Setting Up Standard

What you will need to use Astropad Standard

  • Mac with OS 10.11 or later
  • iPad Mini 2 (2013+), iPad Pro (2016+), iPad 5th generation (2017+), or iPad Air (2013+) with iPadOS 9.1 or later
  • Apple Pencil
  • Creative software on your Mac

For input and drawing, you can use your finger along with Apple Pencil. Mac and iPad will be connect by either USB cable or wirelessly with Wifi.

Downloading and Installing Apps

STEP 1: iPad App

Astropad Standard’s iPad app can be purchased on your iPad through the App Store. You can also get there by going to astropad.com/app

– Install on your iPad.

STEP 2: Mac Companion App

After purchasing the iPad App, go to astropad.com/standard/, and click “Download” to get the free Mac companion app. Or go directly to our Downloads page — Download the .zip file to your Mac.

– Extract the .zip file, and save the Mac app in “Applications”, or a location easy to find.

*For conveniency, 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”.

STEP 3: Opening Both Apps


On your Mac, open Astropad Standard Mac App.
– Click “Setup” 

On your iPad, open Astropad Standard iPad App.
– Tap “Setup” 

Instructions for setup and connection will appear on screen.
When both apps are opened and past setup, tap “Next”.

For more Support and settings information, check out Settings and Support.

If you are running MacOS Mojave

Unlike other MacOS versions, you will need to enable Accessibility to use Astropad Standard. 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, under the Privacy tab. There, check the box next to Astropad Standard’s icon. If you don’t see Astropad Standard’s icon 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

Along with the enable Accessibility that was introduced with MacOS Mojave, a new permission has been added. “Allow Screen Recording” needs to be enabled to allow Astropad Standard to access the content on your screen. Astropad Standard does not record the contents of your screen.

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

You can also activate this manually by going to System Preferences, Security & Privacy, under the Privacy tab. There, scroll for “Screen Recording” and check the box next to Astropad Standard’s icon.

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 iPad and Mac are on the same network with a good signal, they will connect automatically.

– Try Manual 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.

Wireless Troubleshooting:

Need help connecting with wifi? Check out more on Wifi Troubleshooting

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