How to Connect an Apple Laptop to a Television

By Will D

To turn your Apple laptop into a media powerhouse, you can easily connect it to your TV with an inexpensive adapter (around $20) and the proper cables. Check the back of your TV to find out what kind of audio and video connections it supports. Some high-definition TVs (HDTVs) have Digital Video Interface (DVI) ports, which feature three rows of 8 pins with a blade next to them. Some HDTVs have High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) ports, which look like skinny trapezoids. Some have both. Older TVs may have S-video ports, which are circular and colored yellow. Other TVs have VGA connectors, which have three rows of five pins. Use the best cables that work with your TV: HDMI and DVI are better than S-video, and S-video is better than VGA. The basic process of connecting your Apple laptop to your TV will be the same no matter which cable you use.

Things You'll Need

  • Mini-DVI to DVI adaptor (optional)
  • Mini-DVI to Video adaptor (optional)
  • Mini-VGA to VGA adaptor (optional)
  • DVI-D cable (optional)
  • DVI to HDMI cable (optional)
  • S-video cable (optional)
  • 1/8-inch (35mm) stereo-to-dual RCA audio cable

Step 1

Turn off your Apple laptop computer and your TV. Connect the Mini-DVI adapter to the Mini-DVI port on your Apple laptop. This port looks like a rectangle with two of the corners rounded.

Step 2

Connect one end of the DVI-D, HDMI to DVI, VGA, or S-video cable to the Mini-DVI or Mini-VGA adapter.

Step 3

Connect the other end of the cable to the appropriate port on your TV. A DVI port has three rows of 8 pins with a thin blade of metal next to them, an HDMI port looks like a trapezoid, a VGA port has holes for three rows of five pins, and S-video has a large center pin with a sheath of metal around it.

Step 4

Connect the single end of the 1/8-inch stereo-to-dual RCA audio cable to the headphone port on your laptop. There will be a little drawing of headphones above the port.

Step 5

Locate the ports labeled "Audio IN" your TV. There will be two RCA ports; one is red and one is white. Insert the red and white RCA cable connectors into the corresponding color-coded ports.