How To Use An Android Tablet As A Monitor

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.

Equipment You Need to Turn Android Tablet Into A Monitor

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.

How to Use An Android Tablet as A Monitor

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:

Download app Splashtop Wired XDisplay Free from Google Play to your Android tablet.

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).

Turn on USB debugging in your Android tablet.

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:

  1. 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.
    How to use an Android tablet as monitor
  2. 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.
    How to use an Android tablet as monitor: USB debugging

Download & Install Splashtop Wired XDisplay Agent to Your Desktop Computer

Your next step is to download and install Splashtop Wired XDisplay Agent  to your PC or Mac.

How to Use Android Tablet as Second Monitor

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.

Connect Your Android Tablet to Your 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:

  1. Open Splashtop Wirex XDisplay Agent on your computer.
  2. Run app Splashtop Wirex XDisplay Free on your Android tablet.
  3. The app will prompt you to connect your Android tablet to your PC. Do it (with the use of a USB cable).
    How to use Android tablet as monitor
  4. When you plug in your tablet, it will ask if you want to allow USB debugging. Click OK.
    How to Use Android Tablet as Second Monitor
  5. In the task bar of your Windows computer, you will see the notification saying that Wirex XDisplay is connecting to your computer.
  6. In a few seconds you will see the screen of your computer on your tablet.
  7. To further customize the settings of your displays, right click on your desktop and choose Display settings.

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 (which is for about $10).

Did you manage to successfully turn your Android tablet into a second display? What app did you use? Did you have any problems?

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