How to Connect your MacBook with big screen TV

How to Connect your MacBook with big screen TV


What to Know

  • Connect your MacBook to your TV with a Thunderbolt-3 or USB-C adapter.
  • AirPlay can be used to mirror or extend your MacBook screen on a smart TV.
  • You can still connect an adapter to your MacBook to your TV with older models of MacBooks that may not have a miniDisplay port.{alertInfo}

This article will show you how to connect your MacBook to your TV. You can use a cable or connect wirelessly using AirPlay and smart TVs.

How to Connect your MacBook with big screen TV

How do I connect my MacBook to my TV?

It is nice to be connected to your TV screen via Bluetooth to stream, play games or for work. AirPlay is the best way to connect your MacBook with your smart TV.

Note: Before connecting your MacBook to your smart television, ensure that they are both on the same network.{alertWarning}
  1. On your Macbook, go to Settings > Displays.

  2. Select the dropdown for the option for AirPlay Display.
  3. Choose the smart TV or device you want to use as a display for your MacBook.

  4. Once the connection is made, you may have a small window appear on your smart TV. If you want to use your TV as a second display for your MacBook, select Gather Windows on your MacBook screen to pull all your windows together and extend your screen. You can then use your TV as if it were a second monitor.

  5. If you want to mirror your MacBook screen to your smart TV, then select Arrangement on your Display Settings and choose Mirror Display.

Once you are done, disconnect the monitor using the instructions. Step 3: Select Off.

You can also click on the Control Center in your menu bar and choose Screen Mirroring. Next, select the TV to which you wish to mirror your screen. After the connection is completed, you have the option to extend or mirror your display. To terminate the connection, close Screen Mirroring and click on the name of your TV to exit.

Can I Plug a MacBook Into My TV?

You can connect your MacBook to older models of TVs or MacBooks that don't support AirPlay. The model of MacBook and the connections you have will determine the type of cable that you will need.

A cable that connects directly to your MacBook to your TV may also be an option. For example, a Thunderbolt-to HDMI cable may be the best choice. You can also use an adapter, which plugs into your MacBook to provide adaptive ports. Thunderbolt adapters, for example, connect to your Macbook. They will accept HDMI and DVI cables.

After connecting, you might need to go to Settings > Display in order to change your resolution and display settings to achieve the best quality picture.

Once you have set up a wired connection, your MacBook can be closed and used with a wireless keyboard and mouse.


Connect iTunes to and AirPlay devices to Windows over Wi-Fi For streaming video, use a program such as TuneBlade and Airfoil. AirMyPC, AirParrot or AirServer can be used to screen mirror.

To play music, open the Control Center, long-press Music, then tap on the AirPlay icon to choose a device. To mirror your screen, visit the Control Center and tap screen Mirroring.

Select Mirror > To Turn Mirroring Off on a Mac. Go to the Control Center on iOS devices and tap Mirror Stop Mirroring. Go to Settings Displays and select AirPlay Display. Then, choose Off.

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