Air Display 3 turns your iOS screen into a wireless (or USB!) display for your Mac.

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Increase your productivity with extra screen real estate or mirror your Mac computer display to your iOS device. (Sorry Windows users, this is just for Mac.)

“You have a bunch of different options to turn your iPad into a second display, but we prefer Air Display as the easiest option.” — Lifehacker

Now with Air Display 3 you can also connect via USB for buttery smooth graphics performance.

Air Display consists of this iOS app and a separate free host app that you install on your Mac.


USB Connection — For even faster, more reliable performance, you can connect your iOS device and Mac via the USB cord.
Pressure Sensitivity — Use a pressure-sensitive pen or even your finger to draw or paint into pressure-aware Mac apps like Photoshop and Motion.
Pinch Zoom — Zoom in to magnify the screen. This is especially useful when drawing or painting details.
Multiple Monitors — Air Display 3 connects up to 4 iPads simultaneously for powerful multi-monitor configurations.
HiDPI — Choose Normal, Retina, or HiDPI resolution to suit your taste.
Keyboard — Type using Air Display's built-in keyboard or any Bluetooth keyboard.
Touch Gestures — You can control your Mac with intuitive iOS gestures: tap or drag to operate the mouse or tap with two fingers to right-click.


• Host: Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and above
• Windows: not supported yet
• To use Wi-Fi, both Mac and iOS device(s) must be on the same Wi-Fi network


— 7 Must-Have Productivity Apps for iPad, ZDNet, April 9, 2012
— 50 Must-Have iPad Apps, TIME, April 12, 2013
— App of the Week, Accounting Today, May 29, 2013
— 100 Best iPad Apps,, November 15, 2012

Thank you for reading. We'd love to hear how you use Air Display to get things done.

What's New

Version 3.0.3

Introducing the biggest update to Air Display 3 since the very dawn of time.

IPAD PRO: Now the biggest iPad device ever is a wicked fast HiDPI Mac monitor. We added the new iPad Pro resolutions (Normal, Retina, & HiDPI).
APPLE PENCIL: This stylus is just the coolest thing. Now you can draw in your favorite Mac OS X app with your shiny new Apple Pencil.
PRESSURE: Pressure sensitivity was broken on iOS 9. We fixed it.
BUG FIXES: We found fearsome bugs aplenty and we killed them dead.

NOTE: The new iPad Pro resolution and some of the bug fixes require a host update. Just click "Check for Updates" in the Air Display Host app on your Mac to get the new version.

Have questions? Need some troubleshooting help? Please visit We can’t respond to App Store reviews but we’re happy to help via email.

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Ratings and Reviews

2 out of 5

235 Ratings

235 Ratings

Very Poor With Retina iMac


I bought Air Display 3 for the sole purpose of being able to use my iPad Air 2 as a wireless mirrored display for my Retina iMac. I was hoping to be able to run many of my MacOS apps using the iPad display. The result is absolutely terrible. Despite extremely fast wi-fi many apps would even open completely when using the app. They will start to open and then the spinning color wheel just spins until I eventually have to go to my iMac and force quit the app. Also, for some reason the top menu bar on the mirrored iPad display is all black (I assume it is showing black text on a black bar which is not what my iMac displays). If I move the cursor on the iPad to the location on the black bar where a menu item should be (i.e., the Apple icon, File, Edit, etc) and select I will get the dropdown menu, but it is trial and error trying to find the right icon (since it is obviously black text on black background). Even the aspects of the app that do work have extreme lag, again making this app virtually unusable. I really wanted this app to be as good as some of the reviews state, but for me it will be deleted. I just wish I could get back the wasted $9.99 I just spent on it. It might work in other instances for people with different Apple computers and/or different needs, but for me it was a waste.

Great With IPad Pro


I have a Mac Mini and was thinking of getting a Mac Air but found this app! I connected my Mac Mini to my iPad Pro and now have a 12.9 Retina display as my primary and only monitor when on the go. The Mac mini is small enough to carry in my pc bag with my iPad Pro. So now when I am going to be stationary somewhere I just take both with me. The monitor looks amazing. The only issue is that when you boot the Mac Mini connected to only the iPad Pro you cannot see the login screen because the app is waiting for the program to load on the Mac. So I have to blindly login. But once logged in the screen opens up. I am using the usb connection. Please find a way for this app to recognize the iPad from the Mac on the login screen when it is the only monitor being used and this will be a 5. Thanks!



Using Sierra with Air Display version 3.0.3. I've held off on giving this app a review to see if updates would fix issues but to no avail. I had version 1 a few years ago and was forced to purchase it again at version 3 for some reason. Quits after initial launch every time so have to re-launch. On the second launch it doesn't quit but there is serious lag. It's usable to reference something on another screen but I wouldn't count on being able to actually work with the documents opened on the secondary monitors using Air Display due to its lag. Haven't seen any updates in the many months I've been using it. And to top it off, it is rather pricey for a less than mediocre experience.


Avatron Software, Inc.
60.6 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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