A Samsung tablet being used as a second monitor to a laptop.

Whether it’s for work, study, gaming or creativity, sometimes a second screen makes the task at hand easier. A dual monitor setup gives you more screen space to switch between files, apps and programs. If you’re cross-referencing two documents, you can position them side by side more easily. Then there’s the convenience of sharing files or work easier and faster when you’re face-to-face with a colleague or a member of your study group on a Zoom call.

Monitors can be bulky, though, and connecting your laptop to a TV is often not practical. What about a second screen that’s slim and compact enough to slip right into a backpack and take just about anywhere?

In 2023, Samsung has several quality tablets, like the Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab A7. These Android tablets are well-designed, high-performing, long-lasting and have generous battery lives. Released in 2022, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 won positive reviews for its brilliantly bright display, sleek design, clear sound and cameras that far exceed the quality you’d expect from most tablets.

All of this may lead you to ask the question, “Can I use a Samsung tablet as a second monitor?”

There are many creative purposes you can use your Samsung tablet for, including a camera, cash register, teleprompter, remote control, sketch pad, study tool, and folder for digital files. And when you shop for refurbished Samsung tablets, you can score a second-hand tablet while saving yourself hundreds of dollars.

Refurbished devices are second-hand devices that professionals like OzMobiles have checked for faults, tested extensively and repaired as necessary before reselling them. Unlike regular used electronic devices, they’re sold with warranties and reasonably expected levels of quality. When you buy a refurbished device from a trustworthy seller, you can rest assured that it isn’t lost or stolen, that the previous owner’s data has been fully erased and that you’re covered under a warranty if anything goes wrong.

Refurbished devices available through OzMobiles include refurbished Samsung tablets. If you need a second-hand tablet, buying a refurbished one is the most reliable way to get one.

Can I use a refurbished Samsung tablet as a second monitor? This article explores the answer to that question in a little more detail as well as the longevity of refurbished Samsung tablets and the best options for buying one.

How to Set Up Your Galaxy Tablet as a Second Monitor 

Can you use your Samsung Galaxy tablet as a second monitor? You can, and it’s fairly easy to set it up, although you may have to buy a stand.

Connectivity is already built right into Samsung’s PCs and tablets with the Samsung Second Screen app. To access this app, however, you’ll need a Galaxy Tab S7 or S8 running Samsung’s UI 3.1 tablet interface, unveiled in 2021.

You’ll also need a PC with a wireless display running at least Windows 10 (v.2004 or higher).

A woman using a Samsung tablet with the pen accessory

Keep the two devices close to each other and on the same Wi-Fi network for best results. Follow these steps so you can use your Samsung Galaxy tablet as a second monitor:

  • On your Samsung tablet, open the ‘Quick Settings’ panel by swiping down from the top of the screen.
  • Tap the ‘Second Screen’ icon.
  • Choose your preferred connection mode (gaming, video etc.). Leave the ‘Second Screen’ page open while you finish the process of connecting your devices.
  • For your computer, press the Windows and ‘K’ keys at the same time to bring up your tablet from the available devices.
  • Check the box for the notification that allows you to access your computer’s mouse, keyboard etc., from this device.
  • Use the touchscreen on your tablet to interact with your computer’s interface. You should now be able to move your mouse in a way that allows you to switch between the two screens.
  • You should see a ‘Disconnect’ button that allows you to easily return to having two separate devices when you’re done.

Now you know the answer to the question: can you use a Samsung tablet as a second monitor? But what about other functions like transferring images and files from your tablet to your PC and vice versa?

Can I Connect a PC to a Samsung Tablet?

You can easily connect your PC to your tablet with Samsung Flow. As long as you’ve changed your tablet settings to allow it, you can go to the menu in the top right-hand corner and choose the option you want: ‘connect to computer’, ‘connect to new phone’ etc.

The most recent version of Samsung Flow allows you to transfer data conveniently between your laptop, tablet and phone. Turns out you can not only use a Samsung tablet as a second monitor, but you can do a whole lot more with it too.

Does a Refurbished Samsung Tablet Last?

There’s one major factor that draws people to refurbished devices: they’re a lot cheaper than buying new ones. When you choose the refurbished route, you can save hundreds of bucks on a second-hand tablet and sometimes over a grand! But there are more factors than price involved in buying the right electronic gear. It’s also important to consider the level of quality involved, your trust in the seller and whether or not there’s a warranty included.

OzMobiles’ refurbished Samsung tablets pass a 72-point checking process to ensure they meet a high standard of quality that will last into the future. Even refurbished devices that have a little more wear and tear usually function just as well as new devices, and the imperfections are superficial.

With proper care, there’s no reason why a refurbished Samsung tablet can’t last just as long as one you’d buy from the store brand new. OzMobiles is one company that can assure you that you won’t have to worry about replacing your refurbished device down the line.

Extend Your Monitor with Refurbished Samsung Tablet at OzMobiles

A woman with a Samsung tablet on her lap, using the design features of the tablet.

For an easy and incredibly convenient way to get more screen space, use your Samsung tablet as a second monitor. Here at OzMobiles, you can buy a range of refurbished Apple and Samsung tablets, Samsung Galaxy smartphones and other Samsung products.

OzMobiles is committed to providing you with a good deal without having to buy brand new. Our refurbished products are also better for the environment and support a sustainable economy.

An Australian-owned and operated company, we test all of our devices at our Melbourne headquarters using a 72-point checking process to make sure they meet the high standards you’d reasonably expect in Australia. This includes battery life, which we make sure is at least 80%. Every device we sell is 100% fully functional and sold with a 12-month warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee.

If you’ve found a better deal elsewhere on the same second-hand tablet or smartphone, we beat that price by $10 (terms and conditions apply). If you’ve found the perfect tablet but can’t afford to pay full price upfront, we offer buy now, pay later plans with ZipPay, AfterPay and PayPal Pay in 4 instalments.

For more detailed answers to questions like ‘Can I use a Samsung tablet as a second monitor?’ and other queries involving OzMobiles products, get in touch with our team!

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