Use Accessibility to control your Apple devices from a single device

You can set up or turn off a feature of Switch Control* that lets you use one device to control your other devices. For example, control your Mac or Apple TV right from your iPhone.

Switch control on Mac and iOS

Get ready

Before you get started, you need to pick your most convenient Apple device as your main controller. For example, pick one that you usually keep nearby, like your iPhone or iPad. 

Then, if you haven't already, set up Switch Control on your chosen device.  

* Switch Control, an Accessibility feature, lets you set up one or more physical, connected switches that can select onscreen items, like the Mail app. Then you configure the switches to perform actions on selected items. Learn more about Switch Control.

Set up

After you pick a device as your controller and set it up with Switch Control, follow these steps:

  1. Connect all of your devices to the same Wi-Fi network. (Need help with your iOS deviceMac, or Apple TV?)
  2. Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on every device. 
  3. Choose a device to control. Here's how:
    • If you're using an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, select Device from the Switch Control Menu. Then choose Use Other Device and select a device to control.
      Choose "Use other device"
    • If you're using a Mac, select Devices from the Switch Control Home Panel, then select a device to control.
      Choose "Devices"

Turn off the feature

Press and hold your switch for ten seconds. Or you can use the following instructions for your device:

  • iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV: Select Device from the Switch Control Menu, then select Stop Using Device.
    Choose Stop Using Device
  • Mac: Select Devices from the Switch Control Home Panel. Then select Disconnect. 
    Select Disconnect

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