How To Connect a Red White Yellow Cable To a TV?

Norvan Martin
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Connecting external devices like DVD players or gaming consoles to your TV can enhance the entertainment experience. One older, but still popular way of doing so is by using red, white, and yellow cables or composite RCA cables.

The red, white, and yellow cables are for audio/video transmission respectively. These cables are easily connected using this step-by-step guide! To connect RCA red, white, and yellow cables to a TV, simply match the colors. Connect the yellow (video) on the source device to the yellow on the TV, connect the red (left audio) on the source device to the red on the TV, and connect the white (right audio) on the source device to the white on the TV. If your TV has green, blue, and red ports, connect the yellow cable to the green (Y/Video) port.

Below are illustrations of the typical connections:

How To Connect a Red White Yellow Cable To a TV

rca cable ports

CableTV With (R, Y , W)TV With (R, W, G)
RedRedRed (R)
YellowYellowGreen (Y/Video)
WhiteWhiteWhite (L)

Enjoy movies or games instantly upon connecting!

If you need more information, please see below.

What Is an RCA Cable?

An RCA cable is an electrical cable designed to transmit audio and video signals between devices like televisions, DVD players and game consoles.

What Is an RCA Cable

Each end features three connectors – red for audio signal transmission; white for video transmission; yellow both ways – on each connector with red being for audio transmission while yellow covering both.

RCAs remain popular home entertainment cables due to being easy to connect and disconnect; though new digital standards such as HDMI or DisplayPort may replace them gradually in future systems.

What Are Red, White, and Yellow Cables Used for?

Red, White, and Yellow cables (RCA cables) are commonly used to connect audio/video devices like televisions, DVD players, and gaming consoles. Yellow cables carry video signals while red/white combo cables carry left/right audio signals respectively.

The connection is rather simple, you connect please check the example below where a DVD is connected to a TV using an RCA cable:

DVD is connected to a TV using an RCA cable

Red and white cables are commonly utilized to transfer stereo audio analog signals; yellow cables provide composite video in standard definition.

Step 1: Evaluate TV and Source Device

To start right, the initial step should involve checking both devices such as DVD players, gaming consoles or cable boxes have RCA jacks or ports on either their backsides or sides that contain color-coding with red-white-yellow connectors for use when connecting cables or connections.

Step 2: Switch Off TV and Source Device

Before connecting an RCA cable, it is vital that both your television and source device is switched off to protect both devices, prevent potential damages from either device, and ensure an uninterrupted and safe connection process.

Taking this precautionary measure also eliminates potential missteps or accidents that might compromise either device during this stage of connection.

Step 3: Establish the RCA Cable Connection

 For this step, take an RCA cable with a yellow connector and plug it into the video-out port on your source device (as depicted here), transmitting the video signal while red and white connectors serve to transmit left/right audio channels respectively.

Integrate red and white connectors onto their appropriate audio-out ports on the source device, being sure that their colors match.

Step 4: Connect Your TV

To connect one end of an RCA cable with the video-in port on your television screen, plug its yellow connector into its yellow port matching the colors of the connectors to the port colors on the TV screen. Be mindful that when connecting connector colors match ports colors!

Attach the red and white connectors of your audio-in cables securely into their appropriate ports on the television screen, depending on its model. Since each TV may label its audio-in ports differently, always consult your television’s manual before connecting cables securely to their desired outlets.

Step 5: Switch on TV and Source Device

Once both devices have been connected with RCA cables, it’s time to power them both up. Make sure their input channels match.

After plugging your source device and TV together, create their playlists; ensure they match what appears as input channels on both the TV and source device before continuing in this step.

Step 6: Modify Picture and Sound Settings

If either image or sound clarity issues on your TV or source device are unclear, changing its settings might help. On most televisions, to access these adjustments navigate to the menu and then “Picture/Display.”

To make audio/Sound settings changes navigate back out into the main menu then “Audio/Sound.”

On your source device, picture and sound settings may be adjusted through its Settings or Options Menu; for instructions on how to manage these options best please consult its User Manual.

Step 7: Check Connectivity

To test that your connection is functioning successfully, play an audio/video file from your source device on TV to ensure it can be seen and heard properly.


Connecting an RCA cable to your television is a straightforward and time-saving process, taking only a few steps to complete. By adhering to these instructions and following our advice here, soon your source device will be connected and content will start playing on the big screen!

Always power down all devices before connecting or disconnecting cables, and refer to both user manuals if any questions arise regarding operation or compatibility issues arise.

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