Air Display 3 turns your iOS screen into a wireless (or wired) display for your Mac.
Increase your productivity with extra screen real estate, or mirror your Mac computer display to your iOS device. (Sorry Windows users, Air Display is just for Macs.)
“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
For best results, connect via USB for buttery smooth graphics performance.
Air Display has two components: 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 charging cable.
Pressure Sensitivity — Use an Apple Pencil, a third-party 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 is not supported
• For wired connection: USB-to-Lightning charging cable
• For wireless connection: both Mac and iOS device(s) must be on the same Wi-Fi network
— 7 Must-Have Productivity Apps for iPad, ZDNet
— 50 Must-Have iPad Apps, TIME
— App of the Week, Accounting Today
— 100 Best iPad Apps, PCMag.com
• Air Display now fully supports macOS Mojave. Please update the Air Display Host software on your Mac! (Click the Air Display menubar icon, click the little gear icon, and select Check for Updates.)
• We’ve added new resolutions to support the latest iPhones and iPads.
• As always, we found and fixed some bugs.
We love hearing from you. If you like Air Display, please leave an App Store review for each update. Your comments really do make a difference. Have questions? Please visit avatron.com/support.
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Ratings and Reviews
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!
Air Display 3 causes MacBook Air to restart. Every single time.
UPDATE: PATHETIC. Still won’t connect, and I’ve been updated to Mojave since the day of release. Uninstalled the host. When I went to the Avatron site to download the driver, the drop down menu doesn’t even show Mojave as an option. AND you ask for my email address so you can send me a link to the driver. This is BS - you don’t need that information for any other reason except to monetize my data. Why don’t you continue to blame Apple for your poor, poor product?
I’ve used the old version of this app with an old iPad. Tried to load it onto a new iPad. Nope. I had to get the new version. Which will not work with my MacBook Air. I’m asking for my money back. Too bad they won’t pay me for me lost time dealing with kernel panics, et al. My recommendation is to find another way to turn your iPad into a second screen.
Developer Response ,
Hi. I'm sorry that you ran into this issue. It sounds like your host Mac was running a recent version of High Sierra.
The problem was that the last few versions of High Sierra (macOS 10.13) crashed when you connected to a virtual monitor. (Sorry about that!) But I have some good news: Mojave (macOS 10.14) finally fixes this long-standing issue. If you can update to Mojave, please try Air Display after updating. It should work fine once more. —pip
- Avatron Software, Inc.
- 56.4 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 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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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.