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macOS Monterey Universal Control Features: How to Use It

With the release of macOS Monterey, you will also get a new function called Universal Control. Here are all the new features of Universal Control.

Apple has released its new macOS 12 Monterey. It is one of the biggest updates after the release of macOS 11 Big Sur. The new update will also boast a lot of new features but one of its most interesting functions is Universal Control.

Universal Control will be enabled in the new macOS 12 Monterey update at a later time. It allows users to control various Apple products, like iPad, MacBook, or iMac, all with the same mouse and keyboard. Let us find out what are the features of Universal Control in macOS Monterey.

macOS Monterey Universal Control Features and how to use it?

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One of the main highlights of the new macOS Monterey is Universal Control. It is a new feature that lets you to control your iPad or Mac by moving the mouse pointer from one device to another.

You can even use your iPad to move the pointer/cursor on the Mac, or use the trackpad of the Mac to control the iPad. It will also let you to drag files between devices. Apple has confirmed recently that the Universal Control function will be available “later this fall.”

Check the list of Mac computers that are compatible with Universal Control below:

  • Mac Mini 2018 models and later
  • Mac Pro 2019 models and later
  • iMac Pro
  • iMac late 2015 models and later
  • iMac 2017 model and later
  • MacBook Air 2018 models and later
  • MacBook Pro 2016 models and later
  • MacBook 2016 models and later

Check the list of iPads that are compatible with the Universal Control below:

  • iPad Mini 5th generation models and later
  • iPad Air 3rd generation models and later
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad 6th generation models and later.

How to use Universal Control on Apple devices

If you are looking to use Universal Control on your Apple devices, you will have to upgrade your Macs to the latest MacOS Monterey operating system. You will also need to ensure that you are connected to the same iCloud account.

Recall that, Apple has decided to delay the Universal Control feature and it will be released later this fall. This is not the first time Apple has decided to postpone a feature that it had promised to integrate into a software version. For instance, Shareplay was also delayed from the initial public versions of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. In any case, it will be available as early as next week.

That is everything you need to know about the features of Universal Control in macOS Monterey and how to use it. Also, do not forget to download the latest macOS Monterey final version. In addition, here’s a list of MacOS Monterey compatible devices.