Mac + iPad, Basic usage of Sidecar

MacのSidecarのアイコン
Updated : Sep 16, 2021

For those who are new to Sidecar on Mac and iPad, I will introduce the basic usage in an easy-to-understand conversational format of animal characters.

Sidecar is a function that realizes multi-display of Mac using the screen of iPad.

The following articles introduce Sidecar-compatible Macs and iPads.

How to check and list Sidecar compatible models of Mac and iPad
"Sidecar" has been available since macOS 10.15 Catalina and iPad OS 13, but here's how to find out which Macs and iPads are compatible, and a list of compatible models. Not only does it have a compatible OS, but you can't use "Sidecar" unless it's a compatible model.

 

Introduction of characters

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

M1 MacBook Air is the best!

I’ve been using a MacBook Pro since 2013, but iM1 MBA has three times as much battery as before, it runs faster than ever, and it’s fanless, so it’s silent.

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

I bought the iPad Air with the momentum.

Since the M1 MacBook Air is a Sidecar compatible model, I also wanted to use Sidecar on Mac and iPad at this time.



小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

I’ve been using Sidecar since the release of macOS Catalina, so I’ve been using it for about a year.

If you have any questions, I’ll answer anything.

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

Then, can you teach me how to use it as a review?

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

Explaining various things at once makes you confused, so I will focus on the very basic usage.

When you get used to it, you will naturally understand the detailed functions and settings.

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

Confirmed!

 

How to connect Mac and iPad

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

I know this by searching online.

We can connect wirelessly or with a USB cable, right?

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

exactly.

Just in case, I will add it in detail.

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

When connecting wirelessly, both Mac and iPad have the following prerequisites:

  1. You are logged in with the same Apple ID
  2. Apple ID “two-factor authentication” is enabled
  3. WiFi is turned on
  4. Bluetooth is on
  5. iPad “Network Sharing” is disabled

Please note that there are many people who do not know 2 unexpectedly.

If you’re wondering “two-factor authentication? What’s that?”, read the next page and set it up if necessary.

Two-factor authentication for Apple ID
Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID designed to ensure that you're the only person who can access your account, even if so...

The last 5 isn’t relevant for a WiFi-only iPad, but it’s a pitfall when you can’t connect with a WiFi + cellular iPad.

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

When connecting by wire, just connect with a USB cable that can communicate data properly.

Please note that some cheap USB cables are for charging only and cannot perform data communication.

If you’re plugged in with a USB cable and your Mac or iPad asks if you trust each other, you’ll need to set it to trust.

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

By the way, which is recommended, wireless or wired?

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

To be honest, it doesn’t matter which one.

You may think wheter there is screen delay in the wired one, but as long as you use apps such as WEB screens and Excel, you don’t have to worry about delays even wirelessly.

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

By the way, it seems that the illustration creation application for Mac is not easy to operate besides being worried about delay, so it makes you happier to use it for iPad.

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

I’m not very familiar with the illustration creation app, so please check it online.

 

How to get started with Sidecar

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

I know how to get started with Sidecar from the Apple menu!

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

In the case of macOS Big Sur, you can select “Display” from “Control Center” near the right end of the Apple menu as shown in the video below, and then select the iPad displayed in it.

 

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

That’s the basic method.

There is another way.

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

As you can see in the video below, hover your mouse cursor over the maximize button on the top left of the Mac app screen and wait a second or two to see the iPad that you can use with Sidecar.

Clicking on it will start Sidecar and display the app on the iPad side.

 

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

Oh, I didn’t know this!

I’ll remember.

 

How to finish Sidecar

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

When we finish Sidecar, it’s the opposite of when we start!

In other words, when we open the “Control Center”, the icon is blue in the “Display” part if Sidecar is in use, so click on it to finish.

It’s complicated to explain in words, but we can see it immediately by watching the video below, right?

 

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

I think there is no particular supplement to this.

 

Sidecar screen layout settings

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

What does “screen layout settings” mean?

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

This isn’t limited to Sidecar, but when using two or more screens on a Mac, you can freely set the screen layout.

For example, you can place your iPad on the right or left side of your Mac, or set it above or below your Mac.

In addition, you can make fine adjustments such as moving up or down on the left.

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

As for the setting method, there is “Arrangement” by switching tabs in “Display” of “System Preferences”.

Here you can set the placement of Mac and iPad

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

Please see the following video for the specific setting method.

 

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

Well, we can put our iPad on the left or right here.

I didn’t know it until now, so I put it all the way to the right.

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

Mr. otter has become smarter again!

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

That’s good.

 

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

The story goes awry, but I often want to turn the iPad screen vertically when using Sidecar.
Can I turn it vertically?

When viewing the WEB or PDF, it is often more convenient to use the vertical orientation.

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

Can not.

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

Immediate answer!

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

Can’t we do it even if we use tricks or apps?

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

Can not.

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

Certainly, I fully agree that it is convenient to be able to make it vertical.

After the Sidecar became available, the SNS site “https://www.reddit.com/” and “https://www.macrumors.com/” etc,  I’m checking them, but it seems we can’t do it for now.

reddit
Reddit is a network of communities where people can dive into their interests, hobbies and passions. There's a community for whatever you're interested in on Re...
MacRumors: Apple News and Rumors
Apple News and Rumors
小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

So I think it’s a good idea to give feedback so that Apple will officially respond.

If there are many requests, why not think about Apple?

Product Feedback
We would love to hear your comments about any of our hardware and software products. Send us your thoughts.

 

 

How to operate the Sidecar screen

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

“Screen operation” means scrolling, clicking, double-clicking, selecting a range, right?

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

That’s right.

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

I know them because I’m getting used to them!

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

Scrolling on Sidecar’s iPad screen is same as using a mouse or trackpad.

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

After that, we can scroll vertically and horizontally with two fingers!

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

Using Apple Pencil is a “range selection”, so we can’t use it for scrolling!

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

It OK so far.

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

When I first used Sidecar, I was surprised that nothing happened when I touched it with one finger.

Sometimes I still make a mistake and touch the iPad in Sidecar and notice it later.

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

I sometimes make a mistake too.

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

After that, if we have an Apple Pencil, we can single-tap with a single mouse click and drag to select a range.

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

Also, in the “Sidecar” setting of “System Preferences”, there is “Enable double tap with Apple Pencil”. Does this mean that you can double-click?
Mac "Sidecar" settings

 

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

As shown in the figure below, with Apple Pencil (2nd generation), we can set an action by double-tapping near the pen tip.

The question is whether to enable this in Sidecar as well.
iPad "Apple Pencil" settings

 

 

List of Sidecar screen touch operations and Apple Pencil operations

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

The operation method has become a little complicated, so I’ve summarized it in a list.

Operation iPad screen touch Apple Pencil
① Scroll up and down Swipe up and down
with 2 fingers
② Scroll left and right Swipe left or right
with 2 fingers
③ Click an item Touch
④ Select a range Touch & Drag
⑤ Copy selected range Pinch in
with 3 fingers
⑥ Cut selected range Pinch in twice
with 3 fingers
⑦ Cancel the last operation
(Undo)
Swipe left with 3 fingers
or
Tap with 3 fingers
⑧ Redo the last
canceled operation

(Redo)
Swipe right
with 3 fingers
かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

Looking at it like this, we can’t do everything just by touching the screen.

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

I think it’s hard to understand clearly.

Especially, there aren’t many people who use ⑤ ~ ⑧, right?

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

As a recommended usage, hold down ①② of the screen scroll.
Also, I think it would be convenient to buy an Apple Pencil compatible product for ③ and ④.
With one Apple Pencil compatible product, you can even write PDFs, so it’s convenient even if you’re not a Sidecar.

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

If you think a trackpad or mouse is enough, you don’t have to force Sidecar to touch the screen or use the Apple Pencil.

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

By the way, I’m using this now, and it’s not suitable for drawing because it doesn’t detect pressure, but it’s enough to write to PDF and I like it because it’s cost effective.

 

 

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

Mr. Otters, can you tell me if you have any recommendations?

かわうそ君
Mr. Otter

Then, I’ll introduce one recommended item and finish it.
If you think of it as a case, it’s expensive, but if you think of it as a case + keyboard + trackpad, this is reasonable.
I’ve tried different keyboards and mice until I got to this, but it’s probably the best.

 

 

小悪魔キツネ
Kitty Fox

You seem to love it a lot.

This is the end of the article on this page.

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