What to Know
- If you have a lot of Apple devices, you can use Universal Control to share a keyboard and mouse.
- If you have two or more connected devices, you can also drag and drop documents, images, and other types of files between them.
- If you have macOS Monterey or iPadOS 15.4 or later, you can use Universal Control.
You can use the same mouse and keyboard on both your Mac and your iPad by setting up Universal Control.
How to Use Universal Control for Apple Devices
To use Universal Control, you need to have a Mac running at least macOS Monterey (11.7) and a tablet running at least iPadOS 15.4. The feature isn’t available in older versions of either operating system, so it doesn’t work. Make sure both your Mac and your iPad are compatible. Then you can set up Universal Control on both.
- Here’s how to enable and use Universal Control:
- On your Mac, select System Preferences from the Apple menu.
- Click Displays.
- Choose Universal Control.
- Click the box next to Allow your cursor and keyboard to move between any nearby Mac or iPad.
- On your iPad, open Settings.
- Tap General.
- Select AirPlay & Handoff.
- Tap the Cursor and Keyboard toggle to turn it on.
- It would be best if you put your iPad near your Mac.
- Mac: Move your mouse pointer to one side of the screen, and keep moving it that way.
- A bar will show up on the side of the screen to show that a connection has been made.
- Keep moving the mouse in the same way until it shows up on the iPad screen.
- For your keyboard and mouse to work on the iPad, you must have the mouse cursor on the screen at all times.
- Moving your mouse cursor back to the edge of the screen is how you can use your mouse and keyboard with your Mac. Keep doing this until you see your mouse cursor appear on your Mac screen.
- Repeat this with up to two more iPads.
What Is Universal Control?
Universal Control is a new feature that is built on top of the Continuity and Handoff features that have been around for a long time in Mac OS and iOS. It lets you control your Mac or iOS device from anywhere. Universal Control enables you to use the same mouse and keyboard on a Mac and one or more iPads simultaneously.
Using the built-in keyboard and touchpad on a MacBook, you can share it with your iPad. You can also use the wireless keyboard and mouse two from an iMac to share it with your iPad.
How Does Universal Control Work on Apple Devices?
Universal Control is enabled on your Mac and at least one iPad. When you move the iPad into close proximity to the Mac, it will connect behind the scenes. If, at this point, you want to move your mouse cursor to one side of the screen, keep moving until it shows up on your iPad, It’s kind of like driving your mouse between screens if you have a lot of monitors, but it’s wireless and does it for you.
When your mouse cursor shows up on your iPad, you can also use your Mac’s keyboard to type on the iPad simultaneously. To use the Mac again when you’re ready, all you have to do is move the mouse cursor to the edge of your iPad screen and keep moving it until the mouse cursor comes back to where it was on your Mac screen. In the next step, the mouse and keyboard will be able to work with the Mac again.
In the same way, you move files between devices; you have to click and drag a file first. So when the mouse shows up on the other device, you can drop the file, and a copy will show up on the other device. This is how it works:
Universal Control looks at how close you are to a device to see if it’s connected. You can connect multiple devices at the same time. As long as you have many different devices set up to use Universal Control, your cursor will go where you last used one of them. When you have more than one iPad hooked up to your Mac through Universal Control, you can choose which one to send your mouse cursor to by waking it up or tapping the touch screen before you move your mouse.
Can an iPad be used as a universal remote control?
Switch Control is an Apple accessibility option that works with Apple devices that are linked to the same iCloud account. It also works with other assistive devices that are not linked to Apple. To get Switch Control, go to Settings, then Accessibility, then Switch Control.
How do you enable Universal Clipboard for Mac and iPad?
You can use Universal Clipboard to copy and paste between Apple devices, such as Macs, iPhones, and iPads. You can also use Universal Clipboard to move things around between devices. Each device must be signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID, have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Handoff turned on, and be able to move files between them. When you copy something, it will be added to the clipboard of your other nearby device and stay there for a short time.