Connecting Macbook To External Monitor

How To Connect Your Macbook To a Second Monitor

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Most of us use our MacBooks for when we are on the go and some of us use it at home. At times, we prefer to have a bigger screen for multiple purposes. In this article we will show you how you can add and connect an external monitor to your MacBook without the need of having to buy a desktop computer. When buying a Macbook, the largest screen size it comes in is 15 inches (MacBook Pro) and the smaller is 11 inches (MacBook Air), so in terms of screen size, MacBooks are not that big. With a larger screen, you will be able to work on more projects such as; video editing, video playback, photo editing by opening multiple windows at the same time and switching from one to the other without having to close them or minimise them.

External monitors come in all sizes. Most users typically get a 22 inch monitor which is large enough for them. You can buy external monitor from almost anywhere and easily connect it yourself, and here is how to do it with the different MacBooks.

Connecting External Monitor to MacBook Pro:

The MacBook Pro gives you a couple of options in terms of connectivity. If the external monitor has a DVI connection then you will need to get the 'Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter'. However if your monitor has a HDMI connection (as most of them do), then you can use the 'Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable' to directly connect to the monitor or use the 'Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter' in order to connect the HDMI cable to the adapter and then connect the adapter to your laptop.

Once you have connected the external monitor to the MacBook, you then go to 'System Preferences' (from Launchpad) > and then click on 'Display' > from this step, you will have to click on the arrangement tab on top of the display settings, in this setting you can choose which monitor will be your primary display. Some people prefer their MacBook to act as their primary display and use the external monitor to drag windows in it. The good thing about the Mac operating system is that it detects the monitor automatically without the need to manually set it up. Once you did all that, you can start using your external monitor straight away.

Connecting External Monitor to 12 inch MacBook & MacBook Air:

MacBook Air gives you some limitations, because if its extreme portability, it doesn't give you many connectivity options, you can use the Mini DisplayPort or thunderbolt connector. You will also need to acquire the 'Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter' or 'Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable'. The same setting apply to the MacBook air, once you have all the right cables and adapters connected, then you can go on System Preferences > Display > Arrangement Tab, then you can choose your primary display.

The New 12inch MacBook is a bit more difficult when it comes to connectivity. In order to connect a DVI monitor, you will need 'DVI to HDMI' adapter as well as a 'USB-C adapter'. If you want to connect your 12 inch MacBook to a HDMI monitor, you will only need to get the 'USB-C Digital AV Multipart Adapter'.

So there it is, our simple how to article on connecting your MacBook to an external monitor. It's important to get the right cables for the right type of MacBook, and at Electroclinic, we provide all the different cables and adapters for your MacBook, all you need to do is to contact us by calling on 02073512801. You can also visit our website at for more information on our services and products.