your desktop onto your tablet – no cables needed!
|Splashtop Extended Display is a cheap way to put an old tablet to great use as a second monitor. ©Tochukwupa|
Install desktop software
Download a copy of Splashtop Streamer – be sure to select the Personal option – and run through the installation process. During the installation, there are no unusual settings to configure, but you may want to select the "Just myself" option so that desktop extension is only available to your own user account.
Move to the Status tab and click the Create a Splashtop Account link. Enter your name and choose a password, and then click Create Account. Once the account has been created, you can use the same credentials to log into it. Install mobile app With your computer ready for action, you need to get the app installed on your tablet. Grab yourself a copy of Splashtop Extended HD from Google Play. Fire up the app and you'll be warned that the app lets you connect to your desktop for 5 minutes at a time – just tap Go to continue.
|desktop extension 3 Secure your tablet with a password to keep the connection safe. © tochukwupa|
|desktop extension 4 Windows and apps can be easily moved from tablet to monitor and back. © TOCHUKWUPA|
|desktop extension 5 Accessing Windows or OS X on your tablet is weird to start with... but quite cool! © TochukwuPa|
In many ways, using your tablet as a second monitor is more useful than using a dedicated monitor because it introduces touchscreen options without the need to splash out on an expensive touch screen monitor. In the trial version of the app you will only be able to stay connected for five minutes at a time.
There's nothing to stop you from immediately reconnecting, but if you would like to avid this extra step you can upgrade to the full version of the app for £3.08) Have you tried using your tablet as an extra monitor for your computer? What do you use it for?