Air Display


Ever wish you had an extra display for your Mac or Windows computer? There's an app for that! Air Display turns your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into a wireless display, to extend or mirror your computer screen.

“Have you ever looked at your iPad and thought, ‘That would make a great second monitor for my computer!’?” —Wall Street Journal

“The app worked like a charm by providing more screen real estate.” —USA Today

“Air Display lets you take advantage of the iPad’s native touch screen, meaning you can use your finger to move your mouse around.” —TIME

“10 Apps That Make Magic on Your iPad… Never again miss a new Twitter post, Facebook post or stock market move.” —New York Times


Air Display not only gives you a wireless computer screen extender, 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.

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.

If your iOS device has a Retina display, you can choose to operate at normal or double resolution. On Lion, you can even enable “HiDPI mode.” HiDPI, a built-in Mac OS X feature that renders UI elements at double resolution, is absolutely stunning on a Retina display. (NOTE: the Retina MacBook Pro does not support HiDPI on external displays.)

Air Display works in both landscape and portrait configurations. Just rotate your screen, and it automatically reconfigures. When you rotate the screen, or disconnect and reconnect, your windows are automatically repositioned appropriately so you don't have to drag them back onto the Air Display screen.

You can connect to Air Display from both Mac and Windows. And because it's a universal app, it works on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Air Display provides a virtual keyboard and mouse input on the iOS device. Air Display supports video-out to your TV or Monitor, either via Apple's AirPlay or with an appropriate adapter cable.

Some great uses for Air Display:

• General: Fill your Air Display screen with utility windows like Twitter, Facebook, email, or calendar.
• Graphic design: Make Photoshop and Illustrator usable on your laptop by putting your tool palettes on the iOS screen.
• Music: Use your iOS 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.
• Share: Use your iOS device's video adapter to share your screen on TVs, monitors and projectors in your boardroom or classroom.
• Amaze your friends by playing Flash animations on an iOS device!

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


To connect to a Mac, Air Display requires 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later, on an Intel CPU. Both 32-Bit & 64-Bit systems are supported. (NOTE: On Lion & Mountain Lion, third-party video drivers, including Air Display’s, have some issues on these specific 15" and 17" MacBook Pro models: Late 2008 through Mid 2009, and Mid 2010. Please see for details and effective workarounds.)

To connect to a Windows PC, Air Display requires Windows XP (32-bit only), 7 or 8 (32-bit or 64-bit). Windows Starter edition is not supported.

Your computer and iOS device must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

What's new in version 1.8.10

- Bug Fixes

Want to stay up to date? Follow @avatron on twitter.

If you use Air Display, please leave a User Review. Your feedback helps us to continue to make improvements.


Linked Opinion

Recommended by Katie Floyd

Version 1.8.10 – April 7, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Not Recommended by Jacob Rush

Version 1.7 – September 27, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Just cant get this to work reliably.

Recommended by Elliot Brown

Version 1.7 – October 3, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Really useful!

Faved by Daniel Carter

Version 1.7 – October 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM

This is an excellent app for using an iPad as a monitor, and even an input device, on a Mac. When I tried it with a PC it didn't work too well.

Recommended by Skip Owens

Version 1.7 – October 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Recommended by Barry Fulk

Version 1.7 – October 13, 2012 at 5:29 AM

Recommended by Brad Metzger

Version 1.7 – October 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Recommended by Sam Coates

Version 1.7 – October 15, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Recommended by Brad Metzger

Version 1.7 – November 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Recommended by David Dunn

Version 1.7 – November 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Not Recommended by Josh Moore

Version 1.7 – November 28, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Not Recommended by Bradford Ripps

Version 1.7 – December 4, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Recommended by Don Matteson

Version 1.7 – December 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Air Display is a great solution for using your iPad as an external monitor. It lets me have a three-screen setup should the need arise/the mood strike me.

Recommended by John Fuller

Version 1.7 – January 1, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Use this all the time to make my iPad a second display for my MacBook when at home or away from the office and I have to do some work.

Recommended by Aaron Cochran

Version 1.7 – January 15, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Recommended by Fernando Avilés

Version 1.7 – January 26, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Not Recommended by Dennis F Potten

Version 1.7 – January 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Recommended by Jonathan C.

Version 1.8 – February 15, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Rated so-so by Don Loomis

Version 1.8 – March 5, 2013 at 4:23 AM

Recommended by Matt Sawyers

Version 1.8.10 – August 24, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Recommended by Michael Johnston

Version 1.6.2 – September 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Great way to get some extra screen real estate. It's a good idea to turn off the app in System Preferences when you're not using it though, as it can goof up performance.

Faved by Dan Jones

Version 1.8.10 – October 23, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Faved by Tom

Version 1.8.10 – November 19, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Faved by Anthony Valentin

Version 1.8.10 – November 19, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Recommended by Michael

Version 1.8.10 – November 20, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Faved by Eric Hernandez

Version 1.8.10 – November 30, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Recommended by Douglas Mayer

Version 1.8.10 – December 14, 2013 at 4:07 AM

This does do what it says. It works good if you need to display a document on a iPad while you work on primary system

Faved by Kenny J Lowry

Version 1.8.10 – January 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Recommended by Lukas O

Version 1.8.10 – January 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Recommended by Randy Fish

Version 1.8.10 – February 2, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Recommended by Ben Hamilton

Version 1.8.10 – February 27, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Not Recommended by Greg

Version 1.8.10 – September 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Not Recommended by Mark Boynton

Version 1.8.10 – May 31, 2015 at 1:32 PM