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How Do I Switch a HDMI Monitor Between MacBook Pro and iPad Pro Back and Forth?

In an iCloud presentation, I would like to prove how easily syncing works. I would like to use my MacBook Pro (late 2013, Mojave) and my iPad Pro (12.9″, second generation, iOS 13.1.2) as the demonstrating devices.

Is there a way to connect the devices to the HDMI monitor **simultaneously** in such a way that I could make the switch from one device displaying on the monitor to the other very easily? I’m envisioning some kind of a cool y-connector.

If that’s not a possibility, what would I need in order to manually disconnect one device and connect the other? Clunky, but workable.

John Russell

Comments: One Response to “How Do I Switch a HDMI Monitor Between MacBook Pro and iPad Pro Back and Forth?”

    2 years ago

    There are switches you can buy. Search Amazon for one. I used to had one a long time ago that even had a little remote to make the switch.

    If you want to do it manually, you don’t need anything. Just unplug one HDMI cable and plug in the other.

    Another option would be to show your iPad’s screen on your Mac in a window. You can do that using QuickTime Player to “record” the iPad (live recording, so you see it). Or, get AirServer ( so you can AirPlay your iPad to the Mac as a window, and then show your Mac on the projector.

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