Using iPad as a Second Display on MacBook

You can connect iPad and MacBook using the Sidebar feature, provided they are new devices. The option is free and already built into the Apple system, so you don’t have to download anything. However, MacBook or MacBook Pro must be 2016 or later, MacBook Air 2018 or later, iPad 6th generation or later, iPad mini 5th generation and iPad Air 3rd generation. IPad Pro models will fit all.

  • Make sure both devices are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID. Plug your MacBook and iPad into an electrical outlet for added security.
  • On your MacBook, click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar and choose iPad to connect. The tablet and MacBook should now be connected, and the MacBook screen appears on the iPpad.
  • Open the Sidebar preferences to make additional adjustments, such as choosing whether the sidebar is displayed on the right or left. Touch functions such as scrolling or zooming the iPad display can be helpful.
  • To end the connection between your tablet and laptop, return to the AirPlay menu and select Disconnect.

Air Display to connect iPad to Windows computer

If your iPad has iOS 11.0 or later, you can use the app AirDisplay… It has a big advantage over other programs: it is suitable for Windows PC users – thus, the iPad can be connected to almost any computer or laptop.

The application works not only on iPad, but also on iPhone. However, it is paid and costs about $ 16.99, and users note that when working with Windows, the interface is very slow.

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