Use your smartphone as a mouse, touchpad or keyboard
Mouse broken? Or just want a way to transform your phone into a wireless mouse or keyboard? While a tablet can provide great functionality, few things beat your smartphone for touch responsiveness, esp. if you want to control your PC at a distance, e.g. for presentation, media players, browsing, etc. We show how your smartphone can operate as a mouse for any PC.
Using an Android Smartphone
Requirements: Android 2.1 or above smartphone, a laptop, and a WiFi environment.
Go to the Play Store to download and install the Remote Mouse or WiFi Mouse app on your smartphone (here I introduce WiFi Mouse app for Android).
Download and install the WiFi Mouse client (click here to download) on your laptop. The client is compatible with Windows XP onwards, Mac OSX, Ubuntu and Fedora OS. There is no setup required after installing.
To continue, get your computer's IP address.
Click on "start" and type "cmd" and open the MS-DOS prompt. Enter "ipconfig" to view your IP address, take a note of it.
Run the WiFi Mouse client and activate WiFi on your phone, your phone and laptop must be connected to the same WiFi network.
On WiFi Mouse, click "Auto Connect" or input the IP address (from previous step) of your computer. Click "Connect", waiting for your Android device connect with your PC.
Once connected, you will see the following image:
● The left corner button corresponds to the left mouse button
● The middle one maps to the mouse wheel
● The right corner button represents your right mouse button
● The empty area above operates like a laptop touchpad
The multi-touch functionality of your phone can be used on your computer. Click on the keyboard icon on the top right corner to bring up your phone's keyboard for remote text input. Settings (e.g. mouse sensitivity) can be set from the top left corner.
Note: this method is recommended for laptops, it's not suitable for complicated network environments.
Using an Apple iPhone
Requirements: Apple iPhone, a laptop, and a WiFi environment.
Go to the Apple Store to download and install Remote Mouse.
Download and install the Remote Mouse client (click here to download) on your laptop. It's available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
Open the Remote Mouse client on your computer, ensure your phone and laptop are connected to the same WiFi network, and launch the app on your iPhone.
Click on "Not Connected" at the bottom of the screen, find and click on your computer name.
The different buttons on your phone correspond to the mouse buttons, the cursor can be moved by using the empty area, and 2-finger swipes are also recognized.
Settings can be set from the menu at the top, e.g. panels, feedback or help.
From the second menu, you can control critical computer functions, including shutdown, sleep, restart and log off. This functionality far exceeds that of an ordinary mouse, and is more akin to a remote control.
The third menu is Media Remote, with broad support for iTunes, Keynote, Hulu, and PowerPoint on Mac, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewers, PowerPoint and iTunes on Windows. With this menu, you can also use the phone's volume buttons to adjust computer volume or change slides in presentation mode (PowerPoint and Keynote).
The forth menu displays the programs running in the background on your computer (similar to Task Manager).
The final menu is the keyboard, allowing you to mirror the physical keyboard.
Your phone and computer must be connected using the same WiFi network for this to work effectively. By default, there is no password, although you can set your own on your computer.
No matter Android or Apple iphone, you can control your PC in the distance up to 15 meters just by your smartphone, it is really amazing. By the way, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
There is more than one way to use your phone as a mouse, and we have just covered just a few methods. Give them a try for big boost in functionality and versatility.
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