Now Is a great time to try out Apple's Sidecar feature

Need a Second Screen for Your Mac? You Might Already Have One


March 19, 2020 Tech By
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If you, like many many of us, are suddenly and somewhat unexpectedly working from home, odds are you might be missing a second screen that is part of your office setup, but not your _home_ office setup. If you are using a Mac and have an iPad though, you might just be in luck. If you haven’t used Apple’s “Sidecar” capabilities to use your iPad as a second screen, now’s the time.

Announced last year, Sidecar allows supported Macs running macOS Catalina to supported iPads running iPadOS 13 as a second screen like any other. All you have to do is connect the two devices by Bluetooth, go to the Settings menu on your MacBook, and enable your iPad as a second screen under the Sidecar submenu. If it isn’t working, make sure you are logged into both devices with the same Apple ID.

Granted, your iPad is probably not as large as a full-on display, but the compartmentalization of being able to put certain windows in a separate physical space can still be incredibly helpful.

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Eric Limer

Eric Limer is Gear Patrol’s tech editor. A resident of Weehawken, NJ, his current obsessions include mechanical keyboards, mechanical pencils and Formula 1.

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