Sometimes while working on your PC, you might have a random thought about second monitor. Or you just need external monitor for the work that are being pursued. And at the same time, you might not just have the secondary monitor or can’t afford. At some point, you must have thought about using mobile device as secondary screen. For this type of problem a solution exists — “SpaceDesk”.
What is Spacedesk? How does it works?
Spacedesk is an application which allows you to extend or duplicate your computer desktop to another device. The secondary device can be either another Computer, Laptop, Tablets or smartphones running on Android or iOS.
Spacedesk has a solution, if you want to expand your desktop or duplicate what you see there. For the application to work, at least two devices: the primary and secondary system must be present. Similarly, they must be connected to a same LAN (Local Area Network).
The primary system whose content is to be extended or duplicated runs a Windows service and the WDDM driver. The driver is an additional graphics adapter for Windows 10 and an additional monitor connection of the existing graphics adapter on Windows 7 and 8.1. This additional virtual graphics adapter or display connector can mirror any other Windows display screen or extend the Windows Desktop. Spacedesk software on main system captures the screen content, compresses it, and transmits it over the LAN to the spacedesk secondary system.
For the second system the things get interesting. The second system can be a PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone or other devices running on Windows, IOS and Android.
Install and Configure Spacedesk on Desktop or Laptop:
The Spacedesk application can be downloaded on Windows PC using the website. In this website, you can click on “Download” option where you will get options to for your operating system. Options are like: Windows 10 (32-bit) and 64-bit and Windows 8.1 both 32-bit and 64-bit. Also, will see the download links for the App Store, Google Play Store and even Microsoft App Store.
As the file downloads, you shall install it properly in your Windows. You won’t get any problem while installing the file.
So, as the installation finishes, the configurations should be done. Open the Spacedesk app and as the driver for windows opens, click on the triple dot icon on it. Make sure your connection is set to on and status is ON(idle).
After that, most important thing is to check if the both device is connected within same network. This will complete the configuration step in Windows.
Spacedesk on Android:
On Android, Spacedesk is available for download in Google Play Store. So, after downloading the app, simply open it. Make sure your both devices is connected on same LAN network.
As you open for the first time, you will get a dialogue box which will show download link for spacedesk drivers. It’s not necessary to download those drivers, so choose not to show the dialog-box again and tap on “OK”.
So, if your both device is connected within same network and the primary device is on idle. Then you will see the IP of primary device on the android spacedesk application.
Before extending screen or duplicating the screen on your secondary device. Make sure, you have adjusted the setting as per required. On settings menu of spacedesk app, you can adjust: Quality/Performance, Resolution, configure the Touchscreen and Auto-connection as well as the rotation.
So, to start connections, tap on the primary device’s IP and you will be ready to go.
This process will connect your android device with your Windows PC as your secondary screen. At first, it will duplicate the screen on android device. You can change between the duplication and extension easily from your PC.
Spacedesk on iOS:
Similar as Android, Apple App Store has the Spacedesk application to download. The steps are very similar to the Android application. You can check the steps above to configure and start connection.