I’ve been doing a lot of work recently that eats up a lot of my screen real estate, so I decided to look into using my Kindle Fire as a small second screen. It turns out that it’s easier to do than I thought it would be.
The key here is the Air Display app for the Kindle Fire. It’s $9.99. That means that it’s at the upper end of the app pricing spectrum, but what is ten bucks for a second monitor? Oh and did I mention that the app works wirelessly over your wi-fi. Yup, you don’t even have to connect your Fire to your computer.
In addition to the paid app above, you’ll need to download a free little piece of software for your computer (works for Windows PCs and Macs) at the Air Display website here. If you don’t have a Kindle Fire, you’ll also see on that page that you can use any Android device, iOS device, Windows computer, or Mac as your second monitor.
It’s pretty darn neat.
It doesn’t work perfectly, but it works well enough. I had a couple problems with installation, and I often run into a problem when I want to run the app on the Fire (this is usually fixed just by rebooting the Fire). But once you get it working, it’s great.
I’ve been using it over the past few days with my MacBook Air. Here’s the setup (sorry for the crummy photo):
You can’t really tell in the photo, but Microsoft Word is open on the screen of the Fire.
If you want some extra real estate for a minimum investment, head on over and download the Air Display app at Amazon. I’m glad I’ve got it. Let me know if you have any questions.