How to Connect Macbook Air to TV

MacBook Air is one of the best products by Apple if you don’t have it and looking for purchase it then take a look at Amazon Store for best and cheap rate. There are many reasons for which one can fall in love with this esteemed device. If you have already fallen in love with it due to one reason or more, then you might be its proud owner, right? If this is so, then this post is meant for you, as I am sharing here the way to connect MacBook Air to TV.

Connect Macbook Air to TV, How to Connect Macbook Air to TV

Along with process let me know why people want to mirror Macbook to Television and super offer which blows up your mind. You guys love to watch movies, tv shows and play games on TV screen then here is super offer on Amazon is available which is Free Amazon Prime once you sign up for it then you do have access of more that 40000 TV shows and movies to watch online.

You might love to check out articles on connect your iPhone 6 to Television, how to connect iPhone 7 / iPhone 7 Plus to TV and ways to connect iPad Air To TV.

Connect Macbook Air to TV


    • The MacBook Air does not come with an HDMI port. But don’t panic! A simple and cheap solution is there. The solution is HDTV with an HDMI port.

    • Apart from that, you also need to buy Thunderbolt to HDMI video adapter with audio support and HDMI Cable.
    • Bought all the necessary equipment ? Let’s start with the process then.
    • Find the HDMI Port on Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter. Connect one end of HDMI Cable to it.
    • Connect the Thunderbolt end of Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter to Thunderbolt port of your MacBook Air.
    • Find the HDMI Port on your TV, and connect other end of HDMI Cable to it.
    • All setup is done. Now turn on your TV. Switch the input to the HDMI port. Yeah, the one to which MacBook Air is connected. Done? If everything is done correctly, then you will be able to see the content displayed on your MacBook Pro, on your TV’s screen.

Older TV / VGA TV / Projectors : 

If you don’t have HDTV and having older TV then not to worry just buy Thunderbolt to VGA cable and standard VGA cable if your TV having VGA port.

And for Analog TV you suppose to have mini displayport to composite adapter . And do connection as shown in video.

Mirror Macbook Air to TV wireless using Apple TV

  • Apple TV, Apple TV for iPad Those out of you who own an Apple TV, can mirror their MacBook Air by using AirPlay. Note that you may observe little bit lag between the content running on two displays (your MacBook Air and Apple TV). If you still not getting how to do this then check out video below with proper procedure.

Mirror Macbook Air to TV using Amazon Fire TV/ Fire TV Stick

Even if you have Amazon recently launch Fire TV / Fire TV stick then also you guys can mirror your air to tv using some simple steps.

You guys now need to have Reflector or AirReciver application which going to help you in mirroring your macboor air to tv very easily.

Connect Macbook Air to TV using Chromecast

Google comes up with Chromecast which cast your Macbook Air screen to TV. For that you buy Chromecast and then connect it to your HDTV’s HDMI port. And then connect power cable to chromecast so that device charging continuously.

Now you suppose to set it up on your Mac Air which you can do by visiting Official Google Chromecast page . And follow set up instructions as shown on page and mirror whatever you want from your Mac.

If you follow process then you have connected your Air to HDTV. Now enjoy latest movies , tv shows and play latest games on big screen. Even you can subscribe for Amazon Prime 30 days free trial and get more then 40,000 movies and tv shows collection.

So what are you waiting for? I hope that you now know that how to connect MacBook Air to TV. Just implement the process.

24 thoughts on “How to Connect Macbook Air to TV

  1. Gail

    Hi….I can get a picture, but I don’t get audio. I have a flat screen Samsung hooked up to an amp and 4 speakers.


    1. admin Post author

      Hey Gail ,

      This Thunderbolt to HDMI video adapter is also having audio support so there might not be any problem .

    2. Jay Leith

      I think you have an HDMI cable which is either too old or too new. I had to try 3 different cables on my Macbook Air, 2 which worked fine from my ASUS laptop to the TV, the third which did not. The third cable worked fine on the Macbook Air to the TV. Also, make sure the proper output is selected under Sound on your preferences while the HDMI cord / adapter is plugged in.

    3. Steve


      Go to Settings > Sound > Output and select your tv which should me in the list alongside HMDI. I had the same problem with my MacBook Air and Samsung tv initially, but doing this sorted it out straight away.


  2. StuB

    When I connect as you suggest my Macbook Air displays a grey screen with an error message inviting me to press a key to restart; when I do this nothing happens. The TV also receives no signal, inviting me to check signal cable.

    Any idea what I might be doing wrong?

    1. admin Post author

      Hello StuB,

      It works for me successfully and also work for many others . I haven’t faced this type of problem . I am working for solution of your error as I will get it solved will post on this blog so stay tune with us.

  3. HaJo

    You wrote:
    “Those out of you who own an Apple TV, can mirror their MacBook Pro by using AirPlay”

    Does this mean that this will not work with an MacAir, but only a MacBook Pro?
    Has the GPU of the 2014 MacAir sufficient power to perfectly run videos on an HDTV?

    1. admin Post author

      No it works for Macbook Air it’s by mistake I write Pro instead of Air. And thanks a lot for correcting me.

    1. admin Post author

      Hey Rick,

      Yes you can connect using thunderbolt to VGA but along with that you also need to have standard VGA cable as mentioned on this page.

  4. Nathan

    I recently bought a Macbook Air and a thunderbolt to HDMI adapter, but i can’t seem to get it to work. I use HDMI on my old laptop with an HDMI port, and that works perfectly, but i can’t seem to get it to work on my Mac. Help!

  5. John

    Guys you need to go to
    Tick the mirrors box

    Should change from picture to mirror of your laptop!

  6. Mpell22

    Bought thunderbolt to HDMI cable. Hooked MacBook air to tv. Tv flashes black then blue screen…does not show anything from computer. Tried mirroring in settings, still nothing…any ideas?

  7. gets iris

    Is it possible to just play the video on the tv screen and not on the MacBook Air at the same time? Make screen on Mac go black but still display video on TV screen. Can’t close the lid or video stops. Thanks!

  8. John H

    I have the same problem and have tried all the permutations and combinations of plugging in the HDMI cable. By the way as discussed in other solution posts where is the place called “Settings” on the Mac Air?

    1. Alisha

      one can use their common sense and guess that the person meant SYSTEM PREFERENCES and not settings. but i suppose u dont possess the common sense.

  9. JD

    When I use mirroring, after a while I get the “connection lost” error from my Apple TV.. Actually I have 3 Apple TVs one macbookpro (2013) and one macair (2013).. All have the same issue.. If i send a video via iphone or ipad there isn’t any problem. But if I mirror while running a video on my MacAir, let’s say about 20-25 minutes later first the video on TV freezes and after that the Mac disconnects itself and Apple TV shows a connection lost error.. (it disconnects from network)
    Any ideas about this issue?




    Too bad apple sucks. Why the fuck hdmi port its so hard for them to built in to that shitty slim laptop.
    stupid jobs.

  12. Gabe

    I cannot get the display to work on my TV and have purchased & hooked up both the Thunderbolt & HDMI Cable . I have a MacBook Air & an LG TV. Any suggestions?


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