Your Surface Pro has a small screen. But, you can connect Surface Pro to TV, monitor, or projector and then use an external screen to make everything bigger. In this MiniTool post, we will show you how to connect Surface Pro to TV, monitor, or projector using cables and adapters, or wirelessly.
Can I Mirror My Surface to my TV, Monitor, or Projector?
If you are using a Surface Pro device, you can connect Surface Pro to TV, Monitor, or Projector, and then you can make photos, videos, movies, and presentations bigger and clearer on the screen. To do this job, you need to make sure that your Surface Pro and your TV, Monitor, or Projector have a compatible cable and adapter. You can even connect Surface Pro to monitor, TV, or Projector wirelessly.
Now, in this post, we will show you how to connect Surface Pro to TV, Monitor, or Projector. These guides are also available for other Surface devices like Surface Studio, Surface Laptop, Surface Go, etc.
How to Connect Surface Pro to a TV, Monitor, or Projector?
Cables and Adapters You Need to Have:
For Your Surface Device:
If you want to use cables and adapters to connect Surface Pro to a TV, Monitor, or projector, you need first to see which display output port your Surface Pro is using. This can help you find a suitable adapter that can connect to the external monitor. Usually, there are two types of external display/audio output ports: Mini DisplayPort and USB-C.
For Your TV, Monitor, or Projector
You should go to see which video ports you are using on your TV, monitor, or projector. These ports always include HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA. After checking, you can then determine which adapters and cables you should use for your device. Usually, you need to purchase the adapters and cables separately.
- If it is an HDMI port, depending on which display output port your Surface device has, you need to own a USB-C to HDMI adapter and HDMI cable or a Mini Display to HDMI adapter and HDMI cable.
- If it is a VGA port, depending on which display output port your Surface device has, you need to own a USB-C to VGA adapter and VGA cable or a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter and VGA cable. Here, you need to know that a VGA adapter and cable are only for videos. You need to use an external speaker if you don’t want audio to play from your Surface speakers.
- If it is a DisplayPort, depending on which display output port your Surface device has, you need to own a USB-C to DisplayPort adapter and DisplayPort cable or a Mini DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort Cable.
If the external only has a Mini DisplayPort, you can connect a USB-C to HDMI adapter > HDMI cable > HDMI to Mini DisplayPort > the external screen. Here, you should know that the more adapters you use, the more degraded the signal can get.
Set up Your TV, Monitor, or Projector
We have introduced which cables and adapters you should have for connecting Surface Pro to TV. If everything is prepared, you will need to set up your TV, monitor, or projector:
- Turn on your TV, monitor, or projector, and then connect on end of the video cable to the port on the external screen
- Connect the other end of the cable to the video adapter.
- Connect the other end of the adapter to your Surface Pro. Here, you need to guarantee that you're plugging in the right part of the cable to the right input.
If you're using a projector, you need to make sure that you have connected all audio accessories.
How to Connect Surface Pro to a Monitor, TV, or Projector Wirelessly?
You can also connect Surface Pro to a monitor, TV, or projector wirelessly if your Surface Pro can detect a device nearby. You can use a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter to connect to a screen via Surface Pro Miracast. Here is how to do this work:
1. Click the Action Center in the taskbar or swipe in from the right edge of the screen on your Surface Pro.
2. Click the Connect option.
3. Select the name of the wireless display or adapter that you want to connect to.
How to Set up the External Screen?
After you connect your Surface Pro to the external screen successfully, you can then set what to display on the screens:
- Click the search box and type project to a second screen.
- Select Project to a second screen from the search results.
- You will see four results from the right pop-out interface. Just select on according to your actual requirements:
- PC screen only: If you want to see everything on your Surface screen, you can select this option. But if you have connected to a wireless projector, this option will be shown as Disconnect.
- Duplicate: If you want to see the same things on all screens, you can select this option.
- Extend: If you want everything spread over all screens, you can select this option. When this option is enabled, you can even drag and move things between them.
- Second screen only: If you only want to see everything on your TV, monitor, or projector, you can use this option. When this option is enabled, your Surface Pro screen will be blank.
Just use these methods to connect your Surface Pro or other Surface devices to your TV, monitor, or projector and then watch everything with a larger screen.
Adding a second monitor is necessary sometimes; however, users often complain that the second monitor not detected on device.