How To Mirror Your Display in macOS

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Often times, I find myself looking to watch something on my MacBook Pro, but on a larger display. This is when I use a trick called display mirroring -- which can be done via both software and hardware -- that saves the day.cover mirroring

How to Mirror Your Mac Display with a Wire

If you have a cable that's compatible with your Mac that connects to your TV or monitor, you can also mirror your display the old fashioned way, by chaining them together. We tested this on a Late 2013 MacBook Pro running the latest version of macOS Sierra, but it should work similarly on older machines.

1. Click the Apple logo in the top left corner.How To Mirror Your Display in macOS

2. Select System Preferences.2

3. Select Displays.3

4. Click Arrangement.4

5. Click Mirror Displays.5

You've mirrored your display using a cable!

Mirror via Air Play

The most convenient, wireless method for Display Mirroring uses Apple's AirPlay technology, though it requires you own a compatible device, such as an Apple TV. We tested this on a Late 2013 MacBook Pro with a 4th Gen Apple TV, but it works similarly on other models.

If you're using the 2010 Apple TV 2 or the 2012 Apple TV 3, your Apple TV and your Mac need to be on the same WiFi network, but you can use devices on differing networks as long as the Mac is from 2012 or later and your Apple TV is either 2013's Apple TV 3 rev A or 2015's Siri-enabled Apple TV 4.

1. Click the Apple logo in the top left corner.How To Mirror Your Display in macOS

2. Select System Preferences.2

3. Select Displays.3

4. Click the drop-down menu next to AirPlay Display.image 3174561504808195

5. Select your Apple TV.image 31745615048081576. Enter the password displayed on your TV.image

You're using AirPlay for display mirroring! This way, you can move your Mac around the room without worrying about a cable!

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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