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Use Tablet As Monitor
How To Use Tablet As Monitor: Guide To Using Tablet As Second Monitor
Want to use your Android tablet as a monitor? Need more space on the screen? Check out this tutorial and turn any Android tablet into a second monitor.
If you are reading this article, you probably know how comfortable it is to work using two or more monitors/screens.
You don't need to minimize and maximize windows all the time. All you need to do is move from the first to the second display. As a result, you are quicker and more productive.
In the era of laptops and always working “on the go” or during travel it’s a bit difficult to carry your second monitor/screen with you.
Fortunately, with a few steps you can use your tablet as a second monitor and reap all the benefits of working with two screens. All you need to do is follow this simple few-step tutorial and you will be ready to do.
Let's turn your Android tablet into a monitor. Click here to view the tablet I have used for this tutorial.
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Part 1: Use Tablet As Monitor (Devices & Apps You Need)
Before we go into more details, I just want to quickly list the stuff you will need for this tutorial (including some Android apps). Here is what you need to prepare:
That is all you need to get your tablet monitor ready. Let’s now move to the practical part.
Part 2: How To Use Tablet As Second Monitor (Steps)
I've made the process as simple as possible so that you can be up and using two monitors in a few minutes. Here is what you need to do step by step:
Using Tablet As Monitor Step 1: Download Splashtop Wired XDisplay
You can download the Splashtop Wired XDisplay app from either Google Play or Amazon Appstore for Android (you can learn how to install Amazon Appstore on an Android tablet here). In case you want to explore more Amazon apps, you can learn how to install Amazon Apps on Android here.
Here are the download links for the app:
Don’t be discouraged by low average rating of this app. I suppose it’s so low because people simply don’t know how to use it and it’s still a young app. Note that this is a free version of the app (in most of the tutorials you will only find paid apps.
Using Tablet As Monitor Step 2: Turn On USB Debugging In Your Tablet
The second step is even simpler. Here is what you need to do:
- Open the Splashtop Wired XDisplay app. It will ask you to enable USB debugging (click to view the detailed tutorial) in your Android tablet if you haven’t done it before. To turn USB debugging, you need to at first turn on developer options on your Android device
- Enable developer options (if you haven't done it before). Go to Settings > About device and tap on Build number seven times. Your device will notify you how many steps away you are from becoming a developer and notify you once you have become one.
Before you can use your tablet as a monitor, you need to turn USB debugging and developer options.
- Enable USB Debugging. You will now see Developer options in the settings of your device. Open them and make sure that USB debugging is enabled. When asked for confirmation, choose OK.
Before you can use your tablet as second monitor, you need to enable USB debugging.
Using Tablet As Monitor Step 3: Download & Install Splashtop Wired XDisplay Agent To Your Desktop Computer
Okay, we are almost done. Here are your next steps:
- Download and install Splashtop Wired XDisplay Agent to your PC or Mac. Note that this is not the mobile app you have links to in first part of this tutorial.
- Reboot your computer. Once you finish installing Splashtop Wired XDisplay, the program will ask you to reboot your computer so that the configuration changes can take effect.
To get your tablet monitor ready, you need to now reboot your computer.
Using Tablet As Monitor Step 4: Connect Tablet Monitor To Computer
Once you have installed Splashtop Wirex XDisplay on your tablet and computer (and rebooted it), it’s time to finally turn your Android tablet into a monitor. Here is what you need to do now:
- Open Splashtop Wirex XDisplay Agent on your computer.
- Run app Splashtop Wirex XDisplay Free on your Android tablet.
- Connect your Android tablet to your PC. The app will prompt you to do that. If you are experiencing some USB problems, check this tutorial: Android USB problems.
Your next step to using your Android tablet as a second monitor is to connect both devices with a USB cable.
- Allow USB debugging. When you plug in your tablet, it will ask if you want to allow USB debugging. Click OK.
Once you connect your Android tablet and your computer, you need to allow USB debugging.
Using Tablet As Monitor Step 5: Customize & Use Your Tablet Monitor
Once you connect your Android tablet to your PC in the method showed above, in the task bar of your Windows computer you will see the notification saying that Wirex XDisplay is connecting to your computer.
As you can see your tablet monitor is now connecting to your computer.
In a few seconds you will see the screen of your computer on your tablet.
- Customize your tablet monitor. To further customize the settings of your displays, right click on your desktop and choose Display settings.
Here you can customize your new tablet monitor.
WARNING: Unfortunately, the free version of app Splashtop Wirex XDisplay can only be used for a maximum of 5 minutes, so if you want to use to use it for longer periods of time, you will have to buy the premium version.