You probably have wondered if your regular TV can watch YouTube. Is it even possible? Fortunately, you can get YouTube on your non-smart TV. Keep reading to know how that is possible.
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How to get YouTube on a non-smart TV?
There are two ways you can watch YouTube content on your non-smart TV:
- Using a wired connection.
- Using a wireless connection.
Using a Smartphone
You require a connection cable to link your smartphone with the TV. Depending on the type of phone and the USB type, you can either use a Lightning Digital AV Adapter and an HDMI cable with an iPhone or a Micro USB to HDMI cable or USB-C to HDMI cable with an Android smartphone.
Simply connect your iPhone to the Lighting Digital AV adapter via the lighting connector. Then plug in one end of the HDMI cable into the TV’s HDMI port and the other on the Lightning Digital AV adapter. Next, open the YouTube app on your iPhone and start streaming.
If you have an Android smartphone with a Micro USB, you need a Micro USB to HDMI cable. Simply plug in the Micro USB end of the cable into your phone, and the HDMI end into your TV’s HDMI port and open YouTube to start watching on your big screen.
Follow the steps below to connect your USB-C-enabled smartphone to a non-smart TV with a USB-C to HDMI cable.
Using a Laptop
A laptop or a Personal computer (PC) provides the simplest way to get YouTube on a non-smart TV:
- Connect your TV to the laptop using an HDMI cable.
- Open the TV and choose the HDMI port that matches the laptop.
- Connect the laptop to the Wi-Fi network and go to the YouTube website with your browser to watch any content on YouTube from your regular TV.
Sometimes your laptop may not have an HDMI port. In this case, an HDMI adapter would be the ideal option for you. First, connect the HDMI end of the adapter to your TV and the other USB end to your laptop’s USB port. Then follow the steps provided above to connect to YouTube and start watching. Alternatively, you can use a cable with VGA on one end and HDMI on the other.
In other cases, you might have an older TV model with no HDMI port. Such models have a Component Video Audio connection. Therefore, to connect this to your laptop for YouTube streaming, you need an HDMI to Composite Video Audio Converter Adapter.
Plugin the HDMI end of the adapter into your laptop’s HDMI port and the other end of the composite video audio connection into your TV (take note of the color-coding). Then, connect your laptop to the Wi-Fi network and use your browser to access YouTube and start watching.
You can wirelessly get YouTube on a non-smart TV using a casting device, such as Google Chromecast. First, plug-in Chromecast to your TV’s HDMI port. Then, if you have an iPhone, install Google Home on your phone from the AppStore. If you have an Android smartphone, you can install the app from Play Store.
Ensure that your smartphone and Chromecast share the same Wi-Fi network. Next, open the Google Home app and choose Chromecast to add it as a new device. Next, go to the Cast icon on the top-right corner of your smartphone’s screen. A list of available devices will appear, choose Chromecast and enjoy watching YouTube.
Amazon Fire Stick
Alternatively, you can use Amazon Fire Stick, a casting device, to watch YouTube on your non-smart TV. First, connect the device to your TV using the HDMI port, and connect it to your Wi-Fi. Next, log in to your Amazon account with your smartphone.
Search for the YouTube app on the Amazon App store and download it on the streaming device. Then, click the home button on your remote to open the Home Screen on your TV. Next, choose the YouTube app from the displayed apps to start streaming.
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