How to Mirror Mac to Monitor

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you looking to mirror your Mac screen to a monitor? Mirroring your Mac display can be useful for presentations, gaming, or simply extending your desktop space. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of mirroring your Mac to a monitor using various methods.

Method 1: Using a Cable

If you have an external monitor with an HDMI or DisplayPort input, you can use a cable to connect it to your Mac and mirror the screen. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Power off both your Mac and the external monitor.
  2. Step 2: Connect one end of the cable (HDMI or DisplayPort) to the appropriate port on your Mac.
  3. Step 3: Connect the other end of the cable to the corresponding port on the external monitor.
  4. Step 4: Power on both devices.

This should automatically mirror your Mac screen to the connected monitor. If it doesn’t, you may need to adjust some settings.

Adjusting Display Settings

If the screen doesn’t mirror automatically, follow these steps:

  1. Option 1:
    • Select the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your Mac.
    • Navigate to “System Preferences” and click on “Displays”.
    • In the “Arrangement” tab, check “Mirror Displays”.

  2. Option 2:
    • Press the “Command” and “F1” keys simultaneously to toggle mirroring on or off.

Method 2: Using AirPlay

If you have an Apple TV or a compatible monitor with built-in AirPlay support, you can wirelessly mirror your Mac screen using AirPlay. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Make sure your Mac and the AirPlay-enabled monitor are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Step 2: On your Mac, click on the AirPlay icon in the menu bar (looks like a rectangle with an arrow).
  3. Step 3: Select the AirPlay-enabled monitor from the list of available devices.

Your Mac screen should now be mirrored wirelessly to the selected monitor. Enjoy the freedom of a cable-free setup!

Method 3: Using Third-Party Software

If you prefer more advanced features or additional customization options, you can explore third-party software solutions for screen mirroring. Here are some popular options:

  • VLC media player: VLC is a versatile media player that also offers screen sharing capabilities. Install VLC on both your Mac and the Target device, then use its streaming feature to mirror your screen.
  • Reflector: Reflector is another powerful tool that allows wireless mirroring of your Mac screen to various devices, including computers, smartphones, and tablets. It offers additional features like recording and streaming.
  • AirParrot: AirParrot enables wireless mirroring from your Mac to multiple devices, including Apple TV, Chromecast, and AirPlay-enabled displays. It supports high-quality streaming and customizable display options.

With these third-party software options, you can customize your mirroring experience to suit your specific needs.


Now that you know how to mirror your Mac screen to a monitor using different methods, you can choose the one that best fits your requirements. Whether it’s using a cable, leveraging AirPlay, or exploring third-party software, you can enjoy the benefits of an extended display or seamless presentations.

Remember to follow the appropriate steps for each method and adjust settings as needed. Happy mirroring!

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