How to use Android Tablet as a Second Monitor Using USB Cable

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PC or Laptops are known for productivity tasks due to their multi window interface, larger display size, and powerful processors to execute high CPU consuming tasks. While sometimes you also need more monitors to extend multiple activities to number of displays for a few reasons .

However, what if you also have a tablet tumbling around you, what do you make use of it while using PC? Generally tablets are consumed for browsing, social connectivity, playing games and watching movies. They are not supposed to dial and receive cellular calls as Smartphones do. So tablet probably is your second casual consuming machine which might be free most of the time while you use your computer. Then, how remarkable it would be to utilize it’s screen as your PC’s extended display or in simple turn tablet into a Second monitor? So, in this article you will be able to know how to use Tablet as a Second Monitor for your PC or Mac via USB cable.

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How to use Tablet as a Second Monitor for PC

In order to make your android Tablet as a Second Monitor, first of all download Splashtop Wired XDisplay for android tablet. Install Splashtop Wired XDisplay Agent from Spashtop Website on Windows PC or for Mac if you are using Mac. After that connect your Tablet with PC via USB cable.

Now the way app working is compromised with these requirements:

  • You need to enable USB Debugging option to enable the functionality via Wired connection between your tablet and PC. For this Go into Settings > Developer options and set USB Debugging option On.
  • If you weren’t able to find Developer options in your device then go into the Settings > About Device and tap 7 times on ‘Build Number’ option showing at the bottom. This process will ensure the Android device that you are a developer and will provide you the ‘Developer Options’ in device settings. Note: You don’t need any driver in case you are using Mac.
  • It’s not done yet if your PC has no appropriate Android Device USB driver installed for you Tablet device. Try to manually install the required driver on your PC from manufacturer website.
  • Or follow these steps: Connect your android tablet with PC via usb. Now From windows explorer open Computer Management and then Device Manager from Computer management. Head over to portable devices, right click on your android tablet name and choose Update Driver Software. In Hardware Update wizard select Browse my computer for driver software and click Next. For more info visit Install OEM USB Drivers guide on Android website.


USB Driver

Now, Launch the Splashtop Wired XDisplay app installed on tablet and Splashtop Wired XDisplay agent program installed on PC. Your tablet will turn into a second monitor for your PC. Now you can use android Tablet as a Second Monitor.

Wired XDisplay main Features and Working

The app comes with 10 minute free trial while the premium version is priced at $7 and comes with some solid features. It is available for android and iOS devices to connect with PCs and Macs. However, the iOS app setup is a little different in contrary to Android app.

This app has only USB control mode. So you can use Tablet as a Second Monitor only with the use of USB cable. You can also remotely open and close the windows programs with your fingertips. One of the wonderful feature of this app is that it also works with auto-orientation in both landscape and portrait modes. Like you can read documents or eBooks in portrait mode. After connecting, you can also adjust the position of your extended display relative to the computer display settings.

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