Possible to connecting Mac Thunderbolt display to Dell Windows machine?


Is it possible to connect an Apple Thunderbolt display to a Dell Windows machine via the Thunderbolt 3 TBT3-UDC1 dock?

Thank you!

Hello Andrea,

Thank you for contacting Plugable support! I’d be more than happy to assist you.

No, this is not possible as the TBT3-UDC1 does not have a Thunderbolt port for the Thunderbolt display to connect to. The dock only has a Thunderbolt 3 connection between itself and the computer. The displays must be attached with DisplayPort.

You would need a dock that offers a second Thunderbolt 3 port for accessories, and also the Apple Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt 3 bi-directional adapter to interface the Thunderbolt display with the Thunderbolt 3 dock.

So something like: http://plugable.com/products/tbt3-udv + https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MMEL2AM/A/thunderbolt-3-usb-c-to-thunderbolt-2-adapter should support your display. Please note that we have not tested this ourselves as we do not have any Apple Thunderbolt displays, but on paper this combination should work.

Please don’t hesitate to let us know of other questions.

Thanks again for contacting Plugable support and best wishes!

Joshua Henry
Senior Engineer | Product Owner
Plugable Technologies

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