Air Display

Air Display


Ever wish you had an extra display for your Mac or Windows computer? There's an app for that. With Air Display, you can use your Android screen as a wireless display, to extend your computer desktop. In order for Air Display to work, your computer and Android device must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Like a wired monitor, Air Display works in two ways:
(1) Extend your computer screen onto a second screen, or
(2) Mirror the contents of your computer screen onto your Android screen.

Air Display's performance is extremely responsive, employing a unique dynamic compression algorithm. On a typical Wi-Fi network, mouse cursor refreshes are indistinguishable from a wired mouse. Air Display works in both landscape and portrait configurations. Just rotate your screen, and it automatically reconfigures. Air Display makes a laptop much more useful by increasing its usable screen size.

Air Display not only gives you a wireless computer screen extender or mirror, but also works as a tablet input device. You can use your finger to draw directly on the screen's surface. Try it with a calculator, painting tool, or music control surface. Simple gestures allow you to operate the right mouse button and scroll wheel. When you rotate the screen, or disconnect and reconnect, your windows are automatically repositioned appropriately, so you don't have to drag them back to the Android screen.

Some great uses for Air Display include:

- Fill your Air Display screen with your utility apps such as iChat, Mail, iCal, and Calculator.
- Graphic design: Make Photoshop and Illustrator usable on your laptop by putting your tool palettes on the Android screen.
- Music: Use your Android screen as a wireless control surface for Logic or Pro Tools.
- Programming: Use the extra display area for such auxiliary development tools as Console, Terminal, and the Debugger.
- Business: Move all of your iWork and Office palettes and inspector windows onto Air Display, and let your document fill the screen.

On first launch, Air Display presents easy instructions for downloading and installing the free companion support software for your desktop computer.

Mac OS X compatibility: Air Display Host requires Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 or later.
Windows compatibility: Air Display Host requires Windows 7 or 8. (Windows 7 Starter Edition is not supported.)
Both devices must be on the same Wi-Fi network.

Recent changes:
- Support for Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean (Android 4.x).
- Fixes black screen on connection.
- Stability improvements, fixed several crashes.
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$9.99
59
3.0
User ratings
455
Installs
10,000+
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File size
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About Air Display
Ever wish you had an extra display for your Mac or Windows computer? There's an app for that. With Air Display, you can use your Android screen as a wireless display, to extend your computer desktop. In order for Air Display to work, your computer and Android device must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Like a wired monitor, Air Display works in two ways:
(1) Extend your computer screen onto a second screen, or
(2) Mirror the contents of your computer screen onto your Android screen.

Air Display's performance is extremely responsive, employing a unique dynamic compression algorithm. On a typical Wi-Fi network, mouse cursor refreshes are indistinguishable from a wired mouse. Air Display works in both landscape and portrait configurations. Just rotate your screen, and it automatically reconfigures. Air Display makes a laptop much more useful by increasing its usable screen size.

Air Display not only gives you a wireless computer screen extender or mirror, but also works as a tablet input device. You can use your finger to draw directly on the screen's surface. Try it with a calculator, painting tool, or music control surface. Simple gestures allow you to operate the right mouse button and scroll wheel. When you rotate the screen, or disconnect and reconnect, your windows are automatically repositioned appropriately, so you don't have to drag them back to the Android screen.

Some great uses for Air Display include:

- Fill your Air Display screen with your utility apps such as iChat, Mail, iCal, and Calculator.
- Graphic design: Make Photoshop and Illustrator usable on your laptop by putting your tool palettes on the Android screen.
- Music: Use your Android screen as a wireless control surface for Logic or Pro Tools.
- Programming: Use the extra display area for such auxiliary development tools as Console, Terminal, and the Debugger.
- Business: Move all of your iWork and Office palettes and inspector windows onto Air Display, and let your document fill the screen.

On first launch, Air Display presents easy instructions for downloading and installing the free companion support software for your desktop computer.

Mac OS X compatibility: Air Display Host requires Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 or later.
Windows compatibility: Air Display Host requires Windows 7 or 8. (Windows 7 Starter Edition is not supported.)
Both devices must be on the same Wi-Fi network.

Recent changes:
- Support for Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean (Android 4.x).
- Fixes black screen on connection.
- Stability improvements, fixed several crashes.

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A Google User
Aug 18, 2014
Purpose worth it. Galaxy note 10.1, toshiba kira w win 8.1. Excellent for a static reference screen. Expect significant lag- this is network dependant and as such is disconcerting typing, mousing around tablet. It does however give the extra desktop space
A Google User
Aug 9, 2014
Crashed repeatedly
A Google User
Aug 1, 2014
Mostly Works I am using this app with Note 10.1 2014 edition and a $900 Asus PC from best buy. Set up is fairly straight forward (I'm not super software handy) but it walks you through it well. The aforementioned PC is running Windows 8.1 and the driver installed with ease. Once it was all set up, I was able to run Photoshop CS6 on my tablet. Word of advice, turn on screen mirroring if you plan to use your tablet as sort of a cheap Wacom. If this option is not turned on, good luck getting your stylus and cursor to line up. Performance wise, opening the different windows was a bit slow, but drawing was surprisingly intuitive albeit also a tiny bit delayed. All in all I can see there being a use for this app, it's not perfect but not horrible either. For the professional artist this could serve as an alternative in case you need a tablet to touch something up last second and your Wacom is not within reach. Purely drawing on it is slow and would never be able to replace your Wacom (not unless a major over the top update comes out for this app). This app has a major crippling factor, it's just not worth $9.99, I only bought it because I was given some Google Play credit for my birthday.
A Google User
Jul 23, 2014
Resolution issues Has there been any progress on the resolution issues with the newer tablets? I have a Samsung Galaxy Note pro 12.2 and there doesn't seem to be a way to lower the resolution of the tablet to match my computer. The tablet at its highest resolution makes this app useless. It's impossible to read anything or work on anything. I hope this gets resolved soon. This app works great on my wife's older ipad.
A Google User
Jul 19, 2014
Works as advertised with one serious flaw I'm using this with my MacBook PRO, my HTC One, and my Nexus 7. I'd give this 5 stars only that the text on my mobile device is *tiny* - I can read it but only by squinting. I've contacted them about and they said they're working on it but not too expect a fix any time soon :(