Use the LG UltraFine 5K Display with your Mac

Learn about the LG UltraFine 5K Display and how to use it with your Mac.

About the LG UltraFine 5K Display

The 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K Display features a 5120 x 2880 resolution, a P3 color gamut, 500 cd/m2 of brightness and built-in stereo speakers, camera, and microphone. Integration with macOS lets you control your display's volume and brightness without the need for physical buttons on the display.

When you connect the display using a single Thunderbolt 3 cable (included), it provides up to 85W of charging power to your MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports. The display has three downstream USB-C ports (5 Gbps) that offer additional connectivity and power to compatible devices and accessories.

System requirements and compatible Mac models

The LG UltraFine 5K Display requires a compatible Mac running macOS Sierra 10.12.1 or later. (macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or later is recommended.)

You can use the LG UltraFine 5K Display with these Mac models:

5120 x 2880 @ 60Hz

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)

With the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter and a Thunderbolt cable, you can use the LG UltraFine 5K Display at 4K and lower resolutions with these Mac models:

3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz

  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)*
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014) and later
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) and later
  • iMac (Retina, 27-inch, Late 2014) and later
  • iMac (Retina, 21.5-inch, Late 2015)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2015)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)

3200 x 1800 @ 60Hz

  • Mac mini (Late 2014)*

*Apple recommends that you use the LG UltraFine 5K Display as a second monitor with Mac mini and Mac Pro, as the display might not turn on until you boot into macOS. As a result, pre-boot features such as Boot Picker and macOS Recovery might not be available on the display.

USB-C power delivery

The LG UltraFine 5K Display provides up to 85W of power over USB-C and will fully power these Mac models using the included Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable:

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)

Power isn't delivered from the display to your Mac when you connect with the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter. If you're using this adapter, you need to also connect your Mac to power using the power supply it came with.

The LG UltraFine 5K Display provides 7.5W to each of its three downstream USB-C (5 Gbps) ports. To charge Apple Lightning-based devices and accessories—such as iPhone, iPad, AirPods, Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad 2, and Magic Mouse 2—you can use the Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable or a combination of the Apple USB-C to USB Adapter and the Apple Lightning to USB Cable.

If you have issues connecting the display

  • If you don't see an image after connecting the LG UltraFine 5K Display to your Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac, make sure that you're using the cable that came with the display. If you don't have it, you can use a Thunderbolt 3 cable capable of delivering 5A of power.
  • Get help with video issues if you still don't see an image when using the correct cable.
  • If the LG UltraFine 5K Display doesn't power on or you don't see an image after following the steps in the article above, contact LG to get service for your display.
  • You can download the LG UltraFine 5K Display owner's manual and LG Screen Manager software on the LG support page.

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