Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 series is the best Android has to offer in the tablet segment. From dazzling display and high-end processor to sleek build and excellent stylus tricks, major Samsung tablets pack a big punch for their asking price.
To test its capabilities, we replaced Microsoft Surface 2-in-1 with the Galaxy Tab S8 as the primary working machine for a few weeks, and came out completely impressed. One of the most useful features offered by a tablet is the ability to use it as a secondary screen. By doing so, you get a super slim, light, high-resolution, portable screen that offers a great viewing experience. While the ability to do so is quite convenient in itself, the best part is that it does not require any wired connection problems.
All you need is to make sure the tablet and your WiFi-compatible PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and you’re good to go. We tested the Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S7 FE as a secondary monitor connected to the Asus ROG Zephyrus Gaming Laptop and Microsoft Surface Go, and it worked without any problems.
The only two prerequisites are that both devices must be compatible with Wi-Fi Direct connectivity and running a compatible operating system – Windows 10 or Windows 11 on a PC, and a UI 3.1 or later build tablet on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S. With system prerequisites, here are the steps you should follow:
Get your Galaxy Tab S8 ready
To use the Galaxy Tab S8 as a secondary screen, make sure it is running and currently running a UI 3.1 or later Not at all The DX mode is attached to another screen. If you have an older Samsung Galaxy S tablet, it can also serve as a secondary screen until it meets the software standards. Here’s how you go:
Step 1: On your Galaxy Tab S8, swipe down from top to bottom to view Quick settings Dashboard.
Step 2: Swipe left Quick settings Panel to open its second page, and tap on the icon that says The second screen.
Step 3: Tapping on the icon opens the dedicated The second screen Page. Here, you will see two options – Drawing / Gaming Mode for tasks that require fast response and Video Mode for content use.
Step 4: Select the mode based on your workflow or secondary screen requirement. Stay on this page and move your PC.
Prepare your Windows PC
The ability to set the Samsung Galaxy S tablet as a secondary screen works across machines running Windows 10 and Windows 11. There are no minimum system requirements here, which means that it works best when paired to a PC. Low Celeron or high-end Intel Core or AMD Ryzen chip. Here are the steps you should follow:
Step 1: Hit Windows + K Shortcut on your PC to open the Wireless Display Dashboard that appears on the right side of the screen.
Step 2: In this dashboard, you will see the name of your Samsung tablet. Click on it to start the assembly process.
Step 3: After pairing the two devices, you will see a dialog box asking if you want to enable keyboard and mouse input across both screens. Click the checkbox to move the cursor and allow keyboard input across your PC and tablet.
Step 4: You can further refine elements such as resolution, refresh rate, and content scaling by going to the Display Settings section of your PC by following this path: Combinations > System > Performance.
Step 5: You can choose to mirror your PC’s screen on the Galaxy Tab S8 or use it as a secondary desktop monitor for higher screen real estate.
Step 6: When the secondary screen feature is enabled you will see a small toolbar on each display. Tap on Pin Hover the cursor over the area to make the icon go away, and bring it back.
Step 7: Once you are done and no longer need a second screen, click on it Disconnect Button in the toolbar that appears at the top of the screen. Alternatively, you can bring it directly using the Wireless Display Dashboard Windows + K End the connection between the shortcut and the tablet and your PC.
When you first set up the Galaxy Tab S8 as a secondary screen, the cursor movement can be a bit chaotic and the experience can be junky. If you plan to use the Tab S8 for gaming, expect some input delay, regardless of your gaming mouse’s DPI settings. Things improve if you adjust the scaling and set the screen refresh to the same value across both screens.
All your cross-screen shortcuts, for example Alt + TabWork well. You can also play with Windows 11’s updated desktop tools. During our testing, the Galaxy Tab S8 was placed as a secondary screen for viewing teams’ chat and discord groups in addition to watching occasional video on the tablet’s punch screen when the tablet was not pushed into the primary computing machine. . In such cases, the Tab S8 turns out to be quite an incredible secondary screen.