Having two monitors on your system is always best and with Mac running macOS Catalina or much later version. Well any iPad user can easily able to turn its iPad into a second monitor display with sidecar. That allows your computer to talk with your tablet and extends the similar desktop environment.
Furthermore, this feature is only limited to the certain Mac and iPad version. In case of the Windows 10 you have to handle the disappointment. However with the help of the third-party programs you can fil the void on the Windows PC without having a hassle.
What is Sidecar on macOS and How to use it?
The sidecar is an feature that comes as build-in on the iOS and macOS that allows both devices users to link devices to share the similar screen. Moreover, when its linked the iPad becomes a secondary screen for the Mac with the help of this feature you can easily able to shift apps to your iPad along with orient it to the main Mac screen. Similar just as you would with any other monitor.
Fortunately, you can still use the iPad application while using the Sidecar on the iPad device. The iPad second screen connectivity does not affect or limit the features on your iPad its only add to the Mac’s functionality.
Mac OS with Sidecar Compatibility:
These are the Mac OS that support Sidecar feature.
- MacBook launched in 2016 or later year.
- MacBook Air launched in 2018 or later year.
- MacBook Pro launched in 2016 or later year.
- Mac mini launched in 2018 or later \
- iMac launched in late 2015 or later along with iMac Pro (2017)
- Mac Pro launched in 2019.
iPad with Sidecar Compatibility:
These are the iPad the can take the advantage of the sidecar feature.
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro
- 11-inch iPad Pro 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro iPad (6th generation or later)
- iPad mini (5th generation) iPad Air (3rd generation)
How To Use Sidecar Feature To Turn iPad into Second Display
The sidecar is an one of the best option for using iPad as second monitor. Well if you’ve the Mac and the iPad for more then five years or so. You’ll wanted to try the Sidecar feature. However if you’re iPad is older than that skip down the to the next section.
The process of connecting the your iPad as a second display you needed to connect it either using the USB or to do it wirelessly. Make sure the Bluetooth and the WiFi along with Handoff are enabled. Moreover, you’ll also needed logged-in with the same Apple ID on the both device.
Select the Airplay button in your Mac’s Menu bar then choose your iPad from the list. After this icon will be change and selecting the Menu again will offer you the number of options. Such as you can easily able to mirror your Mac’s display or you can also extent it. You can show and hide the sidecar and Touch Bar that display on the iPad or disconnect the tablet.
Well you can also use the Sidecar cord or cordless and if you want you can also switch between them you needed to disconnect or else re-connect with the help of Airplay Menu option. According to the Apple statement it can work perfect as long the iPad with 10 meters or 30 feet range of your MacBook. Moreover you can also use your Apple Pencil to sign the digital document and draw the supported application.
Splashtop Wired XDisplay
In case if your Mac or the iPad does not support the Sidecar or else if you’re using the Windows or the Android then you can easily use the Splashtop Wired XDisplay which is an third-party application that allows you to turn your tablet into the second display. However its only works when connected to over the USB. Its one of the best option when you can also able to use the Sidecar feature on the iOS or mac devices.
The Splashtop Wired XDisplay comes with two ultimate features. Such as its comes with an desktop agent that runs into the background on your Windows computer or the Mac along with the Android and iOS smart devices. But their is an cache the iOS application is free to use. However to use it on Android you needed to purchase its app for $7. But the free trial can save your day.
You needed to install the app on both devices desktop and tablet and make sure the desktop app is running on the system background. After this connect your tablet to your computer using the USB Cable.
Now, launched the XDisplay application on your tablet or iPad within few minutes it will established a new new connection to your computer system after this the blank desktop will be appear on your iPad. In case if you wanted to make changes into the Displays you can do that using the Display Settings. You can easily drag the windows to the tablet or else use the second monitor for the boost.
To boost your experience you can also use the Tablet Stand which can be really helpful if you’re using Tablet and the Laptop combination. The XDisplay works perfectly on Windows, Android, macOS and the iPad. However some of the iPad users claim that stuck on the Mirrored Mode.
If you love to have the smoother experience then we recommend you to use the Duet Display which is an perfect alternative for the XDisplay app for using tablet as the second monitor screen. Most of the iPad users recommends to use the Duet Display application for turning and iPad into the second monitor.
Similarly to the XDisplay, it has the application for your tablet that will automatically connect to the companion application on your computer system. The desktop application is free to use but the iOS and Android apps can cost your $10.
Moreover, the standard version of the application can work perfectly when its connected over the USB but adds a Touch Bar to any Mac that supports the keyboard and adds the touch control to the Windows or the Mac applications on your tablet screen.
If you prefer more features then you can use the in-build app service known as the “Duet Air” subscription that adds or enable wireless connectivity, enhanced graphics, remote desktop for pricing of $20 per year along with Duet Pro subscription that enables drawing feature for $30 per year.
Once you’ve install both the desktop and tablet application. Make sure the duet display desktop application running on the background of the computer system. After this plug-in the tablet using the USB along with Duel Display application. This will connect your computer right away and you’ll able to see the desktop on your screen.
You needed click on the Duet Display icon given at the PC system to access more settings such as frame rate and advanced resolution of your tablet. The default settings worked perfectly well if you find your computer has older display then you needed to lower the display resolution.
The iDisplay is similar to the Duet Display and Splashtop Wired XDisplay. Its has the simple to use interface and adjust your extra display screen to fit on the potential. However you needed to purchase iDisplay subscription to use it for using iPad as second monitor.
Air Display also of the great alternatives of the Duet Display and other programs for using iPad as the second monitor on macOS or Windows with advanced features such as high-end screen resolution. The latest edition of Avatron Software’s Air Display 3 using the iPad Cables rather than the Wireless connectivity to config the the iPad as the second display monitor.
However, the Air Display 3 only compatible with macOS only until now. So if you’re using the Windows then you needed to use Air Display 2 app on your computer system.
Note: Does not download the Air Display 2 form the Avatron official website. The Avatron Display 3 is available on the Apple Store you can download it and install it.