By default, Sidecar for Mac sets iPad to be on the right side of the Mac display, but what if you want to change the iPad position to be on the left side? Or to the top, or bottom of the Mac display? Or perhaps you want the iPad display to be a little bit up or down? Much like you can change positions and orientations of other external displays on Mac, you can also change the iPad Sidecar position side on Mac too.
For the less familiar, modern versions of macOS and iPadOS allow an iPad to turn into an external display for a Mac by using the fantastic Sidecar feature on Mac, allowing for a quick and easy dual display setup. It’s easily one of the best productivity features available for Mac and iPad users, since it allows you to have more screen real estate for the Mac by extending the desktop and workspace to the iPad display, just like any other external display.
How to Change iPad Sidecar Screen Orientation on Mac
Want to switch the Sidecar screen from the right to the left of the Mac display? Or above or below it? No problem, here’s how you can change where the Sidecar display is oriented relative to the Mac display:
- Connect the iPad to the Mac using Sidecar as usual
- From the Mac, pull down the sidecar menu and choose “Display Preferences” (alternatively, pull down the Apple menu and choose “System Preferences” and then select the “Display” preferences)
- Within Display Preferences, select the “Arrangements” tab
- Within the Arrangements panel, click and hold on the smaller iPad Sidecar display and drag it from the left side to the right side, or to the top or bottom, and position the Sidecar display as desired
- Changes take effect immediately, when satisfied with the position of the Sidecar iPad side arrangement, close out of System Preferences
Your iPad sidecar display is now set to where ever you want it to be, relative to your Mac display.
You can always move it back to the right side of the Mac display if you feel like it, or move it above or below, or anywhere else. This is just like any other external display with the Mac.
Sidecar extends the Mac desktop and is a great productivity feature for anyone, but it can be particularly handy for mobile Mac users who have a MacBook Pro and an iPad and who want to setup a quick multi-display workstation while on the go.
Of course the iPad screen is fairly small, ranging from 9.7″ to 12.9″, so if you’re looking for a huge productivity boost at a desk environment then it’s hard to beat a large external display for extending your workaable space. If you are using several external monitors with the Mac, you’ll almost certainly want to set the primary Mac display, which becomes the default of where new windows and apps open up to. Remember, you can also rotate screen orientation to 90° into portrait mode (or flip it upside down if you wanted to do that for some reason) as well, whichever best accommodates your workspace.
Sidecar is a great feature, and as long as you have a modern Mac and modern iPad, running modern macOS and iPadOS releases, you’ll be able to use it. You can always check the Sidecar compatibility list here if you aren’t sure if this is available to you.
Do you have any helpful tips, tricks, or experiences with using Sidecar? Let us know in the comments!