Who doesn’t wants to watch videos on a big screen? Well one way or the other all of might have to do so. Connecting a Mac to a TV with HDMI for full audio and video support is not some rocket science. It’s a process with steps which we will guide you through this article. Let’s get started to connect your Mac HDMI to TV. 

HDMI Method

The HDMI method to connect MAC to TV is simpler, cheap and convenient. The equipment needed to do so are: Mac with Mini-DisplayPort, Mini-DVI*, HDMI, or Thunderbolt port, Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt to HDMI Adapter with Audio Support, HDMI cable and HDTV with HDMI input.

Some new Macs have an HDMI port already built in so you won’t need an adapter. In this case you can directly connect the HDMI cable to the port. 

In case the Mac doesn’t have an HDMI port, you will connect the HDMI adapter to the thunderbolt port and then connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI adapter. Usually these ports are at the back of the Mac. 

Next connect the adapter or direct HDMI cable to the back or side of the TV. Then, turn on your MAC. When you turn on the TV, channels might be airing on it. To switch it to the HDMI Mac mode, open the video source button and click on the HDMI by the help of the TV’s remote control. 

When all of this is done, Mac’s screen will appear on your TV screen. Unfortunately, if this does not happen, you may connect to the other HDMI ports of the TV because TVs come with several port so you will have to find the one which supports Mac’s audio and video. This will take some time to connect to each port and turn on off but will surely get it connected soon enough. 

This method pretty much connects the Mac to the TV but in order to use the apps and operate the music and etc, some additional steps can be taken for a better and enjoyable experience. 

Configure the Mac Video Output for Optimal Display on the TV Screen

 In order to play games, apps and movies, you can set up mirroring. With the Mac connected to the TV, open System Preferences. Next choose “Displays” and then click on the “Arrangements” tab. Moreover, check the box for “Mirror displays”. Get your screen set to either 720p display or 1080p display for better quality. 

Till now the TV display is the second display. In order to set the TV display as your primary display, follow the following steps: 

  1. Open System Preferences from the  Apple menu after the Mac and TV are connected to each other.
  2. Choose “Displays” and then go to the “Arrangements” tab
  3. Drag the white menu bar from the smaller built-in display to the external TV display, thus turning the TV into the primary screen. 

This process will make the Mac display as the secondary one and TV screen at the primary display. 

Change Sound Output from the Mac to TV via HDMI

The Mac’s audio isn’t so loud to enjoy a movie or game. So TV’s speakers can be used for better audio experience. After connecting the TV to the Mac some settings are to be altered to make the process successful. 

Open System Preferences from the  Apple menu and choose “Sound” then Click the “Output” tab and look under the “Type” list to find the “HDMI” option and select it. This will make it possible to use the TV’s speakers. Now the volume will be adjusted using the TV’s remote and not the Mac itself. 

Getting a Good Video Playback App

When playing videos and having the ultimate experience, some apps specially designed for this purpose may serve as your go to ones. Some of the very well-known and high rated by the Mac users are: 

XBMC – media center which can play the videos of all types

Plex – media center app which plays videos of all formats

VLC – This also plays all video formats whether it be mp4, MOV, m4v, or any other. 

MplayerX – full-featured video player that is compatible with a variety of video formats

Zooming in the screen

At times, the videos do not fit the screen. To make the videos full screen, Open System Preferences from the  Apple menu and choose “Accessibility” then choose “Zoom” and enable the zoom features, choose either the keyboard shortcut or zoom gesture option. Now the video will fit to the screen and will be ready to be played. 

Finally to test all that we have done above, play a video and check if the display is HD, the audio can be operated by the TV’s remote controller and the video fits the screen. If all this is happening, you are good to go. 

Enjoy your favorite movie or game! Have fun!


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