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How to Connect Your Mac to the TV

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It’s easier than ever before to enjoy everything you do on your Mac on your HD TV. From sharing photos to playing the latest games. In this guide we’re showing you everything you need to know setting up your Mac to your TV.

Apple TV (Wirelessly)

The best way to enjoy your Mac Apps on your TV is through Apple TV (£99). Apple makes it really easy to enjoy content on your TV using technology called Airplay. However, you will need to make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • Your Mac is running Mountain Lion (OS 10.8)
  • Your Mac was manufactured in 2011 or later.

All you need to do is make sure that your Mac and Apple TV are using the same WiFi network. Although Airplay works great at home and in your own office, this might not be the best solution if you’re traveling around to different locations.

First of all, you’ll need to make sue you’re Apple TV is connected to your TV, tuned in, and connected to your WiFi. To get Airplay working switch to your Mac and you’ll see a ‘Airplay’ icon on the Menubar. Give it a click and you’re Mac screen will mirror onto your TV. Click the icon again to switch it off once you’re finished.

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If you’re Mac is older than 2011 or you can’t update to Mountain Lion, there is a brilliant 3rd party app called ‘Air Parrot‘ which will enable you to use Airplay too! Hooray.

Airplay also works for iPad and iPhone (4S or later). We’ll have a guide for that next week!

Mini Display port to HDMI adapter (Using a cable)

The cheaper method of getting your Mac’s desktop on your TV screen is to use a good old fashioned cable. You’ll need a regular HDMI cable for this. You can buy a HDMI cable from most electronic stores for about £10. Make sure it’s long enough to reach the back of the TV down to where you’ll be keeping your Mac.

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Unless you have a Retina Display Mac Book Pro, you’ll also need an adapter to plug the HDMI cable into your Mac. Apple sells the ‘Mini Displayport to HDMI Adapter’ online for £24.95

However, If your Mac pre-dates Oct 2008. You may need a different adapter. For more help choosing the right adapter for your Mac, Apple has a support page to make things a little easier.

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