How to connect Mac to TV

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Many Mac users are keen to connect their devices to TVs, allowing them to enjoy content from the large screen. But the process can seem daunting, especially to those unfamiliar with technology. It doesn’t have to be – read on for our detailed guide explaining how to make the connection. We will look at the various equipment required and discuss how to set up your Mac correctly.

Why Connect a Mac to a TV?

Having a Mac connected to your TV has several advantages. Primarily it provides the opportunity for larger media viewing – films, shows, or gaming content can be enjoyed on an even bigger scale than just a laptop display. It also allows programs such as keynote presentations and other business materials to appear more clearly than ever before when being shared in meetings or conferences.

Another benefit is that with the correct equipment, you can use your TV as a second monitor – great for multitasking. But knowing how to keep mac from sleeping when HDMI is connected is also important to consider. It’ll ensure that the TV retains data shared by your Mac and allows you to work on either monitor.

The items needed to get started vary depending on the capabilities of your devices. It is helpful if your TV has an HDMI port, which allows a direct connection that transmits video and sound (if available) via your Mac. However, connecting wirelessly is also possible, meaning you avoid a tangle of extra cables.

Method 1: Connecting Mac to TV with a Cable

One of the simplest ways to connect devices is by using an HDMI or Thunderbolt cable. Both kinds connect from a port on your device directly into your set’s video input socket. You can use this method if you have an older MacBook. However, in some cases, you may need to buy a conversion cable. Here is a detailed step-by-step process:

  1. Take the cable you choose, and connect one end to an output on the Macbook (HDMI or Thunderbolt).
  2. Plug the other end into an appropriate video input port on your television set.
  3. Open System Preferences and click Displays.
  4. Select Display Settings from the left side of this window; make sure Default for display is selected, as this should deliver optimal results in most cases.
  5. Now configure audio sharing with your television. Click on the Apple logo at the top left side of System Preferences, and then click Sound.
  6. Select your TV from a dropdown menu to allow audio output through it too. You should now be ready to enjoy streaming programs or other media on your big image!

That’s it; you have now successfully linked up your devices. Now, all that’s left to do is turn the TV on and choose the appropriate function related to the video input. In case of trouble, always check the connection – wiggle around both ends to ensure it is snugly connected.

Method 2: Connecting Mac to TV Wirelessly

The simplest and most convenient way to connect a Mac system to your Smart TV is wirelessly. It will allow you to stream content directly to the TV without cables, and you don’t need a direct line of sight. Follow these steps:

  1. First, open the Apple Menu and select System Preferences> Displays.
  2. Now, find “AirPlay” from the drop-down menu in this section.
  3. Select your TV from the list of available options when it appears in the AirPlay display selection field.
  4. Press OK to confirm the connection.

At this point, your Mac should have connected to your Smart TV over a wireless network with any content you choose playing on it. Alternatively, if the TV doesn’t support AirPlay, there’s still an option – screen mirroring. Here is how to set it up:

  1. Click the control centre icon on the right side of the menu bar at the top.
  2. Select the Screen Mirroring option from within this dropdown, and a list of available devices will appear. Here, you can choose a TV as an output device for displaying content.
  3. Finally, click the TV name on this list to start streaming content once you find it. The screen mirroring should work almost immediately, and you will start seeing a duplicate of the display on the TV.


Using a monitor or TV with a Macbook is simple. Whether you want to directly connect your devices or wirelessly share content via screen mirroring or AirPlay, it can be done within a few moments. However, the exact method you choose depends on your Mac and TV model compatibility – make sure they both support the connection before getting started. Also, if the device keeps disconnecting from the TV, check the cable and ensure it is securely connected.

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