Project to a wireless display with Miracast

Miracast is a wireless technology your PC can use to project your screen to TVs, projectors, and streaming media players that also support Miracast. You can use this to share what you’re doing on your PC, present a slide show, or even play your favorite game on a larger screen.

Get your devices ready

If your PC came with Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 and your wireless display supports Miracast, you’re ready to add the wireless display to your PC to complete the connection, and start projecting.

However, if you upgraded your PC from an older version of Windows, you'll need to make sure your PC supports Miracast and is ready to project. Also, if the display you'll project to doesn’t support Miracast, you’ll need to set up the display by adding an extra piece of hardware to it before you can start projecting. 
 
To get an upgraded PC ready to project
To set up a display that doesn’t already support Miracast


Add the display to complete the connection

With your PC and display ready to project, you need to add the wireless display to your PC. Both devices need to be within range, which usually means that they're in the same room.

To add a wireless display to your PC

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Devices.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Devices.)
  2. Tap or click Project, and then tap or click Add a wireless display.
  3. Choose the wireless display in the list of devices found, and follow the instructions on the screen.

Project your screen to a wireless display

After you add the wireless display to your PC, you can project your screen to it and change what you see on each screen.

To project your screen

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Devices.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Devices.)
  2. Tap or click Project, and then tap or click the wireless display you want.

To choose what you see on each screen

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Devices.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Devices.)
  2. Tap or click Project, and then choose one of these options:
    • PC screen only. You’ll see everything on your PC. (When you're connected to a wireless projector, this option changes to Disconnect.)
    • Duplicate. You’ll see the same things on both screens.
    • Extend. You'll see everything spread over both screens, and you can drag and move items between the two.
    • Second screen only. You’ll see everything on the connected screen. Your other screen will be blank.

Disconnect from a wireless display

If you move your PC beyond the range of the wireless display (such as to another room), or if you make your PC sleep or hibernate, the two devices will disconnect. You can also disconnect the wireless display manually.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Devices.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Devices.)
  2. Tap or click Project, and then tap or click Disconnect.

Fix problems

You can solve many problems by installing the latest drivers for your PC and the latest firmware for your wireless display or Miracast adapter. To update firmware on your wireless display or adapter, go to the Support section of the manufacturer's website, search on your specific device, and follow their instructions to download and install that firmware. You can also check the Windows Store to see if there’s an app from the manufacturer of your wireless display or Miracast adapter that updates firmware.

Here are a few more steps to try if you continue to experience problems.

If you can’t add or connect to the wireless display
If the text on your display is fuzzy or images stutter
If audio continues to play on your PC


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Article ID: 15053 - Last Review: Apr 27, 2016 - Revision: 33

  • Windows 8.1
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