How to connect a MacBook to a TV

Apple’s MacBook can be connected to the TV via cables and adapters, and can also be connected wirelessly via a WiFi network. Below are different methods to connect MacBook to TV.

Connect the MacBook to the TV

With tons of media available online, most users prefer to project movies, videos, news and even social media from computers and smartphones onto TV.

While the easiest and most economical way to connect MacBook to TV is using an HDMI cable, if you have a MacBook with USB-C or Thunderbolt ports, you’ll need adapters.

The other option is to get tidy by using devices like Chromecast, which can wirelessly connect the MacBook to the TV over your home Wi-Fi network.

1. Connect MacBook with HDMI port to TV with HDMI port

If your MacBook has an HDMI port, it can be easily connected to the TV with a simple HDMI cable.

1. Connect one end HDMI cable to HDMI connection on your TV.

2. Use the TV remote control to change the input source to match on your TV HDMI connection to which the HDMI cable is connected.

Change the source input on the TV

3. Connect the other end HDMI cable to the HDMI connection on your MacBook.

You should now be able to see your MacBook’s screen on the TV screen.

The next step is to configure the display on the TV as a mirrored display from Mac and optimize it for your TV model.

1. Click on Apple logo in the top menu bar and select system settings in the drop down menu.

Open System Preferences on Mac

2. On the System Settings screen, click To sue.

Displays the tab on the Mac System Preferences screen

3. On the next screen, select yours TV and select the Best for your TV model option (if available).

Optimize Mac display on Mac

If your Mac’s screen isn’t mirrored on the TV, unplug the HDMI cable from the Mac and make sure that Show mirroring option is selected.

Choose screen mirroring options on Mac

After configuring the display, the next step is to ask the MacBook to use your TV’s speakers.

1. Click on that Apple logo > select system settings in the drop down menu.

2. On the System Settings screen, click sound.

Sound tab on the Mac System Preferences screen

3. On the next screen, select yours TV as a sound output device.

Select TV as the sound output device

Now, any media you play on your MacBook will play on your TV’s screen, and the audio will also come out of the TV’s speakers.

2. Connect MacBook with Thunderbolt port to TV with HDMI port

If you have a MacBook with Thunderbolt ports and no HDMI port, you can use one to connect it to the TV Thunderbolt to HDMI Adapter.

Mac with Thunderbolt ports

Image source: Apple support

1. Plug the Thunderbolt end of the adapter in Thunderbolt port on your Mac.

2. Plug the HDMI end of the Thunderbolt adapter to a HDMI cable.

3. Connect the other end HDMI cable to HDMI connection on your TV

After connecting the MacBook to the TV using the adapter, you need to configure the MacBook to use the TV screen and speakers using the steps in the first method.

3. Connect the MacBook with the USB-C port to the TV with the HDMI port

If your MacBook has a USB-C port and no HDMI ports, it’s still possible to use the MacBook to watch TV USB-C to HDMI adapter and an HDMI cable.

MacBook with USB-C port

Image source: Apple Support

1. Plug the USB-C end of the adapter in USB-C port on your Mac.

2. Plug the HDMI end of the adapter to a HDMI cable.

3. Connect the other end HDMI cable to HDMI connection on your TV

After connecting the MacBook to the TV, the next step is to configure the MacBook to use the TV screen and speakers using the steps given in the first method.

4. Connect MacBook to TV wirelessly via Chromecast

Instead of using cables, you can buy Google’s inexpensive Chromecast device and connect the MacBook to the TV wirelessly over a WiFi network.

Once the Chromecast device is connected to the TV and configured to use your home WiFi network, you can cast YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime from MacBook to TV.

For more information on how to do this, see this guide: How to set up Chromecast on a Mac.

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