Thursday, November 12, 2015

How to use your cheap Android smart phone or tablet as a second monitor on your Windows Computer

Raisul Mushfeq Siddiki

We all know the benefits of using multiple monitor on a PC. It increases your productivity and gives a great experience. But what if you currently do not have access to a second monitor to use or do not want to buy one right now. Well, there is always a smart phone at your service! You can use your android smart phone or tablet as a secondary display for your windows personal computer. Here is what you need to do:
  1. Download and install iDisplay on your Android device and on PC. iDisplay is a paid android app that costs $4.28 and you can easily find it on Google Play. Download iDisplay for your Windows XP/Vista/7/8 directly from http://getidisplay.com/. They currently do not have any version for Windows 10. You might need to restart your PC and give permission to the software when it asks.
  2. Connect your Computer and Android to your home WIFI. Example: Connect to a router (Internet connection not required at all). If you do not have a router, just connect your android to your PC via USB (I will write details about how to connect iDisplay to PC with just USB cable in my next article).
  3. Launch the iDisplay program on your PC. Move you cursor to iDisplay icon on the taskbar. You will see an IP address and port number. You will need this in a second.
  4. Run the iDisplay app on your Android phone or tablet. Most of the time, if you are connected to the PC with a router then your Android device should automatically be connected. If not then tap on the plus (+) sign on the app and write the IP and Port you just got from step 3. Give any name to the connection then tap on “Add and connect” button.
  5. On your computer screen iDisplay will ask you if you want to accept this incoming connection. Hit “yes” or whatever button it takes to accept the connection (I clicked do not prompt me again and installed it a while ago, so I can’t remember what exactly it says).
Using Multiple Monitor

    That’s it! You have successfully made your Android device a secondary screen for your Windows Computer (of course you can use your android as a regular phone! Just hit back button or click on disconnect for the options).
    You can also use the touch feature too! I think that’s a really useful thing for some cases.
    I actually used a cheap Symphony Android phone that was made in China and available only in Bangladesh. So I think it will work with any other branded Android phone in the word!
    If you have any more question or of you have any problem using the software just let me know. I will be happy to help you.

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    Welcome to my blog. I am a content writer; my specialty is in review content writing. Other types of writing skills will be available soon.

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