Apple TV has a library of interesting apps featuring different kinds of content, including movies, shows, series, and music. You don’t need any additional content on Apple TV, as the library itself offers most of the content you are looking for. However, for more than one reason, you may want to connect your Mac to your device. If you are wondering about how to connect Mac to Apple TV, keep reading the following section. By connecting Mac to your Apple TV, you can access content from Mac on your TV.

How to Connect Mac to Apple TV Wirelessly

With the AirPlay feature, you can share content, including music, videos, and photos from Mac on your Apple TV. For the same, you need to connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network.

Using Apple Menu

Pocket Guide: Click the Apple menu on Mac > System Preferences > Displays > Displays tab > AirPlay Display > Choose your Apple TV.

1. Turn on your Apple TV and connect it to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac.

2. Open the Apple menu on your Macbook.

3. Select the System Preferences option.

System preferences

4. Click on the Displays option.

Display

5. Select the Display Tab from the top of the window.

6. Next, open the AirPlay Display drop-down box.

7. Select Apple TV to mirror your Mac screen on your TV.

Using Control Center

1. Connect your Apple TV and the Mac to the same Wi-Fi network.

2. Open the Mac Control Center and select the Screen Mirroring option.

Screen Mirroring

3. Select your Apple TV from the list on your screen.

4. With that, the Mac screen will start streaming on your TV.

5. Finally, start streaming any content from Mac on your Apple TV.  

Related: How to Use AirPlay on Apple TV and Stream Media Files

How to Connect to Apple TV from Mac using a Cable

You need an older version of the Macbook with Thunderbolt or HDMI output to connect with the Apple TV using a cable. Thus, you can connect the output of your Macbook to the video input of your TV.

Pocket Guide: Open the Apple logo menu > System Preferences > Displays > Default for Display.

1. From the Mac, select the Apple logo icon.

2. Select the System Preferences option.

System preferences

3. Next, select the Displays option and the Default for Display option.

How to Connect Mac to Apple TV

To play audio from your Mac using an HDMI cable, follow these instructions.

Pocket Guide: Open the Apple logo menu > System Preferences > Sound > Choose your Apple TV.

1. Select the Apple logo icon on your Mac.

2. From the menu, select System Preferences.

How to Connect Mac to Apple TV

3. From the Sound option and the Output option.

How to Connect Mac to Apple TV

4. Finally, choose your Apple TV.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I mirror my Mac to Apple TV?

You can screen mirror your Mac on your Apple TV using the AirPlay feature over Wi-Fi. You need to connect both the devices to the same Wi-Fi network to cast content between these devices.

Why won’t my MacBook connect to my Apple TV?

Mac won’t connect to Apple TV when there is no common internet connectivity between them. Make sure to connect to the same WIFI. Check if the AirPlay is turned on and working in case of wireless connectivity.

Can you connect Mac to Apple TV?

Yes. You can connect Mac to the tvOS either using cable or wirelessly over AirPlay.

How to connect Mac to TV without Apple TV?

You can use any other streaming device like Roku, Firestick, or other devices to connect your Mac to your TV without relying on Apple TV.

How to connect MacBook Pro or Air to Apple TV wirelessly?

Screen mirroring is the best way to connect MacBook to the Apple TV wirelessly.