Use an iMac as an External Monitor

Use an iMac as an External Monitor


– In this video, I’m gonna show you guys how you can take an old iMac like this and hook it up to a laptop to
use it as an external display. (upbeat music) Well, hey, guys, Juan here. Thanks for stopping by my channel and checking out this video. So I’m gonna show you guys how you guys can take an old iMac and use it as a second
screen or a second monitor, but first I want to tell you which ones that you’re able to do this with because not every old iMac can be used as an external display
or a target display is how Apple would call it. But these are the, I’m gonna
put them up here on the screen. These are the particular models that you’re able to do this with. All right, so if you’re
using a 27-inch iMac, you can use a late 2009, all
the way through mid a 2010. Those are the 27-inch iMacs
that you’re able to use. If you’re using a 21 and a half inch iMac, then you’ll need a mid
2011, through mid 2014. Those are the models
that you’re able to use as far as an old iMac goes to
achieve the second display. All right, so now I’m gonna
give you guys the instructions on how to do this and what
cables that you’ll need in order to take your iMac and use it as an external display. I made a video about this a
while back so I’m gonna use some of that footage that talks
about it in great detail so let’s go ahead and roll the footage. So if you’re watchin’ this,
you’re probably wantin’ to figure out how you can
use an iMac to pair up with a Macbook Pro as an external monitor and it’s really easy to do. Now you may be wondering why
would I wanna use an iMac as a monitor, well, sometimes
these (muffled) monitors or you know, bigger monitors, 27 inches or whatever you’re lookin’ to get, they can be a bit expensive,
maybe you have an iMac, an older iMac that you can
possibly salvage and use as an external monitor or
maybe you can find an iMac on a Facebook marketplace or Craig’s List or wherever you buy some of
your used computer equipment and you can get it at a lower cost so this is a way that you can do that and get a bigger screen real
estate than what you can on a say like a Mac or a Macbook, so right here I’m using a
13 inch newer Macbook Pro, it’s one of the, I think
it’s 2017 is what this one is but they make these now
with just a USBC port so you gotta live that dongle life, Apple’s made it a little
bit more difficult now, they only have the USBC inputs and they don’t have those old
HDMI inputs like they used to on their older Macbook Pros
so in order to do this, you need an adaptor so what
you’ll need is an adaptor that looks just like this,
this is a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adaptor
and I’ll have a description or a link in the description down below of where you can get this
so on one end it’s a USBC, on the other end, it’s that
display port Thunderbolt. Also you’ll need a
Thunderbolt cable like this so I went with the zero
point five meter cable so it’s kind of a short one,
just ’cause I don’t like a lot of wires being shown on my desk setup so I went with the shortest
one that they offer. So those are the two
components that you’ll need in order to do this, all right, so the first step is
you’ll need to have both of your devices turned on and logged on so I’ve got my Macbook Pro here on and I’ve got my iMac ready
to go, next up you’ll need to connect your cables so I’m gonna take my
Thunderbolt cable here and I’m gonna connect it to the adaptor and I’m gonna plug in the USBC
on one end of my Macbook Pro and take this other end here
and plug it into my iMac. Let’s do that now. – [Narrator] A few moments later. Okay, so now the cables are connected, you can see that I’m running
Mohave here on my laptop and here on the iMac, I’m
running an older operating system but we’re gonna take a mirror this to this and make the Macbook Pro the
main machine that’s running. All you have to do now is hit command F2. ‘Kay, and now you can see both devices are connected together,
this one’s being used as an external monitor
or an additional display to the Macbook Pro and the Macbook Pro is
the main machine running to both of these so I
hope this helped you out, maybe as a little, a
good solution for you, if you liked this video,
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the time, thanks a lot for watching this, guys,
until next time be creative. (upbeat music)

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