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How To Connect Your MacBook To TV?

Large number of occupants are looking for a suitable cable to connect MacBook to TV for transmitting the data. More and more people who want to have a new laptop will choose MacBook, not only for high quality, prominent branding and aesthetic design,but also for better adaption with other Apple products existed. While the price is not cute.


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To achieve better users experiences, some come up with a solution. Mirroring the old Macbook screen context to another general computer screen. Apart from this, it can be applied multiply in processing presentation, holding up conference and building up a home theater. To satisfy widespread demand from customers, Apple has been deliberately designing larger screens with higher resolution.

So, how to choose a suitabel cable for your macbook to adapt to your TV when your TV is without Apple play?


Check Macbook Version to match a suitable adapter

Take an old MacBook without the USB-C port for example, occupants have to check if there is an HDMI port and consider to buy a HDMI cable. The following Macs come equipped with an HDMI port:


  • MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2012-2014 models)
  • Mac Pro (late 2013 model)
  • Mac mini (2010 and later)

Then an HDMI cable will easily take you out of trouble.


Connect HDMI Port to HDMI Port:

Locate the HDMI port on the right of Macbook. 

Plug one end of an HDMI-to-HDMI cable into the Macbook.

Put the other end into television.


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While if your Mac is without HDMI port, it must be a Thunderbolt 2 port, then you will need a Mini Displayport-to-HDMI adapter. Similarly, the Mini DisplayPort serial cable is compatible with devices that have Mini DisplayPort. 


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Mini Displayport to HDMI adapter (VCELINK) 


The following devices and versions are compatible and capable of sending both audio and video signals over the Mini DisplayPort  (via:

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012 and later)*
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)*
  • Mac mini (Mid 2010 and later)*
  • Mac Pro (Mid 2010)
  • MacBook (Mid 2010 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 and later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 and later)
  • iMac (Late 2009 and later) 

Unfortunately, any older models can send video data only over the DisplayPort connection.


If the MacBook has a Thunderbolt port instead, occupants have to choose a Mini DisplayPort to USB-C cable, that is, a cable with DisplayPort connector on one end and USB-C cable on the other end. If your system has a Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB-C to HDMI adapter is exavtly the one! 


Connecting steps of Thunderbolt port to HDMI port is exactly the same as the HDMI port to HDMI port. 

If the MacBook could be connected through a Thunderbolt 2 port, a Thunderbolt 2 cable is available. It is one of the most widely used cable among all the like products, meaning that it could be compatible with most of data storage devices. Except for that, it is feasibly allowed with various sorts of data output and is exceedingly efficient at data processing. Given this high performance barely should customers worry at the data delay. In this way, people don't need to break your budget on new equipment, those small cables and adapters is affordable and effective. 


Match your Mac with Apple TV

 If you already have had a TV with Apple Play, there is no need to buy any  cables. The only thing you should do is to get your TV and Mac matched and mirror the images.

3 steps of Mirroring process for iOS:

- tap the TV screen in bottom bar

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- enter the password

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- play any video you want

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Cables: Achieve Perfect Effect

Nonetheless, the USB-C serial cable acts to be the best. Its essential advantage is in that it perfectly supports the Apple Cinema display which lets occupants watch videos on a LED screen.

The Apple Cinema display is classified into three generations. The first model has a high-density plastic frame in the form of an easel, converting signals through DVI connectors. In this case, any type of cable that could transmit DVI signal helps, among which USB-C cable serves as the most compatible one. If the MacBook is supportive of Thunderbolt 3 ports, the USB-C to DVI cable will matche your requirements.

The second generation of Apple Cinema display is commonly equipped with a Mini DisplayPort, which, of course, requires a corresponding Mini DisplayPort cable. The USB-C to Mini DisplayPort cable also works. But what should be emphasized is that Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt 3 adapter is not applicable for the second generation model because of the unstable match. The third one, on the other hand, is compatible with the Thunderbolt 2 and 3 adapter, since it has the Thunderbolt 2 port on its part.

Additionally, the third generation model is the most commonly used one among customers, so that for most of customers a Thunderbolt serial cable could be a necessary item.


Some Other Tips For Notice

After plugging the corresponding cable into the MacBook and the TV, occupants are supposed to fulfill the steps as follow:

firstly, set the TV to PC mode or HDMI mode. Both are the modes that allow data from the MacBook to smoothly transmit into the TV.

Next, to make the TV screen a second display, occupants should make some adjustments on TV to disable the mirror mode to avoid the unavailable AirPlay form.

Some might find videos played on TV are mute, in this case, they should check if the sound output in the system preference is set to the TV-source and make the relevant regulations.

When all the steps above are done, the connection is solidly built, and occupants are able to watch videos freely on TV. If it fails, which is rare to happen, or there are any surprising situations emerging, please write to us and we would try to see where the problem lies.




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