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 is now a trackpad/mouse for your Mac. The display of the iPhone serves as a trackpad for Mac. Tapping the screen with two fingers (just like you do it on the Mac trackpad) will be.
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We are often caught in a situation where we wish to control our MacBook from our iPhones. Be it a movie night on your cozy couch or music playback at your house party. Not everyone uses those big and expensive Bluetooth speakers but we still always need to have control of the media. So I found just the app that some of you might find really handy as it is all solutions under one name. Let’s see how it works.
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Use iPhone as Mouse For Mac
To use the iPhone as a trackpad on your Mac, we’ll use a simple app called Remote Mouse. The app has both free and paid versions which differ in services. Services like mouse controls, app launcher, portrait keyboard are available in the free version. While the landscape keyboard, media controls, and system control are all part of the pro version of the app. But for most parts, you can perform all necessary actions in the free version itself.
Download Remote MouseiOS macOS(free, $2)
Step 1: Download the apps on both the devices
To use your iPhone to control your Mac you’ll need to install Remote Mouse on both your iPhone as well as Computer. Links are shared above and both the app versions are available natively on the app store.
Step 2: Connect via Wi-Fi
Once you’ve downloaded the apps on both the devices, open the app on your iPhone and look for connections on top of your screen. Initially, it will say ‘Connection Failed’.
Tap on the marked section and you should be able to see your MacBook’s name. Remember to keep both the devices on the same Wi-Fi network. If you still don’t see your device name, launch the macOS app again. Once visible, simply tap on it to connect.
Use Iphone As A Mouse For Mac
Step 3: Connect via IP address or QR code
If you’re not on a Wi-Fi connection you can simply tap on the ‘+’ sign on the top right corner to explore more options. You’d still need to be on 3G or 4G network though.
Here you may tap on either option. Click on history to connect to the device you have previously connected. Or if you are a new user head to the other options.
To connect the devices via IP address, first head to your macOS application. If the app is launched it’s probably sitting on your menu bar as it has no such interface.
Click on Show IP Address and you’ll see a small pop-up window with the address.
On your iPhone app where you tapped on the ‘+’ sign. Now select the IP address option and insert the IP address shown on your macOS app.
To connect via QR code, click on ‘Show QR code’ on your macOS app. A small pop-up window will appear with a QR code.
On your iPhone app tap on ‘Scan QR code’. Allow the camera permission and scan the QR code on your Mac’s screen.
Step 4: iPhone as track-pad
Once your devices are connected simply open your iPhone app. The empty screen is your trackpad with a scroller on your right and mouse buttons at the bottom. You can move around the cursor, scroll pages and click links via your iPhone itself. You can even make swipe gestures as you do on your Mac’s trackpad.
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Step 5: iPhone as a keyboard
While your devices are connected you can access the keyboard on your iPhone to input data on your MacBook. Just tap on the keyboard sign at the bottom of your iPhone app and a keyboard will pop-up on your screen. If you’re on a paid version you can even use the keyboard in landscape mode.
Step 6: iPhone as a media controller
On your iPhone app tap on the media button at the bottom to access the media controls for your MacBook. You can play/pause, rewind/forward and control pretty much all basic functions via this remote.
Step 7: iPhone as an app launcher
You can launch almost all the apps on your MacBook that are visible on your launchpad. Click on the app window like icon at the bottom of your iPhone app and you’ll see all the apps on your Mac’s launchpad. Click on any app to launch it on your Mac and navigate through the trackpad and keyboard.
Step 8: Operate Mac’s browser controls via iPhone
Although you already have so much control of your MacBook with the mouse and keyboard controls. But the app on your iPhone gives you furthermore control of your browser by giving you some quick control options in a special tab. Click on the browser tab of your iPhone app to the options. You can access the back button, zoom in / zoom out web pages and even tap on some quick website links that you frequently use.
Step 9: MacBook system controls on your iPhone
As if it wasn’t already more than enough, you can even take control of your Mac’s system controls from your iPhone itself. Meaning that you don’t have to get up from that couch even after the movie is finished. You can Log-off, sleep or even Shut-down your system from your iPhone app itself. It’s a paid feature again, but worth it.
You and I have the same thought right now, this app should probably work on changing its name. It does more than what the name suggests and so I ended up telling you more than I intended to. But these are some gaps between iOS and macOS that most of us were looking forward to filling. Well, go ahead and try the app. Start with the free version and if it proves to be good for you, a $2 purchase will make it even better. As always let us know your thoughts and experience in the comments below.
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We all know that the iPhone is a pretty incredible device with an endless list of capabilities. Just like it doubles up as a webcam or a remote for your computer, you can also use it as a mouse for your Mac. This can be really useful if you want to play and control music on your computer while doing chores around the house. Or even if your regular mouse suddenly stops working and you can’t immediately replace it. Using your iPhone as a mouse is possible through some apps. Let’s check out a few.
How to Use iPhone as a Mouse with Remote Mouse
Remote Mouse is a super handy iPhone app that works like a charm to convert your phone’s touchscreen display into a touchpad for a PC/Mac. It can also act as a keyboard.
Remote Mouse iPhone app comes in two versions: a free one that serves ads and a $1.99 version that comes with no ads. The app connects to your Mac/PC via Wireless (WiFi or cellular data). This is great because Bluetooth-controlled apps are not as powerful and have a limited range.
To use Remote Mouse, simply follow the steps below:
- Download the Remote Mouse app on your iPhone
- Download the Mac/PC version of the software from www.remotemouse.net
- Run the software on Mac/PC
- Now, open Remote Mouse on your iPhone
- Tap on ‘Start’ and it should automatically connect if your iPhone and the Mac/PC are on the same Wi-fi network
- That’s it! If it doesn’t connect automatically, you can enter the IP address of your PC/Mac manually too by tapping on the small IP search icon
That’s it! Your phone display will turn into a trackpad now. A two-finger tap is taken as a right-click and a swipe is taken as a scroll. There are also buttons on the screen that you can tap on to emulate clicks. Remote Mouse is our favorite app to use your iPhone as a mouse but in case you want to try some other options, we’ve listed a couple more below.
Turn iPhone into a Mouse for Mac with These Apps
#1. Mobile Mouse Remote
Apple Mac Air Pro Mouse
This is a great app to instantly transform your iPhone into a wireless mouse for your Mac! Whether you want to surf the web, browse your photos or control your music player from your couch, Mobile Mouse makes it easy. There is a free version that offers both mouse and keyboard functionality. The paid PRO version goes a step further with awesome features such as a macOS-style dock, password protection, programmable hotkeys, and more. Get the mobile app from the link above and download the server on your computer from Mobilemouse.com
#2. Remote: Mouse/Keyboard/Presentation/Trackpad
This app is sleek, customizable, and fully functional immediately after you set it up. After downloading it on your phone by clicking the link above, get the helper version for your computer from Benzle.com. The app emulates all the Mac special function keys including brightness control and media/volume control. User reviews in the App Store especially praise its ease of use.
Price: Free (In-App Purchases)
#3. Remote, Mouse & Keyboard
This one has over a million downloads and almost 90% positive reviews on the App Store. In addition to the mouse and keyboard functionality, you can even start any app on your Mac, send your Mac to sleep, wake it up and perform many more useful actions to control your computer remotely. You’ll need to download the Mac Helper application from Cherpake.com and then connect your Mac and iOS device to the same WiFi network to do the setup process.
Price: Free (In-App Purchases)
#4. FullControl: Remote for Mac
This one is different from the rest because it is highly customizable and there are specific commands for each Mac application. You can launch files, control media, and shut down or restart your computer all with the flick or tap of your finger. You can update to the paid version to remotely take screenshots of your Mac and enjoy other cool features. The helper app for your computer is available free at Fullcontrol.cescobaz.com.
Price: Free (In-App Purchases)
So do you ever use your iPhone as a mouse? What do you use it for and which of these apps worked best for you? Share your experience in the comments below.
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