Turn Your iPad Into An External Monitor [Video How-To]



While the iPad has seemingly countless uses, one fairly uncommon one is the ability to use it as an external display for your Mac. iDisplay, a simple little app from the App Store, lets you achieve this. After all, if you already have the iPad, why not use it to your advantage? This video will show you how to set up iDisplay and tweak it to your liking.

  • Joshua Stockwell

    Can you use the touch screen to interact with the mac? That is, in the video the dock was shown displayed on the iPad. Could the user launch an app by touching the dock? Move or resize a window by touch instead of the mouse or track pad?

  • Lake Elkhorn Park User

    Want info on turning the iPad into a second display for a Windows 7 laptop…

  • Guest

    Search the app store for “DisplayLink” – works great with Win7.

  • LeoCastillo

    Yes, I have this app. You can set it up so your touch will register as a click.

  • Multi_moog

    Does the iPad have to be paired with the Mac you’re going to be using this with? My girlfriend has an iPad and it would be really helpful for doing word processing on my Macbook when I’m at her place.

  • Michael Steeber

    I’m pretty sure you have to be on the same wireless network.

  • kavok

    Something that was forgotten to be mentioned, I believe, is that iDisplay for your Mac only works in 32-bit mode. Those of us that are fond of our 64-bit kernels are SOL.

  • mrplowinc

    I like the idea, especially for use with a MacBook but the reviews on the App Store are shocking

  • Phil Menger

    Does this work with Lion OS?  I assume you have to have your iPad hooked up to your Mac?

  • Phil Menger

    Yes mrplowinc the reviews are devastating. 5 bucks to take a chance? no thanks. By the way mrplowinc you can get your money back if you don’t like even a 3rd party app.  Contact the 3rd party first and if you aren’t satisfied contact Apple