How to automatically switch to HDMI audio when closing lid on macbook air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jakobkraft, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. jakobkraft macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2013
    I used to have a Samsung Laptop, and when connected to my 50" HDTV, all I had to do was close the lid to switch displays, but it would not only switch displays, it would also switch to HDMI sound for the TV as well. Was nice and seamless. But with my Macbook air, I have to manually change audio BEFORE closing lid. Any way to eliminate the step and make the whole process more seamless?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated -- thanks in advance!
  2. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Something's odd there. When I plug the HDMI cable from my big Sony TV into my MBA, it is immediately recognized as an external monitor and the audio automatically switches. Can't remember, but I might have needed to choose HDMI audio in the system preferences the first time I did this, but it is all automatic now. Have you tried switching it in the preferences? I regularly move my MBA between solo use with the internal speakers, a USB audio interface and my TV and everything just automatically switches as needed.

    The lid is open when I do this. Have never tried closing it.
  3. jakobkraft thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2013
    The thing is my macbook is connected pretty much all the time to my TV. I only travel with it maybe once every two months, so it's pretty stationary. I don't want to have to disconnect and reconnect my TV to my mac to get video AND audio to switch over completely. Would just like to be able to close my lid and switch video AND audio both, like I used to do with Samsung laptop.
    But maybe that's just not possible with the mac, in which case, I'll manage.
  4. BeRniTo, Mar 7, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2014

    BeRniTo macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2013
    Hey there!

    I switched the audio output device in Preferences to be my TV, so whenever I plug the HDMI cable to it, audio output changes.

    A few weeks ago I was able to close the lid and watch a movie with video and audio coming from the TV, but now, from one day to another, when I close the lid, audio output changes to the built-in speakers.
    If I open the lid again, audio stills get out from the built-in speakers, but in Preferences it's still set the TV as the default audio output device. :confused:

    It's weird because it was working a while back.

    Any ideas? :confused:
  5. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    I'm having a similar issue. When I plug an HDMI from my MBA to a Sony TV, I can't seem to scale the image within the TV screen. It appears that half the image only displays, and the rest is hidden. I didn't know where to troubleshoot this.
  6. nischal33 macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2014
    Same issue here. I guess this happened after a recent OS update.

    It did work properly before. Now am experiencing in MBP Retina and my MBP 15".:confused:
  7. Meellly macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2015
    Having same issue in Jan 2015

    Same exact issue occurs with my 2013 macbook pro. Wow this used to work but now I have to access the sound settings via my wireless mouse once the lid is closed.

    Here's a long but annoying, temporary fix:
    1. Crack open a cold one....
    2. Close lid
    3. With Wireless mouse, enter System Preferences > Sound > Output devices.
    4. Toggle to Internal Speakers
    5. Close Preferences.
    6. Re-open Preferences and toggle again to HDMI external speakers.

    **Shortcut that makes this less painful----if you hold down "option" + "sound symbol" on keyboard the sound Preferences are display.

    Come on Apple, you really can't figure this one out -__-
  8. Meellly macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2015
    2nd fix --

    Another fix that sometimes works:
    1. Close lid
    2. Unplug HDMI from mini adapter
    3. Wait 5 seconds
    4. Plug back in.

    I wish there was a way to file legit bugs to apple!
  9. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Why open the lid at all if the machine is stationary and connected all the time to the TV?
  10. suncoaster macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2017
    My hdmi connection thru an adapter from my MBP (mid-2012) to lcd tv was working fine; audio was fine even after closing the lid. Somehow, that changed and now after closing the lid, I can't get audio on the tv, open or closed until I power down and restart. Closed lid audio a thing of the past, apparently.
  11. Left4DeadBoy macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2015
    hi Closing the lid doesnt work now . Youll have to apply these directions .
  12. suncoaster macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2017
    Thanks for your reply. Funny thing is, though, closing the lid did work at first, but after awhile it stopped, with an error message in sound preferences saying the selected device had no sound controls. Even though a restart played perfectly with the lid open...
  13. suncoaster macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2017
    ...and, I did try Meillly's fix, above, and it worked. Thanks much!

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