We control wirelessly many devices, like TVs and DVD players. But did you think about to control your Mac in the same way as your TV? I don’t mean complex solutions like TeamViewer for working on your Mac remotely, but just wireless controller, like your TV got. A controller which can change volume, turn on/off display, turn off/restart your Mac, start or stop screensaver, pause music in iTunes etc. All of these features, and much more, is available thanks to Evgeny Cherpak and his great app called Remote Control.
This app requires small helper app, which you can download HERE. After launching, I strongly recommend to set password and authentification:
Ready? Now just install Remote Control app from App Store (link is at the end of article) and you are ready. You only need to be on the same wi-fi network as your Mac.
App is divided into 4 sections:
- Keyboard & Trackpad
After launch, you will be directed to Media tab:
On iPad, there is a lot of wasted space, but on iPhone it looks very well. Here is possible to control Mac’s volume and while using iTunes, you can pause/resume or to seek backward/forward. AirPlay devices are supported too.
Next tab is interesting too – it changes your iPhone/iPad into virtual keyboard and trackpad:
Now you can use your iOS device as virtual keyboard for your Mac. Or as trackpad. Just choose.
Now look at top right corner:
Button F1 shows/hides extensions of your iOS keyboard, button A can completely hide/show whole keyboard.
But most interesting is loupe – it’s called “View & Zoom” – and it allows to mirror Mac’s display into your iOS device, useful especially on big iPad Pro 12.9-inch. But you can’t control your Mac by this screen, it’s just a mirror.
The last two buttons serve for enlarge mouse cursor on your Mac and for fullscreen mode, a distraction-free mode which hides other elements.
Next tab is Apps. It shows all your apps installed on your Mac, like in Applications folder:
Just tap on your app and menu, as shown above, appears. If some app is making problems or does not response, Force Quit is solution. Favourites bar is for your chosen apps to be found quickly, just add here your most used apps.
Last tab contains many shortcuts for your Mac, like controlling volume, ability to restart or turn off your Mac, to set brightness of your display, lock or wake your Mac etc. Just look:
In short, I personally use this app daily and I can only recommend it. Developer is very active on Twitter and Remote Control is getting regular updates.
You can download reviewed app(s) here:
Remote Control for Mac
Update 1st – 31. May 2019: This is legacy review, look for rewritten version HERE.