How to Connect Dell Monitor to MacBook Air (Guide)

Dell monitors are one of the most popular options on the market, and many people use them with their MacBook Air.

If you have a Dell monitor and want to connect it to your MacBook Air, there are a few things you need to know. 

Ways to Connect Dell Monitor to MacBook

This guide will walk you through connecting your Dell monitor to your MacBook Air. We will also discuss some of the benefits of doing so. 

1. Plug your Monitor Directly

One way to connect your monitor to MacBook Air is to plug it in directly. If your monitor is compatible with your MacBook, this is the best way.

First, verify which input is best for your MacBook and your monitor. The MacBook Air supports the following input methods:

  • HDMI
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • USB-C

Secondly, connect your monitor to your MacBook with a cable.

If you opt for a USB-C cable, you should connect the cable to the upstream port.

If you are using mini DisplayPort, ensure to connect the larger end to the monitor and the other end to the source.

For HDMI cables, there are identifiers on the ends for the source and display, but if you are not getting video signals, you can switch the ends and try again.

Finally, To get started, plug one end of the video cable into your Macbook Pro and then attach it to an external monitor. You can use any port if you have more than one USB-C port available on this device’s exterior.

2. Use a Video Adapter

If your monitor does not have compatible inputs for MacBook, then to connect MacBook Pro with external monitor, you need video adapters for connection.

You can use adapters like USB-C and Mini DisplayPorts to convert inputs for your monitor, but you can only convert from a more advanced source to the input on display.

3. Connect the video cable to Dell Monitor.

VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort are the best options for connecting your display but ensure you get one that supports a high enough resolution. Avoid VGA if possible because it will lower picture quality significantly on newer displays.

2. Then, connect the video adapter to the other end.

3. Turn on your MacBook and connect to the video adapter.

4. Use USB-C Dock

You can also use a USB-C dock if you have the latest model monitor and have to use it permanently with your MacBook. You need a compatible video port USB-C dock.

1. Plug in the power supply to an AC outlet.

2. Connect your video cable to your monitor.

3. Plug the end of the video cable into your USB-C dock.

4. Plug your dock’s connector into your MacBook’s port.

5. Set-Up

The Dell monitor will be the primary display.

If you want to use your MacBook Pro’s built-in display as the primary display, go to System Preferences > Display and drag the Display window to the right, in front of the Dell monitor.

You can also change the resolution of the Dell monitor by going to System Preferences > Display and clicking on the “Scaled” tab. Change the resolution to match your preferences.

Dell Monitor Not Connecting to MacBook (Fix)

Once the monitor is connected, it will automatically turn on. If it doesn’t turn on, press the power button on the monitor to turn it on.

Check your power cable to see if it’s connected to your monitor. Also, check with your MacBook Air.

After checking the alligator clip, check if the other end of the chord is inserted correctly in the electric outlet.

If your monitor is still not connecting with your MacBook, then try restarting your monitor. Disconnect all cables and after a few seconds, connect them back.

Connect Your MacBook to a Primary Desktop Display

Sometimes you need to scroll through a lot of data, which can be tough on your eyes if the screen size is limited.

A larger monitor connected to a MacBook will let you see an entire large spreadsheet or web page without needing up-and-down navigation, giving more space per task so that everything happens quicker with less hassle.

1. With your MacBook powered off, connect the Mini DisplayPort to the HDMI on your primary desktop display.

2. Connect the power adapter to your MacBook and plug it into an outlet.

3. Press the power button on your MacBook until the Apple logo appears.

4. Once your MacBook has booted up, open System Preferences and click “Displays.”

5. In the “Display” tab, make sure that the “Mirror Displays” checkbox is unchecked and that the “Arrangement” tab is selected.

6. Drag the white bar under “Primary Display” to the left so that it is positioned next to the name of your primary desktop display.

Final Thoughts

Connecting a Dell monitor to your MacBook Air is a great way to increase productivity and efficiency, primarily if you often work with large amounts of data.

Following the steps outlined in this guide, you should be up and running in no time.

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