Connecting your MacBook to a TV is made easy thanks to this official PrimeCables guide! Remember, contemporary MacBooks are unlike their predecessors in the sense that they use a single video port instead of a mini DisplayPort slot. This must be taken into account when connecting a MacBook to your TV.
The first step is to identify which video ports you are working with. Anything produced after 2015 should have a single USB Type-C port. If you are using a MacBook manufactured 2011 or earlier, expect to find a mini DisplayPort. Next, ensure your MacBook has been charged. Newer MacBooks use the same port to charge and act as an output, thereby it will need to be charged before plugging it into the TV.
From here, you’ll need to purchase a MacBook adapter cable, more specifically an adapter for USB-C to HDMI. MacBooks using mini DisplayPort connectors will need a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter cables. Also, if you don’t know where to find a cable adapter like this, you can search one out on PrimeCables’ site. There you’ll find great deals on cables, adapters, and PC accessories. Needless to say, it’s a sit well worth bookmarking. You should be able to find a cheap adapter cable that is still high quality and well manufactured.
After you have your adapter in-hand and before connecting anything, shut off the TV as not to accidentally damage anything. Next, plug in the HDMI connector into your TV’s port. Ensure it’s fully inserted. Next, attach the other end of the cable to your MacBook.
Now, turn on your TV and switch it to the HDMI input. There, you should see your MacBook’s screen displayed on your flat-screen in crystal clear resolution. If there are any issues, go to your MacBook, click on the Apple menu, go into ‘System Preferences’, click on ‘Displays’, and then, you should be able to change resolutions accordingly. If your TV is high-definition, you can play with the resolution to maximize the viewing experience as you prefer it. You may also want to open the sound menu, click ‘Output’, and select the speakers you want access to.
It’s that simple! That’s how you connect your MacBook to a TV. If you run into any trouble, it should be relatively straightforward to find a solution via the inputs on your flat-screen or using your MacBook.
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