Setup with a Mobile Phone

The espresso Display works well with selected mobile phones, but it is important to know the limitations:

  • Power: Mobile phones have not been designed to power a 13 or 15" Display. Whilst some phones can power the Display directly, additional power supply is recommended
  • Ports: Not all USB-C is the same, where some mobile phones have a USB-C without video output over DisplayPort Alternate Mode. Apple is different, as the iPhone uses Lightning, which is a port/cable that Apple created themselves.

Setup for Samsung Phones

Samsung Phones are plug-and-play directly with USB-C and can use Touchscreen. Samsung also has a little-known feature called Samsung DeX. This turns your phone into a desktop-like experience.

To connect, simply connect to your Display using the USB-C cable. You may need an external power supply from a power bank or AC adaptor, as the mobile phone's battery wasn't designed to power a secondary monitor. If it doesn't power on or flickers, please try with additional power and reduce the brightness. Compatible with Samsung Galaxy Phones from S9 onwards.

Setup for Apple iPhone

You need this adaptor that connects Apple's Lightning port to HDMI,  available here. Touchscreen does not work with the Display and you will have to control the Display through your phone's touchscreen and connect an external power source (power bank or AV power).

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