In a world where we expect convenience, the inevitable moment may come when you’re wondering if you can control your iPad with your iPhone. I had this question, too, and successfully configured my iPhone to control my iPad.
Can I Control My iPad With My iPhone?
You can control your iPad with an iPhone as long as both devices share the same Apple ID and WiFi network. Therefore, this isn’t an option if you want to control your iPad while away from your house or office. But it’s ideal for people with disabilities and home controls.
I’ll teach you how to set up your iPhone so that you can control your iPad. If you’re curious about how to control your iPad with other devices, I’ll let you in on these details at the end of the article.
How to Control an iPad With Your iPhone
Controlling your iPad with your iPhone is easy, provided that you connect both devices to the same WiFi network and Apple ID. Below are the steps to do so.
Step 1: Get Your Devices on the Same Track
Start by ensuring your iPad and iPhone are on the same Apple ID account. If you’re the sole user of your devices, this should already be the case. However, if you have family members that log into the same devices with different Apple IDs, you may need to change them.
You’ll also need to check that both your iPad and iPhone are on the same WiFi network. To do so, go to settings. It’ll give you the WiFi name beside the “Wi-Fi” section. If the WiFi differs among the devices, select your preferred WiFi network.
Step 2: Enable Switch Control
Head to the settings app on both your iPad and iPhone and click on “Accessibility.” It should be in the third section of the settings area.
Then, scroll down to the “Physical and motor” section. There, you’ll see “Switch Control,” which is likely set to “Off.”
Click the toggle bar so that it changes to “On.”
Step 3: Add Your iPad
Now, set your iPad aside; you’ll perform this last step on your iPhone.
Beneath “Switch Control,” you’ll see a clickable “Switches” line. If you already have other devices here from the past, it’ll indicate the number of them.
In either case, you’ll need to click on “Switches” and select “Device” followed by “Use Other Device.”
From there, an iPad icon should appear. Click it, followed by “Connect.” You’re now ready to use your iPhone to control your iPad.
How to Stop Using Your iPhone to Control Your iPad
You’re likely not going to want to control your iPad with your iPhone forever. So, to stop it, follow these simple steps.
- Head to “Switch Control” under settings in your iPhone.
- Click on “Device.”
- Choose “Stop Using Device.”
By doing so, you’ll have control back over your iPhone.
However, this arrangement leaves the option open for you to easily switch back to controlling your iPad with your iPhone.
Stoping the Control All Together
If you want to control your iPad with your iPhone as a one-time deal, you can revert the process by turning off the switch control.
To do so, visit the settings app. Then, go back to “Accessibility” and find the switch control. Click the toggle bar off.
Tada! Just like that, you’ve got complete, individual control back of your iPad and iPhone.
Advantages of Controlling Your iPad With Your iPhone
One of the biggest advantages of controlling your iPad with your iPhone is having a disability that makes it hard to get around.
That way, if you hear a notification arrive on your iPad but it’s across the room, you can check on it using your iPhone if it’s by your side.
Alternatively, if you have your iPad set up for home controls (such as washing machine or light settings) but your iPhone isn’t, you can access it without opening up your iPad.
Another convenient advantage of controlling your iPad with your iPhone is playing music on your iPad. By accessing your iPad from your iPhone, you can change the song or volume.
Nevertheless, unless you have a physical disability, you likely won’t rely too heavily on this control feature. Given that both devices must be on the same WiFi network, they’ll be relatively close to you.
Remotely Controlling iPad vs. Screen Sharing
It’s understandable to confuse controlling your iPad with your iPhone and screen sharing. However, this is not the same thing.
When you control your iPad with your iPhone, you’re the only person who has access to the information. In contrast, screen sharing offers outsiders the ability to see—and even make changes to, depending on your settings—your device.
It’s possible to remotely share your iPad screen if that’s what you’re going for. However, you’ll need to follow a different group of steps.
In fact, if you ever have trouble with setting up your iPhone to control your iPad, Apple support may teach you how to do so by remotely logging into your devices via screen sharing.
Can You Control Your iPad with Other Devices?
Yes, you can control your iPad with just about any Apple device, including:
- iPod Touch
Keep in mind that Macs have a different setup, should you choose to control your iPad via a desktop or laptop.
You can even control your iPad from a PC if you love this concept. To do so, you’ll need to sign up for a third-party program that uses screen mirroring.
Are You Ready to Control Your iPad with Your iPhone?
The steps listed here may seem tedious at first. But I assure you that once you get the hang of controlling your iPad with your iPhone, it’ll become second nature.
Remember—your devices must share the same Apple ID and WiFi network to control your iPad with your iPhone. Therefore, this isn’t a good option if you remember something you need on your iPad while you’re away on a business trip with your iPhone.
Nevertheless, there are moments when controlling your iPad with your iPhone makes life easier. I hope you enjoy this feature as much as I do.