What is Apple’s Universal Control? 

What is Apple’s Universal Control? 

Have you been thinking of how you can seamlessly control multiple Apple devices such as iPad, MacBook, and iMac with the same mouse and keyboard? Well, that is now possible with Apple’s Universal Control.

So, what is Universal Control?

Universal Control is a feature recently launched by Apple. It is where you can use one keyboard and mouse for a seamless experience between Apple devices like MacBook, iPad, and iMac. It is a situation where you can use the iPad as the next screen for your iMac device. This means that you can use the cursor and keyboard from the iMac to control the iPad right beside you. It also means if you have a Magic Keyboard for an iPod Pro, it can be used to control an iMac device. The exciting thing is that this requires no serious setup at all. 

However, your iMac will have to run on macOS 12.3 or later to make this work seamlessly, while the iPad has to run on iPadOS 15.4 version or later. Your devices have to be updated to these versions or higher ones to have the Universal Control feature work on your devices.

What are the Apple devices that make Universal Control work?

Not all Apple devices can work using the Universal Control feature. So, there is every possibility that your current devices may not support the feature. Below is a list of devices that support Universal Control:

Mac devices

  • MacBook Pro 2016 or later 
  • MacBook 2016 or later 
  • MacBook Air 2016 or later 
  • Mac mini 2018 or later 
  • iMac 2017 or later
  • iMac Pro
  • iMac Pro 2019 and Mac Studio

iPad devices 

  • All models of iPad
  • 6th Generation iPad or later
  • 3rd Generation iPad Air or later

How can I set up Universal Control? 

There is no complicated process in setting up Universal Control. Just follow the steps below:

  • Ensure that the two devices you will be using, like Mac and iPad, are signed in with the same Apple ID. The devices have to be within 30 feet of each other. You must also ensure that Bluetooth, Handoff, and Wi-Fi are turned on. No sharing of cellular and internet connection between devices.    
  • On your Mac, open up “System Preferences.” 
  • Select “Displays”
  • At the bottom of the Displays Menu, select “Universal Control.”
  • Check the box where you see “Push through the edge of a display to connect a nearby Mac or iPad.”
  • Next is to press “Done.”
  • Open up “Settings” on your iPad
  • Select “General,” then “Airplay & Handoff.”
  • “Cursor & Keyboard” should be enabled. 
  • The two devices should be positioned next to each other once the Cursor & Keyboard feature is enabled on both Mac and iPad.
  • Press “Add Display through Displays” on Mac. This helps you to select the iPad you intend to connect to
  • Allow the cursor to move past the left or right edge of your display in the same direction as the device you want to connect to  
  • When you check the screen, you will see an animation on the other device displaying the Mac cursor pointing towards the screen.
  • The displays’ position can be changed at any time. You can do this by just clicking and dragging the screen on the Mac’s “Display Settings.”


Universal Control is an incredible feature from Apple that allows you to use the cursor and keyboard of one Apple device to control another. This feature can connect two or more devices. This is an excellent advancement by Apple. It will undoubtedly improve productivity since files can be dragged and dropped between devices.  

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