Add an external display to your MacBook
Steps to connect Mac Air to Monitor using USB C to HDMI Cable
- Extended Display: Go to System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement, then click and drag the display icons.
- Mirror Displays: Go to System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement and check off the box next to Mirror Displays.
- Use Apple AirPlay to wirelessly connect to a compatible smart TV or iPad.
How Do I Connect MacBook Air to an External Monitor?
Connecting your MacBook Air to an external monitor is a straightforward process, but you need to make sure you have the right cables first.
The Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports on your MacBook Air—or Thunderbolt 4 if you have an M1 model—can be used for video output. Depending on what type of external display you’re using, you’ll need one of the following adapters:
- USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter: Connects to an HDMI display or HDTV.
- Thunderbolt/USB-C cable: Connect to a USB-C monitor.
- VGA Multiport Adapter: Connect to a VGA display or projector.
NOTE : If you have an older MacBook Air model (2009-2017), it’ll be equipped with either a Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt/Thunderbolt 2. In this case, you’ll need a different type of adapter than the ones listed above. Check out Apple’s handy ports guide to find out exactly which type of adapter you’ll require