How To Use Sidecar in macOS Catalina 10.15 – Step by Step

In this article, you will learn How To Use Sidecar in macOS Catalina 10.15. You might have some idea about the new operating system of mac which is released this year by the name of macOS Catalina with it’s amazing and wonderful features. macOS Catalina has better and superb features than macOS Mojave. And one of the popular features is in macOS Catalina which is Sidecar. Therefore, Sidecar gives permission to every individual user to use an iPad as a second monitor display on Mac. That’s why Sidecar is amazing and most of the people really like this feature which is in the Mac operating system. If you use Sidecar it will be one of the great experience and you would like it. And as you all know that in macOS Mojave we don’t have any feature to use an iPad or iPod as a second display for Mac.

Anyhow, now you can enlarge or mirror your Mac operating system with iPad and iPod as a second screen display. As I think, this Sidecar is one of the best and it will allow you to do work on your favorite work happily. So, you can easily mirror your desktop to your iPad without any problem. Whatever you do on your desktop or running any apps it will be seen in iPad also with full HD. Sidecar gives you each functionality when you mirror your desktop with iPad. You must work with sidecar to be habitual of this. So, to use sidecar is one of the amazing experience for the users to connect your desktop with iPad without any other software.

Therefore, once you mirrored the desktop with your iPad using sidecar than you can do whatever you want. If you bring changes to your desktop with iPad it will also appear on the desktop. Like, pencil tool if you use it for sketching or drawing in iPad, you can get the result in your desktop also. So, let’s activate the sidecar and get some idea on how to activate sidecar. And you will also know that which device support sidecar feature. Therefore, read and understand the article in order to use Sidecar in macOS Catalina 10.15.

Use Sidecar in macOS Catalina 10.15
How To Use Sidecar in macOS Catalina 10.15

Which Mac Computer Handle Sidecar:

As you know that Sidecar is a new feature and all Mac Computers can’t support and handle Sidecar feature. You need to run and use the sidecar feature on recent or new Mac Computers. And we have made the list of the following Mac which supports and you can use Sidecar. If you don’t have recent make then no need to take tension you can also use this amazing feature in old Mac but you need to do some extra trick. For that, you need to copy and paste some code in the terminal of your Mac in order to use Sidecar.

  • iMac 27-inch (Old or newer model)
  • MacPro
  • Mac Mini
  • Mac Pro
  • MacBook Air
  • MacBook

If you have the Mac which is listed above then you can easily use Sidecar without any problem. If you don’t have above models of Mac then for sure we have to go through Terminal. The one who use Sidecar in the older version then they will face problems of image quality. However, now go ahead and open the terminal then add the code below in order to turn on the Sidecar icon on system preference.

defaults write AllowAllDevices -bool true; defaults write hasShownPref -bool true; open /System/Library/PreferencePanes/Sidecar.prefPane

Before Using Sidecar in macOS Catalina 10.15:

When we want to use something new it will be somehow complicated and difficult to know more about its function. So, before going to use Sidecar you need to full fill some requirement of Sidecar, otherwise, you will not be able to use iPad as a second screen display. For example, you must have a recent Mac computer, which should be useable with macOS Catalina. Your iPad should have an amazing screen display of 1,024 x 768 it can be a 9.7-inch screen display. A widescreen display which you are running macOS Catalina operating system on that. Because at the same time you are going to display two screens on one screen.

Which Software Support Sidecar:

Let’s know about which software support Sidecar. Below I have listed below the software which supports Sidecar. Then let’s go towards activating it.

  • Affinity Designer.
  • Cinema 4D.
  • Adobe Illustrator.
  • Affinity Photo.
  • Maya.
  • CorelDRAW.
  • DaVinci Resolve.
  • Final Cut Pro.
  • Principle.
  • Motion.
  • Painter.
  • Sketch.
  • Substance Designer.
  • Substance Painter.
  • ZBrush.


Use Sidecar in macOS Catalina 10.15:

Step 1. Upgrade Your Mac to the Latest Operating System which is macOS Catalina.

Step 2. Open System Preference on Your Mac: When you upgrade your Mac to the latest operating system, then you will see a square blue icon at the left-hand which is Sidecar, click on that in order to activate Sidecar.

Step 3. Configure your setting and launch Sidecar: Click on the Show SideCar on the left-hand side, then Show Touch Bar on the bottom, and Enable double-tap on the Apple pencil. These three tasks are the setting configuration of SideCar which allows you to use SideCar feature.

Step 4. Open Sidecar: When you did with the above setting, then you need to click the drop-down under the Connect to option and select the iPad option from the main menu. while you connect the iPad then you will see the screen display automatically on your Mac screen.


That’s all about How To Use Sidecar in macOS Catalina 10.15. So, I hope that you have gotten something from this article. If you have any problem or question feel free to comment below. Don’t forget to share your idea and comment on your feedback.


Hi, I am Azzaz Sheikh a passionate blogger. I am a tech lover guy who spends most of the time trying new things in the world of Technology. I love to discover latest material related to Technology and loves to share with you guys.

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  1. I have updated my 2014 MacBook Pro to the new OSCatalina 10.15 but in system preferences I don’t have Sidecar.

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