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How to use an iPad as a second screen for an Apple Mac computer

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In the workplace, especially for those who work from home, maximum productivity is essential. Count on two monitors on the desktop can make a difference on many occasions and, therefore, having the Mac it can help you a lot. Well, you can do this get using your iPad in a much simpler way than you might think.

The truth is that it is very useful to have a second monitor, since for example it can help you to have more windows open at the same time. And here the iPads become a great help, because avoid having to invest in a second screen. And, in addition, its combined operation with Apple computers is excellent (and you will not need any cable). We are going to tell you how to achieve all this without many complications.

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Devices that allow you to use the iPad as a second screen

The first thing you should know is that not all computers and tablets offer this possibility (which is none other than taking advantage of the function called Sidecar by Apple). This is the hardware you must have in case you want to use a second screen iPad from a Mac:

These are the compatible iPads

  • All iPad Pro models.
  • iPad 6 or newer models.
  • iPad mini 5 or newer models.
  • iPad Air 3 or newer models.
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Compatible computers

  • MacBook Pro from 2016 or newer models.
  • MacBook from 2016 or newer models.
  • MacBook Air from 2018 or newer models.
  • iMacs from 2017 or newer, including the Late 2015 27-inch iMac Retina 5K (iMac Pros are also included).
  • Mac mini from the year 2018 or newer models.
  • Mac Pro of the year 2019.
  • Mac Studio.
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Besides, you must have some clear things: both the Mac and the iPad must be correctly configured with the same Apple ID and must use the same WiFi network. Only then can we take advantage of the macOS tool called Sidecar, which allows us to turn the iPad into a secondary monitor.

In what has to do with the versions of the operating systems, these are the ones you should use: iPadOS 13 and macOS Catalina or later.

Steps to make the connection

  • Unlock iPad and then open Control Center on your Mac. Next, click the “Screen Mirroring” button.
  • You will see that a list of options will appear depending on the devices you have. You just need to select the iPad to activate Sidecar.
  • iPad will display the extended Mac desktop, and you can drag macOS windows onto it.

It is possible to use Sidecar through the use of a cable. To do it this way, you’ll need to have made the connection beforehand and make sure the Mac trusts the connected iPad.

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