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Question: Can I use 2 x Thunderbolt and 1 x HDMI at same time for displays?

Please help!

I've seen multiple conversations about having 3 displays on a Mac Mini, however can't seem to find the answer to this question:

Can I use 2 x Thunderbolt ports and 1 x HDMI port at the same time for displays.


I have a 2017 Mac mini with 16GB Ram. I use 3 monitors - all are HP 27es.

Currently this is my configuration:

1 x HDMI

1 x Thunderbolt

1 x Air play - I use an older Apple TV for this.

Works great, however I lose Bluetooth capability and can use the internal speaker in the Mac mini.

I also understand that I can use a USB to HDMI adapter for my 3rd monitor, however this can use up RAM.


So - can I use both thunderbolts? When I plug the 3rd into thunderbolt it does not light up.

Mac mini

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Nov 12, 2017 3:48 PM in response to Tyssut In response to Tyssut

Good afternoon Tyssut,

Welcome to the Apple Support Communities!

I understand that you are having issues getting three displays to work with your Mac mini. The Mac mini only supports two displays, as outlined in the following article:
Mac mini technical specifications

​Video Support
Support for up to two displays at 2560 by 1600 pixels, both at millions of colors

  • Thunderbolt digital video output
  • Native Mini DisplayPort output
  • DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (sold separately)
  • VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (sold separately)
  • Dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (sold separately)

HDMI video output

  • Support for 1080p resolution at up to 60Hz
  • Support for 3840-by-2160 resolution at 30Hz
  • Support for 4096-by-2160 resolution at 24Hz

DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (sold separately)

Take care.

Nov 12, 2017 3:48 PM

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