How To Connect Mac To Projector HDMI

How To Connect Mac To Projector HDMI

Macbooks are very widely used laptops throughout the whole world. Whether for official or personal purposes, users often need to connect their Mac to a projector.

It may sound like an effortless task, but this is where the problem strikes. Most of the projectors have an HDMI or a VGA port, but on the other hand, most of the recent Mac models convey only USB-C ports.

Those who know how to resolve this issue can do the job in an instant. But those who don’t know will most likely just end up breaking their sweat.

Nevertheless, no worries- we’ve got your back. In this article, we will discuss every possible solution to this problem.

Connect the Mac with the projector


Whether it’s a meeting or just a family show time, you may find it difficult to connect it to a projector if you have a Mac. We will discuss this topic step by step in this segment for your convenience.

So, read till the last and follow the instruction- if your device is no exception, this instruction should be efficient enough.

The First and Foremost step will be to switch on both the devices, the Mac and the projector. Make sure they are turned on, and then proceed to the following step.

The next step is connecting the devices using an HDMI cable. This is where the problem occurs- as most of the Macs have no HDMI port to offer. 

Connect the Mac with the projector

Nevertheless, there is a solution as long as there is a problem. Get a HDMI convertor.

In case your Mac has one, then great, you have got away around a lot of trouble. If not, then you have to find a good quality HDMI convertor.

After that, you should check if the Mac has supported the HDMII. If it has not, you should try rebooting the device and check again. This time it should be working.

The fourth step is to synchronize the display. This is a step by step process-

  • First: Find the apple menu, which should be on the top left corner of the monitor
  • Second: Click on the Apple menu, and there will be a menu dropping down. Find an option named ‘System Preferences’ and click on that.
  • Third: There will be an icon that indicates display. Click on that.
  • Fourth: Once you click the display icon, it will open a window. Find and click on an option named ‘Detect Display’ from the options.

The system will automatically adjust and synchronize with the projector at this point.

Connect the Mac with the projector

In case you still face any problems, follow the following instructions-

First, Follow the previous first, second, and third steps. This is supposed to take you to the display window again.

Second, look for the arrangement tab among the options. Upon clicking this option, it will open another window.

Third, there will be an option called ‘Mirror Display Box’- check that option on. 

This option will follow the same display adjustment on your mac to the projector. Now, wait for a few seconds until the display gets adjusted. 

Finally, you have successfully connected your Mac to the projector using an HDMI cable. Now you can properly have the projection you wanted. 

Mac is not supporting HDMI


Even if you have followed and completed all the instructions properly, your Macbook may not support or recognize the HDMI.

In any such case, don’t panic; we have got your back. If your devices have no hardware issue, then the following instruction should be enough to solve the situation.

Connect the Mac with the projector

The easiest and fastest solution to this is to reboot the projector and plug it off and then again plug on the HDMI cable into the Mac.

If yet it fails to detect the HDMI, then do the following steps:

  1. First of all, again, go to the top left corner of your screen and click on the Apple menu.
  2. After that, select the ‘System Preferences’- just like you did in the first place.
  3. Next, you have to click on the display option like before. 
  4. This will take you to another display window.
  5. Now, press and hold the option or alt key. It is supposed to be on the bottom left row and somewhere between your apple keyboard’s command and ctrl key. This will bring out an option at the bottom right corner of the window. This option is a feature that force detects any output connectivity of the laptop. 
  6. That option is named ‘Detect Displays’- click on that option, and your device will find and detect the HDMI cable by itself.
How To Connect Mac To Projector HDMI

In case your Macbook is still not recognizing the HDM- then we suggest you check if the cable or the hardware are functioning correctly.

The operating system even may have some bugs in it- you can also try reinstalling it. Besides solving the projector issue, this will also sort out all the other bugs as well.

HDMI is not receiving audio


It is irritating that sometimes the HDMI is smoothly playing the video, but it is missing the audio; then it serves no purpose at all.

In any such situation, the first and foremost thing you need to do is check if the adapter you are using to connect the HDMI supports audio or not. If it doesn’t, then you just have to replace it with one that supports audio.

HDMI is not receiving audio

If you have done it all perfectly, the adapter is also audio compatible, and still, it is not providing the audio output- then you might have some other technical problem.

Well, technical problems may occur- relax, every problem must have a solution. Pursue the following instruction to solve this problem-

  1. Again, go to the Apple menu at the top left corner of the screen select the system preferences from there.
  2. If you are at the right window, then there is supposed to be an option called sound. Click on that.
  3. There in the output option, check if the HDMI device is checked or not.

Alright, now you are supposed to be content with the audio. If you are still facing the same issue, we’d say your device may need to see a hardware expert and be checked if it is malfunctioning. 

Final Words

So far, we have covered all the aspects of connecting a Mac to a projector, even if it misses any HDMI port. Follow all the instructions properly, and you will find connecting your Mac to a projector as easy as water. Just purchase a good quality HDMI adapter that supports audio and video both.

Using projectors is becoming common practice everywhere. If you are a Mac user and have been facing hindrances doing that then we hope we have come to your help.

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