Can You Connect a Mac Mini to an iPad?

Using a Mac Mini with an iPad as a Secondary Display

Connecting a Mac Mini to an iPad can be quite useful, especially if you want to extend your workspace or use the iPad as a secondary display. Here are a few methods to achieve this:

  1. Sidecar (Built-in Solution):
  • Requirements: macOS Catalina (10.15) or later on your Mac and iPadOS 13 or later on your iPad.
  • Steps:
    1. Ensure your iPad is unlocked and the screen is on.
    2. On your Mac, go to System Preferences > Displays.
    3. Click on Add Display and choose either Mirror (to duplicate your Mac screen) or Extend (to use the iPad as an additional display).
    4. Your iPad will now function as an extended display for your Mac.
  • Note: You can also use Universal Control if you want to control both devices with the same keyboard and mouse while keeping the iPad’s interface separate.
  1. Luna Display:
  • Requirements: Luna Display hardware (dongle) and the Luna Display app on both your Mac and iPad.
  • Steps:
    1. Download the Luna Display iPad app on your iPad.
    2. Connect your iPad to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac Mini (or use a USB cable).
    3. Make sure both devices are awake and unlocked.
    4. Use your mouse or trackpad to move the pointer towards the iPad’s screen edge to extend your display.
  • Pros: Luna Display provides a wireless solution for using your iPad as a secondary display.
  • Cons: Requires additional hardware.
  1. Yam Display (Alternative Solution):
  • Steps:
    1. Connect your Mac Mini to an external monitor.
    2. Download Yam Display software for Mac from
    3. Launch Yam Display at login and disconnect the external monitor.
    4. Connect your iPad to the Mac Mini using a cable.
    5. Download the Yam Display app for iPad from the App Store.
    6. Open the Yam Display app on your iPad and enter the password for your Mac Mini login.
    7. Your iPad will now function as an external monitor for your Mac Mini.

Remember that these methods allow you to use your iPad as an additional display, which can be handy for multitasking, editing, or simply extending your workspace. Choose the one that best suits your needs.

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