Adapters for the Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C port on your Mac

Learn about different adapters for the Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C ports on your Mac.

The adapters and cables in this article work with these Mac computers:

  • Mac models introduced in 2016 or later with Thunderbolt 3 ports or Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports. These ports support both Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connections.
  • Mac models introduced in 2015 or later with USB-C ports. These ports support USB-C connections.


  

To find the right cable or adapter for your Mac, check the connector on the end of the cable meant to plug into your computer.
  

 

Thunderbolt 3  Thunderbolt icon

If you're using a Thunderbolt 3 cable, such as the Apple Thunderbolt 3 Cable with your display or other device, it will connect to your Mac without an adapter.

The Apple Pro Display XDR and LG UltraFine 5K Display use Thunderbolt 3.

 

 

USB-C  USB icon

If you're using a USB-C cable, such as the mophie USB-C Cable with USB-C Connector with your device, it will connect to your Mac without an adapter. 

The LG UltraFine 4K Display uses USB-C.

 

USB-A  USB icon

If you're using a USB-A cable with your device, use a USB-C to USB-A adapter like the Apple USB-C to USB Adapter, the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, or the Apple USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter to connect your device to your Mac.

To charge an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from a Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C port without one of these adapters, you can use the Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable instead.

Ethernet  Ethernet icon

If you're using an Ethernet cable with your device, use a USB-C to Ethernet adapter, such as the Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.

 

Thunderbolt  Thunderbolt icon or Thunderbolt 2  Thunderbolt icon

If you're using a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 cable with your Apple Thunderbolt Display or other device, use the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 are not the same as Mini DisplayPort Mini DisplayPort icon. They have the same shape, but use different symbols on the cable and port.

 

Mini DisplayPort  Mini DisplayPort icon

If you're using a Mini DisplayPort cable with your display, use a USB-C to Mini DisplayPort cable, such as the mophie USB-C Cable with Mini DisplayPort Connector. Check with its manufacturer for compatibility with your Mac and display model.

Mini DisplayPort is not the same as Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 Thunderbolt icon. They have the same shape, but use different symbols on the cable and port.

DisplayPort

If you're using a DisplayPort cable with your display, use a USB-C to DisplayPort adapter or cable.

 

HDMI

If you're using an HDMI cable with your display, use the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter or other USB-C to HDMI adapter or cable.

VGA

If you're using a VGA cable with your display, use a USB-C to VGA adapter, such as the Apple USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter or Belkin USB-C to VGA Adapter.

 

DVI

If you're using a DVI cable with your display, use a USB-C to DVI adapter or cable. Check with its manufacturer for compatibility with your Mac and display model.

 

 

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