Raspberry Pi

What is Raspberry Pi headless use

Are you getting tired of controlling your Raspberry Pi device with your keyboard and mouse and you want to access it on your laptop or PC or cannot afford a costly monitor? Then, you should consider managing your Raspberry Pi device wirelessly from your laptop and to accomplish that you will have to use Raspberry Pi headless mode.

What is Raspberry Pi headless use

Raspberry Pi headless use assures that your experience on the Raspberry Pi won’t be impacted if you don’t have a monitor, keyboard or mouse with you. You can access the device wirelessly using your laptop or PC. The installation method to utilize Raspberry Pi headless is described below and you will need to ensure that all the steps should be carefully performed.

Step 1: First ensure that you will have a mobile phone (Android or iPhone) and there you will need to install BerryLan from the Play store or Apple’s app store.

Step 2: In the next step, download the BerryLan version of Raspberry Pi on your PC or Laptop by visiting the link.

Step 3: After successful installation of BerryLan, prepare your SD card. For this purpose, you will need to use a card reader or SD card jacket and insert the SD card into it so that it will become a USB storage which can then be plugged into the system. After that, format the SD card using the NTFS or FAT file system and also ensure that the storage of the SD card is not less than 8GB.

Step 4: Next, download the Balena Etcher app from the official website as it will make an image of Raspberry Pi on your SD card.

Step 5: Open the Balena Etcher app from your desktop PC or laptop and select the “Flash from file” option. There, you will need to load the image of “BerryLan version of Raspberry Pi” which you have downloaded in your system.

Step 6: Click on the “target drive” option and select your USB storage.

Step 7: Click on the “Flash” option to start flashing the image of Raspberry Pi on your SD card.

Step 8: The flash process takes some time and you will need to stay calm until it is finished.

Step 9: After finishing the setup, you will then safely remove your SD card from the USB storage and put it into the SD card port of Raspberry Pi device.

Step 10: Open the BerryLan app from your mobile device and enable the Bluetooth option from your mobile phone. Wait until you see the “BT WLAN” option and click on it when it appears.

Step 11: Next connect your Raspberry Pi device with the WiFi and login it by entering the password.

Step 12: Wait for sometime so that your Raspberry Pi device connects to the WiFi.

Step 13: After successful connection, you will see your device IP address on your mobile screen.

Step 14: Open PuTTy from your desktop and write in the IP address of your device in the Hostname option and click on the “Open” option.

Step 15: A dialog box will open and you will have to click on the “Accept” option as shown in the image below.

Step 16: Now you will need to enter the name “nymea” when you see the option “login as” and also type the password “nymea”. Press the Enter button when done and you will now see the “nymea” screen on the PuTTy.

There you go, now you can access the terminal of your Raspberry Pi device on your laptop or PC.

Conclusion

Raspberry Pi headless use enables you to get rid of acquiring a keyboard, mouse or monitor from the market. You may control your Raspberry Pi from the terminal of your Windows or other operating systems. You will need to establish your BerryLan Raspberry Pi OS on your device and install the BerryLan application from the play store or app store in order to retrieve the IP address of your device. After that you will be able to operate it from your other computer through PuTTy on PC.

About the author

Awais Khan

I'm an Engineer and an academic researcher by profession. My interest for Raspberry Pi, embedded systems and blogging has brought me here to share my knowledge with others.