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How you can use your Smartphone as a keyboard, mouse and a remote control for your PC


Controlling a PC with a mouse and a keyboard is common, that’s what everybody does but there is an other cool way of interacting with PC. You can use your smartphone as a controller and control your PC.

You can use your smartphone as a PC controller using a smartphone app and PC app combo called Unified Remote.

The app you install in your phone talks to the server app you installed in your PC. The mobile app sends

mouse, keyboard, and other remote control-type input to the server app.

 The features offered by Youtube and VLC media player to stream media on to PC and control it from your smartphone is good. But these features are limited with only a set of things you can do. The best way to deal with this problem is to use your smartphone as a mouse and keyboard.

The app we mentioned above, Unified Remote works very well for this. The standard version is free, with a paid version offering additional specialized remote functions. The free version will let you use your phone as a mouse, keyboard, and give you access to other media remote functions. You can install the app on an iPhone, Android phone, or even a Windows Phone. You can use it to control a Windows, Mac, or Linux PC. So whatever devices you have, Unified Remote should work for you. It can communicate with your computer using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Installations in PC side

From the official website, the Unified Remote website download Unified Remote for  Windows, Mac, or Linux.  After finishing your downloading process, it and go through the installation process. On Windows, this installs an input driver that allows Unified Remote to control your computer.


After completing the above step, installer should automatically launch Unified Remote.

The process is same in Linux and Mac OS X.

Installing in Mobile side

Now you have to install the Unified Remote app for Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone. After launching the app on your phone, tap the “I have installed the server” button. The app will scan your local network to find a computer running the server, so be sure your phone is on the same Wi-Fi network as your computer.


Now you can use your smartphone as a mouse and you will find it comfortable than sitting in a sofa consuming media and struggling to control cursor using mouse on awkward positions.

Other common trackpad actions like a single tap to click and a two-finger drag to scroll up and down will also work. From the Basic Input screen, you can tap the keyboard icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen to pull up your smartphone keyboard. Type on the keyboard and it’ll send that input to your computer.


Now that you have Unified Remote installed, explore it and find new inputs you can give using your smartphone.


  1. Hi, this technic sounds cool but i have a couple of questions in my mind.

    1. Does the devices like Pc and Mobile phone require Internet?

    2. Does PC require a wifi adapter connected in order to use mobile wifi direct?


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