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You’ve probably heard other people talking about turning their iPads and iPhones into secondary screens and/or mirror screens and how these have helped them become more productive. But should you jump in on this trend? This guide can help you decide.

How mirrored screens can help

Using iPhones and iPads as secondary mirrored screens can do wonders for your productivity since it lets you:

  • Easily share info with others

Smaller MacBooks (like the 11-inch MacBook air) make it difficult for you to share the screen with several other people. If you need to show a picture or a document to colleagues during a team huddle, you’ll have no choice but to sit or stand closely. A secondary mirrored screen can fix this by giving you another screen that displays the exact content as your laptop/desktop computer and allowing more people to easily see the data you’d like to share.

  • Interact with OS X on a different level

When you think about touchscreen, you usually picture iOS on mobile devices. But what if you can use touchscreen capabilities on OS X through your iMac and MacBook? This becomes possible when you use your iPad or iPhone as a secondary mirrored screen, which allows you to combine the power of OS X with the flexibility of touchscreen.

How can you get a mirrored screen?

The easiest way is to use apps that are designed primarily for this purpose. Duet Display, for instance, connects iPhones and iPads that are on iOS 7 or higher with iMac and MacBook that are on OS X 10.9. You need to connect your desktop/laptop to your mobile device using a Lightning cable; once you’re done, you can enjoy a fast connection at 60 frames per second and even choose between retina and non-retina display. Other apps you can use include Mirroring360 and Air Display 3 (which connects your devices wirelessly) and iDisplay (which lets you choose between Wi-Fi connection and Lightning Cables).