How To Connect Raspberry Pi To Laptop Using HDMI – Simple Steps

Raspberry Pi is a small piece of hardware that might not look like much but it can do wonders and which is why it is being regarded as the “Pocket PC” due to how powerful it is. It is mainly used for doing project works and other debugging purposes and runs on Linux-based operating systems.

But being efficient and versatile, it still can’t work independently as any other electronic device would and requires appliances like laptop connection to work, so if you are wondering how to connect Raspberry Pi to laptop using HDMI.

Although be advised, that Raspberry Pi only requires an HDMI connection only once while setting it up in correspondence to your laptop, you still need to follow crucial steps and keep things in consideration before things actually go smoothly while setting your Raspberry Pi device.

Things That You Would Need

  • Raspberry PI device (obviously)
  • Laptop ( up to date operating system)
  • SD Card ( that has Linux based operating system)
  • USB type A ( for powering purposes)
  • Ethernet cable
  • HDMI Cable (to connect to laptop)

Things To Do For Connection

Well, the following are some simple steps that you need to follow.

Prepping Up Raspberry Pi Device

As mentioned above Raspberry PI  devices works independently and usually doesn’t have any sort of media storage in it, moreover, it also operates over Linux based operating system, and the most optimized and versatile operating system which has plenty of compatibilities because it is uniquely made for Raspberry PI is official Raspbian OS, Lakka, RetroPie and  OpenELEC.

  1. Although you can choose from any of the names mentioned above, Raspbian OS is usually my favorite one because it is basically easy to use and works just like a windows operating system.
  2. Download Raspbian OS from its official website and then burn that file onto the SD card.
  1. The whole process would take a while depending on your SD card speed, after the file is burned onto your SD card, insert it into your Raspberry Pi device.
  1. This will make sure your device now has an operating system to operate and act independently for all your projects or debugging.

How To Connect Raspberry Pi To Laptop Using HDMI

There are two ways you can connect your Raspberry PI device, take a gander.

1. The Traditional Way (One Time HDMI Use)

  1. Now, let’s get down to business, turn on your laptop and make sure it has its drivers and operating system up to date so that you won’t have any problem recognizing the Raspberry PI device.
  1. Then use the MicroUSB cable to power the device so that it can operate.
  1. Use the ethernet cable, to project the interface of the Raspberry device onto your laptop screen which enables the data transfer of up to 100mbs depending on the type and quality of the ethernet cable you are using.
  1. After everything is set up and in its right place, use the HDMI cable and connect its either end to both the laptop and your Raspberry PI device, however, this will be the only time you would be using it and you don’t have to do it again, unless it and until you connect your device to another laptop.

2. Through Server (HDMI Is Necessary)

You can also connect your laptop through a server, however, you need to install a software called VNC server to connect to your laptop.

Connect your Raspberry device to the laptop through an HDMI cable and execute the following command( without quotation)  in the Raspberry interface of LX-Terminal to install VNC:

“$ sudo apt-get update”

“$ sudo apt-get install tightvncserver”

After these commands have been executed successfully, you will be able to access your Raspberry Pi using Putty. And all you have to do is type “start vnc” to start the VNC software in your device and then execute the command(without quotation):

“$ vncserver :1”

The “1” in the command enables the VNC server to boot up so that you can operate it, after it has opened, type in your username and password, you can log in to your VNC Server software.

Setting It Up On Laptop

But before you proceed, you also need to set up the client software on your laptop, but fret not because the procedure is also the same, just make sure you type in the IP address of your laptop and the type of encryption you want to use.

And then type in your password and username so you can proceed to the main menu. 

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How To Check Your Ip Address

In order to determine the IP address of your laptop, and press the “Windows + X” and then type “CMD”, this will take you to the command prompt.

In the black box of the command prompt, execute the command:


After the command is executed, you will have a list of things, in which there will be your IP address, just copy it or write it down somewhere so you can remember it, and enter it in the VNC Client.

How do I connect Raspberry Pi to HDMI?

Connect either end of the HDMI cable to the Raspberry PI zero converter and the other end to the HDMI interface on your laptop to establish a connection.

Can I use the laptop screen as HDMI input?

No, because the laptop only has HDMI output ports which cannot be used as an input source.

Final Verdict

Although Raspberry PI is a small device, it still requires some esoteric information which you might not find easily on the internet, which is why I highly advise you to carefully follow the steps on how to connect Raspberry PI to the laptop using HDMI, because if you don’t you might end up messing the whole thing up.

Moreover, it is totally up to you to choose any Linux based operating system to choose from for your Raspberry device, but be wary as the commands and user interface might be different for each operating system as these methods are only tested on Raspbian official OS and I cannot guarantee any success in other OS mentioned above.