How to activate Sidecar on older Macs not officially supported

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Also, compatibility with other devices Apple like tablets and phones, when transferring music from Mac or other types of files, it makes them a great tool, especially if you work in a creative environment.

One of the coolest features included is Sidecar, the whose main function is to mirror your Mac computer screen to your iPad. Unfortunately this feature is available for teams from 2016 onwards; that is, older computers will not have this feature when updating their system. Here's how to do it.



What is Sidecar and how does it work?

Sidecar is a feature built into the macOS Catalina operating system that allows you to use your iPad as a second screen or as a drawing board.

The requirements to use this feature are that the iPad to be used with OS 13 installed and a Mac with macOS Catalina installed. Both computers must have the same ID Apple. If you don't have an account yet, we recommend that you create an Apple ID account.

While many computers can upgrade macOS to Catalina, not all of them are supported for the Sidecar feature due to hardware support.

Mac models include MacBook Pro 2016 or later, MacBook 2016 or later, MacBook Air 2018 or later, iMac 2016 or later, iMac Retina 5K 2015 or later, Mac mini 2018 or later and MacPro later. 2019.

While supported iPads are any generation iPad Pro, XNUMXth generation or later iPad, XNUMXth generation or later iPad mini, and XNUMXrd generation or later iPad Air.

If you have these specs, connecting via Sidecar is very simple. You just have to press the corresponding button to send the content that you will see in the top bar of sales next to the minimize and maximize buttons.



If your macOS is Catalina, however, your computer doesn't meet the requirements, you can go through a manual process to turn on the Sidecar feature.

Install Sidecar on an unsupported computer

If your Mac computer doesn't officially support the Sidecar feature, you can install it on your Mac using a manual process. Before starting you should know that, since it is not an official installation, it may not work as well as it does on supported computers.

To perform this process you need to do it via command lines; Although Terminal Command no longer works, you can obtain and install Command Line Tools from the Apple Developer Center.

You also need to have the file corresponding to SideCorePatch on your computer and that you have a backup copy of your Mac, in case the process has an error.

Then, turn off the SIP or system protection and integrity check, to do this, restart the computer to enter the recovery mode of the mac operating system by pressing command + R.


Now load the terminal, you can check if the SIP is active using the csrutil status command, to disable it use the command csrutil disable. Copy the repository using the git clone command.

Locate the patch.swift file in the folder you downloaded earlier and copy it to your user's root. Next you need to run the sudo Swift patch.swift command. You can run it in root mode, to enable it use the command ds enableroot and ds enablerootv-d to disable it.


When finished, restart your computer. When turned on, go to the System Preferences section and locate the Sidecar function with which you can clone the screen using an iPad or use it as a graphics tablet.

Now you just have to carry your iPad with the same Apple ID configured on your Mac to connect both computers to start getting more from the Sidecar function.


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