Display settings on MacOS
This page goes over how to adjust your display settings on MacOS computers.
Note that M1 and M2 Macs like the 13" Macbook Air and Macbook Pro can only output to one external monitor and have a max resolution of 3840x2160. They will only work with the Looking Glass Portrait or Looking Glass 16". If you're looking to use MacOS with a Looking Glass 32" or 65" please contact us.
In order for Looking Glass software to work as best as possible your Looking Glass display must be set to the proper resolution. MacOS in particular tends to scale monitors to optimize for things like text size. While this works great for 2D displays, it can cause some trouble with holographic displays.
Follow the recommendations below to adjust your display settings on MacOS to make everything pixel perfect.
If your Mac computer only has USB-C output you'll need a display adapter to connect the HDMI or DisplayPort cable to your Looking Glass. For Looking Glass Portrait, we usually recommend adapters from Anker.
If you need a different display adapter ensure that it supports at minimum [email protected] for use with the Looking Glass Portrait and Looking Glass 16".
A display adapter that doesn't support 4K @ 30hz will not work with your Looking Glass.
Looking Glass displays are meant to be used as an external monitor. In Display Settings under System Preferences, ensure that your Looking Glass is set to be used as an Extended Display.
Looking Glass displays must be set in accordance with the following display resolutions in order for Looking Glass software to work properly.
Looking Glass Portrait
Looking Glass 16"
Looking Glass 32" or 65"
Don't see your Looking Glass in display settings? Make sure you have the display cable and USB cable hooked up to your Mac, and that Looking Glass display is powered on and running in desktop mode. If you're having issues connecting your Looking Glass, check out the user guide for your display.
On MacOS Ventura, the display scaling functionality is hidden by default. In order to expose this functionality you must first select your Looking Glass display, then hold down the option key and right click the More Space option. This will bring up a drop down where you can select the display resolution. You should choose the resolution that matches your display from the table above.
Don't see your Looking Glass in display settings? Make sure you have the display cable and USB cable hooked up to your Mac, and that Looking Glass display is powered on and in desktop mode.
On MacOS Big Sur you should have the option to set the resolution manually via a drop down menu like the following image. You'll want to ensure that your Looking Glass display matches the resolution listed in the table below.