Setting Up Standard

⚠️ This app has been discontinued. We will continue supporting this app for existing users.

Astropad Standard is designed to mirror your Mac screen to your iPad for touch functionality. Astropad works with a variety of macOS apps and is optimized for drawing or writing with the Apple Pencil. You can also use your finger along with an Apple Pencil.

The Mac and iPad can be connected by either USB cable or wirelessly with Wi-Fi.


Downloading and Installing Apps


Download the Astropad Standard iPad app

Astropad Standard iPad app icon

The Astropad Standard iPad app can be downloaded on your iPad through the Apple App Store, or by going to


Download the Astropad Standard Mac app

Standard Mac app icon

After downloading the iPad app, go to the  Astropad Standard downloads page to download and install the free Mac companion app.

Open the .dmg file and save the Mac app in Applications or your preferred download location.

*For convenience, you can keep the Mac App in your dock. Click and hold on the Astropad icon, and go up to “Options”, then select “Keep in Dock”.


Open the Astropad Standard Mac app and the Astropad Standard iPad app

Open the Astropad Standard Mac app and click Setup. Open the Astropad Standard iPad app and tap Setup.


If you are running macOS Mojave 10.14 or newer

You will need to enable Accessibility to use Astropad Standard in macOS Mojave 10.14 or newer. There will be a message that prompts during initial setup with steps to Enable Accessibility from your Mac’s Systems Preferences.

You can also activate this manually by going to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy tab. Select Accessibility in the left side menu, then check the box next to Astropad Standard’s icon. If the Astropad Standard icon is not available, click the “+” button and directly add the application.

If you experience no pressure sensitivity with drawing / input, you may need to check whether the accompanied creative software in use requires this or a similar permissions under the Privacy tab.

If you are running macOS Catalina 10.15 or newer

Along with enabling Accessibility in macOS Catalina, Screen Recording also needs to be enabled to allow Astropad Standard to access the contents on your screen.  Astropad Standard does not record the contents of your screen. 

There will be a message that prompts during initial setup, with steps to enable this from your Mac’s Systems Preferences.

USB and Wireless Connection

To use Astropad Standard, your iPad and Mac need to be connected by either USB or Wi-Fi connection.

To connect by USB:

Using your iPad’s corresponding USB cable (30-pin to USB, or Lightning to USB), connect iPad to your Mac.

To connect by Wi-Fi:

Make sure both Mac and iPad are on the same wireless network. If both your Mac and iPad are on the same network with a good signal, they will connect automatically.

– Try Manual Wi-Fi Connection if you’re unable to connect automatically.

At the connection screen, click “Connect info” and a new window is shown with connection options. Click “Wi-Fi Manual Connect”, and a QR code opens on your Mac’s screen for your iPad to scan.

Take your iPad, making sure the Camera is “Enabled” for Astropad Standard, and allow it to scan the QR code. It will disappear entirely when you’re connected.

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