How to use Universal Control on your Mac, iPad or iPhone

4 weeks ago

Apple have officially introduced a new feature called Universal Control for users who need to use their MacBook trackpad to control what they do on other Apple devices.

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Universal Control can be used with up to three devices for users who have updated their operating systems to macOS Monterey and iPadOS 15, both of whom will be introduced this autumn.

For those who decide against upgrading their machines, they can take part in the beta testing process from July, 2022.

How to Use Universal Control on your Apple devices

For the Universal Control to work, your devices have to be upgraded to the aforementioned operating systems and they also must be connected to the same iCloud account.

Easy steps to activate and use Universal Control

  1. Click the Apple icon on your Mac.

  2. Click Preferences and then General

  3. Click Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices box.

  4. Then, open Settings on your iPad

  5. Tap General.

  6. Tap AirPlay & Handoff.

  7. Turn on Handoff toggle.

  8. Tap the Cursor and Keyboard toggle to turn it on.

  9. Place your iPad near your Mac and move your mouse pointer horizontally until a bar appears on the side of the display and it appears on the iPad screen.

  10. Your keyboard and mouse will now work on the iPad.

What can you do with Universal Control

After activating Universal Control, you will be able to move your mouse between your devices in the same way as you would do in the event you'd use two monitors.

With the new Apple feature, you also have the option to use your keyboard once you move your mouse pointer to the iPad screen.

This way, you can also drag and drop files between devices in the event you are interested in transferring items such as documents, images, or media.

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