mistakes and can spend hours trying to figure out why their projector isn't working with their cable.
- Turn off the power on your devices. Sometimes devices need to be restarted to properly process new input signals and to correct errors.
- Disconnect/reconnect your HDMI cable. We have found this trick to be effective if your image is not displaying. Unplug your male HDMI cable for about 10 seconds, then plug it back in.
- 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 dramatically 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 that rather than another video connection as it will project the best resolution. With a projector it is important to have a good HDMI connection, as you are projecting a larger screen which may be prone to lower resolution and blurring depending on the projector. All in all, projectors are a great alternative to TVs, and if installed correctly, can give you a full cinematic experience.
How do I connect my pocket projector to my TV with HDMI?
Of all the features available on portable projectors, this is one that is highly sought after.
And for good reason this option, would allow in the case of a low-light projector to be able to use it at any time of the day and especially in broad daylight. But beware, not all devices have the appropriate connection to perform this function.
In fact, to be able to connect an LED projector to be projected on a TV, the latter must be compatible and therefore be equipped with an HDMI OUT port and not an HDMI IN which is fitted to 95% of devices on the market.
HDMI OUT= The HDMI OUT port is used 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 high definition digital, audio and video content or streams to be input to a device.
example: Mini video projector, televisions etc...