How to Project Laptop Screen to Wall without Projector

Invite your family and friends over the weekend, spend quality time and enjoy the movie night. Make your outdoor sitting more pleasant by arranging outdoor air coolers or air conditioners. But the main hurdle in the whole process is the arrangement of a projector.

The projector is a costly item and owned by very few people, or it’s a rare occasion that out of our inner circle, someone has the projector. Therefore to own a projector for a movie night is a costly move. Moreover, the projector also needs a constant and uninterrupted power supply, resulting in power outages.

There is an excellent solution to all these problems. Here, we explain how you can project a laptop screen to the wall without a project!

Alternate ways to Use a projector:

There are many ways and techniques to enjoy the experience similar to a projector. The people who love and have the skills to execute a DIY project, it’s a treat from them. Here are some popular techniques to use and project your images on a larger screen.

Use of a Laptop to Project an Image on a Wall:

Nowadays, laptops come with the latest technologies; laptops can perform more than usual tasks. They can now run any high-end, high graphics and extensive software; there are many ways to create and embed them to make exciting stuff.

You can use a laptop instead of a cellphone, but laptops with higher and brighter screens should get a good picture, otherwise use a VGA cable, connect the laptop and project with it and enjoy.

The laptop needs more big boxes and a bigger magnifying lens, but the result quality output is much better than smartphones. Smartphone screens are smaller than laptop screens and emit less light which is crucial to project images on a wall.

You can make a projector using your laptop. Although it sounds insane, it is quite possible. Let’s break down this whole process and close to all the steps involved in the making. Here is the list of tools that you need.

  1. Ordinary or Precision knife or regular scissors.
  2. Magnifying glass/lens.
  3. Ruler, pencil
  4. Double-sided tape, brush, and glue
  5. A large carton box or something similar
  6. Black matte tape or thick black paper
  • Step 1: Use the right size of the box and magnifying glass:

Take the right size of glass that fits with your magnifying glass and laptop. Nowadays, laptop screens are brighter and better; therefore, find a box that fits your laptop in landscape mode (horizontally) for better picture quality.

Choose a glass/lens that fits accurately with the box because one should align the magnifying glass and laptop correctly for a better quality experience.

  • Step 2: Black interior walls:

Make sure that the walls of the box are entirely black. It’s better to choose the box in black color and have black interior walls. The more walls are black; the clearer image will reflect out.

You can make the walls black by painting them in black color, which is a lengthy and tedious process; in fact, take a black color sheet or paper and paste them on the entire interior with the help of glue.

  • Step 3: Installation and adjusting magnifying glass as a Lens:

Put the magnifying glass/lens at the center of one side of the box and outline it with the help of a pencil. Now take a scissor start cutting it in a circle as marked by the pencil.

  • Step 4: Make a box that fit and move your laptop:

To make your projector work correctly and project your picture clear, you need to position your laptop inside the box, make sure that your laptop and magnifying lens are aligned, the box fits perfectly. The laptop can move freely inside the box for manual adjustment.

  • Step 5: Align your Laptop and Magnifying glass:

Once the laptop is placed correctly inside the box, you have already installed the magnifying glass; in the final step, align them and cover the box with a lid.

Laptop Setup:

Before placing the laptop inside the box, make sure to install a video editor app; it will allow you to rotate the image as per your requirement. It may invert the image projected on the wall through a magnifying glass; to make it upside down, you need to install a video editor app that gives you the flexibility to rotate images as required. Make the brightness level of two maximum because the brighter the screen, the more colors and better picture quality.

Connect your laptop wirelessly on audio Bluetooth for better sound quality, arrange external speakers or a home sound system. Go to the Bluetooth settings, choose audio over Bluetooth option and now play audio via Bluetooth on your home sound system.

Step by step guide to setup video editor app:

  • Open video editor app.
  • Click on start new project
  • Name the project as per ease.
  • Select the “Import button” to import the video you want to play.
  • Now select the video, go to the “Project Library Section, and click the “Place is Storyboard” option.
  • Rotate your video by pressing CTRL+R
  • After getting your desired rotating position, click on Finish Video and save it.

For Better picture quality:

Few things to keep in mind for better picture quality, the projector box should be all black from inside, you should align the laptop and magnifying glass properly—laptop screen brightness set to full option. Adjust the project picture quality by moving the stand to and fro motion.

Other alternate methods:

Interactive whiteboards, commercial displays, and interactive displays are alternate to projectors. They are in standard practices at private teaching institutions with a relatively more minor budget to spend on this equipment.

Although these alternate technologies are not up to mark with the projectors, they are sufficient for performing specific tasks.

  • Use your phone flashlight to project images on the wall:

Certain apps are available on the App Store that allows your phone to project images through flashlights. One can give them a try if they are worth installing or just a gimmick to increase the number of App downloads. You can also try a Fresnel lens to project images on the wall.

Is There Any app to control the projector?

Yes, the projector is now controllable by the Epson IProjection app available on the Google play store; you can also mirror your phone on the projector with this app and navigate through it. Usually, projectors are controlled manually through the remotes that come with them.

Still, companies like Epson feel the need to project/mirror screens to a projector and introduce this app.


Projectors are expensive items used by large organizations like teaching institutions, businesses, and governmental agencies. Household projectors are also available, but they are expensive for any typical household to possess. Therefore alternate options like DIY projectors are worth giving a try. They are easy and fun to make and also provide a clear picture.

We try to explain methods and ways to project a laptop screen. One should follow the same method to project a smartphone screen to a wall without a projector? I hope this can help; make sure to give it a read and try it for fun in your spare time.

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