How to Connect Multiple Monitors to MacBook Pro with M1 Chip



After reading several blogs, buying several adapters, and watching several videos, I finally found the simplest and cheapest way to connect multiple monitors to a MacBook Pro with the new M1 chip.

Note, that since you only have two ports for USB-C on your MacBook, one needs to be used for power, so I also use a usb-c hub that allows power to pass through. Just search for usb-c hub with power delivery and hdmi port and you will be fine.

Here is a link to the device I recently purchased that supports the second monitor:
Plugable USB 3.0 to HDMI Video Graphics Adapter
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C6HBJOA?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_product_details

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  1. Will this same method work with the MacBook in clamshell mode? When I physically use my desk, I want to use the MacBook essentially as a CPU only with two external monitors (not totaling three screens).

  2. Thank you for posting this! I was not successful with dongles but your video led me to purchase a Plugable USB 3.0 & USB-C Dual Display Port or HDMI Display Docking Station… Paired with DisplayLink Manager 1.5.0 and I was successful. Dongles range between $85-125 each and the dock was under $200.. Now I can use one dock for both my home and work computers! Honestly a life saver!!!

  3. Hey… I have the same Macbook. Thank you for this super easy explanation! I purchased $150 worth of extra dongles and cables to avail! After a Google search, I came across your YT video and WA-LA! problem solved. What a headache. I used your AMZ link to buy the Plugable (to give some luv) Thanks again!

  4. Thank you very much Degan!!! I have realized my life long dream of having three seperate computer screens thanks to you!!!!

  5. YOU ROCK!!!! Thank you SO MUCH!! Whoo Hoo, the only thing that worked. Typing on Monitor two right now!

  6. Thanks for the tip. I have now two 4K monitors connected to my MacBook Pro M1. The displaylink adapter allows me to reach only 1920×1080 (60Hz) with HiDPI, higher resolution (3840×2160) is reachable but without HiDPI (retina quality). Anyway, I find your video instructive.

  7. why can't you just connect the usb to the docking station? does it not work? does it need to be connected via usb-c?

  8. Thanks a lot for your help.
    Currently I’m using M7 monitor from Samsung and I use usb c to connect to my MacBook Pro M1.

    If I buy an item like what you have will the second monitor will work ?

    More explaine to you
    (First monitor M7 will connect to my MacBook via usb c and the other monitor will connect via HDMI through plugable products)

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