How to Use Your Android Device as a Second Monitor for Your Windows PC

If you need to do some serious multitasking on your Windows Desktop, a second monitor will go a long way to get things done. When you want to "expand" your Windows desktop to a dual monitor configuration, it's as if you have two computers side by side, each of which has its own collection of windows and programs that can be opened simultaneously.

But a second monitor can be expensive, and it's definitely not very compact if you choose to use one with your laptop. That is where Spacedesk comes into play: it's a program that allows you to quickly transform any Android smartphone into a second monitor on your Windows desktop. What's more, it operates over Wi-Fi, so there are no inconvenient cables, and you're still going to be one tap away from having two Windows displays wherever you are.

Step 1: Install Spacedesk on Your PC

First of all, you will need to install the Spacedesk drivers on your Windows PC. Next, head to the connection below, and see two versions listed in the Windows Primary PC (Server) section of the DRIVER program. Most modern PCs are 64-bit, so press the corresponding button if you have purchased your Computer in the last 5 or so years. However, if you don't know whether your FAQ page for support.

· Download the Spacedesk installer file (.msi) for 32-bit or 64-bit Windows

Next, just start the installer file, and then follow the prompts to get Spacedesk installed on your Computer. Once the installation is done, make sure that your device is rebooted so that new drivers become operational.

Step 2: Install Spacedesk on Your Android Device

Now that you've taken care of the Windows side of things, the next thing you need to do is install Spacedesk on your Android device.

· Install Spacedesk for free from the Google Play Store

Step 3: Connect Your Phone to Your PC

With both applications installed, it's extremely easy to use Spacedesk. First, make sure your Android device is linked to the same Wi-Fi network as your Laptop, then just open the Spacedesk app on your phone or tablet. The app will automatically detect your phone, and in most situations, all you need to do is press "Connect" to get things moving.

However, if your computer is not located automatically, you will need to un-tick the box next to "Auto Network Scan," and then manually enter the local IP address of your computer. If you do not know your local IP address, simply head to this link, , then copy the number at the top of the blue box. Once you're done there, you'll be able to tap "Connect" to get things going.

Step 4: Use Your Phone or Tablet as a Wireless Second Screen

Within seconds of pressing "Connect" in the Android app, your device would beep as though you were just plugging in a new piece of hardware. Right about the same time, your Windows desktop will appear on your Android device, so you'll see a fine, real-time representation of all that's going on on your PC.

If you want to use your Android device as a second monitor instead of only mirroring your primary screen, right-click any empty space on your Windows desktop, then choose "Display Settings." From here, use the drop-down menu at the bottom of the window to choose "Extend these displays," then press "Apply." Now, you're going to be able to multitask as if you had a real dual monitor setup, and each "desktop" will have its own set of windows and programs open.

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