This Is How You Can Use Your Tablet As A Monitor Under Macos

Connecting MacBook and iPad is particularly very easy, as the corresponding software (Sidecar) is already installed on both devices. One thing to note in advance is: The description below from relates to connecting a MacBook or iMac to an iPad – i.e., connecting two Apple products. This means: If you want to connect a MacBook to an Android tablet, the following instructions will unfortunately not work. As a rule, however, MacBook users use an iPad when working on the tablet, so the description below applies to most Apple users.

1. Set Up Network & Apple ID

First of all, make sure your MacBook and iPad are on the same network. For example, if you are at home, you should use the home WLAN with both devices; if you are in a public place, such as a library, use the network provided there. Next, make sure you’re signed in with the same Apple ID on your MacBook and iPad. This is usually the case. Nevertheless, make sure that both devices use an ID. Otherwise, you will not be able to connect the MacBook and iPad, and consequently, you will not be able to use your tablet as a monitor.

2. Activate The Sidecar & Get Started

In the system settings of MacBooks (or iMacs), there is a menu item “Sidecar.” Select it and click on “Connect to.” Select your iPad from the list that appears. Once this is done, you can immediately use your tablet as a monitor. This is recorded in the system settings of your MacBook. From now on, your iPad is listed as a screen under System Settings> Monitors. This means that you can also make settings there to adapt your second screen for use optimally.