Multiple monitor setup is a boon if you want extra desktop real estate. Most Macs are capable of powering one or two monitors. However, a good monitor can eat away at your wallet. But what if I tell you that you can use your old (or even new) Chromebook as a Mac monitor? Read on to find out more!
Can I use my Chromebook as a monitor?
Yes you can. The setup will come in handy if your Mac monitor is not working. This works well if you have a spare Chromebook. Or you can buy an entry-level Chromebook for the cost of a single monitor. That way, you can use it for other purposes as well.
The best part is that you don’t need a cable or a dongle. A Mac can connect to a Chromebook wirelessly with the help of a third-party app called Duet Display. However, you will have to pay a one-time fee of $14.99 to use the app. This article explains how you can use a Chromebook as a Mac monitor.
How to set up a Chromebook as a secondary monitor on Mac
The process may sound tedious, but it is very simple and super effective. Follow the next few steps to get started.
1. Install and Configure Duet Display on Mac
First, you need to get your Mac ready. download couple performance, Duet Display requires Accessibility and Screen Access permissions. Once installed, give the necessary permissions.
Grant Accessibility: Open System Preferences → Security & Privacy → Privacy → Accessibility, Click on the lock icon to make changes.
provide recording access, Open system Preferences security and privacy privacy screen recording, Once done, toggle off the Back Lock icon. Now, launch Duet Air and sign up. Choose Sign in to Remote Desktop,
Lastly, you need to enable screen sharing on Duet. tap Profile on the left menu pane. Choose screen sharing enabled,
2. Add Chromebook as a Second Monitor on Mac
Install Duet Display on Chromebook. In this step you will need to set up the Chromebook as a secondary monitor. Make sure both the Chromebook and the Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- open to Couple App on Chromebook.
- Open Couple Select More on Mac Android from menu.
Chromebook will be automatically detected on your Mac.
- under discovered devicesClick Click to connect wirelessly,
If your Chromebook is not detected, select connect to ip manually and enter the Chromebook IP address.
- Now, Click couple sign on the menubar to switch displays.
you can choose between Mirror Built-in Retina Display or use as separate display,
- Pull Move an app to the right edge and move it to the Chromebook display.
Tip: You can change the position of the screen by going to system Preferences Presents Arrangement, In addition, Duet also lets you use the Chromebook keypad and trackpad.
Manage duet display settings
Duet Display offers multiple settings for optimum user experience. It lets you change the text size, display resolution, and choose the framerate. It is important to note that some settings will increase battery consumption. Let’s take a closer look at the Duet Display settings:
1. Resolution and Text
Duet Display lets you set various parameters including framerate and quality. Select large text if your work involves reading in detail. The smaller text size helps to accommodate more screen elements.
The retina setting increases your resolution and, thus, pixel density. In other words, the setting offers the highest possible resolution while compromising on battery life.
3. Frame Rate and Quality
The frame rate setting lets you choose between 60 fps and 30 fps. You’ll see less lag and smoother transitions with higher frame rates. However, this comes at the cost of battery life.
Quality settings play an important role when mirroring your Mac display. The High Quality setting exhibits fewer artifacts and uses more battery. Meanwhile, regular quality is sufficient for general purposes like browsing the web or checking email.
I initially noticed some lag on Chromebooks. The lag disappeared after switching to the highest setting. I would suggest using the highest setting with the power source.
questions to ask
Surprisingly, it does. When not used as a monitor, the Chromebook doubles as a full-fledged laptop. The setup is best suited for those who occasionally need an external monitor.
Duet Display supports Windows PC. So yes, you can use Chromebook as a monitor for Windows PC.
Duet Display for Mac is free. The basic version costs $14.99 for a lifetime license. The optional subscription costs $34.99. In-app purchases let you use the iPad Pro as a drawing tablet with the Apple Pencil.
Duet Display is functional and delivers a cohesive experience. The one-time subscription pricing is reasonable as long as you don’t feel the need for more features.
For example, the Remote Desktop feature is only available on the Duet Air. It has an additional cost of $24.99/year. On top of that, you have to pay $34.99/year for Apple Pencil support. You can also use the iPad as a monitor or drawing pad.
I used Duet Display base version with my Chrome and Mac. The experience has been impeccable. I could use the Chromebook as a secondary monitor for hours without lag. How was your experience using a Chromebook as a Mac monitor? Share in the comments below.