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How to use your Phone or Tablet as a secondary monitor?

There are many instances where a single-screen display of our PC/laptop seems insufficient for our work. Whenever we need to multitask, a second monitor will be a good thing to have. The thing is, most of the users might not have a second display with them to use as a secondary monitor. Keeping that in mind, here we will share with you the best way to use your mobile phone/tablet as a secondary monitor using special software called Spacedesk.

All you need to do is follow these relatively simple steps, and you will have a functioning secondary display to help you with your daily multitasking. Note that you will need a working internet connection since these steps also involve downloading.

Steps to follow in PC/ laptop:

Step1: First, you need to click here, and you will land on the space desk homepage. There you can see a popup that also has a download button. You need to click download and select your device configurations which will download the space desk setup file on your computer.

Space Desk
Download Spacedesk
Download Options
Download Options

Step 2: After completing the download, you need to head to the downloads folder and double-click the space desk setup file. 

setup step 1
setup step-1

Step 3: In the setup screen, click next. The following screen appears where you must agree to their terms and conditions. Agree with them and click next again.

setup step 2
setup step 2

Step 4: Select the folder where you like to keep space desk files and click next. In the next screen, do not forget to add a firewall exception for the space desk and click install.

setup step 3
setup step 3
setup step 4
setup step 4

Step 5: The Spacedesk drivers are now successfully installed on your pc.

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Steps to follow on your phone/tablet:

Step 1: Open the play store/AppStore and search for the Spacedesk app.

Step 2: Download the Spacedesk app and wait for it to finish installing.

Downloading spacedesk
Spacedesk app downloaded

Step 3: After the app gets installed, launch the app. Since we have already set up Spacedesk on our PC, our phone can discover its IP automatically. Now click on the IP of your PC, and now you can successfully use your mobile phone/tablet as a secondary monitor. Note that your phone and PC should be connected to the same wireless network for this to work.

Automatic connect
automatic connect
Dual Screens 2
Dual Screens

We can manually add the IP if the IP is not detected automatically. To do so:

  1. Click on the Spacedesk icon in the taskbar on your PC. The space desk driver console will open.
Spacedesk Driver Console
Spacedesk Driver Console
  1. Note the PC’s IP from the left side under the Adapter Interface.
  2. Open the Spacedesk app and click on the ‘+’ button at the top left. Now enter the previously noted IP and click on add.
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Manual IP add
Manual Ip add 1
Manual IP add

After this, you should be able to use your phone/tablet as a secondary monitor. 

Dual Screens 2
Dual Screen

Personal Use Case: 

I have used this app for movie streaming. You may think, why not on mobile? Let me answer. Mobile browsers don’t have good ad-blocking features, and we all know how ads are in our browser tab. So, using a desktop browser helps to avoid unnecessary ads. Thus, you may try this with your movie streaming site. 

I hope this tutorial was great for you and will undoubtedly boost your productivity. If you have unused phones or tables, you can easily set them up with the steps above. It is always good to have two screens than a single screen. 

Even though it is an excellent method to use as a secondary display, you still face some significant issues. The main problem you faced was screen size. If you plan to use it for Coding or writing purposes, I recommend using a monitor instead since you can get a good monitor for a few tens dollars. Also, you cannot expect this to work as fluently as a secondary monitor. You will face issues according to connectivity and your device capability. 

So this was all about using your mobile phone or tablet as a secondary display on your Windows Computer. If you have any questions, feel free to put your question in our comment section. 

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