How can I connect my laptop to a TV?

Trainerly strongly recommends for you to connect your laptop / computer to a TV for a much more enhanced and effective training experience.

For highest audio and video quality, we suggest to use HDMI cable.  You may use other cable connections such as DVI, VGA or S video, however these do  not provide the same video / audio quality as HDMI. You can purcahse all cables at

Teaching or taking classes by connecting your laptop into a TV goes a long way to ensure that you will have the most memorable, productive, and rewarding fitness experience of your life.     


HDMIHDMI Cable: The simplest connection is through an HDMI cable for video and sound. It works for MAC and PC laptops. You will need to go into your computer’s control panel to tell the computer it is allowed to share the picture and sound. It should be under “hardware and sound”. On the TV, select “INPUT” to HDMI. Once you do this for the first time, it takes a minute to make the connection.

HDMI cable costs a bit more than the other cable options, but its superior video and audio quality is definitely worth the price!

Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI AdapterMini DisplayPort-to-HDMI Adapter: For laptops with a Mini DisplayPort, special adapters are available to connect to the DisplayPort. This adapter is then attached to one end of an HDMI cable, while the other end of the HDMI cable connects with your HDTV. It delivers 1080p resolution. Initially developed by Apple for use in all of their Mac products, Mini DisplayPorts are also now included in various new PC laptops.

DVIDVI: Digital Video Interface or DVI is a common connection, so your computer and an HDTV should have it. Again, a standard-definition TV likely won't support a DVI connection.

If you want sound with a DVI connection, you will need a separate audio cable. Connect the audio cable from the headphones output of your laptop to the red and white audio input of your TV.

VGAVGA: Video Graphics Array (VGA), is another commonly found connection on both computers and HDTVs. Just like DVI, VGA does not carry an audio signal. Use the same method above for connecting a 3.5mm stereo audio cable.

S-VideoS-Video: Some laptops and most TVs have an S-Video port. An S-Video cable is fairly inexpensive and provides moderate picture quality. As with DVI, you will need a separate audio cable if you want sound.

S-Video is generally not suitable for high-definition video signals. HDMI or DVI cables are better options for hooking up to an HDTV.


After Selecting the Cable

Make sure you connect the cable to the TV before turning on the computer because sometimes it may fail to recognize the external display.

Once your cable is connected, select the correct input on your TV — just as you would when using your DVD or Blu-Ray player. If the picture appears distorted, you can change the screen aspect ratio and resolution with the Display Settings in the Control Panel of a PC laptop. Mac laptops automatically adjust these picture settings.

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