Can a Monitor Work without a PC

Can a Monitor Work without a PC? 2 Methods

Can a Monitor Work without a PC

Yes, monitor can work without a PC as it is used for the display output. You can connect your TV device, laptop, PS4 and other hardware that have the option for output display like monitors.

If you have a monitor with the display port of VGA, you can connect it with the Hardware that has the port for the VGA.

And if you have the monitor that has the port of HDMI then the hardware or laptop, PS4 or DVD/Blue ray player may have that option of HDMI as well to work with it.

Today most of the monitors come with multiple display ports including HDMI, VGA and DVI ports. The average users have now been using the HDMI ports for the displays which works great and provides High Definition images.

Some of the users have either spare monitors or extra monitors which they want to bring in use without a PC or computer. I mean they want to functional it besides being kept useless.

For those users we have following options applying those they can use a monitor to work without a PC. Even some of them might have such questions as well in their minds. As like,

Can a monitor be used as a TV without PC or can a monitor be used with android devices without PC and many more queries.

I have my personal experience and researched based knowledge working with tech gadgets, and I have come with following simple solutions and answers to your questions. So, let’s begin with;

How a monitor can be connected and used as a TV without PC?

There are two options that you might have with your monitor. As like I do have one of them. Either you have the only monitor option which normally comes with computer connection or secondly you would have the option of TV card in it which doesn’t come with most of the monitors.

And I do have both of these options in my 4 different monitors.

In former case, a monitor with only display ports either that is HDMI, VGA or DVI, you have to have a TV card or Device that supports your monitor display ports. Can be connected as seen in image below;

Can a monitor work without a pc


Step 1. Connect the Display cable either HDMI or VGA as shown in Image in this case we have HDMI so we will connect our HDMI Cable to our TV device and back in to our monitor.

Can a monitor work without a pc

Step 2. Connect the Adapter or Power cable of Monitor and Device.

Step 3. Connect the RF cable or Antenna Cable to TV device.

Can a monitor work without a pc

Step 4. In case of AV Cable connect the AV three wire cables.

Can a monitor work without a pc

Step 5. Turn on your monitor and TV device, all you are set to go.

These were the steps for the monitor that doesn’t have the option for the TV.

In later case, a monitor that has the built-in card or device attached to it. The only thing you need to do is connect your RF cable or TV antenna cable and select the input as TV to use your monitor as a TV without PC or computer.

How to connect a Monitor with android box?

Can a monitor be connected with android box?

A monitor can also be connected with android box as like the TV device. Today most of users love to have and experience apps over their monitors. So, monitors can easily be connected and setup with the android box.

Android box provides all features of accessing internet, running apps, watching movies and even your favorite TV channels including playing games. A monitor can be used to function with android box easily.

The process is simple as the above procedure.

Step 1. Connect the display ports with the help of HDMI or VGA cable. Today Most of the modern and latest monitors have HDMI ports.

 can a monitor work without a pc

Step 2. Connect the cable of speakers to your android device. If you don’t have the speakers, most of the android boxes have built-in speakers. When connected with HDMI, Your monitor may have the option for speakers.

Step 3. Connect the power cables of your devices, monitor and android box both.

can a monitor work without a pc

Step 4. Turn on and connect your android box with your WiFi/Ethernet connection and configure it.

can a monitor work without a pc

You are all set and ready to go. That’s how easy an android box can be connected with the monitor.

Some other Frequently Asked Questions


Can you use a monitor as a computer?

No, you cannot use a monitor as a computer if it doesn’t have the built-in PC system like all-in-one computers. However, you can use your monitor as a secondary screen for your computer or laptop.

Read more about….. All in one PC

Do you need a PC tower for a monitor?

It is not important and necessary that you should have a PC tower for your monitor. You can use Desktop computer or PC for your monitor. Even you can connect your monitor with laptop like second screen.

How do I Know if a monitor is compatible with my computer?

It is very simple, you need to check the display output ports at the backside of your computer where you will get either HDMI, VGA or DVI output ports in some cases you will have two of them as well. You can see image below:

can a monitor work without a pc


can a monitor work without a pc


can a monitor work without a pc


The next thing is to check the Input ports of your monitor. If you have a computer with only HDMI output port then you need to have a HDMI input port in your monitor and the same is with VGA and DVI.

However, in case it is not compatible you can either replace your monitor or go for the display converters or adopters that will solve this issue. You can check those display convertors as below;

Will new monitor work with old computer?

Yes, the new monitor will work with the old computers if the new monitor has the compatibility option for display in. If it doesn’t have that option, you can go for the display convertors / adapters as above.

Can you power a monitor with a laptop?

Well, if your monitor consumes a power more than 110V either AC or DC, you may not be able to turn on and power a monitor with a laptop.

Besides, normally you cannot directly power on a monitor that has power system through adopters and turns on by 9V DC or 12V DC current. You have to have any type of adopter or current booster to have it done that for you.

Precisely, you cannot turn a monitor with a laptop.

Let us know if you have any further queries regarding monitors, we would be pleased to help you.