How to connect two or more displays to M1/M2 MacBook? 🤔

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  1. Get yourself any adapters/hubs/docks from our curated list (below).
  2. Install required DisplayLink drivers.
  3. Grant DisplayLink Manager the "Screen Recording" permissions (System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Screen Recording).
  4. Connect the monitor to the device.
  5. Configure the monitor as you typically do in the System Preferences -> Displays.

    And you are ready to go 👍

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Targus USB-C Universal Quad 4K Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 5 (1 native + 4 external 4K) displays via USB-C with charging.

Supports maximum number of external displays for M1/M2 4x DisplayPort / 4x HDMI ports High quality Power Delivery (100 Watt) Lots of ports
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Kensington Triple 4k Display Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 4 (1 native + 3 external 4K) displays via USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 with charging.

Thunderbolt 3 Power Delivery (60 Watt) Lots of ports
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HP USB-C/A Universal Dock G2

Allows you to connect up to 4 (1 native + 3 external 4K) displays via USB-C. Nice looking, compact dock that takes up only 5 x 5 inches of space.

Small High quality Compact design Known and proven brand
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Kensington USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external 4K) displays via USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 with charging.

Thunderbolt 3 Power Delivery (100 Watt) Lots of ports
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Targus USB-C Universal Dual Video 4K Docking Station with charging

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external 4K) displays via USB-C with charging.

Power Delivery (60 Watt) Can be used as a stand (wedge design)
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Targus Universal Dual Video 4K Laptop Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external 4K) displays via USB-C.

Can be used as a stand (wedge design)
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Kensington USB-C Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external 4K) displays via USB-C.

Power Delivery (85 Watt)
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Plugable USB-C 4K Triple Display Docking Station with charging

Allows you to connect up to 4 (1 native + 3 external 4K) displays via USB-C with charging.

Power Delivery (60 Watt) Lots of ports
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Plugable USB-C Triple Display Docking Station with charging

Allows you to connect up to 4 (1 native + 1 external 4K + 2 external HD) displays via USB-C with charging.

Power Delivery (60 Watt) Lots of ports
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Belkin USB-C Docking Station with charging

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external HD) displays via USB-C with charging.

Power Delivery (85 Watt) High quality
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Plugable USB-C Dual DisplayPort 4K Monitor Universal Laptop Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external 4K) displays via USB-C.

Lots of ports
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Plugable USB-C Dual 4K Display Horizontal Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external 4K) displays via USB-C.

Lots of ports
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ALOGIC Universal Twin HD Pro Docking Station with charging

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external HD) displays via USB-C with charging.

Power Delivery (85 Watt)
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Kensington USB-C Dual Display Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external HD) displays via USB-C with charging.

Power Delivery (60 Watt)
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Acodot Dual Monitor Dock

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external HD) displays via USB-C.

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Diamond Multimedia Triple Display 4K Universal Docking Station with charging

Allows you to connect up to 4 (1 native + 3 external HD) displays via USB-C with charging.

Power Delivery (65 Watt) Lifetime support (US)
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Dell Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 4 (1 native + 1 external 4K UHD + 2 external HD) displays via USB-A.

Additional USB-A to USB-C adapter is required ⚠️

High quality
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StarTech Docking Station Dual Monitor

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 1 external 4K/2 external HD) displays via USB-A.

Additional USB-A to USB-C adapter is required ⚠️

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Accell USB 3.0 Universal Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 1 external 4K/2 external HD) displays via USB-A.

Additional USB-A to USB-C adapter is required ⚠️

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Fujitsu Port Replicator

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external HD) displays via USB-A.

Additional USB-A to USB-C adapter is required ⚠️

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Fujitsu USB Port Replicator

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external HD) displays via USB-A.

Additional USB-A to USB-C adapter is required ⚠️

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Cable Matters SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter

Allows you to connect 2 displays (1 native + 1 external at 2.5K) via HDMI. Comes with two color variants (black/white).

Additional USB-A to USB-C adapter is required ⚠️

Small Easy to carry
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StarTech USB 3.0 to DisplayPort Adapter

Allows you to connect 2 displays (1 native + 1 external at 4K) via DisplayPort.

Additional USB-A to USB-C adapter is required ⚠️

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3 ways to connect multiple external displays

Everyone knows how powerful the new M1 and latest M2 MacBooks are, but until you try to organize your workstation, you don't know a "little" surprise is waiting for you. Unlike previous generations, new M1-powered or M2-powered MacBooks and Macs only support one additional monitor natively. With all these great devices can offer, the support of only one extra monitor natively makes your work much more difficult. Fortunately, there is a workaround. On this page, you will find all the information on connecting more than one additional monitor to organize your workstation precisely as you need it. In addition, we have grouped devices that will work with your MacBook by device type.

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1. Connecting multiple displays by using Docking Station (recommended)

Connecting multiple monitors is most convenient via the docking station. Most docking stations have built-in Power Delivery; thanks to this, we can limit ourselves to only using one cable plug into the MacBook. It is the most reliable and, at the same time, the most expensive solution. So if you use your Mac for work - don't save on the docking station. With some devices you can connect up to 5 displays!

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2. Connecting two or more monitors using USB-C Hub

Using a USB-C HUB is a solution we recommend to users who frequently travel or change their workstations. Hubs are available at a reasonable price and will help you connect many two or more monitors.

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3. Using USB-A adapter(s) (not recommended)

Adapter(s) are connected to the USB-C Hub and, the USB-C Hub is plugged into your MacBook. This configuration is the most convenient when we want to connect only two external monitors, one of which is connected natively via a DisplayPort or HDMI to USB-C cable, which we plug directly into the MacBook, and the other through the Adapter - to the Multiport. But for three and more displays, we recommend these Docking Stations or USB-C Hubs.

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General overview of device types

Which will best suit your workflow?

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many displays can you connect to an M1 MacBook Pro?

With the devices listed above, you can connect up to 4 display monitors: 1 native + 3 externals via DisplayLink technology.

How many displays can you connect to an M2 MacBook Air?

M2 MacBook Air came out with the same limitation of only one natively supported external monitor.

How do I connect multiple monitors to my M1 (or M1) MacBook?

You have to have a device that supports DisplayLink technology.

Why can I not connect more than one display to my Apple M1/M2 MacBook?

To a surprise to many, new M1 (and M2) MacBooks have hardware limitations of only one native display.

Why is my Mac not detecting displays?

If you have a MacBook powered by an M1 or M2 chip and you are trying to connect the second additional display - you are blocked by the hardware limitation of new Macs.

I have bought the required adapter/dock/hub - what do I do now?

Refer to DisplayLink page, select your operating system and download the required drivers (DisplayLink Manager).

How do I connect a USB Type-A adapter to my M1/M2 MacBook?

You need USB-C Multiport Adapter to do so. But If you don't have it already, we suggest considering hub or a docking station instead.

Is there a way to connect multiple displays to my M1/M2 MacBook?

Yes - it's possible BUT only with specific devices. We have listed most of the compatible ones above.

What is DisplayLink technology?

DisplayLink technology creates a "simulated" display to overcome hardware limitations. Refer to the official site or this article for more information.

Will quality get decreased by using an adapter/dock/hub?

Overall quality is suitable for daily use. There could be a slight difference between a natively connected display and a software accelerated one. Most devices can run 2.5k at 50-60 Hz - check those details directly on a product page.

What is a Docking Station?

In short: "A docking station is a device that connects to a laptop and provides additional ports for connectivity (...)" read more here.