How to Use Your iPad As A Secondary Monitor

Work-spaces become cluttered with a lot of monitors. A lot of people need that extra space though, and too many monitors’ isn’t exactly helping.

How about using your tablet instead? Maybe you saw someone use an iPad as a second monitor already? Or maybe you’ve heard of people doing that and would like to connect your iPad and use it as a second monitor?

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Apple doesn’t come with any stock app that can turn your iPad into a “second” monitor. All you can do is use AirPlay to stream stuff in between devices – notably Apple TV and iPad. But using the iPad as a second monitor? Not from Apple.

But hey, that’s never the end of the road for anyone. We have excellent applications that can get it done for you, and the best thing is, some of them are free.

So when you’re thinking of how to use the iPad as a second monitor, you must stumble on two wonderful applications on the App Store:

First, the basics:

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Air Display is available as a free ad-supported version. The ad keeps floating around – which is doubly annoying – but hit the ‘x’ button on the ad, and you’re free for a long time. The paid version, which costs $9.99, is the same as free version without the ad. There’s no other difference.

Splashtop XDisplay is a similar app although you get only 10-minute session with the free app. After this, you’ll need to shell out $9.99 as an in-app purchase. At the time of this writing, the cost is $4.99 (at a 50% discount).

How Does it Work?Setup Your iPad as a Second Monitor

In both the cases, the method of setting up the iPad as a second monitor is similar. Here’s what you need to do:

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  • Download the app on your iPad
  • Download the drivers and the software (Air Display or Splashtop XDisplay) from the website. Software and drivers are available as a single package so don’t worry.
  • Install the software and drivers on your Mac/PC
  • Connect both your iPad and the Mac/PC to the same Wi-fi network
  • Now, open the app on your iPad and configure the network settings
  • Whoosh! You’re done. Your iPad should now act as a second monitor!

Got other ways to turn your iPad into a secondary monitor? Share with us in the comments!

Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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