This one is for anyone who owns an iPad and was thinking about getting a second portable monitor to help them be a bit more productive when using their computer. Now instead of going out and buying that second monitor if you own an iPad at least, you could just use that; it is pretty easy to do and it will work on Macs and PCs.
What to do with a newer Mac?
So first let’s start with what you do if you have a newer Mac. Now you need to make sure that you are logged in to the same iCloud account on the Mac and the iPad. Then you are gonna make sure that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both turned on on both devices and that they are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network. On the Mac, you need to go to settings and check on allow handoff. Then on the iPad, go to settings general airplay and hand off and turn on handoff there as well.
The airplay icon
Next on the Mac click on the airplay icon at the top and select the iPad from the list to connect to it after that, you should be able to just drag and drop to it as a separate monitor. It is that easy and you can also click on the airplay icon to change settings like whether you want a mirror the display or extended show or hide the sidebar touch bar on the iPad etc.
What if you have a PC?
Another thing is that this method only works if you have a newer Mac and a newer iPad and you should try to make this work first.
If it does not though or if you happen to have a PC and you want to get that to work then you can use a program called duet display to get it to work instead. So firstly the duet display does cost 10 dollars but it is a one-time payment for the iPad app and that is that.
Splashtop wires x and display
You can add optional features for a subscription cost if you want. There is however a free option called Splashtop wired x and display and it will work in the same way as with duet. You download the Splashtop app for your computer and iPad instead of the duet one and just follow the instructions to set that up.
A simple suggestion
Honestly, though the duet just works so much smoother and in my mind is well worth the $10 so that is what I would suggest. So first download the desktop app from the duets displays site then install it and open it. Now once opened find the duet display in the app store on the iPad and install and open that as well. Next, plug the iPad in via a USB cable to the computer and it should automatically recognize it as a display and you will just start to see your desktop on the iPad.
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Adjustments from the settings panel
Now you can adjust the resolution, frame rate, and energy efficiency from the settings panel on the desktop duet display app. I would recommend leaving it at 60 frames per second, high power, and whatever resolution you kind of want. If you are on a PC, you can click on the Start menu and go to settings system display to adjust where the iPad screen is concerning your original screen by dragging it around and clicking apply. You can also change whether the iPad display is a duplicate of the original or a more useful usually extension of the original display.
Now if you want to lose the cable first click on the profile in the desktop duet display app and sign up there for a free account. Once you have your account and you log in with it you can then click on the desktop on the left and then click on start the free trial in there for duet air.
The final steps
As I mentioned this is one of those extra optional features that does cost twenty dollars a year at least at the time of making this video.
- You can use the 7-day trial to see if you like it and of course, go from there. Next, go to settings in the duet desktop app and check the box to enable duet air.
- Then if you get the red warning on Windows, you are going to go to the Start menu search and type in Windows Defender firewall and click on that and then click on allow an app or feature through Windows Defender firewall.
- Click Change settings and then scroll down and you will find duet, make sure that it is checked on for private and public, and then click OK.
- Then in the duet app on the iPad, tap sign-in on the bottom right and sign in with the same account that you just created on the desktop version.
- As long as both are on the same network and apps are open on the computer and the iPad, it should connect to the iPad from there without a cable.
That is all you need to know to use an iPad as second screen windows.