The Universal Control feature came with the macOS 12.3 or later update and anyone who has it can set it up with a few simple steps. It is a tool that allows you to control different devices wirelessly.

With Apple’s tool, you can move an item between an iMac, MacBook Pro or iPad in multitasking mode and control everything with the same mouse and keyboard without having to change and use the accessories assigned to each device.

This is a polished level between software and hardware that for now only Apple users can take advantage of. If you have a Magic Keyboard for an iPad Pro, you can use that accessory’s keyboard and touchpad to control your Mac.

Before you start configuring Universal Control, you must confirm that your Mac has macOS 12.3 or later, while iPad must be version 15.4 or later, and devices must have the same Apple ID started. It should also be noted that devices must be within 30 feet of each other with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Handoff enabled. (Transfer can be enabled from the General Settings section on both macOS and iPadOS.) Up to three devices can be used with Universal Control.

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– Open System Preferences on Mac.

– Choose Screens.

– Click Universal Control at the bottom of the Screens menu.

– Check the box Allow the cursor and keyboard to move between any nearby Mac or iPad.

– Check the box to push through the edge of a screen to connect a nearby Mac or iPad.

– Open configuration.

– Choose Generals.

– Select AirPlay and transfer.

– Enable Cursor and Keyboard.

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Universal Controller for macOS Monterey (Photo: EP)

– Once the feature has been enabled on both Mac and iPad, the two devices must be placed next to each other.

– Move the cursor past the left or right edge of the screen in the same direction as the iPad or Mac you want to pair with.

– You should see an animation on that other device that shows the Mac’s cursor “pushing” on the screen. Continue moving the cursor in the same direction and Universal Control will be activated.

If your mouse doesn’t line up where you want it while moving between your Mac and iPad (or other Mac), you can adjust the position of the secondary device in macOS System Preferences.

– Open System Preferences and click Displays.

– Move the secondary iPad or Mac screen up or down (or left to right and vice versa) until it is exactly as desired.

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– MacBook introduced in 2016 or later

– MacBook Pro released in 2016 or later

– MacBook Air released in 2018 or later

– Mac mini released in 2018 or later

– iMac released in 2017 or later, plus iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015)

– iMac Pros

– Mac Pro released in 2019 or later

– Mac Studio

– iPad Pro (all models)

– iPad (6th generation) or later

– iPad Air (3rd generation) or later

– iPad mini (5th generation) or later

(With information from EP and The Verge)

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