Using your Android device as a wireless keyboard/mouse

RemoteDroid is an app that you can use via Wi-Fi to turn your Android phone into a wireless keyboard and mouse for your computer.

Setting up the RemoteDroid server on your PC

Here are the steps for downloading and running the RemoteDroid server software on your PC. Before you begin you must already have a wireless home network already setup. You will also need Java SE Runtime Environment 1.5 or higher. Last but not least you will of course need a phone running the Android OS.

  1. Go to http://www.remotedroid.net and download the latest RemoteDroid server zip file.
  2. Extract the downloaded zip file to a folder on your PC. (example: C:\remotedroid)
  3. Now open the location to which you extracted the zip file and run the file RemoteDroidServer.jar
  4. The IP address of the PC RemoteDroidServer is running on will be displayed in the window you have just opened. Remember this IP as you will need it later in this guide.

Setting up the RemoteDroid app on your Android device

Now that you have downloaded and ran the RemoteDroidServer.jar file on the PC that you want to control it is time to configure RemoteDroid on your phone.

  1. Go to the Android Market
  2. Search for the RemoteDroid app, download it, and install it on your phone
  3. Open the RemoteDroid app that you just installed
  4. Enter the IP address of the PC you want to control (This will be the IP from Step 4 above)
  5. Tap Connect
  6. That is it! The large red square on your phone is the mouse capture box, the left green box acts as the left mouse button, the right green box acts as the right mouse button, and the keyboard icon between the green boxes brings up the keyboard input window to allow you to type on your PC.

  7. Enjoy your new wireless mouse and keyboard.

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  • http://xperiaandroid.com xperia android user

    nice app.. remote anything..

  • autin

    does the remotedroid app work with the cliq xt

  • Majestyk

    I just downloaded and installed this app and I have to say, it works way better on my media center PC than both the wireless KB/ mouse AND the media center remote control.

    Worth every penny!

    -Maj

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikeaydup333 Yan

    This app is NOT on the Android Market. Pointless tutorial

  • Dustin Karnes

    @Yan Actually, it is in the Android Market, just checked. Where are you located? May be for US customers only.

  • z

    Just tried it and it’s awesome!! I was thinking of buying a wireless keyboard for casual use. I won’t anymore. LOVE IT.

  • NinersFan1956

    Just installed and using it with a Droid X. It works great as long as you are using the “Multi-touch keyboard” – I was not successful in using the “Swype” keyboard – maybe a future release.

  • mark

    I’m typing this on my computer through this cool android app. It works great. I was going to get a wireless kb/mouse, but this work perfect for what I need.

  • blackspidey08

    Using it right now to make this post on my European unlocked HD2! There is scroll support if your laptop has a multi-touch mousepad/trackpad (use 2 fingers on the phones mousepad area and move up and down. side to side for widescreen pages.)

  • dav visor

    love this but will it work with a mac?
    ive got an early HTC Dream G1 Android and a Macbook Pro. i would love to have this work, any comments?

  • http://tinyurl.com/67xpv8 ozie

    not working on my google g2, windows desktop

  • http://tinyurl.com/67xpv8 ozie

    installed java, still doesnt work??

  • http://tinyurl.com/67xpv8 ozie

    installed java, but i cant get it working still, do i need java on my phone as well?

  • Shyam

    Im using Moto Quench XT3 with Android 2.1….I donna how to connect my phone with laptop’s wifi…

  • http://pinoydroid.net Pinoy Android News

    This is perfect for controlling HTPC…the Android Style!

  • Lukas

    Kaspersky blocd me, so i cant download (i had try it before, but i uninstalld it…) :-(

  • E

    It would be really cool if you could use this concept with an Android tablet. That would be really cool.

    - E

  • Khas

    You can use it with a tablet. Using with my xoom now.

  • Elane

    i have this working great with my vista wndows laptop and my htc evo phone. What would be FABULOUS would be my htc evo as a wireless mouse for my android samsung tablet!!!

  • Darren

    If you use the ShareKeyboard App and this app then you can control your laptop with your android device and type on the android device with your laptop keyboard. So in effect you are using your laptop keyboard to type on your laptop, only it’s being routed through your Android device!
    Technology is fun!

  • Chris Woodhouse

    @Elane – now that would be brilliant!

  • Chris Woodhouse

    I’ve got the Java Remote DroidServer running on my PC (HP Pavilion dv6 running W7 Home Premium SP1) and downloaded the Android RemoteDroid app. I entered the correct IP address and pressed “Connect”, but nothing :-(( When I try the mouse area, there’s no effect. The left and right mouse clicks also give nothing, and if I open Notepad in Windows and try the phone keyboard, nothing there either.
    Disappointed.

    • Poposepp

      did you use wifi? won’t work with 3G etc.

  • dashood

    Is this app paid only? I see RemoteDroid Pro, but no free version?

  • http://epkin.com Pope

    would like to use a 7″ droid tablet with swype (or touchpal) installed as a wireless keyboard for my win7 desktop. will this work?

  • sweet chin music

    Does not work on my Droid Charge running Gingerbread

  • http://blog.dadonamission.com Paul

    what i find incredible is that in 2011 there are still people who do not have java installed on their pc. this app works great on my acer iconiatab

    • Poposepp

      who the hell installs java voluntarily?

      • David

        Whenever I get a new computer, the first things I install are Flash and Java…

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  • lory

    wow! this app is great. i had went through like 5 other mouse app and none worked. but this is great i love it and its very helpful!!!! thank you thank you thank you!!! i followed every step an yay!!!

  • jhonata

    It didn´t work at my GS2!!

  • What the Hell!…

    You guys are giving up your home PC’s IP address to hackers from your cell phones!

    • Costi Bleotu

      you are only giving up your LAN IP which is nothing

    • Asdas

      so dumb

    • http://www.harlemghost.blogspot.com/ HarlemGhost

      oh dear 192.168.2.5 is really going to get me burned … moron …

  • Bertussie

    I”ve download these Remotedroid and enter my ip-adres but doesn’t work right now! :(

  • Disposable Generic

    I have a Droid Bionic, no trackball, I tried this app, but no way to drag or scroll. Needs mouse buttons on screen, too bad, nice app. If anyone knows of a more up to date app please let us know. Thanx!

  • Disposable Generic

    Oh, Keyboard doesn’t work….lol

  • pik

    works fine here, will give it a go for a while and buy the pro version if its a keeper. I hope it is.

  • pik

    to be honest it’s a bit too basic so far. Some way to create gestures for phones like the Galaxy SII etc.

  • AndroidFan

    Why all you need to do these setups…go for UnifiedRemote it’s simple, more efficient and has more features.

  • J Collins

    AndroidFan    Could you explain your comment, it’s as if your answering a question that hasn’t been asked.

  • Adrianfloresf

    Worked the first time, and hasn’t worked ever since. I have Huawei UM840, help Please!

    Thanks in advance

  • Billyi123456

    does this use data?

  • Bittersweet_swath

    keyboard isnt working:[:[

  • Deaweedmon

    i did all that with my phone last night and nothing worked  does it matter if there is service on the phone r not cuz my phone is connected thru wifi only and i cant make calls but i can text and down load aps all day long as long as im home or near wifi locations  so what other programs is there that i can use to make my android sprint 4g phone into my wireless keypad n mouse to use when im online and dont feel like havin a key board r my laptop in my lap all the time…..can u help me if so email me at deaweedmon@yahoo.com ty for your time

  • Wm082790

    there is no fucking .jar file. theres only text document, windows batch file, and WinRaR archive

    • Kramer

      You’re an idiot. Enable showing file extensions because that’s not a RaR Archive, that’s a .jar file. WinRar can open .jar files, but you don’t want them to because they can be executed by java.

      tl;dr: Install java and it will work.

  • Nikhil Sabhani

    How to get code for Android PC Remote?
     

  • TonyMart

    All perfect in Sony Ericsson Neo V … Thx :)

  • Sddsd

    niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! THANKS GREEEEEEEEEEEEAT I REALLY NEEDED THIS YOU ARE THE BESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSST

  • Misterburns81

    how about using the droid 4 qwerty for the xoom instead of a computer is it possible? and possibly use the droid as a mouse for the xoom

  • lem

    yet another pc controller – here’s an idea someone make this so i can control an android hdmi dongle with my tablet instead of the crazy mouse/keyboard controller they come with

  • Pet Fotografer

    Love this app, works perfectly on my HP Touchpad running CM9 ICS.

  • punto

    can you use this to control anothe android?

    • http://anthonnyag.deviantart.com/ Anthonny Arias

      If you find an app that control another android, let me know, please.

  • rashwan

    it is really perfect

  • gilbert

    please do clarify this to me,
    both my android phone and my laptop are on network, the difference is that my laptop is connected to net through a LAN while my phone is connected through a different network provider.
    so in this scenario can this work out, and if so what should i do?

  • klimro

    work great in Samasung gt i 9003 but its possible to controle games ?