When giving presentations or to extend the screen, you can connect to a wireless display in Windows 10. Here’re the exact steps to follow.
If you have a projector, TV screen, or even a second monitor, you can make Windows 10 display its screen wirelessly on that device. This eliminates the need to use long and bulky cables to mirror or extend the screen. As you can guess, connecting to a wireless display is very useful in a lot of situations like a presentation in a board room, movie watching, the immediate necessity of a secondary monitor, etc. Though the feature is baked into Windows 10 for a long time, it is one of the lesser-known or ignored features.
For example, recently I wanted to show some old photos to my family and friends. Rather than passing the laptop or phone to them, I just connected to a wireless display (TV in this case) so that all of us could enjoy those photos at the same time. The same also be applicable in the presentation of some sort in office environments.
This good thing is, as long as you don’t mind a little bit of latency, you can happily use the wireless screen functionality in Windows 10 to increase your productivity and get the work done. So, to get you started, here are the exact steps to follow to connect to a wireless display in Windows 10.
Before you can connect Windows 10 to a wireless display, both your computer or laptop and the wireless display, be it a TV or Monitor should meet the below requirements.
- Should have build-in support for Miracast.
- Both devices should be in the same local network.
- Your WiFi driver should support WiFi Direct.
If your devices don’t meet the above requirements, you will not be able to connect to the wireless display.
Steps to Connect to a Wireless Display in Windows 10
To connect a wireless display to Windows 10 there are two major steps. First, you need to add the wireless display to Windows 10. Next, connect to it from the Project menu.
- First, press “Win + P” to open the Project menu.
- Here, click on the “Connect to a wireless display” link.
- Now, click on the “Find other types of devices” link at the bottom.
- Click on the “Add Bluetooth or other devices” button. You will find that option on the right page.
- Select the “Wireless display or dock” option.
- Windows will now scan the local network for compatible wireless displays. Once found click on your wireless display.
- At this point, your wireless display may show a confirmation message. Accept it if needed.
- As soon as you accept, the wireless display is connected and the Windows 10 screen should be duplicated on to the other screen.
- You can control how the wireless display should be utilized from the Project menu. Just press the “Win + P” menu and select the appropriate option.
Once you successfully add the wireless display, you don’t have to go through the process again. Simply click on the “Connect” button in the notification center and then select the wireless display from the list.
Windows 10 Project Modes
By default Windows 10 offers, four different wireless display connectivity modes. You can see these modes in the Project menu (Win + P). They are as follows.
- PC screen only: The wireless screen is disconnected and only your PC/laptop screen is active.
- Duplicate: Your PC/laptop is duplicated on the wireless screen. This is mode is good for screen sharing or presentations.
- Extend: The wireless display acts as a secondary monitor. Good for increasing screen real estate and productivity.
- Second screen only: Your PC/laptop screen is turned off and you will see everything only on the wireless display.
Depending on your use case, select one of the available project modes and are good to go. To disconnect, either click on the “Disconnect” button on the top bar or select the “PC Screen Only” option in the Project menu.
That is all. It is that simple to connect a wireless display to Windows 10. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.