A bucket of popcorn, your favorite series, and your trusty smart TV….
We can’t think of a better combination for a relaxing staycation!
With a smart TV’s high-definition screen and rocking sound system, you can catch all the juicy details of that new drama you’ve been following!
Before you add that new smart TV to your shopping cart, look into VIZIO Smart TV! All in all, you can get a better experience and impressive resolution and display at a budget-friendly price.
Even better, you can connect your Vizio Smart TV wirelessly –– zero apps and extensions.
That’s right. . .
You can toss those complicated cables and adapters! Connect your Vizio Smart wirelessly with apps and Google Chrome extensions, like Chromecast. You can also use Steam Link (or Chromecast Steam Link), wireless HDMI, Miracast, and Plex to connect your laptop to your Vizio TV –– 100% wireless!
Before getting into the different methods to connect your VIZIO Smart TV wirelessly, let’s learn about the Smart TV mirroring
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What is Smart TV Mirroring?
What are the advantages of a Smart TV? It has built-in features for integrated capabilities and advanced connectivity!
- Internet Browser on your Vizio TV.
- Voice recognition and navigation
- Universal search bar
- Applications for unlimited access to shows, videos, movies, games, and more!
Find out how you can maximize these features seamlessly with a wireless connection. If you have chosen a Roku Smart TV, then we even have a guide on what to do if your Roku TV is stuck on a Black Screen.
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Connect Your Laptop To Video Smart TV Wirelessly
Let’s dive into the different methods of how to wirelessly connect your laptop to your VIZIO Smart TV!
Method 1: How to Connect Laptop to VIZIO Smart TV – Chromecast
With the Google Chrome app, Chromecast, you can watch all your favorite series and movies on a bigger screen. It’s the most affordable way to get over 2000 streaming apps and services! You just need to connect your laptop or smartphone, or laptop.
Step 1: Download Google Chrome if it’s not on your laptop. Make sure that the browser is updated to the latest version!
Step 2: Connect your VIZIO Smart TV and Laptop to the same Wi-Fi network. You won’t be able to connect the two devices if they’re not connected to the same Wi-Fi!
Step 3: Open your updated Chrome browser. Click the three dots in the top right corner. A dropdown menu should appear/
Step 4: Look for the Cast option on the dropdown menu and select it.
Step 5: You’ll see all the available devices you can connect with wirelessly. Click on the Cast desktop option, then select “VIZIO TV.”
If the connection is successful, you can watch all your favorite movies to your heart’s content!
We have a more in-depth article which covers how to cast your Android phone to Vizio TV.
Method 2: How to Connect Laptop to VIZIO Smart TV – Miracast
Miracast is another wireless method to connect your laptop to your smart TV.
Does your laptop come with Windows 8.1 or 10? Congratulations, you already have Miracast installed!
In case you don’t have the latest Windows drivers, you can buy Miracast adapters online. Connect your Miracast adapter to your laptop before applying these steps:
Step 1:Click on Devices on the lower right corner of your desktop.
Step 2: Click on Project, then select Add Wireless display.
Step 3: You can choose to watch your program on both devices (Duplicate) or your Vizio Smart TV display only (Screen Only).
Method 3: How to Connect Laptop to VIZIO Smart TV – Wireless HDMI
Get the best of both worlds with a wireless HDMI –– the power and transmitting speeds of HDMI minus any cables!
You will need to buy a wireless HDMI kit that includes a transmitter for your laptop and a receiver for your Smart TV.
Step 1: Connect the transmitter to your laptop via the USB port.
Step 2: Connect the receiver to your VIZIO Smart USB port and start streaming!
Step 3: Click on Project, then select Add Wireless display.
Method 4: How to Connect Laptop to VIZIO Smart TV – Steam Link
Are you looking for the most hardcore gaming experience? Connect your gaming laptop to your VIZIO Smart TV and get the full experience of your favorite games!
Before you can get started on this method, get your Steam Link device ready. Get one on Amazon if you still haven’t gotten one!
Step 1: Launch Steam on your laptop and enter your login details.
Step 2: Connect your Steam Link Device to your Vizio Smart TV, then pair it with your gaming laptop.
Step 3: Plug your controller into the Steam Link USB port. You can now start playing!
Method 5: How to Connect Laptop to VIZIO Smart TV – Plex
Plex works similarly to Chromecast. It’s a media server software that you need to install on your laptop to get started.
Though you can’t use the app directly for screen mirroring, you can get many entertainment features and casting.
To enjoy advanced features, including live recording and offline storage, you’ll need to get the premium Plex Pass.
Step 1: Install the Plex application on your VIZIO Smart TV. If you have an older model TV without a V button on the remote, then pleae use our article on how to install apps on a Vizio TV without a V button.
Step 2: Register your information on the Plex app. Once you’re logged in to your account, you’ll get access to all Plex content on your smart TV.
Method 6: How to Connect Laptop to VIZIO Smart TV – Smartphone
Most smartphones will allow you to connect to a Smart TV with the “Smart View” option. Under the Smart View tab, you’ll see an “Available Devices” list. Select your Vizio Smart TV and start enjoying your favorite movies!
The steps to connecting your smartphone will vary from one smartphone brand and model to another. Here’s how you can do it using your Samsung Galaxy;
We also have a guide on How to Connect your Smart TV to a Mobile Hotspot in case you have a brand other than VIZIO.
Method 7: Connect your Apple laptop to VIZIO TV using Airplay
We have posted the main steps below, but if you run into trouble, please see our full guide on how to turn on Airplay for your Vizio TV.
Your Apple laptop must be connected to the same wifi network as your TV
Step 1: Open the app that you want to stream from (eg iMovie, Youtube, Netflix etc)
Step 2: Look for the Airplay button and click it
Step 3:From the list of displays, select your VIZIO TV.
If this method works, and then stops after a while, please read up on how to fix Airplay Not Working on VIZIO TV.
Conclusion – Connecting Your Laptop to VIZIO Smart TV Wirelessly
With a VIZIO Smart TV, the possibilities for entertainment are limitless. . .