XDA Basics: How to connect a MacBook to a TV

XDA Basics: How to connect a MacBook to a TV

Macs are Apple’s personal computer lineup — iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and more. They offer great capabilities that rivals, in some cases, find hard to catch up with. Protecting your MacBook Pro with a case will only make it last longer, so make sure to buy one if you haven’t yet. Whether we want to present a Keynote or watch a movie, we sometimes need to connect our computers to a bigger screen. Here’s how to easily connect a MacBook to a TV, both wirelessly or with a cable.

How to connect a MacBook to a TV


To connect your MacBook to a TV wirelessly, you would need to have an Apple TV. If you do, here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Make sure both your MacBook and Apple TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and Apple ID.
  • Click on the Control Center button in the menubar on your MacBook.
  • Click on Screen Mirroring.
  • There you should find your Apple TV’s name in the list of available devices. Click on it.
  • Voila! Your MacBook’s screen will magically appear on the TV.

With a cable

To connect your MacBook to a TV with a cable, you would need to have an HDMI cable. If you do, here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Connect your the HDMI cable to the respective port on your MacBook. If your MacBook doesn’t have an HDMI port, then you will need to get a separate dongle, dock, or adapter.
  • Once you connect the MacBook to the TV using the HDMI cable, both video and audio outputs should come through the TV screen and its speakers.
  • Voila! You will be able to watch your favorite shows and movies on your TV, as long as the HDMI cable remains connected to both devices at all times.

Do you usually mirror your MacBook screen wirelessly or through a cable? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Mahmoud Itani
Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud is an Istanbul-based Beiruti who has always sought freedom through writing. His hobbies include keeping up with tech news, writing articles about Apple devices & services, crocheting, meditating, and composing poetry. You’ll likely find him jogging at a park, swimming in open water, brainstorming at a coffeehouse, or merely lost in nature. He can be reached on Twitter @Mahmoudzitani or via [email protected]

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