Are there times when you really want to have a display of your PC monitor to your TV? What are supposed to do? Or rather, what do you usually do? It is simple. You only need to an HDMI cable and link the two. You can then enjoy your computer display on a larger screen. But is it a must you have the HDMI cable? Well, you may be having the cable. But what if the PC lacks an HDMI port? Do you think there is something you can still do and still enjoy a bigger screen? If your answer is “NO” you are very wrong. You can go wireless, thanks to technology there is Miracast. In our discussion today, we are going to discuss in detail the concept of Miracast. We are going to respond to the question – How Do I Know If My Laptop Supports Miracast Windows 10? Let us begin…
What is Miracast?
Well, this is a wireless display measure that is meant to mirror PC’s screen to a TV. In the category of PC’s, I include tablets and smartphones also. The fact that Miracast does not require HDMI cables has made very popular. In fact, it is expected to completely do away with the use of HDMI cables completely in the future. Instead of using the cables, the technology allows the devices to discover themselves, link and display their contents wirelessly. Who may not want to embrace that idea? As time passes, Miracast is going to be adopted by many people across the world.
Have you tried Google’s Chromecast (specifically for their Chromecast and Android-based TV gadgets) or Apple’s AirPlay (specifically on Apple TV)? What is the difference between Miracast and these wireless services? Well, the words in the bracket should help you answer the question. Simply put, Miracast is a cross-platform service, unlike the two. Miracast is all about mirroring and may be perceived as a wire-free HDMI cable.
We just mentioned that Miracast is a cross-platform service. Does this mean that every Operating System and Electronics supports it? That will be a mistake in reasoning. Users of Windows 8.1 computers and phones can enjoy using Miracast devices. Not all android devices can support it. Android smartphones, specifically Android 4.2 or the later versions also support Miracast. Fire OS, Amazon’s product, is Android-based and so can support Miracast. Linux Pcs demands some kind of unsupported hacks in order to work. Chromebooks lack local Miracast support. Similarly, Apple Macs, as well as IOS gadgets which supports AirPlay, cannot support Miracast. With this in mind, let us go back to the question we raised at the outset.
How Do I Know If My Laptop Supports Miracast Windows 10?
As mentioned in the preceding section, not all devices can support Miracast. We also mentioned about Windows 8.1 earlier. So what about other Windows versions? If your PC use windows 10 OS, it is easy to check whether it supports Miracast. There are two main tools you can use to determine whether your device can really display its screen contents to another device, in this case, TV. These are:
- Connect app
- DirectX Diagnostic Tool.
Let us briefly discuss each one of them.
Using Connect App to Determine Whether Windows 1O Supports Miracast
It is so easy and fast to use connect the app to ascertain whether your device supports Miracast if it uses windows 10 OS. Use the following steps:
- Click the bottom-right corner to launch the Action Center. Select the connect option to open first connect app.
- You will be able to tell whether your device supports Miracast.
DirectX Diagnostic Tool
- Begin by opening the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.
- Click the Win + R to launch the Run dialog. Type this “dxdiag” within the Run box and press OK. For confirmation, press the Yes button.
- You will see the option “save all information” within the system tab. Select it in order to save all the files.
- Open DxDiag.txt you had saved. Move downwards to the system information and you will be to see whether it supports Miracast.
Generally, Miracast comes in windows 10 and it is so easy to use it. There so many devices with the ability to support Miracast and so connecting them to your computer will not be a hard thing. We have already discussed how Miracast works. We have seen examples of devices that support it and those that do not. So then it will be very appropriate for us to discuss how you can use Miracast to link your window 10 computer to other electronic devices or television. Basically, the two devices will link through a native Wi-Fi connection. But to connect, use the following steps:
- Utilize Cortana search box
- Select the option “project to another screen”
- You will be provided with various options. It will all depend on what you personally want. Here are some of the options:
- a) Duplicate screen. This is what you want in this regard. it mirrors the contents of your computer to the TV
- b) Here the television will be utilized as a dual format monitor.
- c) Second screen only. The TV will be utilized as the principal screen for the computer.
- After selecting what you want, select the option “link to the wireless display”
- The PC will then search for any available Miracast device. When your device is found, simply click it.
- There cases where your device may fail to appear. Click “to add a device” and write its name.
If your television is not Miracast-supported, it is still possible to use the device. However, you just have to look for an adapter. Insert the plug of the adapter into the HDMI port and wait for your PC to acknowledge the TV and exhibit its contents to the TV’s screen. You can click over here to learn more.
The Bottom Line
It is absolutely a thrill using Miracast, especially for Windows 10 users. How can they check whether their laptop supports Miracast windows 10? We looked at two different ways, using either the connect app or the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.