A workspace with bigger display setups is now becoming super common. A lot of people like to use a system with at least a big monitor or two monitors as it helps in multitasking and improves productivity rapidly. It doesn’t matter what OS your system is running on. Whether you use Windows, Linux, macOS, or even for that matter ChromeOS, all these operating systems allow you to easily connect monitors or other displays with your current system.
If you are someone who is planning to connect their Chromebook to an external monitor or display, then, you have come to the right place.
Whether it is work-related or simply you plan to game around, having a big monitor or two displays is always good. For a lot of people, it becomes a requirement especially when you’re working with editing photos and videos and want to ensure that the colors and the output is simply what you desire. So, here is our guide that shows you the different ways you can follow to connect your Chromebook to an external display or monitor.
How to Connect Your Chromebook to Monitor
There are multiple ways for you to connect your Chromebook to your external monitor. Your external display can either be a dedicated system display or a high-resolution monitor or it can even be your smart TV. It can also be a basic TV if it has an HDMI input port.
One reason why people want to use an external monitor with their Chromebook is simply because Chromebooks usually come with smaller screens, typically between 11 and 13 inches. And this may not be enough for many works. Without wasting any time, let’s take a look at the multiple ways to connect your Chromebook to a Monitor, TV, or other displays.
Connect to the External Display with a Cable
A lot of Chromebooks out there will be having either a full-sized HDMI port, mini HDMI port, Display port, VGA port, or DVI. You can use any of these cables that are supported on both your Chromebook and Monitor. HDMI is the most used port and is available on every display device. Provided that you have an HDMI cable, you can simply plug in one end of the cable into the Chromebook and the other end into your external monitor or display.
Normally, your Chromebook should be able to detect the connected display and display the output on it right away. If there are multiple HDMI ports on your Monitor, then select the HDMI that is connected to your Chromebook. But, if for some reason your Monitor doesn’t seem to detect the Chromebook, you can manually let the Chromebook connect to the display that it is plugged into. Follow these steps to manage and connect to your external display.
- First off, click on the Status area at the bottom right corner of your Chromebook.
- Now, click on the Settings gear icon.
- Under the Device header, choose Display Settings. The Manage Displays window should now appear.
- You will now be able to see the display that has been connected to your Chromebook.
Connect to External Display Using Chromecast
Now, because the Chromebook is a Google product, it can cast its screen on other devices with the help of Chromecast. You can make use of this feature very much with a smart monitor or even an Android-powered smart TV. This is a better way to cast your screen if you simply do not want to make use of any type of cable whatsoever. It requires a WiFi connection to project the display wirelessly.
For this to work, you need to simply launch Google Chrome on your Chromebook and click on the menu at the top right corner. From the pop-up, choose the Cast option. Google Chrome will search for wireless displays that are connected to the same wifi network as that of your Chromebook. Once it finds your device, select it. You have now connected your Chromebook to a monitor or Android TV wirelessly.
Connect Chromebook To Monitor or Display Using Chrome Remote Desktop
If you’re in a situation where the only additional monitor that you have is of your main system, you can still use that monitor wirelessly. All it needs to have installed is Google Chrome. Getting this to work is simple and easy. Just launch Google Chrome on both systems and install the Chrome Remote Desktop add-on. Once you have it installed on both systems, launch the Chrome Remote Desktop website on both of your systems.
On the website screen, you will see a generated Code under the Share This Screen. Click on the right to get the code to enter it on the other computer. Once done click on Connect. You can now view your Chromebook’s screen on your second system instantly and wirelessly.
How to See Connected Displays on Chromebook
Did you know you can check which display devices are connected to your Chromebook? Yes, this is possible. To check and manage the connected Monitor, TV, or other display, you can follow the steps given below.
- On your Chromebook, open Settings.
- Now from the left pane, choose the Device option. And under Device, select Displays.
- Here it will show the connected Monitor or display in a chart drawing. Click on the Monitor you want to manage.
How to Manage Connected Monitor or TV
After connecting your Chromebook to a Monitor, there are chances that you might need to do further setup for the best output. Your monitor could be displaying the Chromebook content at a fixed width, text might be smaller, and some other issues. And so how can you fix those things? Well, you can manage some settings for the connected Monitor or TV.
- Follow all three steps mentioned above to open the External Display manage page.
- Here you can choose the Screen to act as Extended Display or only display.
- The display size will let you change the size of items on the display.
- Resolution will let you select the preferred resolution which is responsible for the quality of your display.
- In the Refresh Rate, you can choose the maximum rate supported by your display for smooth navigation and scrolling.
- Orientation will let you rotate the image on the screen.
- There will be a couple of more options that you can explore. Remember that you need to change settings based on your display.
This concludes the guide on how you can easily connect your Chromebook to a secondary monitor or display. The process is simple and easy. While you can easily choose between the wireless or wired method, it is best that you use the wired method as it is much more reliable and output will be in real-time as compared to the wireless one which might have some issues with latency or lag. If you have questions or queries, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.
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