How to connect your Mac to an external monitor

One of the great advantages of MacBooks is that you can connect them to an external monitor practically without having to install anything and instantly. In this post, we are going to see how to correctly connect an external monitor to your Mac.

connect your Mac to an external monitor

Is any hardware ok?

First of all, you have to consider whether your Mac supports an external monitor and above all, you have to see how many monitors your unit supports. Also, you have to keep in mind that not all Macs support 4K or 5K resolutions.

Mac mini M2

If your monitor is compatible, you have to use peripherals that have a good file transfer speed , otherwise it may cause a bottleneck and a lower resolution than expected. You should not have the cable bent either, since the output signal is lost, it can be badly encoded or even, over time, the signal is non-existent.

However, for these types of connections it is not recommended to buy cheap or low-quality accessories , since on many occasions they get excessively hot and can transfer heat to your Mac, and as you know, it is very harmful for your battery. If you are already clear that we need to establish a good connection, we are going to see some accessories.

USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter


This three-in-one adapter features a USB-C to digital AV port along with a standard USB accessory and a USB-C accessory for charging your device. Regarding its materials, it is made of plastic and white , the classic color of Apple accessories.

Its operation is quite simple, since you only have to connect the adapter from the USB-C Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port of the Mac to the monitor and that both are compatible with each other. In addition, it is not only available to be able to connect it with your Mac, since it is also compatible with the latest iPad Pro.

Belking multiport

As we said before, the adapter has to support the transfer speed and the resolution quality of both panels . In this case, the Belking multiport with USB-C connection perfectly fulfills its purpose. This accessory has multiple ports that allow you to share or view content and connect to the internet thanks to its VGA, HDMI, USB-A 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet ports. In addition, since they are compatible with the highest resolution, you can view content in 4k both on an external monitor and on a Smart TV.

Made of aluminum, it dissipates heat better and the black color gives an elegant and sober touch to this Belking accessory, making it, without a doubt, one of the best alternatives on the market for Macs with Apple Silicon or Intel. .

Configuration via software

In order to correctly connect your Mac to the external monitor, you have to go to System Settings and in the screen section is where you can see the panel of your device and in alignment , there are two boxes where you will see the connected screens, where you have to determine where we have located the second monitor.

You also have a very interesting option that is the possibility of mirroring the screen, which is an alternative that allows you to have the same desktop screen on both panels. You can then determine if you want the dock to be located on your Mac’s main screen or on the external monitor by determining which is the main screen.

Finally, you can also determine the resolution that you want your panel to have, indicating the default resolution of the screen or adjusted to the values you want and with a certain frequency.