Silicon Motion InstantView Installation Instructions for macOS 10.15 and later

Last Update: February 16th, 2022
Article ID: 1237488

How to install the Silicon Motion InstantView application

1. Download the Silicon Motion InstantView application for your version of macOS from here → Link 


2. Double-click on the file you downloaded to start the application installer

InstantView Download

3. Drag the macOS InstantView app icon to the Applications folder in the window that opens:

InstantView Drag to Install

4. Navigate to your Launchpad or Applications folder to locate the InstantView app and double click to launch it

InstantView Launch

5. Click Open

InstantView Click Open

6. Click Open System Preferences. Note: this should automatically open the Security and Privacy section, but if it does not you can manually open the Security and Privacy settings

InstantView Click Open System Preferences

7. Click on the gold padlock at the bottom of the application window to enable changes. 

InstantView Click Padlock Security Settings

8. If prompted, enter your password and click the ‘Unlock’ button: 

InstantView Type username and password

9. Click to place a checkmark next to the macOS InstantView entry: 

InstantView Check macOS InstantView

10. You will be prompted to Quit and Reopen the InstantView application in order for the change to take effect. Please do so: 

InstantView Quit and Reopen

11. The software has now been installed and you may connect your graphics adapter or docking station   

** Please note - The Silicon Motion InstantView application does NOT in fact record or store any information. This permission must be granted in order for the InstantView application to access the information it needs in order to generate the image shown on the Silicon Motion-connected displays. **

Using the macOS Silicon Motion InstantView Application

12. Right Click on the InstantView icon that is now present within the Apple Menu bar at the top of your screen. This will reveal the InstantView quick access menu:


13. Click "Display before Login" to enable the Silicon Motion-connected displays to be activated at the macOS Login Screen

InstantView Display at Login

14. In order to receive automatic InstantView application updates you can ensure that the Auto Update setting is checked


15. Left click on the InstantView icon  within the Apple Menu bar at the top of your screen. This will reveal the InstantView application

InstantView Application Screen


16. You can quickly disconnect the displays and you can quickly change your Silicon Motion-connected displays to Mirrored or Extended mode