We can control TV, AC and various gadgets using a Remote Control device. But, do you know that is is possible to control a Windows computer using your smartphone? The Unified Remote app can help you to control your Windows PC using your smartphone, as it turns your phone into a remote control device. You can even control multiple computers that are connected to the same network. For example, if you have connected two computers to your Wi-Fi router, you will be able to control both of them using your mobile phone.
Control Windows computer with a smartphone
Unified Remote is available for various platforms including Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can use this mobile app on Android, iOS as well as Windows Mobile operating systems. Talking about Windows, you will be able to able to use it on Windows XP or later versions, 32-bit as well as the 64-bit machines, and Windows Phone 7.5 or 8. Unfortunately, it is not available for Windows Phone 8.1 or 10 yet. If you have an Android mobile, make sure that your phone is running Android 1.5 or newer version.
Unified Remote for PC
It is very easy to setup Unified Remote on PC as well as your smartphone. In this tutorial, I am going to use Windows 10 PC and an Android phone. However, the setup is the more or less the same if you use any other platform.
Download Unified Remote for your preferred platform and install them on both the devices. After opening it on your mobile, it will ask you to create an account. Just enter the details or use your Google account to set up everything. Following that, you will see this screen.
If you have already installed the Unified Remote app on your computer, just tap on “I’VE INSTALLED THE SERVER” button. Otherwise, install it and then tap on the button. Make sure that the app is running on your computer. You can find the Unified Remote icon in your system tray. Now, it will search for the computer/s that is/are connected to the same network. As a result, you should get a screen like this,
Now, it will search for the computer/s that is/are connected to the same network and connect the devices when they are found.
Tap on the “LET’S GET STARTED” button now. You should see these options.
Now, you can carry out several tasks using these options. Unified Remote will let you carry out the following tasks:
- Control mouse and keyboard and let you type anything anywhere
- File manager: It will help you to browse your drives and various folders
- Media: You can play music and control Windows Media Player
- Power: Power options such as Restart, Shut Down, Log Off, Sleep, etc. are available here
- VLC: If you have VLC on your computer, you can manage that from here
- Utility: You can manage your start menu and Taskbar using this option
- Presentation: View slideshow using this option
For your information, this app has a paid version, but it is not required for basic tasks. Unified Remote can be downloaded from here.
Remote Mouse is another similar app that converts your mobile phone into mouse and keyboard