Universal Control, which comes with macOS and works with iPads running iOS 11 or higher, allows you to access your iPad from your Mac with ease, giving you quick access to anything on your device that you want to work on or view. The best part? You don’t need an iPhone or even WiFi to do it. Here are five ways you can use Universal Control to access your iPad files from macOS.
1) Setting up Bluetooth on Mac
Using a Bluetooth connection, you can wirelessly connect your Mac and iPad, allowing you to share files between the two devices. Here’s how to set it up On your Mac, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth > Turn on Bluetooth. If it isn’t already paired with your iPad, go ahead and select Pair on the right side of the window. Select Discoverable in this window as well if you want other people to be able to see that you’re available for pairing – otherwise leave it unchecked. On your iPad, go into Settings > General > Airplane Mode (if necessary) > then turn off Airplane Mode (if necessary). After turning off Airplane Mode (if necessary), find Bluetooth under Settings and toggle Bluetooth on by tapping on its green switch button in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Now, back on your Mac, go back to System Preferences > Bluetooth and tap the i icon next to iPad. Now click Continue when prompted. A list of detected iPads will appear. Select your device name to pair with it and click Continue again when prompted. A passcode will appear on both screens; enter that same passcode when prompted on both screens. The devices should now be connected and you’ll see a checkmark in the lower-left corner of each screen. You are now ready to transfer files between your iPad and Mac.
2) Connecting an iOS device with Universal Control
With the release of iOS 13, Apple introduced a new feature called Universal Control. This lets you control your iPad with your Mac, and even use your Mac’s keyboard and trackpad to interact with apps on your iPad.
Here are five ways to use Universal Control to access your iPad files from macOS -Use Bluetooth: If you have a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or iMac with an integrated keyboard (most models produced after late 2016), this is probably the easiest way to connect your iPad to your computer. Just turn on Bluetooth on both devices and then open Universal Control in System Preferences for macOS (or Settings for iOS).
-Use Wi-Fi: If you don’t have Bluetooth capability or if it just doesn’t work for some reason, connecting via Wi-Fi should do the trick. You’ll need to download the Bonjour app on your iPad before trying this, but it will make life much easier in terms of connectivity issues. Once that’s installed, head over to System Preferences for macOS and go into Sharing. From there, click Wi-Fi under Internet Sharing Services and enter a password if needed.
Click Start at the bottom right corner once everything is configured correctly. Once Wi-Fi has been enabled for Bonjour sharing, go back into Universal Control settings on iOS and select Bonjour as your connection type. Select your computer name when prompted. To confirm, go back to System Preferences for macOS and ensure that Wi-Fi appears next to Bonjour under Sharing > Connection Type > Other Network Services.
If it does not appear, quit out of System Preferences, restart your computer and try again. Next time you’re using Universal Control on iOS, the Wi-Fi option should be available in the dropdown menu under Connectivity Options.
Click this and your iPhone will scan for any computers running Bonjour. Double click on your computer name and log in with the same account credentials you use on iOS. After logging in, Universal Control may prompt you to enable full iCloud sync; if so, enable it by going into Settings > > iCloud & Privacy> Share My Data With Apps On My Device> Sync All Data.
3) Uploading photos to macOS
There are a few different ways to upload photos from your iPad to your macOS computer. The first way is to use the Universal Control feature. To do this, you’ll need to have the latest version of iOS and macOS installed.
Once you have that, open up the Photos app on your iPad and select the photos you want to transfer. Then, open up the Finder on your Mac and click on the iPad icon in the sidebar. From there, you should see all of the photos on your iPad in the Finder window. Simply drag and drop the photos you want to transfer into a folder on your Mac.
4) Saving Documents onto the iPad
- To save a document onto your iPad, first open the document on your computer.
- Then, click the iPad button in the upper-left corner of the screen.
- A menu will appear with several options. Click Save to iPad.
- Choose a location on your iPad to save the document. 5. Once the document has been saved, you can access it by opening the Files app on your iPad and navigating to the location where you saved it.
- To move the document to a different location on your iPad, simply hold down on the file and select Move.
- Choose the new location for the file and it will be moved there automatically.
- If you want to delete the file from your iPad, select Delete File.
- You can also rename the file at this point or even create a new folder by tapping Create Folder at the top of the list.
- Saving Images.
5) Transferring Music, Video, TV Shows, Podcasts and Audiobooks
There are several ways to get your music, video, TV shows, podcasts and audiobooks onto your iPad. One way is to use the iTunes Store. Another way is to sync them from your computer using iTunes. If you have an iCloud account, you can also download them from there. Finally, you can also use the built-in Apple Music app on your device.
To access it, go to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Storage. Click on Music and then select Apple Music. You’ll see a screen with a list of albums and songs. Select which ones you want to transfer to your iPad, or just press Sync All if you want everything. Then click Apply at the bottom of the screen. Wait for the transfers to finish and enjoy listening.