How to Mirror Your Screen in Windows 10

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slide9 675403Windows 10 is here, and while the new operating system should be pretty familiar to Windows 7 and 8 users, a few menu options have been shuffled around. It's like letting a friend crash at your place while you're away; afterward, you'll find a thousand little things that aren't exactly where you left them. In the new operating system, for example, the process for projecting your computer screen to a TV has changed. The new process is similar to the way it worked in Windows 8, but not identical. Here’s how it works.


What You'll Need


Most computers that come with Windows 8 or Windows 10 and Intel processors have WiDi support, but computers that upgrade from Windows 7 may not. If you're not sure whether your computer supports WiDi, the best way to find out is to just go ahead and try mirroring your screen with the process described below and see if it works.

If your computer doesn’t support WiDi, you still have options, like the Actiontec ScreenBeam USB Transmitter. This dongle, and similar USB transmitters from other manufacturers, let machines without WiDi broadcast as though they did have the technology. For more general information, check out our primer on Miracast.

MORE: What Is Miracast? Everything You Need to Know

You'll need a Miracast/WiDi receiver for your television set. We recommend the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter, but most Miracast receivers should work fine. (We did, however, notice that the feature did not work with the Roku boxes we tried. Miracast on Roku is still a beta feature, and has been unreliable in our tests.)

When you're ready to begin, here's how to mirror your screen with Windows 10.

  1. Set up your Miracast receiver.

Plug your Miracast receiver into your TV and a power source, then select the appropriate HDMI input on your TV. That's usually all you need to do, but as every Miracast device works a little differently, follow the manufacturer's instructions to get your receiver up and running. Our how-to can provide some general tips.

MORE: How to Use Miracast and WiDi

  1. Open the Start menu on your Windows 10 machine.

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From here, you can just search for Connected Device Settings in the Start menu's search field to skip a few steps. If not, read on.

  1. Click on Settings.

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  1. Select Devices.

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  1. Choose Connected Devices.

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  1. Click Add a Device.
  1. Select your WiDi receiver.

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For our tests, we used an Iogear GWAVR; other receivers will have different names.

That's it. Your computer should now be mirrored on your TV. If it's not, try to repeat the process. If nothing works, that's simply a peril of using Miracast/WiDi technology. There are so many moving parts from so many different manufacturers that some combinations just plain don't work, and there's not much you can do aside from trying a different receiver.

Windows 8 users may find that the process differs somewhat from the old method (in which they selected Settings, Project and Add Wireless Display), but it’s a similar process overall.

If you'd like to disconnect your device, you can do so easily.

  1. Click on your receiver under Projectors.

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  1. Select Remove Device.

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  1. Click Yes.

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There you have it. You may want to mirror your screen to share documents, watch streaming TV, or just because you happen to have a Windows 10 PC and a Miracast receiver lying around and 5 minutes on your hands. Whatever your reason, the process is exceedingly simple and straightforward.

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  • Jabba Says:

    Mirroring decreases battery life and can lag. Also dislike having to have to add a device every time one wants to connect.HDMI is the simplest way.

  • Ravi Sriram Says:

    I usually use an HDMI cable to mirror my laptop screen to my television. Simple, and it works.

  • Launce Says:

    It's only straightforward if you accept the counterintuitive proposition that you have to add a device every time you want to connect. And remove a device to disconnect. No other device works like that: usually you add a device permanently and then you do something with it. Like, you don't add a printer every time you want to print something, and then delete the printer!

    Screen mirroring is a very useful capability -- like, for watching movies you can only access online.
    I can't understand why for Microsoft it's a hidden feature they make so difficult to implement.

    But, after long searching, at least I now know how to do it.

  • Alb in PT Says:

    I've been considering moving to Windows 10 from Mac. But reading this, I can't image leaving the MacOS where this kind of connection to the TV is trivial! Buy a Mac TV box for under $100, connect Mac to tv. Simple. All this nonsense about people having troubles connecting a Windows machine to a TV is absurd. MSFT should just solve this problem!

  • Adolfo Franco Says:

    Chromecast working fine with my Windows 10 netbook, using Chrome to project desktop. But I had turn on Developer Mode in order to enable device detection...

  • Stephen Says:

    Hi, I can photos etc. but how do I do the actual laptop screen?

  • Christine Says:

    I get the sound on my TV, but no video.

  • Anand Says:

    I have connected my lap with tv but i get the sound in lap and not in tv. But i did the same in my phone and there u go the sound from tv...

  • santhoshkumar.m Says:

    my loptop is not connect to my sony tv with screen mirror option.its shows registraton failed.i use hp windows 10 give me suggestion

  • Marcio Noe Says:

    hi, I just bought a push2tv 3000 (netgear) por sharescreen to my tv, I have a Dell pc all in one 2320 and just downloaded the windows 10 by mistake. I can not seem to make it work, can you help me out? It works perfectly fine with my tab and cel, but not with my pc

  • Vladimir Says:

    Hello, to everyone. I just want to tell you that i had the same problem until last nigh. I spent hours on searching how to fix WIDI problem between my Qosmio-x70-a10N and LG LF632V WebOs TV. Until last night, i found out a solution that works for me, so i hope it will help you fix your problems too.

    I tried uninstalling all graphics drivers of my intel 4600hd and installing new one from intel site, but every time i stuck with same one, couldn't replace driver with new one, windows always say that the newest one is already installed.

    Then it came to me that windows is blocking other drivers for some hardware like graphics and only allow drivers from windows update.

    I went to Device Manager, selected my intel graphics 4600 hd, and uninstalled driver, and click scan for hardware changes, i did that few times, until i get to see Microsoft Basic Display Adapter instead of Intel HD 4600. Then when it ask to restart computer, click NO, and then go to Windows Update, it will find your Intel HD Graphics immediately and install fresh driver.

    Then i tried Mirror Cast/WiDI and voila, it's working excellent! Restarted computer few times, and after 24h it's still working.

    I send you this right now from my LG 632V WebOS.

    Hope that I helped someone to solve problem. :)

  • Jason Says:

    So I UPGRADED to windows 10 and really like it. But now I find out that my computers HDMI output no longer displays anything on my tv no matter how many hours I put into trying to get it to work. So I suppose this UPGRADE is really just a DOWNGRADE. Not surprised by Microsoft

  • nana44 Says:

    For my windows 8/10 setup with a rokubox, I find the streaming to a roku box curious. Sometimes the speed varies and it may shrink a single screen of a game repeatedly, but in all cases it always works (or connects) when it's already streaming video. Like from plex or something I sent to stream from a mp4 link.

  • Attilio A. Romita Says:

    MS-W10 see the tw 32LG580V, but the screen is not mirrored.
    I tried to mirror my smartphone LG G3 using Mirecast and all run OK.

  • kevin crowson Says:

    when i click add device it tries to connect then shuts down my computer and error appears irql equal or not the same is there anything i can do to correct this regards kevin

  • Stanley Says:

    Intel Wireless display software was deleted when update from windows 7 to windows 10. After update network and display drivers - devices are not compatible devices, but I repeat, that in Win7 all works properly. There I found one true solution - roll back to Windows 7.

  • Dave Mahan Says:

    My windows 10 phone lumina 950 was able to use continuum to wireless connect to my Roku and 50 inch TV screen. No dock or other adapter required.

  • Breece P. Says:

    Before Windows 10 I used an HDMI hook up which worked perfectly, now the screen mirroring won't work. I'll only see my mouse on my tv for about 5 seconds before connection lost and the roku method can't even connect to my laptop.

  • rama chandra raju Says:

    I have upgraded my laptop from windows 7 to windows 10. Earlier i used to mirror my laptop screen to a 21" monitor. But now that facility is not available. Please help us how to connect my laptop screen to a big monitor instead of tv.

  • Ron Ehrlich Says:

    We have an HDMI TV and a Dell Windows 10 laptop with an HDMI port. If we connect these two with an HDMI cable, will that support Screen Mirroring without additional hardware??

  • HunnyPpppy Says:

    Please note Windows 10 DROPS supports for Intel 3rd gen (HD 4000) and older chipsset and also for N 6xxx series WiFi chipsets. You will need HD 4400 and N7xxx wifi to use mirroring in Windows 10.

  • Julie Says:

    Thanks! Succeeded on the 3rd attempt! It didn't connect the first couple of times so I removed the device and added it again. Kept repeating it till it finally succeeded on the 3rd time!

  • Miroslav Says:

    Miracast not connected with LG TV SMART. Why, help?

  • Timothy Ellis Says:

    There's an update out & now all you have to do if your device is added is to click on the action center icon on the bottom right of the screen & click on connect.

  • Sebastián Says:

    Thanks, but what is really annoying me in Windows 10 is that changing the project setting - so selecting extend, duplicate or single screen - which was available in two clicks via the hot corner has now disappeared. I have to search for it every time. Is there a quicker route?

  • Timothy Ellis Says:

    Ok here is how to do it properly through Roku.

    1) Go to Settings in the Start Menu. Click on Devices if you haven't added Roku yet. If you have then skip to step 3

    2) Click on Connected Devices & add Roku.

    3)Type Project into the search bar at the top right of the settings window. Click on Second Screen option.

    4) A window will come up across the right side of your screen. Click on Project to a Wireless Display

    5) Finally Roku will appear. Just click on it to finish.

    I don't know why Microsoft has made this process more complicated than their previous operating system. There it was easy as swiping your mouse down to the bottom right corner of the screen.

    I guess when you have a monopoly on the operating systems game, you can afford being sorry as crap.

    I guess Bill Gates doesn't give a shit about any of us & our 1st world problems.

  • Zurchnad Says:

    Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter does not work with Windows 10. I returned it after spending over one hour on the phone with Windows support! The support person confirmed that it did not work with Windows 10.

  • sal Says:

    On windows 8.1 gives the option for a screen duplicate, on windows 10 it does not. is there a fix? also the edge browser would not allow a google toolbar, is there a fix? thanks

  • Fred W Says:

    I have a Samsung Smart TV which supports screen mirroring. Sometimes it works well, sometimes it times out during the connection process, and sometimes it reports "No Device Found". Any idea why?

  • Howard Olsen Says:

    I have 2 Surface Pro 3 Devices neither of them could find the Microsoft Wireless Display adapter. The solution on Both was to uninstall the Intel Graphic Drive and then reboot. The system refreshes the Driver and then go to go.. I've done this now on 3 SP3 machines and worked every time.

  • Akın Senol Says:

    I have Lenovo Ideapad z570 with HD3000 & Intel Centrino N1000. But I couldn't found my WIDI.

    I also installed newest drivers on Intel Website, but it won't work for me.

  • JeyDawn Says:

    The screen mirroring function stopped working after windows 10 update help please.

  • Emre Says:

    It does not work with roku stick. Roku needs to update their system

  • pratap Says:

    Have WIDI on my dell. Worked well with Netgear push2TV 3000.Not working after upgrade to Windows 10.
    Device detected, status" Not Connected" Help please

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