How to connect a projector to a laptop without a VGA port

If you’re a user of projectors and Laptops, chances are at some point you’re going to have to connect the two without a VGA port, like many Macs. So how do you do this?

Connecting a projector to a laptop without a VGA port is super easy, barely an inconvenience. You are still able to use your laptop’s HDMI port with a standard HDMI cable but will need to purchase an HDMI to VGA adaptor. There are several of these available but they all do the same thing. You should not have to pay more than £10 for an HDMI to VGA adaptor, and we will leave a link at the end of the article for one that we recommend.

If you wish to find one for yourself, the only thing you need to watch out for when buying the adaptor is that it’s an HDMI to VGA and not VGA to HDMI. The reason for this is that the adaptors can only convert video in one direction.

How To Connect A Projector To A Laptop Without A VGA Port

Laptop ports
  • Start with the laptop on which you wish to use the adaptor turned off.
  • Connect the HDMI to VGA adapter to the HDMI port on your laptop.
  • Connect the video cable to the adapter on the laptop.
  • Connect the other end of the cable to the VGA port on the projector.
  • Turn the power on to the projector.
  • Turn the power on to the laptop.

It’s really that easy!

A Note On Converters and Other Options

HDMI cable to VGA

An HDMI to VGA converter is another tool you can use to connect a laptop to a projector without a VGA port. The difference between a converter and an adaptor is that the convertor sends audio as well as video. Convertors are usually unnecessary unless you happen to also lack a DC jack. They can cost anywhere from £30 to £100, but you will also be able to use features such as IR remote control.

Another option is a simple cable. You can purchase an HDMI to VGA adaptor cable in many places across the internet. It is similar to a standard HDMI cable, but instead of both ends being made for HDMI ports, one of them is for VGA. Super handy.

The Bottom Line

If you’ve followed the steps above and are not having a great time with the picture quality, consider purchasing a better quality cable. It is quite common to lose some video quality when using an adaptor or convertor, but purchasing a better cable is an easy fix for this issue.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. If you’re interested in purchasing a reliable HDMI to VGA adaptor, you can buy one here, but there are many other options available for purchase.

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About Mike Herrera

Mike is a freelance journalist who specializes in writing about technology. He has a degree in computer science, and he likes to stay up-to-date on the latest software releases. He's an avid reader, and he enjoys spending time outdoors. When he's not working, you can usually find him playing video games or exploring new hiking trails.

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