fixed : use old iPad as an extra screen for your Mac (or PC)

Question :

Since we are working from home a lot (and the children are home schooling), and we have several old iPads and iPhones lying around gathering dust, we were wondering if it would be possible to use them as second screens on our Macs and Windows PCs to make our work and homework easier by being able to do this (and more) :

  • manage our music playlist (iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify) on our old iPad/iPhone whilst running  MS Office on our Mac/PC without switching apps
  • use our old iPad/iPhone’s touchscreen to put a signature under a PDF-document whilst typing it on our Mac/PC
  • use our old iPad/iPhone as a drawing tablet for our Mac/PC
  • videochat or view an online presentation onour Mac/PC whilst making notes on our old iPad/iPhone using a full-size keyboard (and easily swapping the two around when needed)

We noticed Apple has introduced this great feature called Sidecar that enables you to use your iPad (or iPhone) as a second screen for your Mac. But when I looked at the Sidecar requirements on the Apple website, I found that our older iPads/iPhones aren’t supported.

Is there any way to use Sidecar (or something similar) on our old iPads/iPhones ?

 

Answer :

Yes, even though you cannot use Sidecar on any unsupported iPad, iPhone or Mac, there is an alternative that works just as great for any old iPad (or iPhone) and is not limited to a Mac, but does support Windows PCs also… and best of all : it’s FREE.

This is ideal for working from home and home schooling since you can do all this (and more) :

  • manage your music playlist (iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify) on your iPad whilst running  MS Office on your Mac/PC without switching apps
  • use your iPad/iPhone’s touchscreen to put a signature under a PDF-document whilst typing it on your Mac/PC
  • use your iPad/iPhone as a drawing tablet for your Mac/PC
  • videochat or view an online presentation on my Mac/PC whilst making notes on my iPad/iPhone using a full-size keyboard (and easily swapping the two around when needed)

This FREE alternative for Apple Sidecar is Splashtop Wired XDisplay. It enables you to use any iPad/iPhone running iOS 7 or newer as a second or third (touch)screen for any Mac running OSX 10.9 Mavericks (or PC running Windows 7) or newer.

This means that all these iPhone / iPad / Mac models are supported :

  • iPhone 4 or newer
  • iPad 2 or newer
  • any iPad mini
  • any iPad Air
  • any iPad Pro
  • any aluminum iMac (iMac “Mid 2007” or newer)
  • any iMac Pro
  • Mac mini “Early 2009” or newer
  • Mac Pro “Early 2008” or newer
  • white MacBook “Early 2009” or newer
  • any aluminum MacBook
  • MacBook Air “Late 2008” or newer (2nd gen MacBook Air or newer)
  • MacBook Pro “Mid 2007” or newer

To install, do this :

  • install the Splashtop Wired XDisplay app on you Mac/PC
    • you can download Splashtop Wired XDisplay for Mac or Windows here
  • install iTunes on your PC if you have done so yet
    • you can download iTunes for Windows here
    • on a Mac you don’t need additional software for your iPad/iPhone to be recognized
  • install Splashtop Wired XDisplay on your iPad/iPhone
    • you can download Splashtop Wired XDisplay for iPhone here
    • you can download Splashtop Wired XDisplay for iPad here
  • then, plug your iPad/iPhone’s USB-cable into your Mac/PC
  • then run the Splashtop Wired XDisplay app on your Mac/PC
  • then run the Splashtop Wired XDisplay app on your iPad/iPhone
  • then goto the Settings on your Mac/PC, find the Screen Settings and arrange your screens the way you like
    • you can choose “Mirror Screen” to see exactly the same on your MAc/PC and your iPad/iPhone
    • you can choose “Extend Screen” to arrange the iPad/iPhone as an add-on for your desktop
    • if you already have a second screen attached to your Mac/PC, you can use your iPad/iPhone as an additional third screen also

That’s it !

enjoy 😉

fixed : iPad mini 2 screen glass shattered

Question :

My son slipped on the stairs this weekend and his iPad mini (2nd generation) fell down the stairs… the cover prevented any damage to the iPad itself, but the screen is completely shattered since it hit a staircase pole head-on…

The iPad mini 2 is still working properly, but the screen is no longer use-able…

What solution do you suggest ?

 

Answer :

The first thing to do is cover the broken screen with broad transparent tape, in overlapping lanes, to make sure you will not lose any glass pieces and keep your fingers and face safe when you use it.

Then, go to your local AppleStore or Apple Repair Center and ask them to check your iPad to get a price quote on the repair costs. If your iPad is still okay and only the screen has to be replaced, a repair at the AppleStore will probably cost you ca. €210, for that you will get a “remanufactured” unit of exactly the same specs as your original iPad, so an “Apple refurbished” / “factory refurbished” iPad mini 2 with a 6 month warranty.

Even from Apple’s point of view, that’s not a top deal, as they will try to talk you into buying a new iPad, iPad mini or iPad Pro, since the iPad mini 2 is quite outdated by today’s standards : it can run iOS 12, but not the latest iPadOS 13 (nor iOS 13).

So Apple is somewhat right : if this is your primary iPad, buy a new iPad or get yourself a 2nd-hand iPad that can run iPadOS 13.

And if it’s just a secondary iPad : fix it yourself.

If your screen is not completely shattered and the cracks in the screen are not blocking your view, they’re just hazardous to your fingers : buy a glass screen protector and put that over the original screen (after removing the transparent tape).

You can get glass screen protectors at various (online) shops, be sure to get tempered glass like Gorilla Glass or Panzer Glass.

This is one of the options available on Amazon :

Ailun Tempered Glass H9 Screen Protector for iPad mini 1/2/3 – 2 pack [buy on Amazon US] [buy on Amazon UK] [buy on Amazon DE]

However, if the cracks in your screen are preventing you from joyfully using your iPad mini 2 that is not your primary iPad, go and try to replace the screen yourself :

that’s it !

good luck & enjoy 😉

NOTE : to make sure you will not run into this problem again, you might consider a (semi) military grade protection case for your iPad mini 2 : Supcase Beetle Defence Case with integrated Display Protector for iPad mini 1&2 [buy on Amazon US] [Buy on Amazon UK] [Buy on Amazon DE] …for a relatively old iPad these are quite expensive cases, so it just depends on how, how often and for how long you will use your iPad mini 2 to decide if that’s a good investment…

 

fixed : iPhone 6s screen displays all red colours as pink

Question :

While I was charging my iPhone 6s overnight, something weird has happened to the display : for some mysterious reason all red colors have turned pink overnight…

What can I do ?

 

Answer :

Since we cannot rule out that someone has pranked you, you should start out by checking your display settings – to do so in iOS 13, do this :

  • open the Settings.app
  • in the Settings window, click on Accessibility (so not Display & Brightness, but the one just below it)
  • in the Accessibility window, click on Display & Text Size
  • in the Display & Text size window, make sure Colour Filters is turned OFF
  • if the display color problem persists, this is not the way to solve it…

If that works, you’re good. If not… try a reset :

  • press both the round Menu-button (below the screen) and the ON/OFF-button (on the right side of the iPhone) to shut down your iPhone
  • keep both these buttons pressed continuously until the screen goes black
  • keep both these buttons pressed continuously until the white Apple-logo appears on screen
  • now release both buttons and wait for the iPhone to restart
  • if the display color problem persists now, it wasn’t a software problem…

If that works, you’re good. If not… it’s a hardware problem, so if this is your primary iPhone, go to your Apple Store or local Apple Repair Centre and have it fixed …or get yourself a new iPhone.

…if this is your secondary iPhone, you’re probably best of trying to repair it yourself (as the iPhone is getting more-and-more outdated every day, and an official AppleStore repair will cost you about €150…). To make sure you are ready to repair your iPhone yourself, watch some Youtube-video’s on this subject first :

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=iphone+6s+screen+replacement

If you think you are ready to replace your iPhone 6s display yourself, get yourself a new display with new LCD and touchscreen (and replacement tools), make sure you also get a cut-out film of glue-gel if that isn’t included, and follow the replacement manual that is available at iFixit :

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iPhone+6s+Screen+Replacement/62900

If you need replacement parts, here are a few suggestions from Amazon we’ve tested and work great :

Bokman Pre-assembled Display & Touch-screen for iPhone 6s – complete with tools [ buy it on Amazon UK ] [ buy it on Amazon DE ]

an alternative (similar but untested by us) from Amazon US :

Pre-assembled Display & Touch-screen for iPhone 6s – complete with tools [ buy it on Amazon US ]

and do not forget to order this too :

MMobile cut-out film of glue-gel for iPhone 6s – dual pack [ buy it on Amazon US ] [ buy it on Amazon UK ] [ buy it on Amazon DE ]

NOTE : on these pre-assembled displays, a new Home-button is included, but the new one doesn’t support fingerprint recognition, so if you want your iPhone to recognise you by your fingerprint (which is extremely convenient) you will need to swap the original Home-button back onto your iPhone (a fairly simple thing to do)

…and if your iPhone battery is getting old, you might want to replace that at the same time. to check the status of your iPhone battery, do this :

  • open the Settings.app
  • in the Settings window, click on Battery (just below Emergency SOS)
  • in the Battery window, click on Battery Health
  • if the Maximum Capacity listed there is 85% or lower, you should replace the battery (if not, it doesn’t need replacement)

If you need a replacement battery, here’s a suggestion from Amazon that we’ve tested and works great :

Icero Replacement Battery for iPhone 6s – higher capacity than the original [ buy it on Amazon UK ] [ buy it on Amazon DE ]

an alternative (similar but untested by us) from Amazon US :

iBestwin Replacement Battery for iPhone 6s – higher capacity than the original [ buy it on Amazon US ]

 

if you need to do a hardware repair : Good Luck & enjoy 😉