Maximizing Your Productivity: How to Use Your Android Tablet as a 2nd Monitor for Your Mac While Traveling

Maximizing Your Productivity: How to Use Your Android Tablet as a 2nd Monitor for Your Mac While Traveling

Mad Machine

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I’m used to using multiple monitors at home and I find it hard to work with just one built-in monitor. It limits my screen space which makes it difficult for me to position application windows the way I want them. This decreases my productivity, so I prefer using multiple monitors.

When I travel, I always wish that I had more screen space. Luckily, there are several options available to help me achieve this. For instance, I could use an HDMI adapter to connect my Mac to the hotel TV. However, the TV might be too large or not positioned correctly for optimal viewing on my computer.

Another option is to bring a lightweight, portable monitor. However, even though I have one, I often don’t bring it because it’s inconvenient to lug around an extra monitor just for more screen space.

Fortunately, I always travel with my MacBook and Samsung Ultra Android tablet. The tablet’s spacious 14.6-inch screen is ideal for watching videos or reading during a flight. However, I need to determine how to convert this tablet into an additional screen.

Fortunately, there is a solution. If you own an iPad, you can easily utilize the Sidecar feature built into both macOS and iPadOS. However, if you do not have an iPad or wish to use multiple devices, the Duet Display software is also an excellent option.

Duet Display permits you to use your iPad, iPhone, Android device, PC, or another Mac’s display as a secondary display over USB or even WiFi.

I thoroughly tested this feature during my last trip and found that it works extremely well.

One drawback of using Duet Display is that it requires a subscription fee; however, Duet Display offers several pricing options which are outlined below:

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Mad Machine

I’m a DevOps engineer, but I love to tinker with all kinds of technologies.