Do you have two MacBooks? So you can work with them at the same time

Programmers, video and photo editors, multitasking professionals, and anyone who needs a larger, more flexible digital workspace could greatly benefit from working on two MacBooks at once. Here's how to get the most out of this setup.

Work with two MacBooks at the same time

Benefits of working with two MacBooks

  • Expanded workspace– Two screens allow you to have applications and documents open side by side, making it easy to compare and work on multiple tasks and applications simultaneously.
  • A MacBook for every task: You can dedicate one MacBook to intensive tasks, like video editing or programming, while using the other for lighter tasks like answering emails, keeping up with messaging apps like Slack or Discord, or using web browsing.
  • Greater efficiency– By having specific applications and documents on specific screens, you can reduce the time switching from one work context to another and increase your concentration and efficiency.

How to set up two MacBooks to work together

Setting up for this way of working and organizing couldn't be simpler. Thanks to the continuity features of the Apple ecosystem, it's super easy.

  • universal control– You can work with two MacBooks at the same time using Universal Control right out of the box. This is a feature introduced in macOS Monterey and iPadOS 15 that allows you to use a single mouse and keyboard to control multiple Apple devices, including MacBooks, without the need for complicated setup. In fact, the configuration is done automatically, you just have to place one device next to the other and you will see that you can move the mouse between both devices and write with the same keyboard without problems.
  • Sidecar– If you have an iPad, you can use it as a second screen for your MacBook with Sidecar, further extending your workspace. This is a less used feature today as Universal Control has gained popularity.
  • Third party applications– There are applications like Synergy, which allow you to share your keyboard and mouse between multiple computers, including those running different operating systems. This could come in handy if you want to add a third PC screen.

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Practical tips

  • Stay organized– Make sure your files are well organized and easily accessible on both devices. Cloud storage solutions can be very useful for this.
  • Watch your health– Working with multiple devices can increase the risk of eye strain. Make sure you take regular breaks and set up your workspace ergonomically.
  • Backups– Keep both MacBooks up to date and be sure to perform regular backups to avoid data loss.

In this quick and easy way you can use two MacBooks to work on a daily basis without any complications or configuration difficulties.