How to Setup Apple Sidecar Feature?

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The simplest way to increase productivity is multi-tasking between multiple apps, it will save time, make your work more precise, and you will have more time to work on more tasks in a set time, but with limited screen real estate, multi-tasking sometimes become every difficult, to solve that problem Apple has come up with devices that help each other to deliver the best user experience. Apple Sidecar

What is Apple Sidecar?

 Apple’s Sidecar is a MacOS 10.15 Catalina feature that enables you to turn an iPad into a second display, working alongside your Mac. The feature also allows iPad Pro owners to use their tablet as an input device with an Apple Pencil.

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It is a very useful feature for people who need to work on two or more things at once. By increasing the screen size users can keep more programs running in front and can utilize the display of both Mac & iPad.

Here’s how to use Sidecar

Like everything Apple does, enabling Sidecar is very simple and won’t take all day, to get started first check whether your devices are compatible with the feature. Make sure your iPad & Mac are listed below:

MacBook Pro 2016 or later
MacBook 2016 or later
MacBook Air 2018 or later
iMac 2017 or later
iMac (Retina 5K Late 2015)
iMac Pro
Mac mini 2018 or later
Mac Pro 2019
iPad Pro: all models
iPad (6th generation) or later
iPad mini (5th generation)
iPad Air (3rd generation)
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If your devices are compatible with the Sidecar feature, make sure all your devices are logged in to the same AppleID and are connected to the same WiFi network.

Now follow these simple steps:

Go to System Preferences (On your Mac)

  • Launch System Preferences
  • Select Sidecar
  • Click ‘Select Device’ under Connect to and choose your iPad
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After selecting the iPad you want to use as extended display go to the Menu bar and follow these steps:

  • Click the airplay icon in the top right corner of your Mac
  • Select your iPad under Connect to
  • Move your mouse cursor over your current active window’s full-screen icon  in the top left corner of the app
  • A menu will appear that includes the option to ‘Move to iPad’

There are a lot more to explore, you can use Apple Pencil, make your iPad the new Touch Bar.

Sidebar feature gives you access to your most commonly used controls, which include modifier keys like Command, Option, Control and Shift to enable shortcuts in supported apps. 

Touchbar works similarly to the Touchbar on the MacBook Pro’s, it adds app functions close at hand on the iPad’s display so you don’t have to reach for the keyboard or switch displays. 

Do you find Apple’s Sidecar feature useful? Let us know some ways in which you will be utilizing this feature.

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