In this tutorial, you will learn how to enable SSH on Raspberry Pi OS when you don’t have a monitor for the device. With SSH disabled by default on new installs, you will have to use one of two workarounds to getting it enabled without a screen.
Since 2016 Raspberry Pi OS has had its SSH server disabled by default. This change was done to help the security of recently set up devices, preventing bad actors from abusing open devices.
While you can easily enable SSH through the terminal or the desktop interface, this process changes when you don’t have a spare monitor and keyboard.
Over the following few sections, we will show you a couple of different ways to enable SSH on the Raspberry Pi without a monitor.
These methods are all relatively straightforward as long as you have a computer capable of reading a micro-sd card.