Universal Control Not Working: Solved

by Narendra

Here are some tips you can follow to solve universal control not working problem.

1. Check universal control is enabled

On Mac

  1. Click the “Apple” menu, then “System Preferences,” and then “Displays.”
  2. Click on Universal Control.
  3. Choose the box that says “Allow your mouse and keyboard to move between any nearby Mac or iPad.”
  4. Click Done

On iPad

  1. Tap Settings, then General, then AirPlay & Handoff.
  2. Switch on the mouse and keyboard. If this option is not there, you need to turn on Handoff first. If you flip its switch, the Cursor and Keyboard option will show up.

2. Restart

Turn off Universal Control on both your iPad and your Mac (see the steps above).

  1. Start up your iPad and Mac.
  2. Turn on Universal Control on both devices right now.
  3. Start up the process of Universal Control again.

To fix your problem, you need to restart the Universal Control process on your Mac. How to do it:

  1. Go to Applications > Utilities and then open Activity Monitor.
  2. Look for universal in the search field.
  3. From the list of results, click on Universal Control to choose it.
  4. Click the X button, then click the Quit button. Try Force Quit if Quit doesn’t work.

How to Use Universal Control Between Mac & iPad


Why is universal Control not working on Mac?

Universal Control needs all devices to have Handoff turned on. On your Mac, go to System Preferences > General and make sure the box next to Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices is checked at the bottom. Open Settings > AirPlay & Handoff on your iPad, and then flip the switch next to Handoff.

How do I reset my Mac universal remote?

Click the “Apple” menu, then “System Preferences,” and then “Displays.” Click on Universal Control. Choose the box that says “Allow your mouse and keyboard to move between any nearby Mac or iPad.” Click Done.

Are there problems with Apple Monterey?

The most common macOS Monterey problems are battery drain, problems with the trackpad or mouse, missing features, and apps that won’t close down. Apple is always working on patches to fix these problems, but that doesn’t help you right now.

Which Mac can use universal Control?

Universal Control is a system-level feature that is meant to work automatically when a Mac running macOS Monterey 12.3 or later is paired with another Mac also running macOS 12.3 or an iPad running iPadOS 15.4.

Will universal Control work on Intel Macs?

Yes, Intel Macs would have Universal Control. There are still a lot of people using old Intel-based devices, and taking away a key feature from Monterey can cause a lot of backlash.

How do you activate a remote?

Start your TV or whatever else you want to control. Hold down the DEVICE button and the POWER button on the remote at the same time. Let go of both buttons when the power button lights up. Press the Power button on the remote and wait 2 seconds while pointing the remote at the TV or another device.

Can you use universal control with iPhone?

When you use Universal Control, each Mac, iPad, and iPhone still has its own screen and apps, but you can move the cursor, type, and even copy content between them using a single keyboard, mouse, or trackpad.

Should I upgrade from Mojave to Monterey?

If you can, Apple suggests going back to an earlier version of macOS, like Catalina or Mojave. Even though macOS Monterey doesn’t work with older Macs, they can still run faster. If your Mac is slow, it might just be because you have too much junk on it.

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