For many people, especially those working from home, working with one display can hinder your workflow considerably. However not everybody wants to invest in or has a regular need for a second display– and many of them also have a television. Happily, the method for setting up your modern television as a second (or even primary) leading external monitor display or screen for Windows or Mac computers is fairly easy and often won’t require any extra adapters or cables or for you to purchase a new computer monitor. Here’s how to do it.
Here are steps on how to use a television as a second monitor.
Time to Complete: 5 minutes
Tools needed: Hands
Total Steps to Complete: 7
Using a large (60” for example) format TV screen as your primary computer display can lead to significantly more eye strain if set directly on your desktop as you would with a normal computer monitor. Check out this guide as well if you’re wondering about using a TV as a monitor in general.
If that’s the case, you’ll want to check into a second monitor that’s covered with a warranty in case there are any issues, like you’ll find in our Pixio FreeSync certified productivity warranty review.
If your PC uses a DVI port for video, you’ll need an additional audio cable for your tv, unlike HDMI, DVI transmits video only.