How To Connect An External DVD Drive

How To Connect An External DVD Drive

Gone are the days when each device had their own specific role to play. Nowadays everything is considered to be “smart” and connected to the internet. And let’s not even get started with smartphones, which are getting more powerful by the day. Some have even dropped computers completely and switched to tablets.

That has opened up a whole new way to use different accessories and devices. Most brands don’t mention all the possibilities that you can do with the devices. Usually because it’s not designed for it, requires extra attachments or even mods. Take external optical drives for example, they are specifically created for using with computers. But you can also connect them to TV’s, tablets and even phones! Which can be extremely useful today!

So that’s exactly why I have written this guide. You won’t find any specific external DVD drives from here. If that’s something you also require then you can check out this list here. Instead I’ll be guiding you through ways how to connect an external DVD drive to your laptop, a TV, a tablet and even a phone! So let’s get started.

Connection To Computer

External DVD players are mostly designed for computers. Which means that it’s extremely easy to connect the device. The first thing that you need to do is check what type of a cable the DVD drive includes. There’s plenty of different ones, such as a normal single USB cable, a Y cable or even one with a USB-C connector.

The single USB and USB-C cables are the easiest. You simply find an open port on your computer and plug it in. Y cables, however, require 2 open ports, which have to be right next to each other. That’s because one of the ports is used to transfer data and the other one is for power.

Once you have plugged the DVD drive to your computer, you should be good to go. Neither Windows nor Mac require any extra drivers to recognize the drive. You can start using it right away. Most external DVD drives do generally include software packages as well. They include different programs that you can use to make special types of DVD’s. You don’t exactly need to install them but they can sometimes be useful.

And yes, you can install them by simply putting the included DVD disc into the drive and running it. Like I said before, you can start using the drive the second you connect it to the computer.

Connection To TV

The very first thing I have to point out is that not all external DVD drives work with a TV. Generally you can only connect drives that have specifically marked TV compatibility in the technical specs. Such as the LG GP65NB60 for example. Now if you have such a drive, then connecting it to a TV is pretty simple.

Also while it’s a burner, you can really only use it as a player. Which means that before you start connecting it to a TV, make sure that discs you plan to start playing have all of the media in the correct readable format. You can generally use the included software for that.

Now once you have everything ready, find an open USB port and connect your external drive to it. Next open up the disc tray. Then hold down the eject button until you see a green LED light up. Next you can insert the disc and close the tray. Your TV should automatically detect the USB signal and display the contents of the disc.

Connection To Phone/Tablet

When connecting a DVD drive to either a phone or a tablet, the first thing you have to know that this is only possible if the devices run on Android. It’s not possible with any iOS device. Now secondly a drive isn’t just enough either, you also need some extras. So let’s get started.

The first thing you need is an external DVD drive that has a Y USB-A cable. Single USB cable will not work. It’s because your phones connector doesn’t provide enough power to run the drive. So you’ll need to get USB power plug like that you can plug into a power outlet. You will also need to get an OTG cable, which you connect to your phone and to the free USB connector on the Y cable.

External DVD Drive To Phone

Next you open up the tray and hold down the eject button for around 5 seconds, until the light turns on. It signals that the DVD drive has entered USB flash mode. Then you can place your disc onto the tray and close it. It will take some time for the phone to fully read the disc. Once it’s done, you will find the drive from the file manager app. It does take quite a bit of work but if it’s something you need, then it’s definitely doable.