How to Connect MacBook Pro to HDTV – MacBook without HDMI Output to TV

by Harlan Yee on May 27th, 2020

There are many advantages to connecting a MacBook to an HDTV. You can use it as a huge second computer monitor or watch your favorite shows and YouTube videos on it. But without an HDMI port, the way to connect the two together might not be immediately apparent. It seems like there’s an adapter for everything and that’s definitely the case here.

In order to connect a MacBook to an HDTV you will need a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter. It’s actually a 3 in 1 adapter because I wanted to be flexible and be able to connect my MacBook to a variety of monitors. The 3 in 1 means I can connect to an HDTV as well as DVI and Display Port monitors.

Connections are really simple. Just plug the Thunderbolt plug into the MacBook, then plug your HDMI cable into the adapter. Now plug the other end of the HDMI cable to one of your TV’s inputs. Make sure to select the correct input on your TV. So now I can use my HDTV as a big computer monitor or I can enjoy watching videos from YouTube and other websites on my TV.

It’s really simple with this adapter and I like that it has other inputs so I can use it on other monitors and projectors. I picked up this adapter for about $12 on Amazon so it’s a really inexpensive solution. It’s been really nice to have this adapter in my computer bag. Oh and one last thing, I wanted to let you know that audio does come through this cable. So we have video and audio coming through this single connection.

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