How to disable Universal Control on macOS Monterey

Universal Control macOS Monterey

Universal Control is a new addition in macOS Monterey that lets you use a single keyboard and mouse across a Mac and an iPad with the ability to connect more than two devices. In this post, we’re going to take a look at how to disable Universal Control on your Mac.

Say, for instance, your workflow involves juggling to and from your iPad and Mac. You might be working on a logo design on your iPad while coding a website on your Mac. In such a case, it is usually quite irritating to have to constantly switch between devices.

This switch and the resulting irritation occur due to the difference in the way you control your iPad and your Mac. On the Mac, you use a keyboard and a mouse whereas the iPad is primarily a touch-based device.

Universal Control smartly solves that problem.

It will let you establish a single point of control: the keyboard and the mouse. This way, you can continue to work on your logo while adding it to your website in the backend with extended ease.

Despite that, should you ever need or want to disable Universal Control, here’s how.

Why would you want to disable it?

Universal Control works with more than two devices. The best part is that it doesn’t require any prior setup. This means it’s enabled by default.

How to disable Universal Control in macOS Monterey.
Source: Apple

While it certainly seems to be a useful feature, you may want to disable it if you catch your cursor sneaking off into your iPad a little too often. This is a classic nuisance that occurs when you work with multiple displays.

Sometimes, Universal Control may act unexpectedly and hinder your workflow probably due to a bug. In that case, disabling it until Apple fixes it would be the best course of action.

Besides, I’m certain people might have their own varied reasons for not having a seamless connection between their iPad and Mac. If you have one, let me know in the comments section below.

How to turn off Universal Control on macOS Monterey

Note that at the time of this writing, macOS Monterey is still in the beta stages. This means that Apple could change the way how to interact with Universal Control in future versions.

Nevertheless, that’s no reason to worry since we’ll keep this article updated with any new changes that occur.

That said, here’s how to disable Universal Control on your Mac running macOS Monterey.

  1. Head over to the macOS Monterey System Preferences by clicking the Apple logo in the top left corner in the Menu Bar.
macOS System Preferences Button
  1. Click on Displays.
Display Settings in macOS Monterey
  1. Click Advanced.
Advanced Display Preferences macOS Monterey
  1. Untick the checkbox beside the label that says “Allow your cursor and keyboard to move between any nearby Mac or iPad.” This should disable Universal Control.
How to disable Universal Control in macOS Monterey

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