Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adapter. You can use an external display as your main workspace or to extend your desktop, or you can work in mirrored mode with a projector so you can view what your audience sees.
Use the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter to connect your Mac to a standard analog monitor, projector, or LCD that uses a VGA connector or cable. Review the documentation or check with the manufacturer of your monitor to make sure you're choosing the right adapter.
- Mini DisplayPort
- Compatible with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt ports
Ratings & Reviews
Doesn't work with Samsung TV
I'm very disappointed with this. I bought a new MacBook last week and got the VGA adapter so I could use it with my TV as I did my I'm very disappointed with this. I bought a new MacBook last week and got the VGA adapter so I could use it with my TV as I did my old PowerBook G4 (via the Mini-DVI to VGA adapter). The new adapter worked fine when I connected it to an overhead projector, but it doesn't seem to send a readable signal to my Samsung LN40A650 television.
I tried booting in to Windows via Boot Camp and got the same result.
I guess I'll have to try the DVI adapter with a converter from DVI to HDMI to use this with my TV. A Mini DisplayPort to HDMI (or even regular DisplayPort, which can be directly converted without using audio) would be ideal, but there doesn't seem to be any sign of that. …
- Written by Jonathan M from Bryn Mawr
2906 of 4258 people found this useful
Output to my 22" Viewsonic is clear and crisp and setup with no effort. Seems to be of the same quality as the mini DVI to VGA ada Output to my 22" Viewsonic is clear and crisp and setup with no effort. Seems to be of the same quality as the mini DVI to VGA adapter which I used everyday for a year with out incident on my old macbook. Should be priced in the 14.99 - 19.99 range. …
- Written by Gary L from Richmond
1388 of 1709 people found this useful
I can not get this thing to output to my Samsung LN-4042H 40 inch LCD. The old miniDVI to VGA worked no problem with my old MacBoo I can not get this thing to output to my Samsung LN-4042H 40 inch LCD. The old miniDVI to VGA worked no problem with my old MacBook. I have checked and it is not a TV problem, so certainly something hardware or driver related. Also $29.99 for a video dongle seems steep to me. …
- Written by Alexander P from Burr Ridge
1766 of 2613 people found this useful
Flickers beyond belief!!
Just bought a new Samsung monitor to hook up my Macbook Air for use at home. Tried to plug in this adapter and all it does is flic Just bought a new Samsung monitor to hook up my Macbook Air for use at home. Tried to plug in this adapter and all it does is flicker on the screen whenever I'm in the process of doing something.
Would not recommend!! …
- Written by Joshua T from Melbourne
4 of 4 people found this useful
Computer to Projector Works Great!
The new Mac Book Pro Retina model has no DVI connection, as my older Mac Book Pro did. Needed to connect to an old Epson VGA proje The new Mac Book Pro Retina model has no DVI connection, as my older Mac Book Pro did. Needed to connect to an old Epson VGA projector. Made an appointment for the Genius Bar at my local Apple Store. They showed me how to connect to any VGA device by using the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter. It was not apparent to me at first, that the Mini Display plug fit in the Lightning connector on the computer, but it does. The computer was already set up (default) to mirror the display, The Apple Store brought out a VGA display and it immediately mirrored the computer when plugged in. At home the Epson recognized the signal immediately and projected it on screen. It's a winner! This is all you need. Of course you still require your male to male VGA cable which is Blue to Blue and Apple considered this and made their VGA end on this adapter, Blue also.
You should already know this, but to repeat; VGA is Video Signal only. There is no audio signal in VGA.
On with the show! …
- Written by Timothy L from Owosso
3 of 4 people found this useful
Streaming movies on any t.v. with a HDMI connection
I love this adapter. The first time I used it required a few adjustments on display settings and usually each time I need to use I love this adapter. The first time I used it required a few adjustments on display settings and usually each time I need to use the sound output selector settings. It's great for hotels when on vacation …
- Written by Jennifer D from Cumming
4 of 5 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can you tell me how to keep the system working when connected to VGA output and the lid closed, i'd like to keep the system running on battery.
- Asked by Prithvi C from Albuquerque
Can I connect my MacBook Pro to 2 external monitors?
- Asked by Joseph W from Billingham
A note regarding the 13" MacBook Pro: You CAN use two Thunderbolt displays with the 13", same as the A note regarding the 13" MacBook Pro: You CAN use two Thunderbolt displays with the 13", same as the 15" and 17". The difference is that if you connect a second Thunderbolt display to the 13" then the internal display is automagically deactivated. The 15" and 17" will drive all three displays with no trouble. …
- Answered by Matthew S from Trumbull
How do I get sound output from the TV (and not the laptop) when I connect my MacBook Air to a TV using Mini Display Port to VGA Adapter?
- Asked by Sanjay Kumar S
The VGA cable does not carry audio, you must have a separate audio cable.
- Answered by Robert M from Menifee
is this cable active or passive?
- Asked by Jake B from Highland Park
Passive as per the manufacturer.
- Answered by Autumn C from Kent
what cable do i use to connect my 2014 MacBook Pro Retina to an external monitor
- Asked by Joseph L from Winston Salem
Found this in support:
1. Can I connect a Mini DisplayPort monitor or monitor using a Mini Displa Found this in support:
1. Can I connect a Mini DisplayPort monitor or monitor using a Mini DisplayPort adapter to a Thunderbolt port on my Thunderbolt-equipped Mac?
Yes. A Mini DisplayPort display or a display connecting with a Mini DisplayPort to VGA, DVI, or HDMI adapter will work just like it was connecting to a Mini DisplayPort connector when plugging in directly to the Thunderbolt connector on your Apple computer. Click here for more information on Mini DisplayPort connections and adapters. …
- Answered by Lynne C from Edinburg