How To Use Your iPad As A Second Monitor With Your Mac

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Sometimes it’s a lot easier to work with your computer when you have a second monitor to use. You can actually use your iPad as a second monitor with your Mac. It’s easy to setup and once you’ve got it connected you’ll wonder what you ever did without it.

Apple calls this feature sidecar. Other people call it extending a desktop. It’s all the same thing.

Here are the steps you need to follow to use your iPad as a second monitor with your Mac.


Turn On Your iPad

Make sure your iPad is on and you aren’t viewing any apps (you’re at the Home Screen)


Make Sure You’re Using The Same WiFi Network

The iPad you’re wanting to use as a second monitor has to be on the same WiFi network as the Mac you have.


Connect Your Mac To Your iPad

Wirelessly connect to your iPad and control the screen from your Mac

Connect Your Mac to Your iPad
Follow these steps to connect your Mac to your iPad and share the desktop
On Your Mac, Click The Apple Icon

Go to the Apple icon  at the top left of the screen and click it.

Click “System Settings”

This will take you to your Mac’s control panel to begin the desktop sharing.

Type “Display” Into The Search Box
System Settings

Type “Display” into the search box and click on Displays when it shows up

Click The Blue + Icon Near The Top Of The Page
Add A Second Display

Add your second monitor – your iPad – by clicking the + symbol in the bottom right

Click Your iPad To Extend Your Desktop
Mac Display Settings

Your iPad will have a different name, click it and your desktop should be shared immediately.

Extra Tips

You can move where the second display is so that it’s natural to move the mouse into it. For instance if your computer thinks your iPad is on the right side, but it’s actually on the left of your Mac, you won’t be able to drag items left and drop them on the desktop on the iPad.

You can even move the iPad display to the top of underneath you main Mac display for other configuration options.

Something else that’s awesome about using your iPad as a second display with your Mac, you’ll get a virtual Touch Bar at the bottom of the iPad screen to make navigating apps and the web faster. You can disable this completely if you want, but it’s a nice touch.

Universal Control

For a different type of sharing – or universal control in Apple speak – you can take advantage of your iPad apps, but use the same mouse and keyboard on your Mac to control it. To do this, don’t go to the + and add a display, instead scroll to the bottom of the display settings window and click on “Advanced”.

Then make sure the box is checked about sharing your mouse and keyboard.

Mac Advanced Display Settings

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