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How To Connect Your Mac To An External Monitor

How To Connect Your Mac To An External Monitor

Learn how to expand your desktop workspace and enhance your productivity by connecting your Mac to an external monitor. Follow our step-by-step guide.

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If you own a Mac, you already know how efficient it is for working and performing daily tasks. However, if you need a larger screen to work on, an external monitor can be a great addition to your workspace. But, if you are not familiar with how to connect your Mac to an external monitor, don’t worry! In this article, we’ll take you through the steps you need to follow.

Types Of Monitors

Before you start connecting your Mac to an external monitor, you need to know the type of monitor you are using. There are various types of monitors available in the market, such as LCD, LED, and OLED monitors. However, if you are looking for an external monitor for your Mac, we suggest you go for either an LCD as they tend to have better viewing angles and anti-glare, or an OLED monitor for great image quality, pixel response times, and low input latency.

Required Cables And Adapters

To connect your Mac to an external monitor, depending on what connector your display has, you may need one of the following cables or an adapter:

  • USB-C to HDMI Cable,
  • Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter or Mini DisplayPort to USB-C Adapter,
  • Thunderbolt to HDMI Adapter or a Thunderbolt to USB-C Adapter.

The cables and adapters you need may vary based on the model of your Mac and the type of monitor you have.

Setting up the External Monitor

Once you have the necessary cables and adapters, you can set up your external monitor by following these steps:

Connecting the Monitor

  1. Connect one end of the your cable to your external monitor and the other end to the adapter,
  2. Connect the adapter to the appropriate port on your Mac.

If you have a Mac with USB-C, you’ll need a USB-C adapter. If you have a Mac with a HDMI port, you may not need an adapter.

Configuring the Monitor

  1. Turn on your external monitor and switch to external input if required,
  2. Your Mac should automatically detect the external monitor and display,
  3. On your Mac, you can go to System Preferences > Displays to control the resolution, colour, and arrangement of any external displays.

Extending or Mirroring the Display

You can choose to either extend or mirror your display on the external monitor.

  • To extend the display, go to System Preferences > Displays and click Display Settings. On the display you want to extend, select “Use as” and select “Extended Display”.
  • To mirror the display, go to System Preferences > Displays and click Display Settings. On the display you want to mirror, select “Use as” and select “Mirror for Display”.

Changing the Screen Resolution

You can change the screen resolution of your external monitor by following these steps:

  1. Go to System Preferences > Displays,
  2. Click Display Settings then select the external monitor from the list of displays,
  3. Click on the “Scaled” option and choose the appropriate resolution for your external monitor.
Display Settings on macOS Monterey
Display Settings on macOS Monterey

Troubleshooting Common Issues

If you face any issues while connecting your Mac to an external monitor, you can try the following solutions:

  • Ensure that your cables and adapters are connected properly.
  • Try restarting your Mac.
  • Unplug and replug your external monitor.
  • Update your Mac’s software to the latest version of macOS.
  • Check the compatibility of your Mac with the external monitor.

Conclusion

Connecting your Mac to an external monitor can be a game-changer in terms of productivity and convenience. With the right cables and adapters, it’s a straightforward process that can be completed in a few simple steps.