How To Use Your iPad As Second Monitor

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Having two monitors for the same system can be great. Let’s face it, sometimes one monitor just isn’t enough.


Using two monitors however is sometimes more trouble than it is worth due to what can be a complicated setup. Connecting cables is never fun.

With the iPad you can use it as your second monitor and you can make this happen without any wires at all.

Setting up your iPad to be used as a second monitor is a lot easier than setting the standard type of monitor you may be used to. Let’s take a look at what you will need to do.

iPad as second Monitor using the Air Display app

The first thing you need to do is purchase the app Air Display 2. The Air Display app will cost you $9.99 but for such a simple setup the app is well worth the price. Once you have downloaded the app you will need to install Air Display on both your iPad and computer.

It doesn’t matter whether your computer is a Mac or PC both can be used for this. The installation process is very user friendly and easy to follow. Just make sure to follow the prompts and instructions when necessary.

Make sure that both of your devices are connected to the same wireless network. Once you are sure that both of your devices are connected to the same wireless network click on the Air Display app on your computer. After you click on Air Display a small menu will pop up with the name of your iPad. When you see your iPad in the menu make sure to click on it.

It will take a few seconds to connect the two devices but once they are connected you will be able to use your iPad as a second monitor. This is how the setup could look like: (Note the iPad sitting on the right in a bookholder.)

use ipad as second monitor

Air Display Setup Options

Air Display gives you a few different options as far as arrangements for your second monitor. Some people may like the standard side by side arrangement but you can also put your iPad on top of your first monitor as well. If you want to change the display itself the first thing you will have to do is click on Air Display on your computer. Once you have clicked on Air Display you will want to select display arrangement.

After you click on display arrangement a new menu will pop up. In this new menu you will see icons that represent the two different monitors. Your computer monitor will show as monitor number 1 and your iPad will show as monitor number 2.

With your mouse you can grab monitor number two and place it anywhere you like in relation to monitor number one. When you have decided on the perfect position for your second monitor hit the apply button. The options here are pretty much limitless.

You can place your iPad on top of your computer monitor, on the left side, or on the right side so no matter what type of project you are working on you can setup a display that is convenient for you.

Setting up a second monitor has never been easier thanks to the Air Display app. The iPad is easily the most convenient option for a second screen due to the fact that you can use it wirelessly and it is portable.

Perfect Setup for Travelers

If you find yourself traveling but in need of a second monitor anything else besides an iPad will just be bulky and in the way. No task is too big or small here as you can take your iPad with you virtually anywhere you go. The iPad as a second monitor is sure to make your life a lot easier.

Image credit: Travis Isaacs/Flickr, Featured image: See-ming Lee 李思明 SML/Flickr (CC-BY 2.0)

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