How to Get Sidecar on Unsupported Macs & iPads

  • 12 January 2022
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Disappointed you can’t use Sidecar on your Mac and iPad? Thanks to Free-Sidecar, you can expand Sidecar compatibility to additional iPad and Mac models that are otherwise not officially supported by Apple for the feature. 

Sidecar is one of the most useful features for Mac and iPad users, allowing an iPad to serve as an external display for a Mac. It’s makes for convenient dual screen setups just about anywhere, whether at your desk or while traveling, and it’s fantastic. One downside to Sidecar is that the the device compatibility is somewhat limited to select newer model iPad and Macs – officially, anyway. But that’s where Free-Sidecar comes in, expanding the compatibility so you can use Sidecar on additional older devices.

 

Using Free-Sidecar involves backing up and modifying system level files, disabling SIP, using Terminal commands, and other advanced tasks, so if you’re not comfortable with that prospect, this is not for you. If you are up for it, you can grab the Free-Sidecar utility and see the full walkthrough at Github.

 

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