How to Connect Your TV to BurnAlong

First – it’s awesome that you’re taking classes on BurnAlong!

Now let’s make sure you have the best experience possible and get your laptop, computer, or mobile device connected to your TV.

In this post, we’ll walk you through some of the best options. We’ll be updating this page as new features and technologies are made available — so bookmark it to keep up!

We’re always here to help if you need extra guidance contact us at CustomerCare@BurnAlong.com.

Two quick things before you get started: Always make sure you are on the best WIFI. Sometimes guest WIFI’s (like free WIFI available in your area) aren’t as fast as we’d like and sometimes super-secure WIFI’s won’t let you connect to BurnAlong! So, if you’re at work or traveling, try to find the best internet connection. Also, use the Chrome browser! You can go to Chrome.com to easily install it if you don’t already have it. BurnAlong runs on all internet browsers, but Chrome has the best user experience… and that’s what we want for you!

Let’s get to it!

The basics — There are two main ways to connect BurnAlong to your TV:

  1. A cable
  2. Wireless

 

Don’t get the tangled mess of cables? You’re not alone; one of the most common questions we get is, “How in the world can I get BurnAlong to go from here to there?”

The simplest option is to connect with a wire. Here’s how:

Just Plug It In!

  1. The most common connection type is HDMI. All flat panel TVs come with this connection – it’s basically a rectangle with two of the corners cropped off.
  2. Be sure to get a cable that’s long enough to go from your TV to your computer.
  3. Now plug one end into the back or side of your TV and the other end into your computer.
    1. It doesn’t matter which end of the cable – they’re the same!
    2. It also does not matter which HDMI port you use on the TV – they should all work!
  4. If you don’t have a matching place to plug this into your computer, all you need is an adapter. Not a problem – these are easy to get on Amazon!
    1. If you have a Mac or Microsoft surface, you need a Thunderbolt adapter.
    2. TIP: Don’t have a cable handy? If your TV is hooked up to a cable box, you can probably use that cable! You can unplug it from your cable box and plug it into your computer!
  5. The other popular connection types for older TVs are VGA and DVI. You can easily find cables to connect to your TV and adapters to connect it into your computer if you need.
  6. Last step – You’ll need to make sure your TV knows which slot in the back is connected to your computer.
    1. Your remote control usually has a button labeled “Input.” If you don’t know which HMDI port # you used on your TV, just cycle through them until you notice that your TV is connecting to your computer.
    2. TIP: Make sure your computer is on. It can take a moment for your TV to recognize that it’s connected to your laptop so give each input a couple of seconds to check before moving to the next input option.
    3. TIP: Sometimes laptops have a setting you need to turn on when connecting to a TV. There is usually a small monitor icon on one of the keys on the top row of your keyboard.  You’ll need to hold the “function” key and press that key at the same time to change the setting.  You can cycle through these settings – it’s a good idea to give your laptop a few seconds to adjust after you push this key.
  7. Here are the key things to check if you’re running into trouble:
    1. Make sure the TV is on the right “INPUT” that the cable is plugged into
    2. Cycle through the monitor settings on your computer.

 

Don’t forget you can invite friends to join you.

If you have a Mac, an iPhone or an iPad

You can easily project a solo class to an AppleTV. It’s an awesome experience.  Here’s how:

  1. Make sure your AppleTV is set up and running on your TV
  2. Start the solo class you want to take (group classes coming soon)
  3. Tap the Airplay icon (rectangle with a triangle)
  4. Select your Apple TV
  5. GO! GO! GO!

 

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