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How to connect the Mac to the TV

connect the Mac to the TV

Connect the MacBook on TV of the living room very useful on several occasions, because this allows you to watch movies, TV series and show your photos directly on the large display by simply connecting your Apple laptop to the TV screen. For, very often and depending on the type of TV, it is not easy to make this connection. If you don't know how to go about connect the Mac to the TV, just follow the directions you find by reading this guide.

In the guide you will also find the method to connect your MacBook to the TV without cables, useful in case you want to avoid technical problems, or you don't want to have additional wiresvisible?That come out of the TV. Look also connect your iPhone or iPad to the TV with an HDMI cable you should read this guide:

How to connect the Mac to the TV

Connecting your Mac to TV is easier than you might think. With the right cables, or a set-top box, you can duplicate or extend the MacBook screen and view it on any TV screen in just a few clicks.

With this system you can play movies from your laptop on the TV, start streaming programs from services such as Netflix or Sky Online, or show eslide photos on a larger display. Now, many companies instead of projectors, use large-screen TVs in the meeting rooms, so this is a very good system you need to make presentations.

Connect the MacBook to the simple TV but you have to make a choice, because they can use different techniques. These can basically be divided into two different systems:

  • Use an adapter and a cable to connect the MacBook to the TV.
  • Use a set-top box device (such as an Apple TV or Google Chromecast) to reflect the MacBook display on the TV.

We will illustrate both methods starting from the most classic one, ie using adapters and cables, signaling the most suitable ones to connect the MacBook to the TV.

How to connect your Mac to the TV with USB-Cto HDMI Adapter

When Apple released its 12-inch MacBook in 2015 and now with the MacBook Pro, the series of ports is very limited to a single connection USB-C; all other connections we had seen in previous Apple laptops such as Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt were excluded.

This means that if you have a 12-inch MacBook or MacBook Pro, the options are a bit more limited. In order to be able to connect one of these MacBooks to a TV you will need an adapter that has a port USB-C for the connection HDMI.

Fortunately the adapters have been made by different manufacturers, including the same one Apple, which sells an adapter USB-C to HDMI for 79; Amazon sells the same original adapter USB-C to HDMI at a lower price.

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If you want to get the same results but spending a lot less, HuiHeng has made an identical adapter that you can buy on Amazon. The HDMI adapter supports resolutions up to 4K (3840 x 2160 at 30 Hz).

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This adapter can be used both to mirror the images on the TV but also to recharge your MacBook.

Once you have the adapter, simply connect it via the MacBook's USB-C connection, and then using an HDMI cable to connect it to the TV. You will also need to buy a HDMI cable that you can buy on Amazon, but you will probably have one around the house.

How to connect the Mac to the TV with Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter

If you have an old MacBook – in other words, one that doesn't have a USB-C port – you'll need to purchase an adapter Mini DisplayPort to HDMI. This adapter plugs into the Thunderbolt port on the side of your MacBook (Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt share the same jack).

Mini DisplayPort to HDMI

For some reason Apple doesn't make an adapter Mini DisplayPort to HDMI, despite having many other cables (Lightning to Digital AV and Mini DisplayPort to VGA). But the adapter Mini Displayport to HDMI you can buy it on Amazon. Please note that you will also need an HDMI cable.

What you need to do connect the mini DisplayPort to HDMI in the Thunderbolt connection of the MacBook, insert the HDMI cable into the adapter, and, finally, the HDMI cable to the TV.

How to connect the Mac to the TV with the connection via mirroring display

Once the laptop is connected to the TV, you should see the same window as the MacBook displayed on the TV. If it does not, then you will need to verify that Display Mirroring is turned on.

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You open "System Preferences"And click on"Monitor". Two windows should appear, one -the left one- with "integrated display?(That the MacBook screen) and a second one for the TV. Focus on the second window and click on the "Arrangement". Make sure a check mark is inserted in the call box "Duplicate Monitor". The display should now appear on your TV (if it still does not, you may need to check the TV connection and settings).

How to connect the Mac to the TV with a set-top box

It is not necessary to use a cable to connect a MacBook to a TV. You can use a set-top box device, such as Apple TV or Google Chromecast to view the content from Apple's laptop on a TV.

The Apple TV device connects to the TV using the same Wi-Fi network as the Mac, where the function can be used AirPlay for desktop streaming of the Apple laptop on the TV. Other devices, such as Chromecasts of Google work in a similar way but only with compatible applications.