With ScreenCloud, you can show your digital signage content using a wide range of supported macOS devices, such as the Mac Mini.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to set up ScreenCloud’s digital signage software using macOS devices, plus a step-by-step guide to adding your content to your screen quickly and easily.
You can also review a full guide of all systems and devices ScreenCloud supports here.
Table of Contents:
1. How to Set up Your Mac Mini to Power Digital Signage Screens with ScreenCloud
Watch the video below to see how to set up your macOS devices for digital signage or follow along the steps below
Apple's compact Mac Mini computers, running macOS, are fantastic multipurpose digital signage devices and can handle even the most demanding content with ease. As macOS is a fully-featured desktop operating system, you have a wide variety of apps that you can choose from to run alongside ScreenCloud, including several remote device management options. You also have the option to power multiple screens from only one main device.
1. How to Set up Your macOs Devices
Because macOS comes preinstalled with every Apple Mac Device, including the Mac Mini, the setup process will be similar for all macOS devices. For more instructions on how to set up your Mac Mini, check out our detailed article here.
After you've completed setting up your Mac Mini, there are two key configurations we recommend you do if you are going to use your Mac Mini solely as a digital signage media player.
1.1.1. First, we recommend you disable all notifications. You can do this by clicking on the Apple logo at the top left corner of your screen. Select "System Preferences", then select "Notifications", and on the left-hand side menu go ahead and turn off notifications for each app. This will reduce the chances of an interruption during your digital signage use.
1.1.2. Next you want to ensure that your Mac Mini does not go into sleep mode during operation hours. You can do this by going back in to your System Preferences and select "Energy Saver", then select "Power Adapter" and move the slider option to "Never" where it says "Turn display off after".
Secondly you will want to select the "check box" to prevent the computer from automatically going into sleep mode when the display is off, as well as "unchecking" the box to put the hard disks to sleep when possible like so:
1.1.3. Now that you are ready in install the ScreenCloud Player App, please visit our download page at screen.cloud/download from your browser.
Select the latest version listed for macOS and your browser should automatically start downloading the installation file. After the file is finished downloading, select the file and proceed to install the ScreenCloud Player app by moving it to the Applications folder.
1.1.4. When you open the app for the first time, you may be presented with an alert from macOS like so:
If this happens, select the Apple logo on the top left corner of your screen, enter your System Preferences and select "Security and Privacy". Under General you will see that the ScreenCloud Player app is blocked, go ahead and select "Open Anyway". Dont worry, the app is not harmful.
1.1.6. After selecting Open Anyway, go back to the ScreenCloud app and open it. If you are presented with another alert from macOS like so:
Go ahead and select "Open".
1.1.7. When the app starts up for the first time you will have the option to launch the ScreenCloud Player app every time the system starts up. If you prefer this, select the option to "Start at boot".
If you're not sure what to do yet, don't worry, you can change this later in the settings menu.
2. How to Pair Your macOS Devices with Your ScreenCloud Account
Now you'll see the custom pairing code, you can then use this to pair your macOS device by logging into your ScreenCloud account here from the web browser on your computer
Once you log into your account, select the "New Screen" button on the top right corner, input the unique pairing displayed on your TV, and enter the name of your device.
And that's it, you are now ready to set any content you'd like to show on your screen. Learn how to use ScreenCloud with our full walkthrough article, follow step-by-step to get started on how to use ScreenCloud for digital signage. This will help you become comfortable with the setup process and the main features of using ScreenCloud.
3. How to Configure Settings on a macOS Device for Optimal Digital Signage Use
How to Open the App's Settings in the ScreenCloud App
3.1.1. Click anywhere on the app to open the settings sidebar (it will slide in from the right).
3.1.2. Right-click on the app and select "Toggle Setting Menu".
How to Reset the Pairing Code
If you want to pair your macOS device with a different ScreenCloud account, or if you need to reset the pairing for any other reason;
3.2.1. Open the settings sidebar and select "RESET PAIRING".
3.2.2. This will reset the player pairing and give you a new code to pair with.
How to Toggle View from Full-Screen to a Smaller Screen
3.4.1. Right-click on the player and select "Toggle Fullscreen". This will switch the app from windowed mode to full-screen mode and vice versa.
How to Close the ScreenCloud App
Simply exiting the app by clicking the close button on the top right corner won't keep the app closed due to the app's 'resurrection' feature, as the app will just continue to relaunch. This setting is to ensure that the app re-opens after crashes or 'accidental' closes. There are two ways to close the app for good:
3.5.1. Open the settings sidebar and then select "EXIT PLAYER".
3.5.2. Right-click on the app and select "Close".
Good job! You have successfully set up your macOS devices with ScreenCloud.
If you have any additional questions on the macOS Player, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335.