Can I connect my iPad to my laptop as a second monitor?

Answered by Willie Powers

You can connect your iPad to your laptop as a second monitor. One of the easiest and most convenient ways to do this is by using a feature called Sidecar, which is available on Macs running macOS Catalina or later.

Sidecar allows you to extend your desktop environment onto your iPad, effectively turning it into a second display. This can be incredibly useful if you need more screen real estate for multitasking, working on multiple projects, or simply want to have additional space for your apps and windows.

To set up Sidecar, make sure your iPad and Mac are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network and meet the system requirements. You’ll need an iPad that supports Apple Pencil (1st generation or later), and a Mac that supports the Continuity feature (check Apple’s website for specific compatibility details).

Here’s how to connect your iPad to your Mac using Sidecar:

1. On your Mac, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen and select “System Preferences.”

2. In the System Preferences window, click on “Sidecar.”

3. You’ll see a list of available iPads. Select your iPad from the list.

4. Choose whether you want the iPad to be on the right or left side of your Mac’s screen by clicking on the “Display” dropdown menu.

5. If you want to use Apple Pencil with Sidecar, you can enable or disable the “Show Sidebar” option. This will display a sidebar on your iPad that gives you quick access to common actions and settings.

6. Once you’ve made your selections, your iPad should now act as a second display for your Mac. You can drag windows and apps onto the iPad screen, just like you would with a regular monitor.

It’s worth noting that Sidecar also supports touch input, so you can interact with your Mac using your iPad’s touchscreen. This can be particularly useful for tasks like drawing, sketching, or navigating touch-friendly apps.

If you don’t have a Mac or your Mac doesn’t support Sidecar, there are also third-party apps available that can turn your iPad into a second monitor. Some popular options include Duet Display, Luna Display, and iDisplay. These apps work similarly to Sidecar and provide additional flexibility and features for using your iPad as an extended display.

Connecting your iPad to your laptop as a second monitor is definitely possible. With Sidecar on macOS Catalina or later, you can easily extend your desktop environment onto your iPad and enjoy the benefits of having a dual-monitor setup. Alternatively, you can explore third-party apps for similar functionality if your Mac doesn’t support Sidecar.