👉 Complete Guide on How to Connect Multiple Monitors to a MacBook/Mac Mini.

Not every docking station will allow you to connect multiple displays to your M1. We have listed all compatible devices, which will allow you to organize your workstation the way you want.

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

Read how I connected 2 external monitors with Dell D6000.Visualisation of connected monitors
  1. Get yourself any of the adapters/hubs/docks from the list we have prepared. Device must support DisplayLink technology on Big Sur.
  2. Install required drivers.
  3. Grant DisplayLink Manager the "Screen Recording" permissions (System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Screen Recording).
  4. Connect monitor to the device.
  5. Configure monitor as you would normally do in the System Preferences -> Displays.
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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 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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What it is all about?

Everyone knows how powerful the new M1 MacBooks are, but until you try to organize your workstation, you don't know there's a "little" surprise waiting for you. Unlike previous generations, new M1 powered macs do only support one additional monitor natively. With all that these great devices offer, the support of only one additional monitor natively makes your work much more difficult, especially if you use a Mac, for programming for instance. Fortunately, there is a workaround. On this page you will find all the information on how to connect more than one additional monitor to organize your workstation exactly as you need it. We have grouped devices that will work with your M1 MacBook by device type.


Scenario 1: You already have Docking Station or Hub:

Cheaply add multiple monitors support to your existing setup with simple adapters.


Scenario 2: You often change your workplace:

Stay mobile while using the full power of USB-C Hubs.


Scenario 3: You want the best possible solution:

Increase your productivity, organize your workplace with compatible docking stations.


Scenario 4: You already consider buying a new monitor:

It is worth considering those UltraWide monitors that are designed for developers and artists.

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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 a MacBook Pro?

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

  • How do I connect multiple monitors to my M1 MacBook 2020?

    You have to have device that supports DisplayLink technology.

  • Why I cannot connect more than one display to my Apple M1 MacBook?

    To a surprise to many, new M1 MacBooks have hardware limitation of only 1 native display.

  • Why is my Mac not detecting displays?

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

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

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

  • How do I connect USB Type A adapter do my M1 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 MacBook?

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

  • What is DisplayLink technology?

    DisplayLink technology creates a "fake" display buffer in RAM in order to overcome hardware limitations. Refer to the official site or this great article for more information.

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

    Overall quality is good for a daily use. There could be a slight difference between natively connected display and software accelerated one. Most of the devices can run 2.5k at 50-60 Hz - make sure to 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 provides additional ports for connectivity (...)" read more.