How can I control my iPad from my Mac?

Answered by Frank Schwing

To control your iPad from your Mac, you can use a feature called Universal Control. This feature allows you to seamlessly use your Mac’s keyboard and trackpad to control your iPad. Here are the steps to activate and use Universal Control:

1. Make sure that both your Mac and iPad are running the latest version of macOS and iPadOS respectively. You can check for updates by clicking on the Apple menu on your Mac and selecting “Software Update” and by going to “Settings” on your iPad and selecting “General” and then “Software Update”.

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

3. In the System Preferences window, click on “General”.

4. In the General tab, you should see an option called “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices”. Make sure the box next to it is checked. This will enable the Handoff feature, which is necessary for Universal Control to work.

5. Now, open the Settings app on your iPad.

6. In the Settings app, tap on “General”.

7. In the General settings, scroll down and tap on “AirPlay & Handoff”.

8. On the AirPlay & Handoff screen, you will see an option called “Handoff”. Make sure the toggle switch next to it is turned on. This will enable Handoff on your iPad.

Once you have completed these steps, you can start using Universal Control to control your iPad from your Mac. Here’s how:

1. Place your iPad next to your Mac, within Bluetooth range.

2. On your Mac, move the cursor to the edge of the screen towards the iPad. You should see the cursor seamlessly move from your Mac’s display onto your iPad’s display.

3. Use your Mac’s keyboard and trackpad to control your iPad. You can type, click, scroll, and perform other actions as if you were using the iPad directly.

4. To switch back to controlling your Mac, simply move the cursor back to your Mac’s display.

Universal Control allows for a seamless and convenient way to control your iPad from your Mac. It can be especially useful if you need to multitask between your Mac and iPad or if you prefer using a physical keyboard and trackpad. Enjoy the enhanced productivity and convenience that Universal Control brings!