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How to Use an Android Tablet as a Second Monitor

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What to Know

  • Spacedesk can be downloaded and installed on your Windows computer.
  • Spacedesk can be installed on Android tablets via the Google Play Store.
  • Open Spacedesk on Android, then tap the computer that you wish to connect with.

This article will show you how to use your Android tablet as a second screen

How to use your tablet as an additional monitor

Spacedesk is a third-party tool used in this tutorial. Although Spacedesk is trusted, any third-party app that can share a screen with you could see what’s being displayed. For tasks that require high security, we don’t recommend third-party screen sharing apps.

You can convert your Android tablet to a second monitor by following the steps below.

Spacedesk is a third-party app that works with all modern Android phones. A Windows computer running Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or Windows 11 is required. You also need to have a Wi-Fi connection that can be used to connect your Android tablet and Windows computer.

  1. Use a web browser to visit the Spacedesk website.
  2. Click Download and then download the Spacedesk driver software for the Windows version you are using.

    A 64-bit or 32 bit installer will also be available. Modern Windows computers need a 64-bit install.
    Here’s how to determine if your Windows is 64-bit or 32 bit.
  3. After the download is complete, launch the Spacedesk driver installer.
  4. To complete installation, follow the Spacedesk installer’s instructions on-screen.
  5. Open the Google Play Store on your Android phone.
  6. You can search for Spacedesk. Click it to view the results in Google Play.
  7. Tap Install on the Spacedesk app homepage, and then wait for the app’s download.
  8. Verify that the Android tablet and your Windows computer are connected to the same Wi Fi network.

    A Step-by-Step Guide for Using Wi-Fi with an Android
  9. Open the Android app launcher, and tap Spacedesk in the list of apps.
  10. The Spacedesk app will display a list all computers in your local network. Select the computer that you wish to use with your Android tablet.
  11. Wait until your Android tablet connects to your Windows computer. This could take several seconds. Your screen may blink or go black on your Android tablet and Windows laptop.

Now your Android tablet should display the Windows desktop. It can be used just like a secondary monitor. Screendesk also supports touch input for the Android tablet. Display Settings in Windows allows you to further customize your experience.

Add a second monitor to Windows

FAQ

  • Can a Tablet be used as a Monitor

    Yes. Yes. While Windows does this via screen-sharing, and Apple has an iOS feature called Sidecar for macOS and iPadOS, Android doesn’t have a similar feature. Third-party apps such as Screendesk are the best options for Android.

  • How can I connect my Android tablet to a computer?

    You can connect your Android tablet to a computer monitor with some adapters and cables. The screen will be mirrored there using the same technology. You will need the right cables depending on which connections are available on each device. However, it is easier to use an HDMI port on the monitor to manage both sound and picture. Most electronics stores sell USB-C to-HDMI adapters.

  • What other apps are available for Android tablets that can be used as monitors?

    Screendesk isn’t the only app that supports Android tablets as monitors. Twomon Splashtop SecondScreen and SuperDisplay are all possible alternatives. These alternatives are worth trying if Screendesk does not work on your computer.

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