How to Use iPad as Second Screen for Windows PC

Follow these steps to make your ipad as second screen for your windows pc. You can do this in 3 steps in under 5 minutes.

If you have an old ipad but still working properly. Instead of buying a second monitor and allow your old ipad to collect dust in the stock room or shelf. You can setup the latter as your second screen.

In this way, you can save extra cash on your budget because you don’t need to buy a second screen that costs thousands of pesos or hundreds of dollars.

Ipad is incomparable to large second screens in terms of display quality because it is small. However, if you only need an extra monitor because you need it for multi-tasking or when playing pc games, then your old iPad will suffice.

On the side, I think the advantage of the iPad over the usual huge monitor is it is very portable. You can carry it together with your laptop. It also has long battery life that can last for days. Unfortunately, the large monitor needs to always connect to a power source in order to perform its functions.

There are many ways to set your ipad as second screen. Often you need to install a free and or premium application to your device via the AppStore. Nonetheless, making the iPad a second screen is really simple.

Steps to make the iPad a second screen for Windows PC

So far, this is the simplest possible way as you only need to do 3 easy steps. Also, you can download the app for free for personal use.

Step 1. Install the Splashtop wired xdisplay agent on your ipad

Go to the AppStore and search for the Splashtop wired xdisplay icon. Afterward, download and install it on your ipad device. The file size for this app is only 13MB. It is very small.

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Step 2. Download the splashtop wired xdisplay agent on windows 10

Go to the website splashtop wired xdisplay website at www.splashtop.com/downloads. Scroll down to the bottom of the page until you reach the “Other Products.” There you will find the download link for wired xdisplay.

Install the application to your windows 10 pc. There is also an option to create an account with the developer to stay up to date with their offerings.

Step 3. Setting your ipad as second screen

Now that you have the applications installed on both your windows 10 and ipad. You can now make your ipad as second screen for your windows pc.

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Run the wired xdisplay application on your ipad. When you do so, the screen on the latter will prompt you to connect to your computer.

Afterward, run also the wired xdisplay application on your windows 10 pc. At the app, you have the option to set the ipad’s framerate to normal, low, or high. You can also set the quality to normal or high.

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When you are done with the settings. Connect your ipad to windows 10 using the necessary usb cable. Surprisingly, based on my experience, running the itunes is not necessary.

Your ipad should initially duplicate the screen of your windows pc. You have the option to make your iPad’s screen an extension display, duplicate, or work as a primary screen via the function keys on your windows pc.

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Go to the display settings on your windows to update the location of your second monitor (monitor 2) which is supposed to be your ipad. If you want to place your ipad on the left of your monitor 1 (Pc screen) then drag monitor 2 to the left. If you want your ipad to be on the top of the PC screen then drag it on top of monitor 1 and so on.

That’s it. I hope with this guide you will be able to use your ipad as second screen for your windows pc.

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