How to Control an iPad Remotely

iPads are great for watching videos and playing games. They are convenient, portable, and easy to hold. However, there are situations in which you need to control an iPad remotely.

How to Control an iPad Remotely

Fortunately, there are ways in which this can be done. In this article, we’ll show you how to control your iPad remotely. Plus, we’ll answer a few other questions related to the topic.

How to Control an iPad Remotely with an iPhone, iPod, or iPad

With the arrival of iOS 10, iPads received a function called Switch Control. This allows a user to take over the target iPad remotely with another device. Note that both devices must be connected to the same network and Apple ID account. These steps will work on an iPhone, iPod Touch, or even another iPad.

  1. Connect both the iPad and controlling device to the same Wi-Fi network and Apple ID account.
  2. Now, go to Settings on your controlling device.
  3. Next, select Accessibility.
  4. Turn on Switch Control.
  5. To set up a new switch, select Switches from Switch Control.
  6. Now, select Add New Switch…
  7. Choose a source.
  8. Navigate the Switch Control menu with your switch and select Switches.
  9. Select Bluetooth Devices…
  10. Find the target iPad and select Connect.
  11. Now you can control the iPad remotely.

Being able to control your iPad this way can be very convenient, especially for users with impaired movement. For example, a person can control their iPad with the help of their iPhone, iPod Touch, or even another iPad. As both are Apple products and capable of logging into the same Apple ID, it’s a prime option for this task.

How to Control an iPad Remotely From a Mac

Only slightly different than connecting on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, let’s discuss controlling an iPad from a Mac.

  1. Again, ensure your devices are on the same network and that you’ve signed into iCloud on both devices.
  2. Now, make sure switching is enabled on your Mac by clicking on the Apple menu, then System Preferences, and finally Accessibility.
  3. Next, click on Switch Control.
  4. Then, click on Enable Switch Control.
  5. With switching now enabled, navigate the Switch Control Home panel and select Devices.
  6. Click on the iPad you want to control and then select Connect.

With Apple products, it’s that easy to connect devices and use one as a remote, usually.

How to Control an iPad Remotely from a PC

Controlling an iPad from a PC is much harder, but there are third-party programs that allow you to do so. In this case, we’ll use a screen-mirroring method, which enables you to use your PC to mirror the iPad screen.

For screen mirroring, a great app to use is ApowerMirror. What’s more, it’s free if you use it non-commercially.

  1. To get started, install ApowerMirror on both your iPad and PC. ApowerMirror homepage
  2. Now, connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. On your iPad, detect your PC and connect both devices, tap Phone Screen Mirror on your iPad, and swipe up and look for Screen Mirroring.
  4. Select your PC and wait for both devices to connect.
  5. Now you can control your iPad with your PC.

Unfortunately, there is no direct method to remotely control an iPad from a PC. It’s only through programs and apps like this that you can do so.

How to Control Someone’s iPad Remotely Using Zoho Assist

Apple doesn’t allow a user to control someone’s iPad remotely by normal means, as this could potentially compromise the person’s privacy. The only way you can control another person’s iPad is to install apps that allow you to remotely access their device. However, this should be agreed upon by both parties, as to do so without permission is considered hacking.

Another app you can use to control your iPad via PC is Zoho Assist. Note that the owner of the iPad must download it as well to allow access.

  1. Both you and the iPad’s owner must download Zoho Assist
  2. Invite the iPad’s owner through the app.
  3. When the user accepts the invite, you can start the session.
  4. As the controller, select Start Session.
  5. Now you can control the iPad remotely.

To reiterate, make sure you receive permission. It’s illegal to proceed without explicit consent.

Controlling an iPad Remotely with Splashtop SOS

Another method you can use to take control of an iPad remotely is the use of an app called Splashtop SOS. Other than screen-sharing, you can easily operate an iPad with another device. Whether you’re using another iPad or even an Android phone, you still get to control the iPad from anywhere.

The process of connecting both devices with Splashtop SOS is similar to Zoho Assist. After all, both apps achieve a similar purpose.

  1. Both you and the iPad’s owner must download and install Splashtop SOS.
  2. Invite the iPad’s owner through the app.
  3. The owner of the iPad must enter the code for the session.
  4. As the controller, select Start Session.
  5. Now you can control the iPad remotely.

While SOS is an attended support tool, you can also get other apps that allow for unattended support. Zoho Assist has this function already.

Unattended support helps save time since you don’t have to invite the iPad repeatedly. Without the need for extra permission, you can just take control immediately.

How to Control iPad Volume Remotely

Being able to adjust your iPad’s volume remotely is a convenient idea. You don’t have to press the volume buttons or reach out. There are two ways you can do this, with an app or with a physical remote.

  1. Download Volume Remote Control on both iOS devices.
  2. Enable Bluetooth on both devices.
  3. Select Receive Volume on the iPad.
  4. Next, select Control Volume on the other iOS device.
  5. Use the controlling device to adjust the iPad’s volume as you see fit.

The downside to this app is that it only allows you to control the iPad’s volume with either an iPhone, iPod Touch, or another iPad, but it is a great way to adjust the volume remotely.

Using a physical remote is another great way to adjust your iPad’s volume remotely.

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on your iPad.
  2. Connect the remote to your iPad.
  3. Use the volume controls to adjust the volume.

Apple itself manufactures a remote that you can connect to iOS devices. Other than controlling the volume, you can also use it for various other functions.

Additional FAQS

Here are the answers to some other questions you may have about iPads.

Can You Erase an iPad Remotely?

Yes, you can. First, you must turn on Find My iPad before proceeding. With another iOS device, enter the iPad’s ID, and then you can erase the iPad’s data.

If you’re using Windows, you can do this by logging on to iCloud. Use iCloud to find your device and then erase it remotely.

If your iPad is connected to the internet, it will be erased. If not, the moment it reconnects, it will erase itself.

Can an iPad Be Accessed Remotely?

Yes, it can be accessed remotely. By the use of third-party apps or Switch Control, anyone can access another iPad. However, this requires the iPad’s owner to have the apps installed in the first place.

iPad Remote Access for Convenience

With the help of another iOS device or downloadable apps, you can remotely control an iPad. In particular, this allows those with mobility issues to control their iPads when they’re not in close proximity to the device. It’s also convenient if you can’t directly access your iPad for whatever reason.

Have you ever done this before? Did our article on how to control an iPad remotely prove useful? Let us know in the comments section below.

10 thoughts on “How to Control an iPad Remotely”

Grun says:
I’d like to set up remote control of my elderly mum’s iPad, when she needs some help. View screen only is not much good for this, so really I need to be set up for full control. On your recommendation of ZoHo Assist, I tried installing the “installer” for unattended access on her iPad, but I could not get it to install. I emailed ZoHo and they responded with this email:

“At the moment, Apples does not support the ability to remotely control iOS devices. Hence we do not have the option to remotely control iPhones or iPads using any remote support tool in the market and so we do not have the ability to configure these iOS devices for Unattended Access yet.”

Did you actually try this out and were you actually able to get this to work? If not, I’m afraid your article is not accurate!

Jesse Balingit says:
Not very useful if you have to be on the same wifi network. Why not just walk over and access the device directly

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