How to Turn an iPad Into a Second Display for Your Mac
In today’s fast-paced world, multitasking has become an essential skill, and having a second display can significantly boost productivity. But did you know that you can easily turn your iPad into a second display for your Mac? In this article, we will guide you through the process step-by-step.
1. A compatible Mac running macOS Catalina (10.15) or later
2. A compatible iPad running iPadOS 13 or later
3. Both devices signed in to the same iCloud account with two-factor authentication enabled
4. Both devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network or connected through Bluetooth
Step 1: Check Compatibility
Before proceeding, make sure your Mac and iPad are compatible with Sidecar – Apple’s technology that enables this functionality. Compatible Mac models include MacBook Pro (2016 and later), MacBook (2016 and later), MacBook Air (2018 and later), iMac (2015 and later), iMac Pro, Mac mini (2018 and later), and Mac Pro (2019). Compatible iPads include all models of iPad Pro, the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th generation iPad, the iPad Air 3rd generation or later, and the iPad mini 5th generation.
Step 2: Enable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Ensure that both your Mac and iPad have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. This will ensure seamless connectivity between both devices.
Step 3: Establish a Connection via Sidecar
There are two methods to connect your iPad as a second display using Sidecar:
Method 1: From the Mac toolbar
1. Click on the AirPlay icon in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
2. Choose your iPad from the list of available devices.
3. Your iPad should now appear as an extended display for your Mac.
Method 2: From System Preferences
1. Open System Preferences on your Mac.
2. Click on “Sidecar.”
3. In the “Connect to” dropdown menu, select your iPad.
4. Your iPad should now appear as an extended display for your Mac.
Step 4: Customize Display Settings
Once you have successfully connected your iPad as a second display, you can adjust its settings in the Sidecar preferences panel on your Mac or directly from the iPad’s touch bar options.
You can customize settings, such as:
– Showing or hiding Sidecar’s sidebar and on-screen touch controls
– Adjusting the position of the sidebar and touch controls
– Placing the second display to either the left or right of your primary display
Step 5: Disconnecting Sidecar
To disconnect your iPad as a second display, simply click on the AirPlay icon in your Mac’s menu bar and select “Disconnect,” or open Sidecar preferences and click “Disconnect” next to your iPad’s name.
Turning your iPad into a second display for your Mac is an easy and efficient way to enhance productivity for both work and leisure activities. With just a few clicks, you can create an extended workspace and enjoy the benefits of multitasking seamlessly across two screens.