How to use Sidecar on macOS Catalina to connect your iPad as an external monitor

MacOS Catalina has a new Sidecar feature that lets you use your iPad as a second monitor for your MacBook.

Below we will tell you how to use it.

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With the function you can control your Macvia iPad. You can conveniently edit documents and images, use the Apple Pencil and much more. It was possible to use an additional monitor before using third-party programs, but now it is a standard feature of macOS Catalina. The function works both wirelessly and wired.

Apple did not name the exact list of supporteddevices, but we know for sure that the feature works on iPad Pro with iPadOS and MacBook Pro with macOS Catalina 10.15. The function also supports iMac 27 ″ (late 2015) and newer, MacBook Pro (2016) and newer, Mac Mini (2018), Mac Pro (2019), MacBook Air (2018) and MacBook (early 2016 and newer).

How to use iPad as a second monitor for Mac

Step 1: Position your iPad nearby Mac or connect the devices to each other using a cable.

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Note: If your iPad does not appear in the AirPlay list, you can connect it manually through Settings> Sidecar.

Step 2: Now select the icon Airplay on the menu bar of your Mac, and then select your iPad.

A Mac screen will appear on your iPad.

To disconnect, select the icon again Airplay > Disconnect.

How to set up Sidecar on macOS Catalina

Sidecar can also be configured through the AirPlay icon> Sidecar Options.

Several customizable options are available.

Show side menu: Show the side menu on the left or right on the iPad screen or turn it off.

Enable double-tap on Apple Pencil: In programs that support double-touch, you can perform special actions by double-tapping the side of the Apple Pencil (2nd generation).

Show Touch Bar: Show the Touch Bar at the bottom or top of the iPad screen or turn it off.

Sidecar Support List

  • Adobe illustrator
  • Affinity designer
  • Affinity photo
  • Cinema 4d
  • Coreldraw
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Final cut pro
  • Maya
  • Motion
  • Painter
  • Principle
  • Sketch
  • Substance designer
  • Substance painter
  • Zbrush

That's all. The Sidecar function is very convenient, especially if you have an Apple Pencil.

A source: iGeeksBlog