Your Apple MacBook can be connected to your television, but unfortunately Apple itself provides no support in this matter. To connect the Macbook to TV, third-party Mini-display ports to HDMI adapters are highly recommended. These adapters can send video and audio signal to your external devices like video projectors, TV, etc. , in high HDMI quality. All you need to have is a TV, projector or a screen with HDMI support, 1 Mini-Display Port to the HDMI adapter with an audio, which can be bought for less than $15, 1 HDMI cable (high speed), which you can buy for less than $5, and of course your Macbook.
Follow the steps mentioned below to connect the Macbook to your Television:-
Step # 1:-
Firstly, you need to know what Mac model you are using. One easy way to find out what Mac model you are using, open your Apple Menu and choose “About this Mac”. Then enter the serial number at Apple Support Page and you will get your Mac model.
The following Mac devices are highly capable of transmitting both, video and audio signals, through Mini-display port: -
- iMac (late 2009 models and later)
- MacBook Air (late models of 2010 and later)
- MacBook Pro (mid models of 2010 and later)
- MacBook (mid models of 2010 and later)
- Mac Pro (mid models of 2010)
- Mac mini (mid models of 2010 and later)*
- MacBook Pro (mid 2012, Retina)*
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, Retina, early 2013)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, Retina, late models of 2012 and later)*
Unfortunately other models of Mac can only transmit video data over display port connection.
For your convenience, Apple has started installing HDMI port in MacBooks. So if you own a MacBook that got released in 2012 or later, then you have a HDMI port (built-in) in your laptop. With the HDMI port, you just need to connect the MacBook with the projector or TV via HDMI cable, and you are done connecting your laptop to TV.
Step # 2: -
It is important for a Mini-Display Port to HDMI adapter to support VESA-1.1a Displayport standard to ensure the efficient transmission of video and audio signals. 3 adapters recommended by Apple are: -
- Moshi Mini DP to HDMI Adapter with Audio Support
- Griffin Mini DisplayPort to HDMI and DVI converter
- iWires Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter
Some MacBook users also recommend Kanex iAdapt Mini DisplayPort with audio support. This adapter works as fine as Apple’s recommended adapters, and costs half the price as compared to Apple’s recommended adapters.
Step # 3: -
Now you are all set to go. Open system Preference, select sound settings, and then switch tab to “Output”. Now select the option “TV” and you are done! You can now stream movies on MacBook and enjoying watching them on TV.
It is possible that after connecting your laptop with your TV, your TV might only show your desktop wallpaper and nothing else. In this case, go to ‘Preference’, select ‘Display’ then select ‘Detect Display’. After choosing the option ‘Mirroring’, your TV should now show your computer screen.