Setting Up Studio

What you will need to use Astropad Studio

Astropad Studio - Mac to iPad

  • Mac with OS 10.11 or later
  • iPad Mini 2 (2013+), iPad Pro (2016+), iPad 5th generation (2017+), or iPad Air (2013+) or later with iOS 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 Pro will be connect by either USB cable or wirelessly with Wifi.

Downloading and Installing Apps

STEP 1: iPad App

Astropad Studio’s iPad app can be purchased on your iPad through the App Store. If you are using your Mac to purchase, go to the App Store through iTunes.

– Install on your iPad.

STEP 2: Mac Companion App

After purchasing the iPad App, go to Astropad.com, to download the free Mac companion app. Go to “iPad”, click “Get It” and the Mac icon, 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

Studio Mac app iconOn your Mac, open Astropad Mac App.

– Click   “Setup”



Studio iPad app icon

On your iPad, open Astropad iPad App. 
– Tap    “Get Started”



After finalizing your payment setup and user account, go back to your Mac, and click  “Next”.

**If you already have an account, go to  “Log In” below Get Started.**

If you are running Mac OS Mojave

Unlike other Mac OS versions, you will need to enable Accessibility to use Astropad Studio. There will be a message that prompts during initial setup, with steps to Enable Accessibility from your Mac’s Systems Preferences. 

Astropad Studio - Enable Accessibility

You can also activate this manually by going to System Preferences, Security & Privacy, under the Privacy tab. There, check the box next to Astropad Studio’s icon. If you don’t see Astropad Studio’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 Mac OS Catalina

Along with the enable Accessibility that was introduced with Mac OS Mojave, a new permissions has been added. “Allow Screen Recording” needs to be enabled to allow Astropad Studio to access the content on your screen.  Astropad Studio 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. 

Astropad Studio - Enable Screen Recording

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 Studio’s icon.

User Account

To use Astropad Studio you will need to make a user account. Creating a user account is easy, by entering your email and making a password. Your user license for Astropad Studio will be tied to this account.

To enter Studio, log in to your user account through your iPad.


Forgot your Password?

No worries! If you ever forget your account password, it can always be reset. At the login screen, click “Forgot your password?” in the upper right corner.

Next, enter your email tied to your user account, and click  “Reset Password”. If the correct email was used, a confirmation will arrive in your inbox.

For more on User Account, check out  Settings and Support.

USB and Wireless Connection:

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

To connect by USB:

Using your Lightning to USB, connect iPad Pro 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 Manually connecting 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 Studio, and allow it to scan the QR code. It will disappear entirely when you’re connected.

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