Connect a display to your Mac

Learn how to connect another display to your Mac.

MacBook Pro and Pro Display XDR together showing macOS desktop 

Find out how many displays you can connect

You can connect one or more external displays depending on your Mac model. To find out how many external displays your Mac supports, check its technical specifications page: 

  1. Choose Apple menu  > About This Mac, double-click your serial number, then press Command-C to copy it.
  2. Go to the Tech Specs page, click the Search Tech Specs bar, press Command-V to enter your computer's serial number, then click Search.
  3. Click the specs page for your Mac. The number of displays your Mac supports appears under Video Support or Graphics.

Mac computers with Apple silicon

On Mac computers with Apple silicon, you can connect up to 4 displays depending on the chip in your Mac. To find out which chip your Mac has, choose Apple menu  > About This Mac. 

If you're using a Mac with M1 Max:

  • You can connect up to four external displays to your Mac using the Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) and HDMI ports.

If you're using a Mac with M1 Pro:

  • You can connect up to two external displays to your Mac using the Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) and HDMI ports.

If you're using a Mac with the M1 chip:

  • On iMac, Mac mini, and 13-inch MacBook Pro, you can connect one external display using either of the Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports. On iMac, connect your display to either of the ports with the Thunderbolt symbol .
  • On Mac mini, you can connect a second display to the HDMI port.
  • Using docks or daisy-chaining devices doesn't increase the number of displays you can connect.


Connect your display

Connect your display to power, then connect your display to your Mac. Check the ports on your Mac to find out whether you need an adapter.

If you use an external keyboard and mouse with your Mac notebook, you can close the built-in display after you connect your external display. You might have to press a key or click your mouse to wake the external display.

If your external display doesn't turn on after you connect it to your Mac, connect your display while your Mac is off, then wake or turn on your Mac.


Use AirPlay

If you have an Apple TV or an AirPlay 2–enabled smart TV, you can use your TV as a separate display for your Mac. Learn how to use AirPlay to mirror or extend your Mac display.

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