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How to Connect PC to Projector

By XGIMI Tech - 2023-08 

Introduction 

A computer screen can be too small to show an image or video to a large audience. You need a video projector to give you a bigger, sharper image. To make that happen, you need to hook up a projector to your computer. Most computers have a port for a wired connection to a projector. But that’s not the only option. Here are 4 different ways to link a PC to a projector fast and easy.

Part 1. What Do I Need to Connect My Projector?

You have many options to connect your computer to a projector. You can use a HDMI cable for a simple and reliable connection. But you need a HDMI port and a cable for that. Some projectors don’t have other ways to connect.

Or, you can go wireless with a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth projector. This way, you can enjoy your screen without any cables. But you need a good internet or Bluetooth signal and the right software for that. Some projectors can do both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

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Part 2. How Do I Connect My PC to a Projector?

You already have a brief idea of what you need to connect your PC to a large screen. It's important to stress that the connection method chosen depends on what you want to use it for. However, the first thing to do before establishing the connection is to ensure your devices are secure. It needs to check that it's plugged in properly unless the projector has an autonomous power supply.

Similarly, ensure that its support does not encourage overheating of the device. We recommend placing the projector on the floor, a projection stand, or a flat surface. Choose a suitable environment to avoid any possible complications.

Generally speaking, there are two ways of connecting a projector to your computer. One is a cable connection and the other is a wireless connection. In the case of a cable connection, the cable used depends on the projector port you have and the port on your computer.

On the other hand, for the wireless connection, you can choose between Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or even Wireless. Find out more about these methods!

How to connect your projector to a Windows 11/10 computer

To use a connecting cable, it must be compatible with the device's connectors. If you can't find one, buy an adapter to convert the ends of the cable and adapt it to the device.

The aim is to provide an HDMI-to-VGA connection in most cases. Depending on the computer, a range of cables can be used, such as HDMI, VGA, DVI, YUV, or USB. However, the most common are cables with a VGA output and HDMI.

For a wireless connection, you can use Wifi or Bluetooth. But this requires an environment that favors a stable connection. Depending on your Windows operating system, you may also be able to use Miracast or Wireless to connect devices. Imagine watching your favorite movie or show without any wires getting in the way. Or feeling like you’re in the middle of the action with surround sound. That’s what this feature can do for you!

How to connect a PC to a projector using HDMI to VGA cable

For a cable connection, you need a connection cable compatible with both devices. If this is not the case, you'll need an adapter to connect the two devices.

In most cases, the outlets and cable ends have been labeled. But if this isn't the case, you can refer to the pictures to recognize them.

HDMI cable connection is the most basic, but also the most widespread way of connecting a computer to a projector. If you're wondering how to connect a PC to an HDMI projector, here's how.

1. Make sure your cable matches the devices, or buy a converter. Next, connect the cable extremities to the computer and the projector, according to their correspondence.

2. Please switch on the projector. It would be magic.

3. Go to the search box in your computer's "Start" menu and type "Connect to a projector". Alternatively, you can press the Windows “Win” key and “P” together. You’ll see some sharing options. Choose one of these:

● PC only: this option turns off the projector and displays images only on the computer screen.

● Duplicate screen: you can display content on the big screen, but not necessarily the same image as displayed on your screen.

● Screen mirroring: this option lets you show the same content on both your computer screen and the projector.

● Projector screen only: the image will be displayed on the projector screen, but not on the computer.

Here's a simple way to project images or videos from your laptop onto a large screen. But connecting via HDMI to VGA is not the only way.

How to connect a projector via wireless display

The cable method may not work, perhaps because you're having trouble finding the right cable, or the ports are damaged, or maybe you just don't want to bother with wires. In this case, the only option left is to use a wireless connection. However, you'll need a projector with more features, such as XGIMI's, to use these functions. These wireless projectors are easier to move and position. Follow these simple steps to connect your wireless projector to your PC.

Firstly you need to identify whether the projector works with WiFi or Wireless transmission. It will tell you how to deal with the device.

● If your device uses WiFi, use software like Chromecast or Miracast to establish a connection. You'll then be prompted to plug in a USB key to make and have a fairly stable connection. The advantage is that you can easily access videos from different platforms.

● Wireless operation requires a connected device and a common-frequency receiver to establish the connection. If the transmission device is not supplied with the unit, simply purchase one to use it. You'll need to connect both the projector and the receiving device.

Connect your computer to a projector on Bluetooth

Using Bluetooth to connect devices is also possible. Read on to find out how to use Bluetooth to establish a connection between your PC and a portable projector:

To connect with Bluetooth, do this:

● Turn on your computer and projector.
● Turn on your computer’s Bluetooth and let others see it.
● Turn on your projector’s Bluetooth and let others see it. You may need to press a button on the projector or its remote control.

Now pair or connect the devices. To do this, go to your device's Bluetooth settings, select the projector's Bluetooth, and "connect". When connecting for the first time, enter a security code to access the function.

Now all you have to do is choose the sharing option you prefer.

What to Do If Windows 11/10 Doesn't Recognize My Projector?

There are a few tricks you can use to solve the problem. You can check that it isn't the problem due to an incorrectly connected cable. You can also switch on your computer's video output when your computer needs it for projection. Similarly, if it is in standby mode, it won't be able to detect the computer. These are just some situations that can prevent the devices from connecting.

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Conclusion

You have many options to connect your PC to a projector. You can use a HDMI cable for a simple and reliable connection. Or, you can go wireless with a WiFi or Bluetooth projector, like the XGIMI. This way, you can enjoy Full HD images without any cables. If you have trouble connecting, make sure you have followed the steps correctly. 

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