How to Enable and Use Universal Control on iPad, Mac

Here’s how you can enable and use Universal Control on a Mac running macOS 12.3 Monterey and iPad running iPadOS 15.4.

iPadOS 15.4 and macOS 12.3 Monterey Come with Universal Control – Here’s how to Enable the Feature

Apple just released the full and final versions of macOS 12.3 Monterey and iPadOS 15.4 to everyone around the world with a compatible device. With this software update, the much-awaited Universal Control feature is now just a click away for use.

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With Universal Control, you can use your Mac’s keyboard and mouse to control your iPad. And it even works the other way around as well. You can also move files between devices, that too wirelessly.

By default, the feature isn’t enabled and obviously you have to download the latest updates in order to get going with it. So, first and foremost, you must download iPadOS 15.4 and macOS 12.3 Monterey. In order to download the update on your iPad, simply go to Settings> General> Software Update. Mac users can grab the macOS 12.3 Monterey update by going to System Preferences> Software Update.

Assuming you have all the updates installed on your iPad and Mac, make sure that both devices are signed into the same Apple ID with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Handoff also enabled. This is extremely important and something you must do otherwise it will all just fail.

Tutorial

Universal Control is only available on select devices, which are as follows:

Available on MacBook Pro (2016 and later), MacBook (2016 and later), MacBook Air (2018 and later), iMac (2017 and later), iMac (5K Retina 27-inch, Late 2015), iMac Pro, Mac mini ( 2018 and later), and Mac Pro (2019); and iPad Pro, iPad Air (3rd generation and later), iPad (6th generation and later), and iPad mini (5th generation and later). Both devices must be signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID using two-factor authentication. To use wirelessly, both devices must have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Handoff turned on and must be within 3 meters (10 feet) of each other. iPad and Mac must not be sharing a cellular and internet connection. To use over USB, you must trust your Mac on the iPad.

Step 1. On your Mac, click and open System Preferences.

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Step 2. Now click on Displays.

Step 3. Now click on Universal Control.

Step 4. Now enable all the boxes which you see below:

Step 5. Click on Done.

You can also enable this feature from your iPad. Simply go to Settings> General> AirPlay & Handoff and then enable the Cursor and Keyboard (Beta) switch.

Give the feature a few minutes to set itself up. And since this feature is in beta, therefore it might not function absolutely perfectly every single time.

Now, with your iPad nearby, simply unlock the display and go to the Home Screen. Take your mouse cursor towards the iPad and you’ll jump straight onto the iPad screen. But that’s not all, you can use your Mac’s keyboard on your iPad too. And oh, it works both ways, as we mentioned before. You can use your iPad’s keyboard and mouse to control your Mac as well. Essentially, you’re controlling your entire ecosystem using one keyboard and mouse, which is awesome!

The most mind-blowing thing here is this: how it just works. There are no additional steps to follow or special setup required at all. Just turn on the feature and you’re good to go, just like an Apple feature should.

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