How to Connect a MacBook to a Monitor

How to Connect a MacBook to a Monitor?

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Every year Apple introduces something unique and upgraded. Those gadgets prove that they are more modified and well-organized than before. Their Display, pixels, touch, brightness, everything comes improved. Their MacBook upgrades every year and comes better than before.

The built-in screen of MacBook is the best thing for such users, but it is limited to some extent. So most users thought of connecting their MacBook desktops or laptops to external monitors. And desktop monitors are far better than MacBook screens because they are more extensive. 

How to connect other monitors to a MacBook?

It’s not the case that you can connect any monitor. No, you must first check which desktop monitor will suit your Macbook. There is no compulsion that all monitors can work with MacBooks. First of all, you should know the steps on how to check whether your monitor can work with your MacBook or not; 

  1. Click on the Apple icon, which will be at the top left corner of the menu.
  2. Then select About this Mac from that menu.
  3. Then click on the Support option from the top of the screen. 
  4. Then click on Specifications which is next to the Mac resources. 

Then under the Video Support or Graphics section, a web page will be visible to you that will show you a list of monitors supporting your MacBook. 

Note: Apple MacBooks with silicon chips are limited to only one external device (Monitor), which can be connected through 4 USB ports (you can use any port). One more thing is that the mini MacBook can easily support another external monitor through the HDMI port.

HDMI Connection:

Connecting your computer or phone to a television is the most accessible HDMI connection to display your screen quickly. At that time, there is no compulsion for wifi to get connected.

If we talk about some previous MacBooks, you will know that some of the old versions of Macbooks have a separate (output) Port, while the recent versions or recent models of Macbooks, like the mini one, have a DisplayPort. 

You must connect your MacBook to the desktop monitor through an HDMI cable in the Port. This will give you a high-quality audio and video display. 

Configure your External Device:

If your Macbook is connected to an external device like a monitor and you are using it as the main one, then there are some things to keep in mind. Now, let’s discuss some points:

  • You can organize your Macbook monitors however you want.
  • After getting connected to the monitor, you can close your Macbook and can’t keep working on the desktop. Make sure its battery is charged well and the connection is proper.
  • After getting connected to the desktop monitor, you will have the same features, menu, options, and settings as your Macbook. 
  • You can also change the monitor settings, and they are the same. 

Steps to Configure Your external Monitor:

  1. Plug in your external monitor or device to a switch to turn on. 
  2. Then connect your monitor to your Macbook device. 
  3. Ensure the connection of both devices and whether their Display is active.
  4. Then go to Settings or System Preferences. 
  5. Click on Display to access it. 

The Port to use on Macbook:

This field depends on both your MacBook and Monitor as well. Different and modern Macbooks have other connections.

Connectors on Macbook:

In Macbooks, the most used connectors are the thunderbolt 3 connector (USB-C). Check the connections before working with Macbook.

Connectors on Monitors:

First, check if your monitor connects with a USB cable or any other source. Check whether your monitors get connected with a USB-C cable. Then connect your monitor directly to your Macbook via cable. If the connection seems different, you need different outputs for a better relationship. HDMI connections are available for Macbook mini, iMac, and MacBook Pro. 

Connectors to use to connect the monitor to a Macbook:

Every adapter is made to fulfill your needs. There are different types of adapters that are:

  • HDMI to USB-C
  • USB-C to DVI 
  • VGA to USB-C
  • USB to USB-C
  • USB-C to DAV 

Common Issues Related to Connections:

You have to face some typical issues related to the connections of your external device. Such common problems are as follows:

  • If your monitor is not turning on, you must ensure the connections by connecting to different ports.
  • You have to arrange your Monitor and MacBook so that the Display is set up according to your Macbook view. 
  • The Macbook only works when it is connected to the monitor properly, and both sides have a proper connection. Then if your Macbook is closed, it will keep working and showing the Display on the external monitor. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I connect my Macbook Pro to any monitor?

In the new MacBooks, it uses Thunderbolt to get connected to which has a USB connection that is USB-C. And those monitors which can work with USB-C can be compatible with your Macbook.

How do I display my Macbook on an HDMI monitor?

You have to check first if your Macbook has a port that supports HDMI. Then, you can connect to the Macbook through an HDMI cable directly. 

Why won’t my Macbook recognize my external monitor?

You have to check the connection again and again. If it is not connecting, disconnect the cable and plug it in again. If it still doesn’t work, connect the monitor with the help of a USB-C line to your MacBook. 

Can I use a non-Apple monitor with my Macbook?

Yes, you can use any monitor that supports such HDMI connection or USB-C ports to connect to Macbook easily. This will help you to allow external monitors. 

Can a Macbook easily accept an HDMI?

If you want to connect your Macbook to the TV, then you need an HDMI cable to get connected to it. These cables are available in different sizes and colors so that you can choose the required ones. 


Apple has come so far in its technologies and creativity. Now, for further convenience, Apple allows you to use Thunderbolt ports in your Macbook’s.the plugins of extra cables and switches are a compilation for Apple products, and that’s why it tries to avoid such wires.

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