How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Whitson Gordon
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How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Multiple monitors are awesome. With two screens side by side, you can more easily see all your windows at once, keeping you productive. Got an iPad? You can use it as a second display for your Mac or PC.

An iPad can’t compete with a real monitor, of course, in terms of size or price. But if you already have an iPad, it can pull double duty as a second monitor at your desk, or even with your laptop when you’re out and about. All you need is a little stand like this one, or a case that has the ability to keep your iPad upright. The best apps that provide this ability cost $20 or less, which–coupled with the price of a stand–is pretty darn cheap for a second monitor with a touch screen.

Unfortunately, there are no good free options for this. Splashtop offers a free version of their app, but it only works for 5 minutes at a time–any more, and you’ll need to shell out some cash. There are a number of options, all with similar price tags, but we think Duet Display ($19) is the best option.

Step One: Download Duet Display on Your iPad and Computer

To accomplish this, you’ll need two apps: one on your iPad, and one on your Mac or Windows PC. You can grab Duet Display for your iPad here, and the free server app for your computer here. Install both as you would any other app.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

You’ll also need a lightning-to-USB cable, so grab one of those now. Duet Display does not work over Wi-Fi, though to be frank, you wouldn’t want it to–wireless introduces a some lag, while a wired connection is pretty darn smooth. Your iPad’s going to be next to your computer anyway, so there’s no reason a cable would constrain you.

Step Two: Connect Your iPad

Next, start the Duet Display server app on your computer, then launch the Duet Display app on your iPad. You should see this screen when you do.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Plug your iPad into your computer with a lightning-to-USB cable, and your iPad should light up with an extension of your Windows or Mac desktop. Move your mouse to the right of your desktop, and it’ll travel over to the iPad. You can even touch the iPad to control Windows or OS X. It could not be any simpler.

Step Three: Adjust Your Display Settings

Now, while you may have a working desktop, you probably aren’t getting the optimal experience out of the box–so it’s time to adjust a few settings.

First, let’s adjust your computer’s display settings. By default, Duet Display assumes your iPad is to the right of your computer, but if you put it on the left (like I do), you can adjust your settings so your mouse works properly. Windows users can access these display by right-clicking on the desktop and choosing “Display”. Mac users should head to System Preferences > Displays.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

You should see two squares–one representing your main computer monitor, and the other representing your iPad. Click and drag the iPad’s square up, down, or to the sides, to position it as it’s positioned in real life. I use my iPad to the left of my laptop, so that means I had to move the iPad’s square to the left side.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

When you’re done, close your Display settings.

Next, open Duet Display’s settings by clicking its icon in your system tray (Windows) or menu bar (Mac).

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

From here, you can adjust a number of other display settings. We recommend keeping Framerate at 60 FPS and Performance at High Power, but you can lower both if your computer isn’t powerful enough to handle them, or if its losing too much battery power.

As for resolution, try a couple options and see what works best for you. The higher you go, the slower the experience will be, but the lower you go, the less you’ll be able to see on the screen. For my laptop, 1366×1024 was a happy medium, but your mileage may vary.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Once you’ve tweaked things to you’re liking, you’re ready to go–start using your computer and enjoy the increased productivity of two monitors!

Duet Display isn’t the only app of its kind. Air Display ($15), iDisplay ($20), and Splashtop ($5) are all popular alternatives, and have the advantage of being wireless–but tend to be laggier as a result (or may have other caveats–Air Display, for example, charges money for each new major version). In our experience, Duet Display is as good as it gets. There’s just no beating that fast, wired connection if you want to mimic the experience of a real second monitor.

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With Sidecar, you can use your iPad as a display that extends or mirrors your Mac desktop.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Get ready

  • Before you begin, make sure that your Mac and iPad meet the Sidecar system requirements, including each are signed with the same Apple ID.
  • You can use Sidecar wirelessly, but to keep your iPad charged during use, connect it directly to your Mac with the USB charge cable that came with your iPad.

If you want your keyboard, mouse, or trackpad to control your Mac and iPad, with the iPad showing its own Home Screen and apps rather than the desktop and apps of your Mac, use Universal Control instead.

Move a Mac window to your iPad

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Move your pointer over the full-screen button of a window on your Mac, then choose the option to move that window to your iPad.

You can repeat this step for other Mac windows, or simply drag other Mac windows to and from your iPad. To move a window back to your Mac, you can also move your pointer over the full-screen button and choose Move Window Back to Mac.

If you want your iPad to mirror your Mac screen instead of extending its desktop:

  • In macOS Monterey, choose a mirroring option from the Screen Mirroring menu in the menu bar. 1
  • In macOS Big Sur, choose a mirroring option from the Display menu in Control Center or the menu bar.
  • In macOS Catalina, choose a mirroring option from the AirPlay menu ( or ) in the menu bar. 2

Use the sidebar on your iPad

The sidebar puts commonly used Mac controls on the side of your iPad screen. It includes Command, Shift, and other modifier keys, so you can choose essential commands with your finger or Apple Pencil instead of a keyboard.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Tap to show or hide the menu bar when viewing a window in full screen on iPad.

Show or hide your computer’s Dock on your iPad.

Command. Touch and hold to set the Command key. Double-tap to lock the key.

Option. Touch and hold to set the Option key. Double-tap to lock the key.

Control. Touch and hold to set the Control key. Double-tap to lock the key.

Shift. Touch and hold to set the Shift key. Double-tap to lock the key.

С функцией Sidecar можно использовать iPad в альбомной ориентации в качестве второго дисплея для Mac. Как и при использовании любого другого второго дисплея, Вы можете расширить пространство рабочего стола, отобразив на iPad другие приложения или окна, или продублировать на него картинку с Mac.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Примечание. Sidecar является функцией непрерывности. Чтобы можно было использовать функции непрерывности, на Ваших устройствах должны быть включены Wi-Fi и Bluetooth и Ваши устройства должны соответствовать системным требованиям. См. статью на сайте поддержки Apple: Системные требования для использования функции «Непрерывность» на устройствах iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch и компьютере Mac.

Настройка Sidecar

Для использования Sidecar не обязательно подключать iPad к Mac при помощи кабеля, однако на всех устройствах должен быть выполнен вход с одним Apple ID. Затем выполните следующие действия.

На Mac выберите меню Apple

> «Системные настройки», затем нажмите «Мониторы» .

Если iPad еще не подключен, нажмите всплывающее меню «Добавить монитор», затем выберите iPad.

Для подключения также можно использовать раздел «Монитор» в Пункте управления или меню «Монитор» в строке меню (если оно отображается).

Изменение параметров Sidecar

Настроив iPad в качестве второго дисплея для Mac, можно изменить параметры в разделе настроек «Мониторы».

На Mac выберите меню Apple

> «Системные настройки», нажмите «Мониторы» , затем нажмите «Настройки мониторов».

Выберите имя iPad, затем выполните одно из следующих действий.

Нажмите всплывающее меню «Использовать как», затем выберите режим использования iPad: в качестве основного дисплея, для видеоповтора дисплея или для его расширения.

Выберите «Показать боковое меню», затем во всплывающем меню выберите место отображения бокового меню: слева или справа.

Выберите «Показать панель Touch Bar», затем во всплывающем меню выберите место отображения панели Touch Bar: вверху или внизу.

Выберите «Включить двойное касание на Apple Pencil».

Использование Sidecar

Если iPad еще не подключен, нажмите «Монитор» в Пункте управления или нажмите меню «Монитор» в строке меню (если меню отображается).

Меню Sidecar отображается в строке меню. При помощи меню Sidecar Вы можете в любой момент изменить способ работы с iPad. Например, можно переключиться между использованием iPad в режиме видеоповтора или отдельного дисплея, а также показать или скрыть боковое меню или Touch Bar на iPad.

Выполните одно из следующих действий.

Перемещение окон с Mac на iPad. Перетяните окно к краю экрана, пока указатель не появится на iPad. Или во время использования приложения выберите «Окно» > «Переместить на iPad».

Перемещение окон с iPad на Mac. Перетяните окно к краю экрана, пока указатель не появится на Mac. Или во время использования приложения выберите «Окно» > «Переместить окно назад на Mac».

Использование бокового меню на iPad. Пальцем или Apple Pencil коснитесь значков в боковом меню, чтобы показать или скрыть строку меню, показать или скрыть Dock либо показать экранную клавиатуру . Или коснитесь одной или нескольких клавиш модификации, например Control , для использования сочетаний клавиш.

Использование панели Touch Bar на iPad. Пальцем или Apple Pencil коснитесь любой кнопки на панели Touch Bar. Доступные кнопки зависят от приложения и задачи.

Использование Apple Pencil на iPad. С помощью Apple Pencil коснитесь объекта, например команды меню, флажка или файла, чтобы его выбрать. Если Apple Pencil поддерживает такую возможность (и Вы выбрали соответствующий параметр в настройках монитора), в некоторых приложениях можно дважды коснуться нижней части Apple Pencil для переключения между инструментами рисования. См. статью службы поддержки Apple Подключите Apple Pencil к устройству iPad.

Использование жестов на iPad. Вы можете использовать основные жесты, такие как касание, смахивание, прокрутка и изменение масштаба, а также жесты для ввода и редактирования текста. См. Руководство пользователя iPad.

Переключение между рабочим столом Mac и экраном iPad на iPad. Смахните одним пальцем вверх от нижнего края экрана iPad, чтобы показать главный экран. Чтобы показать панель Dock iPad, смахните вверх и приостановите движение. Чтобы показать Переключатель приложений, смахните вверх и приостановите движение в центре экрана. Чтобы вернуться к рабочему столу Mac, смахните вверх, затем коснитесь значка Sidecar .

Закончив использовать iPad, коснитесь значка отключения внизу бокового меню на iPad.

Можно также отключить Mac, нажав активный iPad в меню Sidecar в строке меню.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Installing a second monitor is a popular way to expand your screen real estate.

If you only need a second display occasionally — like if you work from home once in a while — but don’t want to buy an entire second monitor, you can use your iPad as an inexpensive alternative.

There’s no built-in way to connect your iPad to Windows as a second screen, but there are several apps you can install which do it instead.

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How to use your iPad as second screen in Windows 10

To use your iPad as a second display, you’ll need to install the SplashTop app on your iPad and on your desktop.

SplashTop is primarily a remote-access tool — it lets you use your Windows desktop from your iPad remotely for a subscription. But it also offers a screen mirroring mode for free.

Also make sure that iTunes is installed on your computer. SplashDisplay requires iTunes to make a connection.

2. Once all the components are installed, connect your iPad to your computer using a charging cable.

3. Start the SplashDisplay app on both your computer and iPad. After a moment, you should see your desktop appear on the iPad screen. It may be a little sluggish, but you should be able to use it like an ordinary second screen.

To customize the display, open the XDisplay Agent in the Windows taskbar. You can change the framerate and screen quality, as well as change the resolution.

Other ways to use your iPad as a second screen in Windows 10

SplashTop has the advantage of being free, but there are other apps you can use as well. If you encounter performance issues with SplashTop, you might want to try another app.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Knowing how to use your iPad as a second monitor could transform how you work, whether that’s from home, school, or the office. Turning to one of the best monitors may be better for those looking for a more permanent solution, but using your iPad as a second monitor is an easy way to instantly get more screen real estate on the go — perfect if you find yourself unexpectedly working from a hotel room or coffee shop.

If you have recent Apple hardware, such as the MacBook Air with M1 or iPad 10.2, you can use your iPad as second monitor with just a few clicks by turning to the built-in Sidecar app. Even if you’re not rocking the latest gear, Apple says on its support page that Sidecar works just fine as long as you’re running macOS Catalina or later on your Mac and iPadOS 13 or later on your tablet, along with one of the following:

  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2016 or later
  • MacBook introduced in 2016 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2018 or later
  • iMac introduced in 2017 or later, or iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015)
  • iMac Pro
  • Mac mini introduced in 2018 or later
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2019
  • iPad Pro: all models
  • iPad (6th generation) or newer
  • iPad mini (5th generation) or newer
  • iPad Air (3rd generation) or newer

Using your iPad as a second monitor is really easy if you’re using a Mac, though the process is slightly different depending on which version of macOS you’re running. Whichever version you have, the first step is to make sure you’re signed in to the same iCloud account on both devices.

If you’re not a Mac person, but own a compatible iPad, you can still use your iPad as a second monitor on Windows, thanks to third-party apps. Whether you have a Mac or a Windows computer, here’s how to use your iPad as a second monitor.

How to use your iPad as a second monitor with macOS

1. Open the Control Center on your Mac by clicking the icon that looks like two toggles in the top-right of the display. Then, on the Display option, click the icon to the right. If you’re running macOS Catalina, you need to click the AirPlay icon instead.

2. You should see your iPad underneath the “Connect To” option. To connect to it, click on the name of your iPad.

3. You’ll now see two options, which you can choose depending on your preference. “Mirror [Built-in Retina Display]” will mirror your entire screen to your iPad, while “Use As Separate Display” will let you use your iPad as a second monitor, on which you can open apps separately.

How to use your iPad as a second monitor with Windows

Though your Windows PC lacks the native support that macOS has, it’s still possible to use your iPad as a second monitor with Windows, thanks to some helpful third party apps.

One of the most popular is Splashtop Wired XDisplay, which is free to use so long as you stick to the wired version. However, the app hasn’t been updated since 2018 and is reported to be laggy, though it should be more than sufficient if you’re in a pinch and need a second display for working on a spreadsheet or document.

If you’re prepared to go the paid route, Duet Display is a more seamless experience — it was built by ex-Apple engineers, according to its blurb. Though the iPad app isn’t cheap at $10/£8.99, it’s certainly more cost effective than forking out for an actual monitor.

Now you know how to use your iPad as a second monitor, you might want to check out some other iPad guides, including how to use split screen on iPad and how to screenshot on iPad. And if you want to check out a new Apple feature that lets you multitask between your Mac and iPad, take a look at how to use Universal Control on Macs and iPads.

Need a second monitor? Try Sidecar, Air Display, or Duet Display

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What to Know

  • Open System Preferences and choose Sidecar. In the window, press Select Device, and select your iPad.
  • Select Sidecar menu on your Mac to choose the iPad's role. Select Use As Separate Display. You can now drag windows between displays.
  • Duet Display, Air Display, and iDisplay are other great options to set up your iPad as a second display.

This article explains how to use an iPad as a second monitor for your Mac. It focuses on Sidecar, a feature in macOS Catalina (10.15) and later and iPadOS 13 and later, but there are other options, like Air Display and Duet Display.

How to Use Your iPad as a Second Monitor With Sidecar

Sidecar comes equipped with most modern Macs and iPads. Here's how to use this feature to run your iPad as a second monitor for your Mac.

Open System Preferences on your Mac by either selecting it under the Apple menu or clicking its icon in the Dock.

Choose Sidecar.

The Sidecar options window opens. Decide where the Sidebar and Touch Bar will appear.

  • The Sidebar contains buttons that let you open a keyboard, press the Command key, and other items that help you perform tasks on your second screen. You can put it on the left or the right.
  • The Touch Bar mirrors the functionality of the context-sensitive menu on some Mac models. It can appear at the top or bottom of the iPad display.

You can use the Touch Bar in Sidecar even if your Mac doesn't have one.

Select the box next to Enable double tap on Apple Pencil to quickly switch between tools, show a color palette, and more.

Double-tap is available on the 2nd-generation Apple Pencil.

Select the drop-down menu labeled Select Device to choose your iPad.

Your Mac automatically connects to the iPad.

Select the Sidecar menu on your Mac to choose the iPad's role. Select Use As Separate Display.

You can also use Sidecar to mirror your computer's display.

Your iPad screen gets another desktop on it. You can drag windows between it and your Mac.

The Sidebar contains buttons to help you perform desktop tasks on your iPad.

  • Tap the top icon to toggle showing the menu bar.
  • The next icon opens the Mac's dock on your iPad.
  • The next four buttons mirror the Command, Option, Control, and Shift keys on a keyboard.
  • The arrow icon lets you undo the last action you performed.
  • Tap the keyboard icon to open a full keyboard on your iPad. You can use it along with the modifier keys to navigate apps.
  • Tap the Sidecar icon to disconnect from your Mac.

Is an iPad a Good Monitor?

Is the iPad as good a display as an actual monitor? Not really. The 9.7-inch display of the full-sized iPad won't give you as much real estate as a 22-inch monitor. But the best apps for converting your iPad into a second monitor also make use of the iPad's touch interface, which can be a bonus.

How to Use Your iPad as a Second Monitor

More Options to Connect iPad to Windows

If Sidecar isn't for you or you're looking for something that works with Windows, there are other great options that you can try.

Duet Display

While many apps can use your iPad as a second monitor via Wi-Fi, Duet Display uses the same Lightning or 30-pin cable you use to charge your iPad. This makes the connection fast, allowing you to do everything from watch video, which would be laggy over Wi-Fi, to play games.

Duet Display works well with the iPad Pro, too. The iPad Pro’s 12.9-inch display makes it perfect for adding a second monitor to your MacBook, iMac, or PC.

Air Display

Until Duet Display came along, Air Display was the reigning champ of converting your iPad into a monitor. And while Duet Display hasn’t registered a TKO, the champ has definitely been backed into a corner.

Avatron Software's Air Display 3 also uses the iPad's cable rather than Wi-Fi to set up the iPad as a second monitor. Still, Air Display 3 only works with Macs. If you use Windows, install Air Display 2.

Do not download Air Display 2 from the Avatron website. Avatron has an Air Display 3 Upgrade Bundle available in the app store. However, their website doesn't link to it. While the upgrade bundle is $5 more than Air Display 2, it matches the price of Air Display 3 and gives you access to both apps, so when the Windows version is ready, you'll be ready.

iDisplay Is Another, Pricier Option

Duet Display and Air Display aren’t alone in providing the ability to use your iPad as a monitor for your PC. But they are the best solution. If you are willing to pay iDisplay’s price tag, choose the better options.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

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How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

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Turn your iPad into a second display – works with Mac and PC. Luna harnesses the power of your desktop and extends your workspace onto a touchable device.

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Computer to Mac

Use any Mac as a second display for your Mac or PC. It also works on older Mac models.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

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How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

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How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

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How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

1. plug in Luna

Plug the Luna hardware into your computer to get started. Luna is available for USB-C, HDMI, or Mini DisplayPort.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

2. launch the apps

Launch the free Luna apps on your primary and secondary devices.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

3. connect

Luna will automatically connect your devices over your existing WiFi network or USB cable.

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How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Well, if you spend most of the time looking at the computer screen, or if most of your work relies on the computer, then you might know the importance of having a secondary monitor. It’s no doubt that two monitors can significantly improve your productivity, but not everyone can afford an extra display.

With a multiple-monitor setup, you can improve your workflow. By doing so, you can easily handle multiple tasks, which in turn makes you more productive. However, workstations with multiple screens can be costly. So, what about using an iOS device as a second monitor?

It’s actually possible! You can now use your iOS devices as a second monitor for your PC and Mac. To do that, you need to use third-party software and an iOS app. So, in this article, we will share an easy method that would help you use the iOS device as a second monitor for your PC or MAC.

2 Methods to Use iOS Device as a Second Monitor for your PC or MAC

To use an iOS device as a second monitor, we are going to use an app known as Duet Display. The app is available on the App app store and it turns your iPad or iPhone into the most advanced extra display for your MAC and PC. So, let’s check out.

1. Using Duet Display

1. First of all, install the app named Duet Display on your iOS device and Duet Display for your Windows or MAC PC.

2. Now you need to connect your iOS device to your PC that will be more convenient with a USB data cable or you can either do it by connecting both devices through the same WiFi network.

3. Now you need to launch both the app on your iPhone and on your PC and let the app connect with each other.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

4. Now you need to set display settings on your PC. To do that, right-click on the desktop and select Display Settings there.

5. In it, you will see the 1st and 2nd screens in which the second screen is your iOS screen. Choose the place where you want it to be placed to project the screen on that side.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

6. Now in the system tray, click on the duet display icon and there set the settings that you want to set for your iPhone and PC.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

That’s it! You are done. With this, your iOS device will be working as a second monitor for your Windows or MAC PC.

2. Using SplashTop

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Well, SplashTop is a remote access tool that lets you use Windows desktop from your iPhone or Android. However, you need to have a Splashtop remote subscription to use Windows from your iPad.

To use SplashTop, you need to install iTunes on your computer as the SplashDisplay requires iTunes to make a connection.

  • Once done, install SplashTop on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Next, install the SplashTop XDisplay Agent on your PC.
  • Once installed, connect your iPad to your PC via a charging cable.
  • Now launch the Splashtop app on your iPhone/iPad and Splash XDisplay Agent on your desktop.
  • Once done, you will be able to see your desktop screen on your iPad/iPhone.

That’s it! You are done. This is how you can use SplashTop to use your iPad/iPhone as a second monitor for Windows.

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iPads are incredibly convenient devices due to their size, but even though they have the same processing power as their MacBook and iMac counterparts, they lack some crucial features for getting serious work done like a physical keyboard. You’d have to purchase a portable keyboard like Apple’s Magic Keyboard or Logitech’s Combo Touch, but they’re not exactly cheap. If you own both an iPad and a Mac, there’s a better way to manage your workflow—turn your iPad into a second monitor and control it with your Mac.

As of macOS Monterey 12.3 Beta and iPadOS 15.4 betas, you can now control your iPad using your Mac’s keyboard and mouse on supported devices with a feature called Universal Control. It works the same as Sidecar in that you can sort of use your iPad as a second monitor, but this lets you control apps that run natively on your iPad, and do things like transfer files, rather than use your tablet as a second screen for your Mac’s apps. If that might come in handy for you, here’s how you do it.

Getting started

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

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First, you’ll need to check that your device supports Universal Control (not all devices running Monterey will work with the feature).

  • iPads: all iPad Pro models; iPad Air 3rd-generation or later, iPad 6th-generation or later; and iPad Mini 5th-generation or later.
  • Macs: MacBook or MacBook Pro from 2016 or later; MacBook Air or Mac Mini from 2018 or later; iMac from 2017 or later; any iMac Pro, or 2019 Mac Pro.

Once you’ve confirmed your device can support the feature, you’ll have to install the latest beta software on any devices you plan to connect to with Universal Control. To do so, enroll them in Apple’s beta program here, then select the beta for your respective device and follow the steps accordingly. Be sure to create a backup of all your files on all our devices, first, though. Also note that installing a beta version of an operating system may cause your computer to be a bit less stable, though things should be fine day-to-day.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Sidecar. Set options for showing the sidebar and the Touch Bar on iPad, and for using Apple Pencil. If you’re not already connected to your iPad, click the “Connect to” pop-up menu, then choose your iPad.

You asked, how do I use my iPad as a second screen for Mac? To connect your iPad as a display, either connect your iPad to your Mac over USB, or—to do it wirelessly—ensure Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Handoff are turned on. You’ll also need to be logged in to the same Apple ID on both devices. Click the AirPlay button in your Mac’s menu bar and select your iPad from the list.

Likewise, how can I use my iPad as a second monitor for Mac free?

Quick Answer, how do I use my iPad as a second screen for Macbook Air 2017?

  1. Go to System Preferences ➙ Displays.
  2. Make sure that “Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available” is checked.
  3. Click the AirPlay dropdown in the menu bar ➙ select your iPad as second monitor.

You asked, how do I use my iPad as a second screen? To use your iPad as a second display, you’ll need to install the SplashTop app on your iPad and on your desktop. SplashTop is primarily a remote-access tool — it lets you use your Windows desktop from your iPad remotely for a subscription. But it also offers a screen mirroring mode for free.

How do I link my iPad to my MacBook pro?

  1. Connect iPad and your computer with a cable.
  2. In the Finder sidebar on your Mac, select your iPad.
  3. At the top of the window, click the type of content you want to sync (for example, Movies or Books).
  4. Select “Sync [content type] onto [device name].”

How do I connect my iPad to my macbook?

  1. Connect your iPad or iPad mini to your computer.
  2. In iTunes, when your tablet appears in the Devices list, click it.
  3. In the Summary tab, select the Sync with this iPad over Wi-Fi check box.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. Click Done.
  6. Disconnect your iPad or iPad mini.

How do I get my Mac to recognize my iPad?

Press and hold the Option key, then choose System Information from the Apple menu . From the list on the left, select USB. If you see your iPhone, iPad, or iPod under USB Device Tree, get the latest macOS or install the latest updates. If you don’t see your device or still need help, contact Apple Support.

How do I mirror my iPad to my laptop?

  1. Open the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the device screen or swiping down from the top right corner of the screen (varies by device and iOS version).
  2. Tap the “Screen Mirroring” or “AirPlay” button.
  3. Select your computer.
  4. Your iOS screen will show on your computer.

How do I add AirPlay to my Mac menu bar?

  1. In System Preferences, find and select the icon for “Displays,” which looks like a computer monitor.
  2. Check the box next to “Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available.”
  3. In the drop-down, choose the device you want to AirPlay to.

How do I connect my iPad to my laptop wirelessly?

  1. Connect your device to your computer. You can connect your device using a USB or USB-C cable or a Wi-Fi connection.
  2. In the iTunes app on your PC, click the Device button near the top left of the iTunes window.
  3. Click Summary.
  4. Select the checkbox for “Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi.”
  5. Click Apply.

How do I connect my iPad to my Mac wirelessly?

To set up Wi-Fi syncing, first connect your device to your Mac using a USB or USB-C cable. You then turn on Wi-Fi syncing and choose the settings you want. Whenever your device connects to your Mac over Wi-Fi, you can select it in the sidebar and sync it. (You can turn on automatic syncing if you want.)

Can I connect my iPad to my laptop?

Using a USB cable or adapter, you can directly connect iPad and a Mac or Windows PC.

How do I stop Apple devices syncing with each other?

On your iPad/iPhone, go to Settings app → Tap on your name and picture shown on the top (Apple ID, iCloud, iTunes & App Store) → iCloud and under Apps Using iCloud section, turn-off the switch in front of all the apps for which you do not wish to sync data.

Astropad’s Luna Display is a handy way to turn an iPad or another Mac into a wireless external monitor for Apple’s computers. Now the company has updated its wireless dongles to include support for Windows PCs, a solid step forward for the company after Apple’s Sidecar made its functionality a built-in part of iPadOS and MacOS.

Windows support is included in Luna Display 5.0 and requires “Windows 10 64-bit, Build 1809 or later” and at least iPadOS 12.1, according to Astropad. That means modern Windows devices and iPads can work together in a variety of configurations, including using the Apple Pencil along with an iPad as a very expensive drawing tablet for your Windows machine.

The iPad’s touch controls, gestures, and Pencil support all translate over to Windows. Gif: Astropad

The company is making Luna Display for Windows available in two types of connectors for plugging into your Windows devices, either USB-C and HDMI. Owners of the older USB-C Luna Display are also able to update to add support for Windows starting today. For what it’s worth, Astropad says the restructuring it did for its 5.0 release also means setting up Luna Display on M1 Macs should be faster.

Astropad first launched Luna Display in 2017, about two years before Apple “sherlocked” it with the Sidecar feature added in macOS Catalina. Not long after, the company updated Luna Display to work wirelessly between Macs as a response to Apple’s move. “Apple zigs, we zag,” Astropad CEO Matt Ronge tweeted at the time.

Astropad has been fairly open about its experience of being copied, including suggesting it was a blessing in disguise when it announced it was testing Windows support in beta (other companies preferred taking legal action). The Kickstarter for its new Luna Display for Windows dongles launched on September 30th, 2020 and was successfully funded just an hour later. People clearly want this functionality for Windows, and now Astropad is finally offering it.

Luna Display is $129 for Mac or PC, with port options for USB-C, HDMI, and Mini DisplayPort.

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How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

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Whether you’re working at home and want a bit more desktop real estate, or you’re out and about and need a second screen, we’ll show you how to use an iPad as a second screen on Mac and Windows.

How you go about it depends on the type of computer you have (and how old it is), but we’ll show you how to get the system working on any Mac and PC.

Method 1: The easy way with Sidecar

Apple has baked its Sidecar tech into iPadOS 13 and macOS Cataline (or later), which gives you a wireless way of using your iPad as a second screen. However, you do need to meet the Sidecar system requirements and have the right type of computer.

For Macs that’s a MacBook Pro (2016 or later), MacBook (2016 or later), MacBook Air (2018 or later), iMac (2017 or later), iMac Pro, Mac Mini (2018 or later) or a Mac Pro (2019 or later). For the iPad, you need an iPad Pro (all models), iPad (6th generation or later), iPad Mini (5th Generation or later), iPad Air (3rd Generation or later).

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To get started, you have to have both your iPad and Mac signed in to the same iCloud account, and have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Handoff turned on. Both devices must be connected to a Wi-Fi network, and neither device can be sharing its internet or cellular connection.

The easiest way to connect from your Mac is to go to System Preferences, Sidecar. You can use the drop-down menu to select your iPad from the list and your Mac should connect automatically. If you can’t find your iPad, but you’re definitely set up as per the requirements above, you can try toggling Bluetooth off and on again, on both devices.

If you try and connect but get a timeout error, then try rebooting your iPad and Mac. You can also go into Settings on your iPad, and select Reset, Reset Network Settings. You’ll need to reconnect to your Wi-Fi. I did this, and after a few minutes, my iPad and Mac connected.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Once connected, your iPad will appear as a desktop extension. By default, the iPad is placed to the right of your Mac, but you can use System Preferences, Displays to change the layout and move your iPad around.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

You can also use the Sidecar preferences to turn on Touchbar on your iPad (you get the same features as on the Touchbar on a Macbook Pro), and a Sidebar, which gives you shortcuts to the onscreen keyboard, to hide or show the Dock, and key keyboard keys. I prefer to hide the Sidebar and Touchbar, and have more space on the screen.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Method 2: The Duet Display app

If you have devices that don’t meet the system requirements, then the best way to use your iPad as a second display is with the Duet Display app, which costs £9.99 from the app store.

Once you’ve bought the app, follow the wizard through and email yourself the links to download the clients for Mac and Windows (these are free). On Mac, you’ll need to install the app and grant the necessary permissions when prompted and then reboot your computer. Once rebooted, you can open up the Duet app on both your iPad and Mac.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Then, just plug your Mac into your computer using a Lightning cable. I found that I couldn’t do this through a regular USB hub and had to use either a powered hub or plug it in directly to my computer. This then extended my Mac’s screen onto the iPad.

You can use the Duet App’s Settings page to adjust resolution and frame rate: go for the highest settings that your Mac and iPad will run comfortably.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

You are also supposed to be able to connect wirelessly, but my Mac would not see the iPad, and Duet wouldn’t work even when I manually entered the IP address of my tablet.

A cable makes more sense in many ways, as your iPad keeps charging and you’re not reliant on the quality of your Wi-Fi signal to keep the system running.

If you have PC, the app is very similar, although it doesn’t give you the wireless connection option and you have to have your iPad connected directly to your computer. As soon as you plug your iPad in when it’s running the Duet app, your Windows PC will see it as a secondary display.

Again, I had some problems getting the app to work when using a USB hub, but a powered hub or USB port on your PC should fix the issue.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Duet operates your iPad as a regular display, and you use the Windows Settings app to change where your display is located. The Duet app’s Settings page lets you adjust resolution and frame rate: go for the highest setting that your system will take.

Do you have an extra iPad at home that you no longer use? I kept my iPad 2 for years before finally upgrading to the iPad Air 2, which meant that the iPad 2 was simply in a desk drawer. But why waste a perfectly good iPad, right?

I wrote earlier about how you can configure two monitors in Windows, but it requires a second monitor. Fortunately, with some nifty software, you can use your old iPad (2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation), iPad Airs (1 and 2), or iPad Pro as a second screen or monitor on your Mac or Windows PC. This basically involves installing an app on your iPad and your computer, then connecting the two directly using a Lightning cable or a 30-pin cable (dock connector).

My favorite app and the only one I recommend is Duo Screen. There are other options like Air Display and iDisplay, but both cost roughly the same and don’t work as well. The direct connection between the computer and the iPad makes the experience virtually lag-free, which is very important when using a second screen. Trying to do this over WiFi (i.e. Air Display) was very slow and not a good implementation.

Duo display

It’s also worth noting that Duet Display was created by former Apple engineers and is probably one of the main reasons why it works so well with iPads and Macs. The app costs $ 16, which is very expensive when you look at the price of most of the apps on the App Store, but I would consider it more of a standard Windows or Mac program.

Setting everything up is very simple and doesn’t require creating an account or anything like that. First, download the app on your iPad. Note that you can also use your iPhone as a second screen, but that was a bit unnecessary in my testing. You definitely need a bigger screen to do any job properly.

Duet View – iTunes

When you open the application, you get very simple instructions telling you to download the software on your computer first.

Faucet I understand and you will see a screen asking you to connect your iPad to your computer. However, before doing this, we must first install the software on the PC or Mac.

Go ahead, download the PC or Mac program on your computer and install it. On the Mac, you’ll get a stylish rectangular install screen on startup.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Click it Start link, check I agree then click Authorize and install on the next screen.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

When the installation is complete, you will be asked to restart your computer. Go ahead and do it. Once you log back in, you should see a final screen telling you to look for the Duet icon in the menu bar in OS X or in the system tray in Windows.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

If you click on the icon, it will ask you to connect your device to the computer.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

At this point, open the Duet Display app on your iPad and then connect it to your computer. It should automatically detect your computer and mirror the screen. This is what my default configuration looked like.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Here I am using a MacBook Pro from mid 2009 with an iPad 2 and everything looked pretty good. It was all a bit small on the iPad, but that’s because it’s an older iPad 2 and I had it set to mirror the screen. If you click the icon in the menu bar, you can change the settings.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

You will see Extend the screen at the top, followed by Mirror screen, Frames per second Y Pixel qualityY. If you want to extend the screen to the iPad instead of just mirroring it, go ahead and select one of the four options: Regular resolution, IPad Pro Resolution, Retina resolution, or High resolution.

Note that you will not be able to select anything other than Regular resolution if you are using an older iPad such as iPad 2. You can use Retina or High if you have a Retina iPad. the iPad Pro Obviously, the option is reserved for iPad Pro.

What I really liked about the Duet display is that the second display actually acts as a separate second monitor. What I mean is that you can drag windows from your main screen to your iPad and open different apps on each screen. Here’s a screenshot of Chrome open on my MacBook Pro and Maps open on iPad.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

You will notice that on the iPad there is a menu bar and also the base. What’s really cool is that you can have multiple workstations on the main iPad and Mac. When my mouse is on the iPad screen, I can also use all the normal trackpad gestures to move between desktops without changing anything on the main Mac.

Using a higher resolution iPad like Air or Pro makes everything more beautiful.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

I have not encountered any problems on my Mac, but I have had problems on my Windows laptop. Fortunately, your customer support is excellent and I resolved the issue in a few hours. Apparently I needed a different video driver, which was emailed to me and that fixed the problem.

If you plan to use it with a desktop computer, you will probably need to buy a 6ft lightning cable and also some kind of bracket so that your iPad can be placed right next to your monitor.

In general, if you don’t use your iPad often, converting it to a second monitor is a great option that costs much less than the traditional method of using two monitors. If you have any questions, please post a comment. Enjoy!

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Two monitors are better than one, and with a Mac running macOS Catalina or later, you can use Sidecar to turn your iPad into a second display, letting your computer talk to your tablet and extend the same desktop environment. However, this feature is only limited to certain Mac and iPad models, which is a shame if you have an older device or a Windows PC. Two monitors are better than one, and with a Mac running macOS Catalina or later, you can use Sidecar to turn your iPad into a second display, letting your computer talk to your tablet and extend the same desktop environment.

However, this feature is only limited to certain Mac and iPad models, which is a shame if you have an older device or a Windows PC. Installing a second monitor is a popular way to increase screen real estate. If you only need a second screen occasionally, like you work from home from time to time but don’t want to buy a whole second monitor, you can use your iPad as a cost-effective alternative.

How to use your iPad as a second monitor

To use your iPad as a second screen, you’ll need to install the SplashTop app on both your iPad and your desktop. SplashTop is primarily a remote access tool – it allows you to use your Windows desktop from your iPad remotely for a subscription. But it also offers a screen mirroring mode for free. Also make sure iTunes is installed on your computer. SplashDisplay requires iTunes to make a connection.

  • Install SplashTop on your iPad and install SplashTop XDisplay Agent on your computer.
  • Once all the components are installed, connect your iPad to your computer using a charging cable.
  • Launch the SplashDisplay app on both your computer and iPad. After a moment, you should see your desktop appear on the iPad screen. It may be a bit slow, but you should be able to use it as an ordinary second screen.

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How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Long before Apple introduced Sidecar in macOS Catalina, the paid Duet Display app has provided a lag-free way to use an iPad to extend the desktop of a Mac or PC. While Sidecar has largely rendered Duet Display unnecessary for Mac and iPad owners, it’s still useful for getting the same functionality from your iPad paired with a Windows PC.

Sidecar hasn’t completely rendered Duet Display obsolete. Sidecar only works with a select combination of Mac and iPad models. In contrast, Duet Display will work with:

  • Macs running macOS 10.9+
  • Windows PCs running Windows 7+
  • iPhones and iPads running iOS10+
  • Android and Chromebook devices running Android 7.1+

Yes, that’s right. If you have an old Android tablet laying around, you can even use it as an extended display for your Mac! The Android version of the app is right here.

The specific combination we’re going to use here is a Windows 10 PC and an iPad Pro, but the general process is pretty much the same.

How to use your iPad as a PC monitor with the Duet Display App

  1. Purchase the Duet Display app
  2. Download and install the Duet Display client for Windows (or Mac)
  3. Start the Duet Display app on iPad
  4. Connect the iPad to the computer via USB

1. Purchase the Duet Display App

The Duet Display application costs $9.99 at the time of this writing. That’s a once-off fee to own the basic version of the app. There are also two subscription-based tiers called “Air” and “Pro”. This enables wireless connectivity and in the Pro version also adds professional drawing pen features to the app.

In truth, Duet is just about 100% reliable and almost lag-less using a wired connection. Both paid annual subscriptions have a short trial, but here we’re just sticking with the base experience. Navigate to the App Store on your iPad and buy the app to proceed.

2. Download and install the client software

You can download the Windows (or Mac) client software directly from the Duet Display website. Simply click the links and install the software as you would any other.

3. Start the Duet Display app on iPad

Tap the Duet Display app on your iPad and you should be greeted with this screen.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

4.Connect the iPad to the computer via USB

Now all you have to do is connect the tablet to the computer via USB. If you are asked to “trust” the computer, do so. After a few seconds your iPad should display an extended version of your desktop.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

As you can see in the above screenshot, the iPad’s 4:3 screen is to the right of the PC’s 21:9 display. The taskbar appears on both and touch input works as well. By clicking the Duet Display tray icon you can access its settings.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Here you can tune the frame rate, resolution and display quality as you please. Larger iPads may benefit from higher resolutions.

Sidecar is a fantastic free addition to macOS, but still isn’t quite as flexible (or open to device mixing) as Duet Display.

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How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

The Luna Display is a way of using an iPad or MacBook as a second display for your main Mac or Windows PC. It works in a similar way to Sidecar on a Mac but using a dedicated dongle to give a wider range of compatible devices.

Which version?

It ’ s available in several versions – with USB-C or Mini DisplayPort. With the recent inclusion of Windows the in the compatibility list it ’ s also possible to use it to your graphics card or IGPU with the HDMI version. Each one retails for $129.99.

These diminutive Red devices plug easily into a spare port, with clearance for adjacent cables. I tested both the HDMI version on a PC and the USB-C version on a Mac mini. Astropad, the manufacturer do not support the use of any adaptors, so if you are interested make sure you bear that in mind, just in case I did try using an active display port adapter on my PC and it didn’t work. Another thing to consider is that the HDMI version only works with a PC, not a Mac.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

The set up

After downloading and installing the app I installed the USB-C version on my M1 Mac mini. Just be aware that there are 2 different versions of the app , for either host or device. This is because you can also use a MacBook as a display for a Mac or a PC, or a source. After downloading the iPad app, the detection, connection and handshaking process was quite painless, with only a few screen flickers and after a few seconds I had an image of my desktop on the iPad.

It ’ s treated like any other second display by the Mac but also has touch support. You can rearrange the windows if you decide to use it as an extended desktop, or you can simply use it in mirror mode. In either case the Luna app allows you to change the resolution to Retina for maximum screen real estate, though this new resolution will be dependent on the native device you are streaming to. By going into the display option in Mac OS you are able to choose from several more options, and here is also a basic control/info panel available on the iPad that is revealed by swiping in from the left edge.

Does it perform?

My initial thoughts were to use an iPad as a second full screen monitor for clean video on DaVinci Resolve. It worked, but I had variable results and the performance was very much dependent on the network environment. Overcrowded WiFi with high bit-rate files meant that it dropped frames, and sometimes resolution.

As for latency, most times this was acceptable with either with Windows or Mac OS. To my eye in the best case it was sub 1 frame at 23.976, and when measuring it that held true, mostly. With the files I was using testing latency varied between around 15-50ms but on occasion there were spikes above 300ms. To help judge performance Astropad include a way to monitor both latency and network speed, although of course things can vary depending on local Network traffic.

The real benefit for me was using it as a third display for the output of a 3D rendered node in the Fusion page, and it’s also possible to use it as a way of altering the curves or colour warper tools in the Color page as you can pop out those tools on to a second monitor. It ’ s not perfect though: The rendered live video picture is a little on the soft side on occasion, probably due to the low latency and the efficiency of the encoder.

Using it with a graphics tablet with Photoshop worked well but the limiting factor here is the resolution of the iPad, even with a 12- inch iPad Pro I found the workspace a little crowded, although this has nothing to do with the function of the Luna Display itself.

Other options and combinations

There are several other options to enable this kind of functionality on the market, but all the others use a software only solution. You can also combine it with Sidecar on a Mac, and with the right Apple Hardware you should be able to get 3 additional screens running, 2 using Sidecar and one with the Luna Display. Although you will find performance suffers with multiple devices sharing the same network.

The Luna Display is perfectly usable as a way of utilising that spare screen you may have lying around, especially if you ’ re not planning to stream high bit-rate video to it. Ideally I’d like to see the development of this product line which caters a little more towards this end of the market, without the usually associated price hike.

There’s no doubt that having multiple monitors is pretty great. With dual screens, it’s easier to see your windows at the same time, ensuring you can remain productive. Well, if you have an iPad, you can set it up to act as an additional display for your PC or Mac.

Of course, when it comes to price or size, an iPad isn’t a substitute for an actual monitor. If you don’t have an iPad you can go for iPad rental, however, it can also act as a second monitor, or even with your laptop when you’re on the move. Then all you’d need is a small stand or a case with the ability to maintain your iPad in an upright position. You shouldn’t need to pay any more than $20 for the best apps, which, combined with the cost of the stand, is cheap for what is essentially a second monitor with a touch screen. Of course, if you don’t have an iPad, you can go ahead and buy a second monitor. Feel free to review online buying guides for portable monitors here .

Here, however, we’re going to look at setting you up with an iPad solution. With regards to apps, unfortunately you can’t expect to see any decent options for free. While there’s a free version of Splashtop available, you can only use it for five minutes at a time. There are other options, however, such as Duet Display , which comes with a budget-friendly price tag of $19.

Step 1: Download Duet Display

To achieve this, you’ll need to download the app on two devices: one on your Windows or Mac computer and one on your iPad. Don’t bother doing this wirelessly, as you’ll find the lag to be annoying. So go with a wired option. For this, a lightning-to-USB cable will be needed.

Step 2: Connect Your iPad

Start up the Duet Displays app on your computer, and then on your iPad. Use your lightning-to-USB cable to connect your computer and iPad. You should see your iPad light up with an extension of your computer. Take your mouse and move it to the right of your desktop, and it’ll move over to your iPad.

Step 3. Modify Display Settings

While your desktop might be in fine working order, you might not be getting the most out of it. So, let’s make a few changes. The first thing we’ll do here is modify the display settings on your computer. Duet display makes the assumption that your iPad is on the right of your computer. If you have yours to the left, however, you can make adjustments to your settings to make your mouse work properly.

You’ll see dual squares, with each representing one of your two devices. Drag the iPad square to make sure it’s in the same position as you have it on your desk. Close Display Settings once you’re done. Now open your settings for Duet Display by selecting its icon.

Once you’re happy with the changes you’ve made, you’re all set to take advantage of the enhanced productivity that two monitors provide. Then you can tell your friends about your new setup. Of course, if they’re looking for an actual second monitor, just make sure to tell them they best buy portable monitors if they want the best dual-display experience.

Wrap Up

So now you know how to enjoy your favourite retro TV shows on one screen while working or browsing on another. Just remember there are other apps besides Duet Display than can achieve the same thing, such as Splashtop, iDisplay, and Air Display. They’re all popular, and they’re all wireless (although that means they also have a tendency to be laggier). There may be additional caveats too, such as with Air Display, which charges for each new major version. It doesn’t get any better than Duet Display, however. There’s nothing better than a fast and wired connection to give you that second-monitor experience.

Additional computer monitors can be expensive, though, and they aren’t very portable, essentially anchoring you to your desk. Plus, you might only need an extra monitor for certain tasks, leaving you with a pricy eyesore the rest of the time. One solution that can provide the functionality of a dual monitor, but with more mobility, is a device you may already have on hand: a tablet.

A tablet, which hovers somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop, offers some unique functionality as a second monitor. Tablets come in aspect ratios of either 16:10 (great for landscape displays) or 4:3 (ideal in portrait mode). They are more mobile than both desktop and laptop computers, and have touchscreen functionality, allowing easy and intuitive navigation and use of a stylus. Tablets won’t force you to give up valuable desk space, as a permanent additional monitor might. If you work remotely or travel for work, a tablet can provide an adaptable second monitor setup. Plus, a tablet allows you to switch from work to play in seconds.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Setting up a tablet as a second monitor

There’s good news for Mac users: Apple recently made an application called Sidecar available on devices running the macOS Catalina or iPadOS platform. This app allows you to add a secondary display to your Mac computer, making it easy to turn your tablet into an additional monitor.

Keep in mind that Sidecar is only meant for display, so it doesn’t allow you to use the touchscreen function on your iPad at the same time. You also need to be logged in with the same Apple ID on both devices. But if you’re a Mac user, Sidecar is an easy, built-in way that you can get started using an iPad as a second monitor.

If you use an older Mac, PCs, or other devices, you will need to download (and purchase) an application, usually on both devices to allow them to sync. There are different types of programs that use WiFi or a USB cable to connect your primary device to your tablet and make it function as a second monitor. Choosing the right app and setup for you requires a bit of research, so be sure to read more about the apps in depth and check out reviews from other users before you make your choice.

One more tip: it’s helpful to purchase a stand for your tablet, so you can adjust the angle and height and see the display properly.

Duet Display

Promising zero lag, Duet Display works on both Macs and PCs and can connect to an Apple or Android tablet. Duet Display aims to deliver a retina display at 60 frames per second with zero lag, which is pretty impressive. Instead of using WiFi, Duet Display connects via USB, which means you don’t have to worry about being on the VPN or your upload or download speeds. It also supports touch gestures. Duet Display retails on both the App Store and Google Play.

Splashtop Wired XDisplay

Like Duet Display, Splashtop Wired XDisplay uses a USB connection to designate a tablet as a second monitor. The bonus here is that you can even use your Kindle! Wired XDisplay also works with both iPads and Android tablets, and the app is the only one in our roundup that is free to download.

iDisplay

Want to have the flexibility of choosing to use either WiFi or a USB? iDisplay allows you to connect your second monitor to your Mac in whichever way works best for you. For PCs, WiFi is your only option, although USB connection for Android is coming soon. It also allows you to connect multiple devices, so you can configure your setup just how you like it. iDisplay retails on the App Store and on Google Play.

Air Display

If you want to connect to your tablet wirelessly to create your dual monitor setup for your Mac, Air Display is a great option. The app allows you to extend or mirror up to four screens at once and to use the touchscreen functionality at the same time. It even works with teleprompters, making it a great option for video and podcast makers. However, Air Display only works for Mac computers, offering limited cross-compatibility. This means you can use a PC as a secondary screen for a Mac, but not vice versa. Air Display retails on both the App Store and Google Play.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Final thoughts

Being more productive, organized, and better at multitasking can be as simple as adding another monitor. If you need to stay connected on your work chat or Slack while you edit a document or work on another project, dual monitors are a great solution. They also help you reference multiple documents at the same time without obscuring the view of one. But if you don’t want to invest in a permanent setup, using a tablet as a secondary display device can be a great option, promising portability on top of functionality. There are plenty of options for optimizing your connection, whether you prefer a wireless connection or the speed of a USB. Best of all, your monitor setup is completely customizable, whether you want two, three, or even four monitors.

Do you use a second monitor? What tips do you have for productivity as you work from home? Let us know @centurylinkhome on social media.

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Do you happen to have an extra iPad laying around the house that you no longer use? I kept my iPad 2 for years before finally upgrading to the iPad Air 2, which meant the iPad 2 just sat in a desk drawer. But why waste a perfectly good iPad, right?

I previously wrote about how you can setup dual monitors in Windows, but that requires a second monitor. Luckily, with some ingenious software, you can use your older iPads (2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation), iPad Airs (1 & 2), or iPad Pros as a second screen or second monitor to your Mac or Windows PC. This basically involves installing an app on your iPad and on your computer and then connecting the two directly using either a lightning cable or 30-pin cable (dock connector).

My favorite app and the only one I recommend is Duet Display. There are other options like Air Display and iDisplay, but both cost about the same and don’t work nearly as well. The direct connection between the computer and iPad make the experience virtually lag-free, which is very important when using a second screen. Trying to do this over WiFi (i.e. Air Display) was just painfully slow and not a good implementation.

Duet Display

It’s also worth noting that Duet Display was created by ex-Apple engineers and is probably one of the main reasons it works so well with iPads and Macs. The app costs $16, which is super-expensive when you look at the price of most apps in the App Store, but I would think of this more like a standard Windows or Mac program.

Getting everything setup is very straight-forward and doesn’t require any kind of account creation or anything like that. First, go ahead and download the app onto your iPad. Note that you can also use your iPhone as a second screen, but it was kind of useless in my tests. You definitely need a bigger screen in order to do any work properly.

When you open the app, you’ll get some really simple instructions that tell you to go ahead and download the software on to your computer first.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Tap Got It and you’ll see a screen asking you to connect your iPad to your computer. Before we do that, however, we need to install the software on the PC or Mac first.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Go ahead and download the PC or Mac program onto your computer and install it. On the Mac, you’ll get a sleek rectangular install screen on startup.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Click the Start link, check I Agree and then click Authorize and Install on the next screen.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

After the installation is complete, you’ll be asked to restart your computer. Go ahead and do that. Once you log back on, you should see a final screen telling you to find the Duet icon in the menu bar in OS X or the system tray in Windows.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

If you click on the icon, it will ask you to connect your device to the computer.

At this point, open the Duet Display app on your iPad and then connect it to your computer. It should automatically detect your computer and mirror the screen. Here is what my setup looked like by default.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Here I am using an older MacBook Pro Mid-2009 with an iPad 2 and everything looked pretty good. Everything was a little small on the iPad, but that’s because it’s an older iPad 2 and because I had it setup to mirror the display. If you click on the icon in the menu bar, you can change the settings.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

You’ll see Extend Display at the top, followed by Mirror Display, Framerate and Pixel Quality. If you want to extend the display to the iPad rather than just mirror it, go ahead and select one of the four options: Regular Resolution, iPad Pro Resolution, Retina Resolution, or High Resolution.

Note that you will not be able to select anything other than Regular Resolution if you are using an older iPad like the iPad 2. You can use Retina or High if you have a retina iPad. The iPad Pro option is obviously for only iPad Pros.

What I really liked about Duet Display is that the second screen really acts like a separate second monitor. What I mean is that you can drag windows from your main screen onto your iPad and have different apps open on each screen. Here’s a screenshot of Chrome open on my MacBook Pro and Maps open on the iPad.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

You’ll notice that on the iPad there is a menu bar and also the dock. What’s really cool is that you can have multiple desktops on the iPad and on the main Mac. While my mouse is on the iPad screen, I can also use all the normal trackpad gestures to swipe between desktops without changing anything on the main Mac.

Definitely using a higher resolution iPad like the Air or Pro makes everything look a lot nicer.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

I didn’t run into any trouble on my Mac, but I did run into some issues on my Windows laptop. Luckily, their customer support is excellent and I had the issue resolved in a matter of hours. Apparently, I needed a different video driver, which they emailed me, and that fixed the problem.

If you’re planning on using this with a desktop computer, you’ll probably need to buy yourself a 6-foot lightning cable and also some sort of stand so that your iPad can be placed right next to your monitor.

Overall, if you find yourself not using your iPad all that often, converting it into a second monitor is a great option that costs way less than the traditional method of using two monitors. If you have any questions, post a comment. Enjoy!

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How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

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How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Having a second monitor can help you multitask. If you are using two applications at the same, you can maximize your computer screen by using the other monitor as a display for your second application. That way, you can be more efficient in working on your task without compromising the size of your work that appears on the screen.

One option for a second display is an iPad tablet. While it may be smaller compared to your computer screen, it can give you added benefits and not just a secondary monitor. After using your iPad as another screen for your computer tasks, you can take it anywhere with you and use it for other purposes.

MacBook and iMac users have the direct advantage when using an iPad as an external monitor. While iPad may be an Apple device, you can also use the tablet as a secondary display screen on your Windows PC. You will need to install an app that will allow you to connect your iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro or iPad Mini to your Windows desktop.

How to Turn iPad as Second Monitor Display on Mac Computer with Sidecar

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Credit: Apple

Sidecar is a feature on newer Mac computer models that extends their Mac display to their iPads. It is compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina and MacOS 11 Big Sur.

First, you need to connect your iPad to Sidecar. One way is to go to the System Preferences and select Sidecar. Click the Connect to option and select your iPad.

Another way is to go to the Display menu in your Control Center and select iPad. You can also click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar or go to Displays under System Preferences. Make sure that your Mac computer and iPad connect to the same WiFi network and Apple ID.

To use your iPad or iPad Pro as your second monitor, you can drag the application to the edge of the screen until you see the pointer on your iPad tablet. To end your Sidecar sessions, disconnect your iPad from the Display or AirPlay menu. You can also tap the Disconnect button on your iPad.

How to Use iPad as Second Monitor on a Windows 10 PC

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Credit: iDisplay

Since there are no built-in features on Windows that can connect your iPad and use it as your second monitor, you will need to install a third-party app. Check out the list below.

SplashTop – It is subscription-based but with a free screen mirroring mode. You need to have iTunes installed on your Windows 10 PC.

iDisplay – You can connect your Windows 10 PC to your iPad via WiFi or cable connection. However, you will need to purchase the iOS app for your iPad.

Duet Display – Like iDisplay, you need to buy the iOS app for your iPad. You also need to connect your iPad to your Windows PC via USB cable.

Air Display – You can connect your devices via a WiFi connection.

Which app are you using to turn your iPad into a second screen? How did it work for you? You can tell us by writing your answers in the comment section.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Do you happen to have an extra iPad laying around the house that you no longer use?

Luckily, with some ingenious software, you can use your older iPads (2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation), iPad Airs (1 & 2), or iPad Pros as a second screen or second monitor to your Mac or Windows PC. This involves installing an app on your iPad and on your computer and then connecting the two directly using either a lightning cable or 30-pin cable (dock connector).

We recommend is Duet Display. There are other options like Air Display and iDisplay, but both cost about the same and don’t work nearly as well. The direct connection between the computer and iPad make the experience virtually lag-free, which is very important when using a second screen. Trying to do this over WiFi (i.e. Air Display) is slower and not a good implementation.

Duet Display

It’s also worth noting that Duet Display was created by ex-Apple engineers and is probably one of the main reasons it works so well with iPads and Macs. The app costs R 275, which is expensive when you look at the price of most apps in the App Store, but think of this more like a standard Windows or Mac program.

Getting everything setup is very straight-forward and doesn’t require any kind of account creation. First, go ahead and download the app onto your iPad. Note that you can also use your iPhone as a second screen, but it is kind of useless practically. You definitely need a bigger screen in order to do any work properly.

When you open the app, you’ll get some really simple instructions that tell you to go ahead and download the software on to your computer first.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Tap Got It and you’ll see a screen asking you to connect your iPad to your computer. Before we do that, however, we need to install the software on the PC or Mac first.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Go ahead and download the PC or Mac program onto your computer and install it. On the Mac, you’ll get a sleek rectangular install screen on startup.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Click the Start link, check I Agree and then click Authorize and Install on the next screen.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

After the installation is complete, you’ll be asked to restart your computer. Go ahead and do so. Once you log back on, you should see a final screen telling you to find the Duet icon in the menu bar in OS X or the system tray in Windows.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

If you click on the icon, it will ask you to connect your device to the computer.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

At this point, open the Duet Display app on your iPad and then connect it to your computer. It should automatically detect your computer and mirror the screen.

If you click on the icon in the menu bar, you can change the settings.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

You’ll see Extend Display at the top, followed by Mirror Display, Framerate and Pixel Quality. If you want to extend the display to the iPad rather than just mirror it, go ahead and select one of the four options: Regular Resolution, iPad Pro Resolution, Retina Resolution, or High Resolution.

Note that you will not be able to select anything other than Regular Resolution if you are using an older iPad like the iPad 2. You can use Retina or High if you have a retina iPad. The iPad Pro option is obviously for only iPad Pros.

What we liked about Duet Display is that the second screen really acts like a separate second monitor. What we mean is that you can drag windows from your main screen onto your iPad and have different apps open on each screen.

You’ll notice that on the iPad there is a menu bar and also the dock. What’s really useful is that you can have multiple desktops on the iPad and on the main Mac. While the mouse is on the iPad screen, we can also use all the normal trackpad gestures to swipe between desktops without changing anything on the main Mac.

Definitely using a higher resolution iPad like the Air or Pro makes everything look a lot nicer.

If you’re planning on using this with a desktop computer, you’ll probably need to buy yourself a 6-foot lightning cable and also some sort of stand so that your iPad can be placed right next to your monitor.

Overall, if you find yourself not using your iPad all that often, converting it into a second monitor is a great option that costs way less than the traditional method of using two monitors.

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How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Apple makes some of the best tablets in the market with gorgeous displays that can be used to extend and use as a secondary display for your Windows PC, Apple introduced a feature called sidecar that lets you use your iPad as a secondary display for mas devices beat Macbook for iMac but unfortunately not everyone owns a Mac device. As iPads are one of the most popular devices there are plenty of third-party apps that will help to use the iPad as a secondary monitor for PC it includes both wireless and wired connectivity in this article I will be sharing with you the 2 best methods.

Wireless Method to use iPad as Second Monitor with Windows 10 PC

Spacedesk lets you use iPad AS secondary monitor for PC wirelessly. It is very convenient to use as it does not require any kind of wire and it’s very seamless all you need is good connectivity with Wi-Fi.

To use iPad as external monitor install SpaceDesk software

  • The first one is to install SpaceDesk on your primary Windows 10 machine
  • In the second part, you have to install SpaceDesk app on the iPad

Step 1. Connect the Windows 10 to the same Wi-Fi connection as the iPad will be connected to

Step 2. Go to Start and search for ‘Spacedesk‘ and click on the Spacedesk SERVER

Note: It will not open anything as it is running a server in the background. You can see the Spacedesk app running in the background from the bottom taskbar by expanding the apps.

Step 3. Open the Spacedesk on the iPad

Step 4. Allow and confirm the connection requests

Step 5. Now you will see the Windows computer listed on the Spacedesk app on the iPad

Step 6. Click on the “Connection: *******

Once it’s done, the iPad will now become a wireless external display for your Windows 10 Laptop / PC.

Wired Method to use iPad as Second Monitor with PC

For the wired method, we will be using Splashtop Wired XDisplay as one of the best apps that let you use your iPad AS secondary display for free. You will need to connect your iPad and Windows PC with a lighting cable also it’s highly recommended that you should install iTunes on your Windows PC to get the best performance.

Step 1. Download and install the Desktop app and iPad app:

Also, download and install iTunes on your PC, if you don’t have one.

Step 2. Open the Splashtop apps on your iPad and PC, when you see Connect to your computer connect your iPad and PC using the lightning cable.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Step 3. Now you need to select projecting mode in the Windows setting by going to Windows Settings > Display and click on Multiple displays after connecting the iPad

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Once the iPad and PC are connected the iPad will start working to get the best performance open the Splashtop PC app to adjust the framerate, quality, and resolution of the screen.

How to use your ipad as a second monitor for your pc or mac

Conclusion

These methods are not perfect like sidecar but they can come handy, these two methods are free and let you use your iPad as an external display for windows devices if you are facing any issue do let me know via Twitter @Devenderkg