If like me you have a few old tablets gathering dust or would like to use your existing device has a Raspberry Pi Android tablet screen, you’ll be interested to know that Christian Cawley over on the Make Use Of website has put together extensive instructions on how to do just that. Creating a convenient and portable Raspberry Pi tablet or smartphone screen.
If you are considering using your Android tablet as a Raspberry Pi screen you’ll be surprised and happy to hear I’m sure that the setup process is simpler than you’d think. Both devices need to be on the same network and you need to connect a keyboard and mouse to your Raspberry Pi. Unfortunately there’s no way of directly connecting your tablet display to the Raspberry Pi as the GPIO or the DSI port are compatible with tablet displays. However Christian explains how to use both Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and Virtual Network Connection (VNC) to accomplish the connection. “Each of these options can provide full desktop access to your Raspberry Pi via Android. Fortunately, neither of is difficult to set up. Both have been tested with a Raspberry Pi 3, but should work with older versions, including the Pi Zero.”
Full instructions on how to build and connect your Raspberry Pi Android tablet screen jump over to the official Make Use Of website by following the link below. If you enjoy building Pi projects you might be interested in our comprehensive list of Raspberry Pi displays, HATS and small screens.