One might have several reasons to connect MacBook to TV. One of the most common and most widely referred reason is, a big screen TV makes as an external monitor in which you can stream online contents or streaming any blockbuster movies… Sounds pretty exciting… Isn’t it???… This is also a more convincing way to view your Mac content, when comparing to using it around a small display.
Connecting your Mac to a TV is just a D2D (device-to-device) connection and is easier than you think which will not even take more the 5 minutes. There are a lot of possible ways to connect your Mac to TV and different cables for doing it. Here, we provide you all about it and show what you need and how it has to be done. Before moving into that, first we need to make sure of some safety precautions.
There might be some issues occur when we try to connect a external monitor to Macs. Some may get overheated, so to ensure that your Mac is running with its best performance, use CleanMyMacX. It is used to remove the junk files and it will speed up your device. We provide you with two possible methods to connect TV to macbook.
Connect MacBook to TV using Cable
Here we are… the first and foremost thing you need to do is to know what type of posts you are dealing with. For the past seven or eight years, HDMI is being used as the standard in all TV’s. Now, one end of the cable is identified. Next, it’s time to check the Mac port. The below mentioned Macs are equipped with an HDMI port.
- MacBook Pro with Retina Display – 2012-2014 models
- Mac Pro – late 2013 model.
- Mac mini – 2010 model.
- If you have any of the above mention system models, then all you need is to connect a standard HDMI cable between your Mac and TV.
- When your Mac doesn’t have an HDMI port, then it will have either a Thunderbolt 2 port or Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type C) port.
- The Mac pre-dated version of 2013 Retina Display MacBook Pro have a display port connection but it requires a Mini DisplayPort Adapter. This means if your Mac System has Thunderbolt 2 or DisplayPort connection, you will need a MiniDisplay port-to-HDMI adapter along with an HDMI cable.
- In case of a Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB-C to HDMI adaptor is needed.
These adaptors and cables will be available from Apple and other third-party manufacturers, but for quality and better performance it is better to go with Apple products.
Connecting your MacBook to a TV using Screen Mirroring
With the HDMI cable setup, the TV can be used as an external monitor and do do most of other thing you need to. But when it comes to streaming movies and playing game, it is not a best solution. Don’t worry… we have alternative solution for that too… All you need to do is mirroring. Don’t get any weird thoughts… It’s just another way to connect two devices and is also easy… Just follow the steps given below.
- Select the System Preference >> Display.
- Go to Arrangements tab.
- Check for Mirror Displays.
To Set the TV as the primary display:
- Select the System preferences >> Display.
- Go to Arrangement Tab.
- Drag the White bar from the smaller display(Mac display) over the TV display.
Using HDMI, the audio will be switched automatically or you can also do it manually. Make sure the junk files are deleted in order to avoid overheating or it may be clogged up. Thus we have provided the possible way to Connect MacBook to TV. If you find any difficulties with the procedure or any feedback kindly comment below.