Remote Control for Mac Review (Rewritten!)

Remote Control CherpakeEvery app evolves, or at least it should, and Remote Control for Mac by Evgeny Cherpak is not exception. I once reviewed this app – link to old review is at the end – but there are too many changes, so I decided not to just update old review, I have written new review from scratch. Remote Control for Mac is, as I think, a golden standard to remote control your Mac from iPhone or iPad and it can even replace your trackpad or keyboard. I use it for years and every update was free. Developer offers lite version, so you can test if it fits your needs.

Remote Control for Mac is a pair of two apps – a full iOS app and macOS helper app. You can download helper app HERE and iOS app HERE. After downloading both apps, just pair your Mac helper app with Remote Control on iOS device.

After pairing and launching Remote Control for Mac, you will see a welcome screen:

Welcome Screen

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At top left corner, tap on Settings icon. Here you can set virtual trackpad’s and keyboard’s behaviour, to manage Siri Shortcuts recorded for this app, to set app theme and some other little settings.

Ready? Just tap on paired device’s icon and now you can remote control your Mac. App is divided into 5 categories:

  • Keys
  • Input
  • Apps
  • Menu
  • More

In “Keys”, you can control volume, media controls, brightness of display and keyboard and also arrows, spacebar, enter and backspace. Yea, some basics keys. But that’s not all, you can control some third-party software and services via KeyPads, currently are supported these ones:

  • iTunes
  • IINA
  • YouTube
  • QuickTime Player
  • VLC
  • Netflix
  • Spotify
  • Deezer
  • TIDAL
  • Prime Video
  • SoundCloud
  • Kodi
  • Plex

Here is how it looks, demonstrated on IINA:

Keys IINA

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Can’t find your favorite app? No worries, you can easily add KeyPad for literally any app, like Telegram:

Keys Telegram

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In custom shortcut configurator, which can be accessed by taping on custom app icon (in this case “Telegram”) while enabling/disabling items from list, you can set options like to launch app itself, to invoke any item from app’s Finder’s top menu, keyboard shortcuts, to run scripts (including system actions built-in Remote Control for Mac like to turn off screen) or to launch any website – for example Telegram’s web interface:

Keys Telegram Custom

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Also, by this way you can edit built-in services and apps too, for example to add button for iTunes service to start screensaver. Please note, that if you edit built-in service, it will create a copy of original service set with your user changes, while original service set is unmodified.

Second category is called “Input”. You can move and click with mouse cursor and type on iOS keyboard. It works well with external hardware keyboards for iPhones and iPads. You can even mirror Mac’s screen on your iOS device, but I found it little laggy. Anyway, it’s great feature. Another features are ability to launch macOS launcher, to start Mission Control and two arrows to navigate in some areas like Finder’s top menu or while selecting files in folders. You can also change virtual trackpad’s and keyboard’s behaviour.

Third category is called “Apps”. Here is list of all installed apps on your Mac. Just tap on any of them to display a menu:

Apps

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Alongside common commands, you can set app as favorite for quick access or to create a custom KeyPad, like I demonstrated on Telegram.

Fourth category is called “Menu”. It shows items from currently launched app from its macOS Finder menubar:

Menu

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All displayed commands may be added as Siri shortcuts. These shortcuts work even when chosen app is not launched – in this case, app is automatically launched after invoking Siri command.

Fifth category is called “More”. It offers 10 system actions:

  • Log Out
  • Restart
  • Shut Down
  • Lock
  • Sleep
  • Wake
  • Start Screen Saver
  • Stop Screen Saver
  • Display Off
  • Display On

All of these system actions can be added to Siri or marked as scheduled. Or added as favorite. Interesting is option to launch chosen website on your Mac via Siri on your iOS device. Unfortunately, there is no option to schedule or to set as favorite.

So, this is my review of Remote Control for Mac. If you are interested in old review, click HERE.

Helper app is free download from developer’s website.

You can download reviewed app(s) here:

Remote control for Mac

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