Weeks back, I was with one of my friends in his house and he was on his laptop playing a game. His children are also with us. As will all know that children are usually carried away by games, the children, which are four in number, wished to watch the game but unfortunately, I was sitting beside their father and we (I and their father) were blocking their view.
When I noticed we are blocking the children’s view, I asked their father that “is your laptop has HDMI port?” And he replied yes. And I asked him “why do you not connect it to your TV so that your children will be able to see the game and will be satisfied?” And he replied that he does not know how the HDMI stuff is done. I was amazed that he does not know how to change HDMI output to input on a laptop, however, I help and taught him how it is done.
As the above narration goes, I hope you understand what the HDMI port on a laptop is used for. HDMI on a laptop help to connect the laptop screen to another bigger screen such as another monitor, TV, video projector, etc. HDMI port is pre-activated within the operating system (OS) to properly send audio and video to external devices.
However, laptops do not come with an HDMI output port but with an input port, which means the port on the laptop can give a signal to another device and can not receive a signal. But there is another way to make your laptop receive a signal from another device, and I will share it with you in this article.
How to change HDMI output to input on laptop
As stated above, a laptop HDMI port gives output signal alone which means it is very easy to connect the HDMI on a laptop to another device, but to change the HDMI output to input you will need a capture card, a USB-C cable, two HDMI cables and of course your gaming console or the device that will give the output signal and display on your laptop screen.
Follow the below guides to set and change HDMI output to input on a laptop:
1. Connect a USB-C cable to the capture card
I can recommend various capture cards to you which include Elgato HD60 X, Asus Tuf Gaming CU4K30, AverMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus, AverMedia Live Gamer Mini, Elgato 4K60 Pro Mk.2, Elgato Game Capture 4K60 S+, AverMedia Live Gamer Duo, and EVGA XR1.
You can easily get one of these capture cards on Amazon or any other online shop. If you wish, you can choose anyone other than the ones on the above list. There are a lot of capture card, and can be easily gotten everywhere, but I recommend the above ones.
After you have gotten a capture card, you will also need a USB-C cable. Connect the USB-C cable to the capture card, and for great performance, connect the other end of the USB-C cable to the USB 3.0 port on your laptop.
2. Connect the HDMI cable to your gaming console and capture card
To do this, plug one of the ends of the HDMI cable into your gaming console and the other end into the IN port on your capture card.
3. Connect another HDMI cable to the capture card and your laptop
To do this, plug one of the ends of another HDMI cable into the capture card’s HDMI OUT port and the other end into your laptop. That is all and you are good to go!
Conclusion: You should note that laptops’ HDMI port gives an output signal, unlike other devices such as Monitors, TVs, projectors, etc, which their HDMI port comes with an input signal. So it is not directly possible to change the HDMI output on the laptop to input, however, it is possible to do that with the help of a capture card, and a USB-C cable and you will also need two HDMI cables which I have explained in detail the step by step guides on how to do that above.
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