Why won't Astropad connect over Wi-Fi?

If your iPad and Mac are connected to the same Wifi network and the Astropad app is running on both devices, the connection should occur automatically. If that doesn't occur, here are a few things to check:

  • Your iPad and Mac are on the same Wifi network
  • Wifi is enabled on both devices
  • The Astropad Mac app and Astropad iPad app are running and frontmost
  • No firewall or security program settings on your Mac are preventing connection
  • You are running the latest version iOS and macOS

Here are some steps to take for alleviating the issue –

  1. Try connecting via USB cable to help establish the initial connection (then unplug)
  2. Connect using Manual Wifi connection in Astropad
  3. Try restarting both Mac and iPad
  4. Restart your router

Manual Wifi Connection

Try Manually connecting if you’re unable to connect automatically.

At the connection screen, click “Connect info” and a new window is shown with connection options. Click “Wi-Fi Manual Connect, and a QR code opens on your Mac’s screen for your iPad to scan.

Take your iPad, making sure the Camera is “Enabled” for Astropad, and allow it to scan the QR code. It will disappear entirely when you’re connected.

WiFi and Manual WiFi connection doesn’t work, why?

Local WiFi networks use different routers, and each router is configured in its own way. It is hard to point to a specific reason why things are not working in your network. 

Security software like antivirus, firewall, VPN on your Mac could prevent WiFi connections. Security restrictions/settings of your router could also be the problem. Some routers disable Apple Bonjour which is the service Astropad uses to allow Mac & iPad to find each other automatically. Some routers also disable connection within the same local network between devices. This effectively shuts down any possibility for your Mac & iPad to talk to each other. 

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