How to Connect Multiple Monitors Apple MacBook Air M1
MacBook Air M1 has no HDMI ports and comes with just two USB-c ports. These two ports are used for charging, connecting external devices, etc. This leads to an issue of connecting two monitors simultaneously. However, we have a simple solution that will allow you to connect Multiple Monitors with Macbook Air M1.
Requirements for Multiple Displays to Connect with Apple Macbook Air M1
To connect more than one monitor to your MacBook Air M1, you’ll first need to purchase a dock station. This dock station will allow you to connect the monitors to the MacBook via an HDMI cable.
Use the software, DisplayLink. This software allows you to connect up to six monitors to your computer, and it features a variety of features that make it easy to use. One downside is that it can be expensive, and it may not be compatible with all monitors.
We have recommended the following 4k USB C docking station to connect monitors with M1 Macbook Air.
Guide to Connect Multiple Monitors Apple MacBook Air M1
After you have the dock station and the software installed, plug it into the USB-C port on the MacBook and the monitors into the dock station.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Make sure that your MacBook Air M1 has one vacant USB Type-C port.
- Connect each monitor to each HDMI port on the dock station.
- Launch the “System Preferences” app on your MacBook Air M1.
- Click on “Display.”
- Under “Screen Resolution,” select the resolution for each monitor. For example, select “4K” for the higher-resolution monitor.
- Click the “Apply” button in the upper-right corner of the window to save your settings.
- Repeat steps 4 through 6 to connect additional monitors as needed.
Another option is VGA Splitter. This software allows you to connect one monitor to your MacBook Air M1 and then split the screen into separate windows on the other monitors. This is good if you want to use multiple monitors for different tasks simultaneously. However, VGA Splitter can be difficult to use, and it may not work with all monitors.
For a video demonstration check out the video below:
There is one issue you can’t close the laptop lid when on battery. This also shuts the display. However, you can solve this issue by checking out the post “how to use Macbook Lid Closed on Battery When Connected to External Display“.