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How do I check which type of USB-C port my laptop has?

Do you want to connect a docking station to the USB-C port of your laptop? Then you need to know what type of USB-C port it is. Don't have a clue? No worries. You can read how to check this here.

What does the USB-C port look like?

USB-C port

The USB-C port is an oval port. It's also smaller than a USB-A port. Aside from that, the USB-C connector is symmetrical. That means you can put a USB-C plug in a USB-C port 2 ways.

USB-C is:

  • Oval
  • Symmetrical
  • Smaller than USB-A

What type of USB-C port does my Windows laptop have?

What type USB-C port Windows

Next to the ports on a Windows laptop, you'll find symbols/logo that show you what you can do with a particular port.

  • Is there a symbol of a lightning bolt (Thunderbolt 3) next to the USB-C port? Then you can use this port to charge and to transfer a video signal. That means you can connect a monitor. This port supports DisplayPort alt mode.
  • Is there a symbol of a D (DisplayPort) next to the USB-C port? Then you can use this port to transfer a video signal. That means you can connect a monitor. This port supports DisplayPort alt model.
  • Is there a symbol of a battery next to the USB-C port? Then you can use this port to charge your laptop. This port doesn't support DisplayPort alt mode.

What type of USB-C port does my MacBook have?

Type USB-C MacBook

MacBook models don't have a logo or symbol next do the port. Follow the steps down below on a MacBook:

  • Boot the MacBook.
  • Go to the Apple logo in the top left corner of the desktop and click it.
  • Click 'About this Mac'.
  • Check which model/introduction year you have.
  • Use the scheme down below to check what the type of USB-C port on your MacBook model can do.

Function USB-C

Model MacBook Charge Video signal/Supports DisplayPort alt mode
MacBook Pro 2016 - 2019 Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 2015 No No
MacBook Air 2018 - 2019 Yes Yes
MacBook Air 2015 - 2017 No No
MacBook 12 inches 2015 - 2017 Yes Yes


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