Want to use your tablet as a monitor? No problem! Using an Android tablet as a second monitor over USB is easier than you think. Just see the below short tutorial!
If you are reading this article, you probably know how convenient it is to work using two or more monitors. You don’t have to close and reopen windows all the time. All you need to do is move to the second display. You work more quickly and certainly more efficiently.
However, in the era of laptops and always working “on the go” or during travel it’s a bit difficult to carry your second display with you… unless you use your Android tablet as a second monitor. Yes, that’s correct. You can turn your Android tablet into a monitor and the whole process is extremely easy. Let me show you how you do it.
Before we go into more details, I just want to quickly list the stuff you will need for this tutorial (including some cool Android apps). Here is what you need to prepare:
That is all you need to use your Android tablet as a monitor. Let’s now go into more details.
I have made the process as simple as possible so that you can be up and running (on two monitors) in a few minutes. Here is what you need to do step by step:
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 (even though its developer is not). Note that this is a free version of the app (in most of the tutorials you will only find paid apps).
Open the app. It will ask you to turn on USB debugging in your Android tablet (if you haven’t done it yet). To turn USB debugging, you need to at first turn on developer options. Here is how you do it:
Your next step is to download and install Splashtop Wired XDisplay Agent to your PC or Mac.
Once you finish installing Splashtop Wired XDisplay, the program will ask you to reboot your computer so that the configuration changes can take the effect.
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:
When you plug in your tablet, it will ask if you want to allow USB debugging. Click OK.
In the task bar of your Windows computer, you will see the notification saying that Wirex XDisplay is connecting to your computer.