Can u use a MacBook Pro as a monitor?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

You can use a MacBook Pro as a monitor for other devices such as a PC. This can be a useful feature if you want to extend your desktop space or mirror your PC’s display onto your MacBook Pro. While macOS does not provide a built-in option to use your MacBook Pro as a monitor, there are third-party applications available that can enable this functionality.

One such application is called Deskreen. It is a free and easy-to-use streaming application that allows you to use your MacBook Pro as a second monitor for your PC. Deskreen works by streaming the display output from your PC to your MacBook Pro over your local network.

To use Deskreen, you need to install the application on both your MacBook Pro and your PC. You can download the application from the official Deskreen website and follow the installation instructions provided. Once installed, launch the application on both devices.

On your MacBook Pro, you will see a unique URL displayed on the Deskreen application window. This URL acts as a connection point for your PC to stream its display to your MacBook Pro. You can either type this URL into a web browser on your PC or scan the QR code provided by the Deskreen application.

Once your PC is connected to your MacBook Pro through the Deskreen application, you can choose to either mirror or extend your desktop space. Mirroring your display will duplicate your PC’s screen onto your MacBook Pro, while extending your desktop will allow you to use your MacBook Pro as an additional monitor with separate content.

It is important to note that using your MacBook Pro as a monitor through Deskreen requires a stable and reliable network connection. Both devices need to be connected to the same network, preferably through Ethernet or a strong Wi-Fi connection, to ensure smooth streaming and minimal latency.

Deskreen also offers additional features such as the ability to draw on the screen remotely, control your PC’s mouse and keyboard from your MacBook Pro, and share your screen with others for collaboration or presentations.

In my personal experience, I have used Deskreen to extend my desktop space by using my MacBook Pro as a second monitor for my PC. The setup process was straightforward, and I was able to quickly connect my devices and start using my MacBook Pro as an additional display. The streaming quality was impressive, with minimal lag or latency, allowing for a seamless dual-screen experience.

Using a MacBook Pro as a monitor for your PC is a convenient way to expand your workspace and increase productivity. With applications like Deskreen, you can easily set up and utilize your MacBook Pro as a second display, providing you with the flexibility and versatility you need for your computing tasks.