How to Use a Laptop as a Monitor for a Mac Mini

The Mac Mini is a headless computer that you must hook up to a monitor. If you do not have a spare monitor available at your business, you can use an Apple laptop as a monitor for your Mac Mini. You cannot directly connect the laptop to your Mac Mini like a traditional monitor with a VGA or HDMI port. Instead, you must configure wireless screen sharing. This feature allows you to remotely control a Mac Mini from your laptop as long as the computers are both on the same network.

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    Power on your Mac Mini and connect it to the Internet via an Ethernet connection.

  2. 2.

    Power on an Apple laptop and click "System Preferences" from the Apple Dock.

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    Click "Sharing" under the heading "Internet and Wireless."

  4. 4.

    Click "Screen Sharing."

  5. 5.

    Open "Finder" from the Apple dock on your Apple laptop.

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    Select the name of your Mac Mini computer under the Shared icon in the Finder. Your Mac Mini is connected to the Internet via an Ethernet connection and is automatically detected via the Finder using a wireless or Ethernet connection.

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    Click "Share Screen." Authenticate with a username and password. After authentication, you are able to use your Apple laptop as a monitor.