How to Connect Chromebook to Your TV

Choose between wired and wireless options

What to Know

  • Connect an HDMI cable to a Chromebook HDMI port or a USB-C port with an adapter. Insert the other cable end into an HDMI port on the TV.
  • Boot up the Chromebook. Turn on the TV and set it to the correct input channel.
  • Select the Clock icon, select the Settings gear, and then choose Displays. Check the box next to Mirror Internal Display.

This article explains how to connect a Chromebook to a TV using an HDMI cable. It also explains how to make the connection wirelessly. This information applies to all Chrome OS devices.

How to Connect a Chromebook to a TV With HDMI

If your Chromebook has an HDMI port, connect it to an HDTV using an HDMI cable. If your device uses USB-C instead, you need a USB-C adapter with an HDMI port.

To connect via HDMI:

  1. Insert one end of the HDMI cable into your Chromebook. If using an adapter, first plug the HDMI cable into the adapter, then insert the adapter into one of the USB-C ports on the side of the Chromebook.

    Insert one end of the HDMI cable into your Chromebook.
  2. Insert the opposite end of the HDMI cable into your TV. Look for one or more HDMI ports on the back, bottom, or sides of the screen.

    Insert the opposite end of the HDMI cable into your TV.
  3. Boot up your Chromebook.

  4. Turn on the TV and set it to the proper input channel (e.g. HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc.).

  5. Your Chromebook's desktop should now appear on the TV. To make the entire screen visible, you may have to change some system settings. Select the clock in the lower-right corner of the screen, then select the Settings gear.

    Select the clock in the bottom-right corner of the screen, then select the settings gear.
  6. In the Chromebook settings, scroll down to the Device section and select Displays.

    In the Chromebook settings, scroll down to the Device section and select Displays.
  7. Check the box beside Mirror Internal Display.

    Check the box beside Mirror Internal Display.
  8. Your entire Chromebook screen should now appear on your TV. When you open apps and browse the web as you normally do, your computer's actions will be mirrored on the TV screen. That way, you can show off photos stored in your Google Drive or watch streaming video from websites like YouTube and Netflix.

How to Connect a Chromebook to a TV Wirelessly

It's possible to wirelessly connect your Chromebook to a TV using Chromecast. Chromebooks feature built-in support for Chromecast devices. After setting up Chromecast on your TV, follow these steps to cast your screen:

  1. Select the clock in the Chromebook shelf, then select Cast.

    Select the clock in the Chromebook shelf, then select Cast.
  2. Choose your Chromecast device.

    Choose your Chromecast device.
  3. Select your desktop in the pop-up window, then select Share.

    Select your desktop in the pop-up window, then select Share.
  4. To stop casting your screen, select the clock again, then select Stop in the window that opens above the system tray menu.

    To stop casting your screen, select the clock again, then select Stop in the window that opens above the system tray menu.

    Some TVs come with integrated Chromecast support, so you don't need extra hardware to connect your Chromebook.

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