How to Use Sidecar in macOS with iPadOS on iPad


Today we are going to deviate from our usual Android Tutorials and will take a look at how to use Sidecar in macOS Catalina with iPad. This feature allows you to use your iPad as a secondary Mac display. Therefore, if you were looking to extend your Mac display in a budget then Sidecar feature is your answer. So, if you have a Mac running macOS Catalina and an iPad running iPadOS then you can easily extend your Macbook’s display to your iPad. It means eventually you will have a full Mac secondary display on your iPad. Apart from offloading some of the content from your Mac to iPad, there’s more to this feature. Read ahead to know about the long list things you can do with Sidecar.

use Sidecar in macOS Catalina

What can you do with Sidecar:

“Extended desktop: Use your iPad as a second display for additional screen space. Refer to one app while you work in another, or see how a presentation looks in presentation mode on your iPad while editing it on your Mac.

Mirrored desktop: Mirror the screen on your Mac to have two screens displaying the same content, making it perfect for sharing with others.

Draw and sketch in apps: Use the precision and intuitiveness of Apple Pencil with your favorite creative Mac apps. Draw and write naturally, edit a photo or graphic, and use it to point and click as you do with a mouse.

Continuity Markup: Write and sketch on PDFs or mark up your documents with Apple Pencil. See the updates live on your Mac as you mark them up on your iPad.

Continuity Sketch: Create a sketch on your iPad using Apple Pencil and easily insert it into any document on your Mac.

Sidebar: Get easy access to your most commonly used controls from the sidebar. Use modifier keys to enable shortcuts in pro apps, and access buttons that allow you to undo as well as display or hide the menu bar, Dock, and keyboard.”

Now that you have got an idea of Sidecar, let’s see how we can use Sidecar in macOS with iPadOS on iPad.

Note: Before we go any further, please make sure that your Mac is running on macOS Catalina.

use Sidecar in macOS Catalina


How to Use Sidecar in macOS with iPadOS on iPad

  1. Launch System Preferences App on your MacBook and select the Sidecar This will give you options related to the Sidecar feature.
  2. Next, make sure your iPad is connected to your mac.
  3. In the Sidecar preferences window, select the drop-down on the “Connect to:” box. Your iPad running iPadOS should be listed here. Select your iPad from the list.
  4. You will feel a sudden flash on your mac and then the iPad will start acting as your mac’s secondary screen.

That’s it! This is how you can use Sidecar in macOS Catalina with iPadOS on the iPad.


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