How To Use Your Tablet As A Second Monitor

The following is a sponsored post by iDisplay, a $4.99 app that lets you use your tablet as a second screen.

iDisplay iPad appDid you know that a recent study by the University of Utah has found that people who use two monitors are as much as 44% more productive than those who are using a single monitor? If you’re squinting at this blog post on your laptop, you may want to take note.

Got A Tablet? You’re In Luck!

If you have an iPad or Android tablet, then guess what? You already have a second monitor! No need to purchase a bulky add-on for your current desktop setup. This layout, known as a ‘second screen setup,’ could let you use your tablet to monitor Twitter or watch YouTube while doing your day-to-day business on the larger computer. Best of all, it’s all controlled by one input source.

A nifty app that will be at the upcoming EdTechTeacher iPad Conference is iDisplay. It’s a simple way to actually use your tablet as a second monitor. If you’re like me, you let either your tablet or computer lay dormant while using the other one. Not ideal. How does iDisplay and other screensharing apps like it work? The iDisplay site gives a solid rundown:

  • Use iDisplay as touch-enabled secondary display: gives you more screen space for everything you have to keep your eye on.
  • Mirror image from main display on your iPad / iPhone / iPod touch: comes in handy when you need to share your desktop with your audience. Keep in mind that iDisplay allows to connect up to 36 iOS devices to one Mac!
  • Single-window mode: use iDisplay for one application of your choice. Quickly move selected apps from list of your favorite apps to iDisplay with one click!
  • Zoom and Pan your desktop right on secondary display.
  • Easily switch between portrait and landscape screen orientations: simply rotate your device and it will adjust automatically
  • Connect up to 36 devices to one computer, select their layout once and use it anytime later
  • Customize display settings for each device you use as your secondary display, iDisplay will remember your preferences

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  1. colin

    November 4, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Did you have an opportunity to try the app?

    Just asking because I went to view the app on the itunes store and the reviews are terrible.

  2. Lori

    January 2, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Just gave it a try and it works perfectly! Lets me put things I want to monitor but keep out of the way on my Pantech Element tablet and frees my laptop screen for what I’m actively working on! Thanks for the info!