Meta's creepiest device can now be turned into your second office screen

Meta Portal as a second screen
(Image credit: Meta)

If you're looking for an external monitor for your home office, Meta thinks it might have the answer - provided you've already bought one of its most-maligned products.

The company has revealed that its Meta Portal devices can now be used as a second screen for PC and Mac users, offering a significant productivity boost.

Both the Meta Portal Plus (Gen 2) and Meta Portal Go can be used as an external monitor, giving users more screen space, allowing them to run more apps, make video conferencing calls, edit documents or run more windows.

Portal second screen

The change is facilitated by Meta's support for the Duet Display app, which already lets users turn a PC, Mac, iPad or Android smartphone into a remote desktop or wireless second display.

Users simply need to install the free app via the App Store on both their Portal devices and either their PC or Mac. Once set up, users are then able to drag open windows from their main device over to the Meta Portal Plus or Portal Go just as you would with a typical second monitor.

The Duet Display app is available in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Australia and New Zealand for Meta Portal Plus (Gen 2) and in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Spain and Italy for Meta Portal Go.

Meta Portal as a second screen

(Image credit: Meta)

Portal and Mac

Mac users will also be able to share their screen with a wider range of Meta Portal touch-based devices thanks to the launch of a new free Meta Portal Companion app on Mac. Users can now connect their device to any of the touchscreen Meta Portal devices (Meta Portal Go, Meta Portal Plus, Meta Portal and Meta Portal Mini), letting them share their screen with just a click.

Working across the likes of Zoom, Google Workspace and BlueJeans, the app will also let users access controls to raise your hand, mute yourself and adjust the volume, as well as sending links to view on a Portal device.

"In today’s hybrid work environment, having a comfortable and convenient working space is more important than ever," the company said in a blog post announcing the news. "Meta Portal is now an even more useful productivity tool for your home office."

The launch is Meta's latest move to push the Portal as a business-focused device, coming a few months after the company announced it would no longer be selling the products to consumers.

Portal did originally launch as a push to help connect Facebook users around the world, but raised eyebrows with some questionable privacy decisions, meaning many consumers stayed away, and motivating the company to pivot towards enterprise use cases.

Mike Moore
Deputy Editor, TechRadar Pro

Mike Moore is Deputy Editor at TechRadar Pro. He has worked as a B2B and B2C tech journalist for nearly a decade, including at one of the UK's leading national newspapers and fellow Future title ITProPortal, and when he's not keeping track of all the latest enterprise and workplace trends, can most likely be found watching, following or taking part in some kind of sport.