Multiple monitor support on first-gen Apple M1-based laptops and desktops


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If you’re looking to find a display adapter or docking solution for your first-gen Apple M1 laptop or Mac Mini, 2020 models only support a single external display. (See our original FAQ on this topic here.)

These early M1 systems can use DisplayLink-based products to add multiple monitors. 2021 and later models that ship with M1 Max and M1 Pro processors natively support multiple external displays using USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 docks/adapters, which simplifies finding a display solution. So, how do you identify if you have a first-gen M1 Apple laptop or desktop? Here are the model numbers and identifiers:

MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020)

Model Identifier: MacBookPro17,1

Part Numbers: MYD83xx/A, MYD92xx/A, MYDA2xx/A, MYDC2xx/A

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MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

Colors: Space gray, gold, silver

Model Identifier: MacBookAir10,1

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Mac mini (M1, 2020)

Model Identifier: Macmini9,1

Part Numbers: MGNR3xx/A, MGNT3xx/A

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If you have one of these models and would like to use more than one external display, docks and display adapters that feature DisplayLink chips may be a solution for you.

Docking Stations:

Display Adapters: USB32HD4K (HDMI out, single screen, 4K30), USB32HDPRO (HDMI out, single screen, 1080p), and USB32DP24K60 (DisplayPort out, dual screen, 4K60) are all possible options. Because these all use USB-A connectors, you will also need a USB-A to USB-C adapter like USB31CAADP or USB31CAADG for most setups.

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EDIT: Looking to install DisplayLink support on your M1 Mac? Check out this knowledgebase article!