Zoom has become a go-to video chat platform for everything from meetings to virtual hangouts with friends and family. But crowding around a tiny laptop screen isn’t always ideal. By casting your Zoom calls to a TV, everyone can enjoy seeing participants on the big screen. There are a few different methods to cast Zoom from your laptop to a television.
Using a TV Streaming Device
One of the simplest ways to get Zoom on your TV is by using a streaming device like Roku, Firestick, Chromecast or Apple TV.
Here’s how to cast Zoom to TV using a streaming device:
- Log into your Zoom account on your laptop.
- Start your scheduled Zoom meeting or create an instant meeting.
- Connect your streaming device to the TV and open the screen mirroring function. This is under “Cast” on Chromecast or “Screen Mirroring” on Roku.
- On your laptop, select the streaming device name as the external monitor to project to.
- Your laptop screen, including all open apps and windows, will now be displayed on the TV through the streaming device.
- For best performance, keep your laptop stationary and close to the TV/streaming device during screen mirroring.
Using HDMI Cable
If your TV and laptop both have HDMI ports, you can use an HDMI cable for a direct wired connection to cast Zoom.
To use HDMI:
- Connect your laptop to the TV’s HDMI port with a full-size HDMI cable. Make sure your laptop’s display settings are configured to “Duplicate” the screens.
- Once connected via HDMI, the TV will show the exact same display as your laptop, with sound.
- Open Zoom on your laptop and start or join a meeting. It will instantly be displayed and heard through the TV.
- For longer meetings, consider plugging your laptop into a power source to prevent battery drain from powering dual displays.
Using Apple TV AirPlay
If you have an Apple TV and an iPhone or iPad, you can use AirPlay to wirelessly cast Zoom from your Mac or Windows laptop.
Here’s how AirPlay mirroring works:
- Open the Control Center on your iPhone/iPad and select screen mirroring to the Apple TV.
- On your laptop, log into Zoom and start or join a meeting as usual.
- In the Zoom desktop app, select “More” then “Airplay” and choose your Apple TV.
- The Zoom call will now broadcast wirelessly from your laptop through the iPhone/iPad connection to the Apple TV.
- Use your iPhone or iPad to control and adjust AirPlay settings as needed during the call.
Using Wireless Display Adapters
Wireless display adapters like the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter create a direct laptop-to-TV connection over WiFi, no cables required.
To use one of these adapters:
- Plug the adapter into your TV’s HDMI port and pair it with your WiFi network.
- On Windows 10, go into Projecting to This PC settings and enable wireless projecting.
- Open Zoom on your laptop and under Share Screen, select the wireless adapter to initiate projecting.
- Your Zoom screen will now wirelessly cast to the TV through the adapter.
Optimizing the Viewing Experience
Once you’re casting Zoom to the TV, use these tips to optimize the viewing experience:
- Close any other windows on your laptop so only Zoom is screened.
- Adjust your laptop’s resolution/scaling to match the TV for full-screen projection.
- Position your laptop to maintain line-of-sight with the TV/streaming device for best wireless performance.
- Enable “Hide non-video participants” and minimize the video self view for cleanest display.
- Adjust audio on the TV for proper volume and speaker balance.
With the right connection technology, you can easily use a big screen TV for your next video conference, virtual class, or digital hangout session on Zoom.