How to use an iPad as a second screen for your Mac

In case you ask me, you may by no means have too many screens. One for electronic mail! One for looking! One for recordsdata! Screens for everybody!

Nevertheless, not everybody has the posh of cramming a sprawling assortment of displays onto a desk, or has sufficient inputs on their computer systems to assist such a setup.

In case you’ve obtained an iPad and a Mac, although, it’s lifeless easy to make use of the iPad as a companion monitor on your Mac. Right here’s how.

Sidecar necessities

We’re going to be utilizing Apple’s free, built-in Sidecar app to drag this off. For Sidecar to work, you’ll want one of many following computer systems:

  • A MacBook or MacBook Professional from 2016 or later
  • A MacBook Air from 2018 or later
  • An iMac from 2017 or later (or the 2015 27-inch iMac Retina 5K)
  • A Mac Professional from 2019, iMac Professional, or Mac Studio
  • A Mac Mini from 2018 or later

After which so far as iPads go, you’ll want any mannequin iPad Professional, a sixth-generation or later iPad, a fifth-gen or later iPad Mini, or a third-gen or later iPad Air.

[Photo: Doug Aamoth]

The Mac must be working MacOS Catalina or later, and the iPad must be working iPadOS 13 or later. Each units must be signed in with the identical Apple ID as effectively.

Now, you are able to do this wirelessly or you may plug the iPad into your Mac. I like to recommend the latter to preserve your iPad’s battery life. To go the wi-fi route, although, be sure that Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Handoff are enabled on each units. You’re in all probability already utilizing Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and I can let you know that Handoff was enabled by default on each my Mac and my iPad.

Sending a window out of your Mac to your iPad

When you’ve met all the necessities above, merely hover over the little inexperienced button within the top-left nook of the Mac window that you simply need to transfer, and choose “Transfer to iPad” from the menu.

By default, your Mac will assume your iPad is positioned to the correct. You possibly can change this by going into the Apple Menu > System Preferences > Basic > Shows, after which just about shifting your iPad to its precise location.

As soon as that’s arrange, you may then simply drag home windows forwards and backwards between your Mac and your iPad, the identical as you’d with some other displays. Or simply put the iPad on the correct and skip this step.

Additional tweaks

You’ll discover that your iPad has a sidebar on the lefthand facet of the display screen. You should use this to cover and present the menu bar, conceal and present the Dock, and facilitate some primary key presses.

You possibly can conceal this sidebar to provide your self just a little extra actual property. Out of your Mac, click on the Apple Menu > System Preferences > Sidecar, and switch off the sidebar.

And for those who’d like to make use of an precise app in your iPad whereas it’s getting used as a second monitor, merely swipe up from the underside and also you’ll be again in iPad mode. You’ll discover the Sidecar icon in your iPad’s residence display screen; faucet it to modify the iPad again to watch mode.

There are a couple of extra superior issues you are able to do as effectively, resembling utilizing an Apple Pencil or a digital Contact Bar. Take a look at Apple’s Sidecar assist web page for more information.

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