FAQs About Using an iMac as a Monitor


Are you thinking about using your iMac as a monitor for your PC? Here are some things you should know!

How to use an iMac as a monitor for a PC

There are a few different ways that you can use an iMac as a monitor for a PC. The most common way is to connect the two computers using an HDMI cable. This will allow you to use the iMac as an external monitor for your PC.

Another way to use an iMac as a monitor for a PC is to connect the two computers using a Thunderbolt cable. This will allow you to use the iMac as a display for your PC, and it will also allow you to transfer data between the two computers at high speeds.

If you want to use your iMac as a monitor but don’t want to physically connect the two computers, you can also use remote desktop software like Splashtop or TeamViewer. This software will allow you to control your PC from your iMac, and you’ll be able to use the iMac’s screen as if it were an external monitor for your PC.

How to connect an iMac to a PC

There are a few different ways that you can connect an iMac to a PC, and the best method will vary depending on what you want to use the iMac for and what type of connection you have available. For example, if you want to use the iMac as an external monitor for your PC, you will need to connect the two using either an HDMI or DisplayPort cable. However, if you just want to transfer files between the two computers, you can do so using a USB cable or even wirelessly over a network connection.

Assuming you want to use the iMac as an external monitor, the best way to do this is by connecting it to your PC using an HDMI cable. This will give you the best possible image quality, and it will allow you to use all of the features of the iMac display, such as the built-in speakers and camera. If your PC doesn’t have an HDMI port, you can also use a DisplayPort cable – this will work in much the same way as HDMI. Once you have connected the iMac to your PC using either an HDMI or DisplayPort cable, you will need to configure your PC’s display settings in order to make use of the extra screen real-estate. This is usually done by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting ‘Display settings’ or ‘Screen resolution’ from the menu that appears. From here, you should see both your PC’s built-in display and the iMac listed as separate options. Selecting ‘Extend these displays’ from the multiple displays drop-down menu will cause your desktop to span both screens, giving you more space to work with.

What cables do I need to use an iMac as a monitor for a PC

In order to use an iMac as a monitor for a PC, you will need the following cables:

  • HDMI cable
  • Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

How do I adjust the settings on my iMac to use it as a monitor for a PC

Connect the iMac to the PC with a Mini DisplayPort cable. Launch “System Preferences” on the iMac, and select “Displays.” Select the “Arrangement” tab, and check the “Mirror Displays” checkbox. The iMac’s display will now show what is on the PC’s display. To change the resolution, go to the “Display” tab within “System Preferences,” and select a different resolution from the list.

Can I use an iMac as a monitor for a PC if I’m not using macOS

In short, yes, you can use an iMac as a monitor for a PC. You’ll need a Mini DisplayPort to DVI or Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, and you’ll need to set the iMac’s display settings to match the PC’s resolution. If you’re using Windows on your PC, you can find instructions for setting up an iMac as a monitor in our support article Use an iMac as a display with Windows. If you’re using Linux on your PC, you can find instructions for setting up an iMac as a monitor in our support article Use an iMac as a display with Linux.


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