Introduction: HOW TO USE ANDROID DEVICE AS RASPBERRY PI MONITOR

If you are here in this tutorial then you must know about Raspberry Pi and it's use. So without making more delay let's start this process. But before we start I want to clarify somethings -

1. I have used Raspbian Os in this case.

2. It is one of the many ways by which you can get the same result. So if you don't fell comfortable you can use other methods also.

3. The apps I have used not the only one of it's kind available in play store. But I found these very helpful and easy to use.

4. The whole process with take 3-4 minutes of time though it largely depends on your internet connection speed.

5. We have a separate video demonstrating the whole process. So you can check it out. link -

So, let's start..

Step 1: Install Operating System in PI

You can skip this step if you have installed the OS already in the PI. If yes then go to step 2 or else look the complete OS installing instructions in this link that I uploaded some days back.

https://www.instructables.com/id/HOW-TO-INSTALL-RAS...

Step 2: Download the Required Apps

Download and Install 3 apps from play store on your android device.

1. Network Scanner

2. Mobile SSH

3. VNC Server

For your convenience I am giving the app icons.

Step 3: Power Up PI and Connect With Router

Connect USB power adapter to your PI.(5V-2A recomended).

Connect the Ethernet port of PI to the LAN port in your router.

Step 4: Find IP Address of Your PI

Open Network Scanner app.

Before that make sure that your PI and the android device should be in the same network, Otherwise this process will not work.

So, as soon as you open the app it will start scanning the network by it's own. Stop the scanning process if you find the name of "Raspberry Pi Foundation" then stop the scan and note down the IP address of the PI. Here in this case the IP is 198.162.0.100. It will be different for you.

Close this app.

Step 5: Create SSH Connection With Your PI

Now open Mobile SSH app.

Go to SSH settings and enter the previously noted IP address. Don't change other settings.

Come back to main screen of the app and click on connect. Type in "pi" as username and "raspberry" as password to log in to the PI.

Type this command - "sudo apt-get install tightvncserver" (Exclude " ")

Wait for the software to ready. And again type in only "tightvncserver" and send.

It will ask for a password. Give the password and give it again to verify. Remember the password.

Note down the desktop number. Here it is 1.

Look at the screenshots for reference.

Step 6: Use Vnc Viewer to View PI Screen in Your Android Device

Open VNC Viewer app.

Go to settings and create a new connection to the IP address of your PI. Give a colon after your IP address and type in your desktop number. like this - "192.168.0.100:1". For you it will be different.

Click on connect. If any security warning comes ignore that and continue. This is not harmful so be relaxed.

After that the app will ask that password which you have given in last step. Give that and continue.

BINGO!! Now you are on the monitor of your raspberry.

So that's it. I have tried to write in brief because you can get the whole thing if you go through the pics provided step by step. In spite of that if you face any error or any difficulty in completing the process feel free to ask me in the comment.

Take a look at our Youtube cannel 'Being Engineers' - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpB6R5qY3ZQt00C5K...

Thank you.

Comments

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benh270 made it! (author)2017-06-23

Is the hdmi cable on the raspberry obligatory ?

( after the first set up )

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WalidH10 made it! (author)2017-03-07

thank you :))))))

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RussellH4 made it! (author)2016-10-13

This was well written and the screenshots help immensely. Great job!

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Being Engineers made it! (author)Being Engineers2016-10-13

Thank you :)

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TinyGaming/ made it! (author)2016-10-07

Will the device touchscreen work as a pi mouse?

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Being Engineers made it! (author)Being Engineers2016-10-07

Yes, the touch screen works as mouse

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TinyGaming/ made it! (author)TinyGaming/2016-10-07

thx

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TinyGaming/ made it! (author)2016-10-07

After the process can I delete the Network Scanner And/or Mobile SSH

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Being Engineers made it! (author)Being Engineers2016-10-07

You can delete network scanner if and only if you can manage to assign the IP address of your PI to a particular ip. Otherwise it will be required to know the IP address of your PI each time you connect Pi to router.

SSH app you need every time to log in in PI OS.

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TinyGaming/ made it! (author)TinyGaming/2016-10-07

Thx

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Build_it_Bob made it! (author)2016-10-06

Hi there,

I am trying to set this up with OpenELEC for Raspberry Pi.

When I try to do mobile SSH, it will not accept "raspberry" as the password.

I get "password denied"

Has anyone tried setting this up instead of using "Kore" to control OpenELEC?

I would like this better as I am hoping to control music library from a room other than where the media center is located.

Any help is appreciated.

Build_it_Bob

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Being Engineers made it! (author)Being Engineers2016-10-07

I am not very confident to answer. I will watch and then I may answer your question correctly.

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Build_it_Bob made it! (author)Build_it_Bob2016-10-06

Hello again, I found the OpenELEC user and password, but I don't think I will have access to tightvncserver with the stripped down version of OpenELEC I am running.

User: root

Password: openelec

Not sure if i should just opt for a different version of Kodi/ OpenELEC and run it on the Pi3 at boot up . This is my 1st Pi project, and I am just following instructions for latest Nuts and Volts Media Center project.

Build_it_Bob

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tumador made it! (author)2016-10-04

MobileSSH is fine, but JuiceSSH is better (for Nano writting)

And SSHLite is cool to start a script remotely.

See U

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Being Engineers made it! (author)Being Engineers2016-10-04

Sure. I will try it using JuiceSSH. Thank you for the suggestion! :)

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Hyshinara made it! (author)2016-10-04

Oh man, how come I hadn't thought of this?
This will come in handy during hackathons, where I don't have the option of bringing along an extra monitor (I use a laptop), and also no spare monitor is available on site :)

(And yes, I know that I can do the same with my laptop, but I can't really build my laptop into a project... :P)

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Being Engineers made it! (author)Being Engineers2016-10-04

Haha :D

Thank you. :)

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Raphango made it! (author)2016-10-04

Great idea! =)

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Being Engineers made it! (author)Being Engineers2016-10-04

Thanks Raphango! :)

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ballred2000 made it! (author)2016-10-03

Thanks! I'm going to try this. After it's set up, can I delete Network Scanner and Mobile SSH?

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Being Engineers made it! (author)Being Engineers2016-10-03

Thanks for your question.

No, you can't delete those apps because every time you will power up the Raspberry Pi it will be assigned to a different IP address. So you need network scanner to know that IP. In case of change in IP address you have to change that that in the mobile ssh settings also. So you must have those apps in your device. But in case you never power off the PI you don't need those.

Hope I succeeded in clarifying your doubt. :)

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RockyR13 made it! (author)RockyR132016-10-04

I usually assign each Pi a fixed address on my router. E.g., I let the router assign address below 192.168.0.100 to PC, laptops, tablets, etc., and start my Pis at 100. The more ambitious can probably set up a name service as well. Good Luck!

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Being Engineers made it! (author)Being Engineers2016-10-04

Okay. I will try this :)

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ElegantAndrogyne made it! (author)ElegantAndrogyne2016-10-04

Very easy to do on OpenWRT or dd-wrt. Not all devices and firmwares will work though; our company has a Netgear FVS336Gv2 firewall/router, where local DNS doesn't work, even though the device uses dnsmasq (which supports static DHCP leases with local DNS, if configured properly).

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gtoal made it! (author)gtoal2016-10-03

With a little effort you can have the pi broadcast its IP address (either DNS or with Bonjour) or you can configure it to always be given the same address by your router. Scanning for the IP each time is a bit awkward.

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Being Engineers made it! (author)Being Engineers2016-10-03

Thank you. I will try it out.

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gtoal made it! (author)2016-10-03

Using an android is a very cost-effective way of getting a reasonable sized screen on cheap. The downside is that VNC isn't fast enough for real-time video or even most reasonably fast video games. But if you're just using it as a semi-static display (eg for weather, or as a soft panel for an in-home lights controller etc) then it's a good solution. I've seen cheap Chinese androids down at the $30 mark, and even a relatively good machine like a Kindle Fire is sometimes on sale cheaper than the official Pi LCD screen.

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Being Engineers made it! (author)Being Engineers2016-10-03

yea, VNC is not the perfect solution.

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IsaacPierce made it! (author)2016-10-02

Very Cool

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Being Engineers made it! (author)Being Engineers2016-10-02

Thank you

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Chitlange Sahas made it! (author)2016-10-01

Cool!

Just a suggestion... Please turn off your CAPS lock for the TITLE. All uppercase letters sounds like you are shouting out...

Good One !

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Being Engineers made it! (author)Being Engineers2016-10-02

Thank you for your suggestion. Will try to follow next time onward.

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