How to Use an Android Device as an Extra Display for a PC

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These days most of us tend to have at least a PC at home and an Android or other OS powered device in our pocket. While you have at least one PC display at home, you should remember that you have one more, albeit smaller one lying somewhere in your pocket. I bet that at some point every computer user out there has though of the idea of adding another display to their configuration, but has backed down because of the price. Things have changed in recent years, and thanks to the evolution of technology it is not possible to use an Android powered device as a secondary display for your computer.

Although many might argue that using such a small display as a secondary one will result in a poor experience, you could just send some auxiliary information to your Android device. If you happen to own a tablet, the display size should be good enough to use in day to day work, but in the case of a smartphone you may want to restrict the flow of information you send to it.

This article is aimed at providing you a simple way of turning your unused, or just idling Android running device into a secondary display for your PC. Before going into the actual tutorial you will have to meet some requirements:

  • You must have PC running Windows
  • You must have an Android running device, preferably with at least Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • You must own or have access to a Wi Fi connection

After you have met these simple conditions you can move on to the next part of our tutorial. This part covers the actual process of turning your Android device into a secondary display. All you have to do is to follow the simple steps below:

  1. We will begin by downloading and installing the ScreenSlider app from the Play Store by clicking this link.
  2. You will have to request a download link for the ScreenSlider desktop PC client by providing an e-mail address.
  3. Now you will have to run the ScreenSlider app on your Android device and after it opens you will be prompted to enter a new name for your device.
  4. Now you will have to right click on the ScreenSlider icon in the System Tray of your PC and select the first option: Find Devices.
  5. This step is very easy so all you have to do is to click on your previously named device.
  6. In this last step a windows will appear on your PC and it will ask you to enter the code found on your Android device. After entering the code you have to accept any prompts regarding the licensing of the software
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After these steps the screen of your Android device will flicker for a short period of time while the connection is being established. Once everything has settled down you can start enjoying your secondary display.

After successfully establishing a connection you will find out that your Android device can display almost anything your normal display can, but be warned as there is a small amount of lag due to the Wi Fi connection, so things might just seem a little bit slow. If you have a good Wi Fi router and an Android device that supports the Wi Fi N standard you should not experience any severe lag.

All that is left now for you to do is to enjoy your new monitor and remember that can always add an extra bit of space to your desktop if you own an Android powered device.