How to Use Your iPad As a Second Display for Mac with Sidecar

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Do you want to use your iPad as a second display for your Mac? With Sidecar, you can extend or mirror your Mac’s screen to your iPad. This makes multitasking easier and more efficient.

To enable Sidecar on iPad, make sure that your iPad is running iPadOS 13 or later. To check this, go to Settings > General > Software Update. You will also need one of the following devices: iPad Pro (all models and generations), iPad Air (3rd generation and newer), or iPad (7th generation and newer).

Once everything is set up, open System Preferences on your Mac. If you’re using macOS Catalina 10.15 or later, select Displays then “Add Display” and choose your iPad from the list belw “Mirror or extend to”. If you’re using an earlier version of macOS, select Sidecar in the sidebar.

If the connection beteen your Mac and iPad isn’t working properly, try restarting both devices. Also make sure that they are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and Bluetooth is enabled on both devices.

Sidecar has many useful features such as being able to use Apple Pencil as a drawing tool for Mac apps like Photoshop and Illustrator. You can also drag items from one device to another using Drag-and-Drop and use Handoff for continuity between devices when switching tasks.

To get the most out of Sidecar, it’s important to understand how it works so you can take advantage of its features. We hope this blog post has been helpful in enabling Sidecar on your iPad!

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Activating Sidecar on an iPad

To activate Sidecar on your iPad, you will need to have macOS Catalina 10.15 or a latr version installed on your computer. Once you have this version of the macOS, open System Preferences and click Sidecar. Then connect your iPad to the same network as your computer via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You should then see your iPad listed in the sidebar of System Preferences. Select it and click Continue, then follow the instructions to complete the setup process for Sidecar. Once this is done, you should be able to use Sidecar with your iPad!

Enabling Sidecar on Mac and iPad

In order to get your Mac to recognize your iPad for Sidecar, you will need to ensure that both devices are running the same version of macOS. To start, open the System Preferences app on your Mac and click on Displays. If you are running macOS 10.15 or later, click on Add Display and select your iPad from the list that appears. If you are running an older version of macOS (10.14 or earlier), select your iPad from the list belw “Mirror or extend to”. Once selected, your Mac should recognize your iPad and Sidecar will be enabled.

Does My iPad Support Sidecar?

To determine if your iPad has Sidecar support, you’ll need to check the model and operating system. Your iPad must be running iPadOS 13 or later, and must be one of the following devices: iPad Pro (all models, including 9.7? iPad Pro, 10.5? iPad Pro, 11? iPad Pro, 12.9? iPad Pro, all generations), iPad Air (3rd generation and newer), or iPad (7th generation and newer). If your device meets thse requirements, then you have Sidecar support on your device.

Why Can’t I Turn On Sidecar On My Mac?

If you’re unable to turn on Sidecar on your Mac, it could be because you haven’t upgraded to macOS Catalina. Additionally, Sidecar is only compatible with cetain models of MacBooks released in 2016 or later. If you have an older model of MacBook, then Sidecar won’t be available for you to use.

What IOS Version is Required for Sidecar?

In order to use the Sidecar feature on your Apple devices, you will need a compatible Mac using macOS Catalina or later and a compatible iPad using iPadOS 13 or later. This means that your Mac must be running at least macOS Catalina, while your iPad must be running at least iPadOS 13. With both devices having the minimum operating system requirements, you will be able to take advantage of Sidecar’s features.

Troubleshooting Issues with Mac Not Detecting iPad

It’s possible that there is an issue with your Mac’s USB port, the USB cable connecting your iPad and Mac, or the iPad itself. To troubleshoot, try a dfferent USB port, USB cable, or computer if possible. Also check for any debris in the charging port on the bottom of your iPad. If these steps don’t resolve the issue, you may need to take it to an Apple Store or authorized service provider for further assistance.

iPad Not Appearing on Mac

There are sevral possible reasons why your iPad may not be appearing on your Mac. First, make sure that both your iPad and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Next, make sure that you have enabled iTunes Wi-Fi Sync by connecting your iPad to your Mac with a USB cable and then going to the Summary tab in iTunes. Finally, check if your iPad was set up correctly in Finder Settings. Go to Finder > Settings and make sure that the CDs, DVDs, and iOS Devices checkbox is selected under Locations. Once all of these steps have been taken, restart both your Mac and iPad and see if this fixes the issue. If not, you may need to contact Apple Support for further assistance.

Which Versions of iPad Support Sidecar?

The Apple Sidecar feature is available on the following iPad models:

iPad Pro (all models): iPad Pro 12.9-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch, iPad Pro 10.5-inch and iPad Pro 9.7-inch.

iPad (6th generation or later): This includes the newest 2020 release of the iPad 8th generation.

iPad mini (5th generation or later): This includes the 2019 release of the iPad mini 5th generation.

iPad Air (3rd generation or later): This includes the 2019 release of the iPad Air 3rd generation.

If you have any one of thee iPads, you’ll be able to use Sidecar to extend your Mac desktop and use your tablet as a secondary display or input device for drawing and more.

Troubleshooting Apple Sidecar Issues

Apple Sidecar may not be working due to a few different reasons. First, make sure that your iPad and Mac are both up to date. Secondly, check to make sure your iPad is unlocked. If your iPad is locked, you won’t be able to use Sidecar. Finally, go to your Mac’s System Preferences > General and make sure the “Allow Handoff beween this Mac and Your iCloud devices” check box is selected. If all of these steps are completed and Sidecar still isn’t working, there may be an issue with your Mac’s Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection or with the Apple Pencil itself.


In conclusion, Sidecar is a great feature for iPad users who want to extend teir desktop onto their tablet. Sidecar allows you to use your iPad as a second display and mirror or extend your Mac’s display to your iPad. To enable Sidecar, both your Mac and iPad must be running compatible software versions. You will also need an iPad model that supports Sidecar, such as the iPad Pro, iPad Air (3rd generation and newer), or the iPad (7th generation and newer). Once enabled, you can enjoy all the benefits of using your iPad as a second display.

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Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.