Raspberry Pi without a monitor screen

The Raspberry Pi only has an HDMI output socket and a composite video socket. You can only connect it to a monitor or TV with an HDMI input because the composite connection has too low resolution.

If you have a spare VGA computer monitor, you can connect the Pi to that using an adaptor.


(If this link is dead, Google “hdmi to vga raspberry pi”)

If you have not a computer monitor that you can spare, then you will have to use the TV set in the Living Room.   Is there a way you can view what is on the Raspberry Pi on your Android Tablet or Laptop?

Yes there is.


You need to set up a VNC server on your Pi.

The Pi’s a bit slow for that isn’t it?

Ah, but there are ways you can make it faster, like transfer the operating system to a fast USB stick.

There are a series of tutorials for new Pi owners here:


If you go to this web page, there is a link to a blog, which shows you how to set up a VNC server on the PI.

On your Android, got to the play store and download  a VNC client.

Try: “bVNC Free” or “DesktopVNC”

The Android app used to determine what IP address your Pi is broadcasting is called “Fing”.

Use Fing to scan for your Pi, assuming you have a Wifi dongle attached to the USB hub.

Fing will give you the IP address and port number. Use “scan for services” to determine the port number for Desktop sharing.  Enter these values in b “VNC Free”

The port number is usually 5900, but it can be something else. Do not assume it will be this value.

The process of connecting may take a while.

How to connect to your Windows or Mac or Linux system from Debian is covered here: