How to set up Universal Control between Mac and iPad

As of iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3, Apple introduced support for Universal Control, the long-awaited feature designed to allow controlling multiple Macs and iPads with a single mouse and keyboard.


Thanks to ‌Universal Control‌, you can use the same cursor and keyboard on any nearby Mac or iPad that’s signed into your iCloud account. So, for example, if you have a MacBook Pro and iPad‌‌ next to it, your Mac’s trackpad and keyboard can be used to navigate your ‌iPad‌. The same is true for the iPad‌‌ if you have a keyboard attached.

The appearance of Global Control means that you can now drag files from your Mac to your iPad and vice versa, although on your iPad, you’ll need to open the appropriate app. If you’re dragging a photo from your Mac to the iPad‌, for example, you need to open the photos to transfer them—they can’t be placed on the Home screen. It’s also worth noting that the Mac’s trackpad gestures don’t work on the iPad‌.

Global Control should work automatically once you install macOS Monterey 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4 because the features are enabled by default, but there are settings you may want to tweak or if you’re not a fan, you may want to turn it off. These steps will also help in case it doesn’t turn on for some reason.

How to set up Universal Control on your Mac

  1. launch System Preferences From your Mac’s Dock, from the Applications folder, or from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences…).
  2. Choose Displays in the preferences panel.
    sys . Preferences
  3. click Comprehensive control….
    sys-prefs
  4. Click the check boxes to enable the following Universal Control features (the first is enabled by default): Allow the cursor and keyboard to move between any nearby Mac or iPadAnd Push across the edge of the screen to connect a nearby Mac or iPadAnd Automatically reconnect to any nearby Mac or iPad.
    sys-prefs
  5. click Finished.
  6. Next, tap Add offer.
    Displays
  7. In the dropdown menu that appears, you’ll see any nearby devices signed in to the same Apple ID as your Mac. Click a device listed under Mouse and Keyboard Link to use it in Universal Control mode.
    sys-prefs

With Global Control enabled, you will now be able to adjust the arrangement of your displays in the Display Preferences panel to match the physical arrangement of your devices.

How to set up Universal Control on iPad

  1. Play file Settings The app on the iPad.
  2. handle public in the sidebar.
  3. handle Broadcast and delivery in the list window.
    Settings
  4. Toggle on the switch next to Cursor and keyboard (beta).
    Settings

How to set or disable Global Control on a Mac

  1. launch System Preferences From your Mac’s Dock, from the Applications folder, or from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences…).
  2. Choose Displays in the preferences panel.
    sys . Preferences
  3. click Comprehensive control….
    Displays
  4. Uncheck the boxes next to the following settings that you want to disable: Allow the cursor and keyboard to move between any nearby Mac or iPadAnd Push across the edge of the screen to connect a nearby Mac or iPadAnd Automatically reconnect to any nearby Mac or iPad.
    Displays

Note that Global Control is still in beta at the time of writing, so there may be some hiccups when using it. In our testing, it proved to be very stable, although we did run into an issue where we needed to restart our Mac for it to work. If you have trouble getting Universal Control up and running after an update, restarting your Mac and iPad may help.

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