How to Turn an Apple iPad Into a Secondary Monitor for PC/Mac

A secondary monitor at the workspace would help in several ways. It can increase the productivity of an individual in different use cases, and given this, it’d totally make sense to get thyself one. But, considering the fact that a dual monitor would consume a good amount of desk space (which no one would appreciate), people usually tend to have second thoughts on setting up dual monitors.

How to Turn an Apple iPad Into a Secondary Monitor for PC/Mac

But, had it ever occurred to you that you could use an Apple iPad as a secondary monitor. Sounds interesting, right?

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Well, why not? Apple iPads, especially the ones in the recently unveiled Pro lineup are powerful, portable, and can be productive. And most importantly, they won’t consume as much desk space as a monitor would. Sounds like a good idea, but how do I set my iPad as a secondary monitor, you ask?

Follow these simple steps and wait for the magic to happen.

Install any of these apps    

There are a good number of apps available on the App Store which enable your iPad to function as a secondary monitor for your PC/Mac. You can try different apps and choose the one that perfectly suits you. To make that selection a little bit easier, we are listing a few apps below.

  1. Air Display 2
  2. Splashtop Extended Wireless Display 2
  3. Duet Display

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How to Turn an Apple iPad Into a Secondary Monitor for PC/Mac

Things to know

  • Some of the apps as mentioned above may be paid, while some of them are not, and some may have both paid and non-paid versions. The only difference between paid and non-paid versions is that the former serves ads that make the entire experience annoying.
  • Also, these apps work on both Wi-Fi and a wired connection. Now the downside of using this feature via Wi-Fi is that you’ll have to bear the latency, which we suppose is equally annoying as ads. So, better use a wired connection to get things done seamlessly.

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How to Turn an Apple iPad Into a Secondary Monitor for PC/Mac

How to use

  • Download one of the apps on your iPad.
  • Then, download the software and drivers (of the same app you’ve downloaded on iPad) from its official website for PC/Mac.
  • Next, install the drivers and software on your PC/Mac.
  • If you’re using this feature over Wi-Fi: Connect your iPad and Mac/PC to the same Wi-Fi network, open the app on your iPad, configure the network settings and voila! Your iPad is a secondary monitor now.
  • If using a wired connection: Launch the app/software on iPad and Mac/PC, connect the iPad and Mac/PC with a lightning-to-USB cable, and you are ready to go.
  • Some of these apps, by default, may assume that the iPad is towards your right, but it may not be the case every time. To change these settings, head straight to System Preferences > Displays on Mac or right click and select Display on Windows. Next, you should be able to see two squares on the screen (one representing your iPad and one representing the Mac/PC), click on one of these squares and drag it to position it wherever it best suits you.



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