How to Use a Laptop Screen for the XBox

By Editorial Team

Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Wireless Internet connection

  • Ethernet cable

An Xbox controller
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Sitting down in front of the TV, grabbing a controller and playing Xbox games with friends is a highly enjoyable way to pass the time. But there is an even more convenient way to join in the gaming fun, and that involves linking your Xbox with your laptop computer. Doing this will allow you to access your Xbox anywhere you can take your laptop, as long as you are in range of the wireless router. So, unfortunately, to do this you need to have a wireless Internet connection, but the good news is that you don't need to be a tech genius in order to link the Xbox with your laptop.

Turn on your computer and locate the network icon on your computer's task bar in the main menu. Right-click on it with your mouse and choose "Network and Sharing Center" from the list of options that appears in the drop-down menu.

Select "Manage Network Connections" from the list of options located on the left side of the window.

Click and drag a box over both the "Wireless Connection" icon and the "Local Area Connection" icon to select them both. Right-click and select "Bridge Connections." Wait a few minutes for the connections to bridge. The progress bar in the middle of the screen will tell you how much time is left.

Plug one end of your Ethernet cable (available from any electronics store or online) into the USB port in the side of your laptop and plug the other end in the port on the side of your Xbox. Make sure your Xbox is connected to a TV and turned on.

Click on the "Settings" tab on the main menu of your Xbox and select "Network Settings" from the list of options.

Look at your laptop screen to confirm the connections. Your laptop screen should now be connected wirelessly to the Xbox and displaying whatever the Xbox is displaying.