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How to use your iPad as a second display for your Mac computer

You can use your iPad as a second display for your Mac thanks to AirPlay and the Sidecar function. When you have a lot of windows open, it can be helpful to spread them out over two screens. For this to work, your Mac should be using macOS Catalina and your iPad should be on iOS 13 or later. Visit Business Insider s homepage for more stories. When you have a lot of windows open, or you re undertaking a specifically complex operation, it can be helpful to have an extra display for your Mac.  Luckily, you can use your iPad as a second display for your Mac using the Sidecar tool.  While you need to ensure that your Mac is operating on macOS Catalina and your iPad should be functioning with iOS 13 or later, there are hardware requirements as well. A general rule of thumb seems to be that this only works on Macs from 2016 or later, and iPads from around that time, though for a full list of compatible devices click here.  You should also connect your iPad to a power source because this cannot use up a lot of battery. Check out the products mentioned in this article: MacBook Pro (From $1,299.99 at Best Buy) iPad (From $329.99 at Best Buy) How to use your iPad as a second display for a Mac 1. Make sure both your iPad and Mac are signed in to the same iCloud account. 2. Click on the AirPlay icon in the top menu bar of your Mac. 3. Scroll down and click on your iPad.  You can also get here by going to Sidecar Preferences in your System Preferences. 4. Your AirPlay icon should be replaced by a blue square, showing that Sidecar is running. 5. You will also notice your Mac s background displayed on your iPad. You can now move files, program windows, and media from your MacBook to your iPad and back.   Related coverage from How To Do Everything: Tech: How to open a link in a new tab on your Mac computer in 2 different ways How to stop programs from running at startup on a Mac to make your computer run more efficiently How to highlight a PDF on your Mac computer using the built-in Preview app How to use Spotlight search on your Mac computer to find apps, documents, and more How to save battery on your Mac computer using 5 different methods SEE ALSO: The best MacBooks you can buy Join the conversation about this story NOW WATCH: Most maps of Louisiana aren t entirely right. Here s what the state really looks like.


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