Will it be possible to connect the Mac Mini to the MacBook Pro and use the laptop's screen, keyboard for working on Mac Mini?

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    Do you mean physically like an iMac in Target Display Mode or virtually like in screen sharing? – Allan Nov 7 '17 at 14:47
  • I'm pretty sure the screen sharing that Allan mentioned is the only way. Synergy is one of those apps that Is meant for this. Note that if you have an iPad, they work extremely well as a secondary screen with a mac, if the screen size is not an issue. – Joonas Nov 7 '17 at 15:39

Physically through a HDMI cable this isn't possible.

The MacBook Pro cannot take display input, only output.

This goes for any HDMI devices, not just a Mac Mini. You couldn't run a PS4 on your MBP screen for example.

The only way it might be possible is by sharing the screen in a method such as this.

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  • thank you. So my understanding on " Sharing the Screen " - means : We will have to remote log in to the Mac Mini. There will not be any physical wire based connection involved between laptop and Mac Mini. Is that right ? – goofyui Nov 7 '17 at 19:07
  • Yeah that's it basically. I'm not 100% sure on how you would do it as I have never done it myself. Just wanted to point out that it can't be done as simply as connecting them via HDMI. Hope that helps somewhat :) – Andre Nov 7 '17 at 20:04

I connect from my 15” macbookpro to my mac mini via connect to server & sharescreen, then do all that is necessary : install software, play videos via iTunes which are then shown on the Samsung tv via hdmi from the mac mini - then log out leaving iTunes and the video playing fine...

No special third party software needed - all native by apple...

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  • woow !! Thats interesting. Whether both devices are connected in wireless mode or any cables required to connect both the device – goofyui Nov 7 '17 at 21:34
  • My Macbook has only 128GB and i am considering to buy a Mac Mini which has either 500 GB or 1 TB. But i dont want to buy Monitor /Keyboard. If i have the complete details on connecting from Macbook to Mac Mini, that will be very helpful .. – goofyui Nov 7 '17 at 21:35
  • Macbook and mac mini communicate over the wireless network - no cables between them at all. – Solar Mike Nov 8 '17 at 3:25

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