It’s more common than ever to find a USB port on newer televisions. Some TVs support basic USB features, such as viewing photos from a flash drive, while higher-end “Smart TVs” can perform relatively advanced file transfer functions. If your TV has the capability of fully integrating with a computer over USB, you can access any supported media files on your laptop’s hard drive — right from the big screen. You just need to know which features are supported and whether you have the right USB cable for the task.
Connecting Your Laptop and TV via USB
- Check your TV’s user manual to verify whether the USB port will enable a direct connection to a PC, and if so, which file types are supported.
- Locate the USB port on your TV.
- Locate a USB adapter with the proper plugs to fit the USB ports on both the TV and your laptop. Ideally, use the USB cable that was included in the TV’s original packaging.
- Plug one end of the USB cable into the corresponding port on your laptop, and plug the other end of the cable into the USB port on your TV.
- Select the correct input source (if necessary) using your TV remote or console “Input Select” button.