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How to Connect Chromebook to a Monitor for Dual Display

Most Chromebooks have a small display, and the LCD screens on cheap Chromebooks are terrible. You can use the dual-display for more productivity by connecting your Chromebook to an external monitor. Adding another screen can increase productivity as well.

Here’s how to connect a Chromebook to a monitor so you can use mirror mode or multiple displays.

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How to Connect Chromebook to a Monitor for Dual Display

You can only use a cable to link a Chromebook and a monitor for a dual display arrangement. Consequently, you are unable to use your Windows or Mac computer as a second display. 

Chromebooks can be used as a second display for Mac or Windows using services like Duet Display or Spacedesk, but not the other way around. Having said that, here’s how to set up a dual display arrangement on your Chromebook by connecting an external monitor to it.

1. Check the ports that are accessible on both the display and your Chromebook first. These days, HDMI ports are a regular feature on the majority of displays. 

Whether it does, see if it has an HDMI port. If one is available, you can connect your Chromebook to the display using an HDMI connection. Most likely, the HDMI cable comes with the monitor, so there’s no need to buy a new cable.

2. The majority of Chromebooks only have USB-C and USB-A connectors. A few Chromebooks could also include a mini-HDMI port. If so, an appropriate converter, such as a USB-C to HDMI, USB-A to HDMI, or mini-HDMI to HDMI, can be found.

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3. Unlike other conventional laptops, Chromebooks have a Display connection built-in, so you don’t have to worry about drivers or similar issues. 

Once connected, your monitor ought to recognize the Chromebook and begin displaying the display right away. If not, switch the monitor’s input to HDMI or the port that is linked to the Chromebook.

4. Select the cog symbol from the fast settings menu in the bottom right corner of your Chromebook to access System Settings.

5. Next, select the Display option under Device in the Settings’ left sidebar.

6. This is where you can adjust the display settings for your Chromebook and any connected displays. It is pre-configured to reflect your screen by default. 

To convert it to a dual display arrangement, just uncheck Mirror Built-in display. Chrome OS will save your configuration when you’re done.

7. Next, set up the monitors on your workstation as desired. As a result, switching between the two screens is effortless.

8. Scroll down to change the Chromebook display’s size, resolution, refresh rate, and other display-related settings.

That’s all; your Chromebook is now successfully linked to a display.

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How to Mirror Your Chrome OS Display on a Monitor

You can mirror your screen using both wired and wireless alternatives, unlike dual display opinions.

Using a Cable

Use an HDMI cable to connect the two devices. Next, choose HDMI as your monitor’s input method. It should begin reflecting your Chrome OS display. 

Open Chrome OS Settings > Device > Display and select Mirror Built-in monitor to see whether it is functioning as a dual display.

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Wireless mirroring with Chrome Remote Desktop

Here’s how you mirror a Chrome OS device on a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer or laptop.

1. On your Chromebook, first install the Chrome Remote Desktop Chrome extension.

2. Open remotedesktop.google.com on both the system and your Chromebook now.

3. Next, on both devices, choose the Share my screen option.

4. Select the +Generate Code button on your Chromebook. If you have the Chrome Remote Desktop extension installed, you will only be able to access this option.

5. A 12-digit code will be generated.

6. On your machine, enter the code in the “Connect to another computer” box and press “Connect.”

7. On your Chromebook, choose Share from the pop-up menu. The mirroring of your Chrome OS screen to your display screen will begin.

8. To eliminate the browser bars, turn on the option next to Fullscreen on your system.

That’s it; now any desktop or laptop can properly mirror your Chrome OS display. You can access your Chromebook from another device in addition to mirroring your screen using the keyboard and trackpad on your laptop.

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Connecting your Chromebook to a Monitor

A monitor can be used with Chrome OS to mirror your screen and support multiple displays. While you can mirror displays using both wired and wireless methods, you must use the wired approach to use it in a dual display. You cannot depend on third-party services like Duet Display since they will see Chrome OS as Android.