Apple has officially announced Universal Control, a new feature that allows customers to use Mac from their iPad or vice-versa & utilise their MacBook trackpad to control what they do on other Apple devices. Users can now use the same keyboard and mouse to manage their iPad and Mac, which is a unique functionality.
Universal Control is one of Apple’s most innovative software enhancements in years, and it exemplifies what’s possible when a company has complete control over both the hardware and software that runs on those devices. You can use your iPad with Macbook & operate your Mac’s keyboard and cursor to operate an iPad sitting next to it using Universal Control, and the reverse is also possible.
To use it, users must first set up the functionality on both their Mac and iPad. That implies that if you move your Mac’s pointer beyond the edge of your screen, it will switch to your iPad and allow you to enjoy iPadOS without having to switch devices. To be clear, Universal Control isn’t just for controlling iPad from Mac. It will also work with several Macs!
Before you can use Universal Control, there are a few things you’ll need to do and our Bondi Beach experts will cover everything. We’ll walk you through the setup process and then show you how to use it.
How to Control Apple Devices Using Universal Control
You’ll need a Mac running macOS Monterey (11.7), as well as an iPad running iPadOS 15.4 or later, to use Universal Control. With earlier versions of either operating system, the feature isn’t available. If your Mac and iPad are both compatible, you can enable Universal Control by updating settings on both devices and using your iPad as Macbook or using your Mac from an iPad.
Update Your Mac & iPad
You’ll need to update the software on both your Mac and iPad before you can switch on Universal Control to control your iPad from Mac.
For MacBook: Open System Preferences on a Mac, then select Software Update.
For iPad: Open the Settings app on your iPad, then navigate to General > Software Update and follow the prompts.
It’s also important to note that the devices you have might not be appropriate for this feature. The following Apple devices are compatible with Universal Control:
- MacBook introduced in 2016 or later
- MacBook Pro introduced in 2016 or later
- MacBook Air introduced in 2018 or later
- Mac mini introduced in 2018 or later
- iMac was introduced in 2017 or later, plus iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015)
- iMac Pro
- Mac Pro introduced in 2019 or later
- Mac Studio
- iPad Pro (all models)
- iPad (6th generation) or later
- iPad Air (3rd generation) or later
- iPad mini (5th generation) or later
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Set Up Universal Control on your Mac
- Make sure you’re signed in with the same Apple ID on both your Mac and iPad. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Handoff must all be turned on and the devices must be within 30 feet of each other.
- On your Mac, go to System Preferences.
- Select Displays
- At the bottom of the Displays menu, select Universal Control.
- Select “Allow your cursor and keyboard to move between any nearby Mac or iPad” in the “Allow your cursor and keyboard to move between any nearby Mac or iPad” box.
- Select “Push through the edge of a display to connect a nearby Mac or iPad” from the drop-down menu.
- Click Done and you are ready to use your Mac from iPad.
Set Up Universal Control on your iPad
- Open the Settings app on your iPad.
- Select General, then Airplay and Handoff.
- Cursor and Keyboard should be enabled.
- Place your Mac and iPad adjacent to each other after the capability has been enabled on both devices. You can choose the side you want to support.
- Select Add Display from Displays on your Mac. You’d be able to choose which iPad to connect to and control your iPad from Mac.
Start Using Universal Control
- To use Mac from iPad or use your iPad with MacBook, place your Mac and iPad adjacent to each other after the functionality has been enabled on both devices.
- Move your pointer past the left or right side of your screen in the same direction as the iPad or Mac you’d like to connect with.
- On that other device, you should witness an animation of your Mac’s pointer “pushing through” onto its screen. Universal Control will be activated if you keep moving your cursor in the same direction.
Universal Control is a great Apple feature that could be improved. The ability to handle several Macs with a single mouse and keyboard will appeal to power users, however, the experience will vary greatly depending on your configuration and work. You should give this a try!
Universal Control Troubleshooting
Here are a few things to look into if Universal Control isn’t working for you:
- Ascertain that both devices are connected to the same Apple ID/iCloud account.
- Check that you’re running macOS 12.3
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on in iPadOS.
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