MacBook Pro and iMac using it as a monitor

ryan101

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Hello All,

I need a bit of advise. I have a MacBook Pro 2017. I want to use my iMac 2015 as a monitor for my MacBook Pro. Can anyone tell me which cable I will need.

So far from my research I have worked out that I can purchase this "USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter" link below, but I don't know what type of USB cable I will need to go into the iMac. So I think I will need 2 cables the "USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter" and another standard USB cable. If it can be done with one cable please let me know. If you know of a cheap or easy way of doing this then please help?

https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/product/MJ1K2ZM/A/usb-c-digital-av-multiport-adapter?fnode=7d05caac4d69a0a0db924506c61ed3175692e0ac4b82ea2bf5f8b7ae1a87f3cbd4eced3c64d92fd481291bf59fd37b6c5490f0ee14d1a66a5784a489b8543a6401675bae4aae1c96071e4b49545a3f078bd33e724e701c254716874fdc7e657a

Thank you.
Ryan
 

pshufd

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Not an answer to your question but it would be easier just to buy a similar monitor as they're pretty cheap now. I looked to do the same thing but why would you want to boot up a computer to an operating system just to use as a display?
 

ryan101

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Not an answer to your question but it would be easier just to buy a similar monitor as they're pretty cheap now. I looked to do the same thing but why would you want to boot up a computer to an operating system just to use as a display?
Its for someone close to me, and for some silly reason this is what she wants to do. Thanks for responding.
 

CoastalOR

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Hello All,

I need a bit of advise. I have a MacBook Pro 2017. I want to use my iMac 2015 as a monitor for my MacBook Pro. Can anyone tell me which cable I will need.

So far from my research I have worked out that I can purchase this "USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter" link below, but I don't know what type of USB cable I will need to go into the iMac. So I think I will need 2 cables the "USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter" and another standard USB cable. If it can be done with one cable please let me know. If you know of a cheap or easy way of doing this then please help?

https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/product/MJ1K2ZM/A/usb-c-digital-av-multiport-adapter?fnode=7d05caac4d69a0a0db924506c61ed3175692e0ac4b82ea2bf5f8b7ae1a87f3cbd4eced3c64d92fd481291bf59fd37b6c5490f0ee14d1a66a5784a489b8543a6401675bae4aae1c96071e4b49545a3f078bd33e724e701c254716874fdc7e657a

Thank you.
Ryan
I think you need Target Display Mode and the 2015 iMac does not support it.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204592
 
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DeltaMac

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Yes, the 2015 iMac is too new...
Target Display mode is supported on mid-2014 iMacs, but none newer. The mode was dropped when Apple released the retina displays on iMacs.
 
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