Connect MacBook To TV: a Quick Overview

Connect MacBook to TVFor part two of our connecting guide, we’ll take a look at MacBooks (and other OSX computers). Believe it or not, it’s a bit different. The same disclaimers apply: make sure you know what kind of TV you have. Depending on the type (HDTV vs. SDTV), you will need to seek out different adapters. Here we go:

  1. HDMI, Thunderbolt and Mini DisplayPort.
    1. First, let’s start with the HDMI cable. Monoprice has a great selection of the cheapest HDMI cables, coming in all colors and lengths.
    2. If you have a newer MacBook Pro, you should have an HDMI port and can connect to your TV now. Take a look on Apple’s support website if you’re unsure about which cables you need.
    3. If you don’t have an HDMI port, you’ll need an adapter.  Here’s a great deal on Thunderbolt-to-HDMI adapters, and we found this one to be the best bang for your buck when it comes to Mini DisplayPort HDMI adapters.
  2. Mini DisplayPort to VGA. If your TV does not have HDMI, you can still connect your Mac. We’ve got the best deal on the cable you’ll need right here. Note: when connected through VGA, you won’t be able to send audio to your screen. To get sound you’ll need either a male-to-male 3.5mm cable or a 3.5mm to RCA adapter depending on your TV.
  3. AirPlay. If you have an newer Mac and an Apple TV, you can mirror your computer screen on your TV using AirPlay.
OK, I have a cable, what now?

Plug it in, turn on your TV and change to input to either “HDMI” or “Computer.” You should be good to go.

OK, connect MacBook to TV complete, what now?

Apptui also works on Macs! For those of you who don’t know, Apptui is a free app that lets you control your entire computer with your phone or tablet. It works on Windows and OSX with Android and iOS devices. Lean back, relax, and don’t bother messing with a mouse/keyboard on the couch.