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10 Mobile Apps to Control Your Laptop

April 23 2013 , Written by Joanne Published on #Android Tips

Whether you want to run your laptop from across town, move your pointer from across the room or even just push a few photos to a larger screen for everyone to see, you don't have to actually touch the keys to work with your PC or Mac.

The remote app is everywhere. However, once you start sorting through the options, the prospect can be a little bit daunting.

And so, we present our roundup of 10 mobile apps that let you control your laptop from afar. There's one for every price point, and at least one for every major task.

1. Xtralogic Remote Desktop Client for Android

Get to your laptop on your Android mobile device over any Internet connection with this app. Once you're linked, use the app's mouse and keyboard interface to access all your files, apps and email.

Control From: Android

Works With: Windows

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10 Mobile Apps to Control Your Laptop

2. Gmote

Running your media center through your laptop? This app puts its media list at your fingertips, in addition to all the features you'd expect with a mobile-to-laptop remote.

Control From: Android

Works With: Windows and OS

Price: FREE

10 Mobile Apps to Control Your Laptop

3. Intel Pair and Share

Push pictures to your laptop from your iPhone, iPad or Android. The app allows others with the tool to onboard their own phones and tie in to one central laptop for sharing.

Control From: Android and iOS

Works With: Windows and OS

Price: FREE

10 Mobile Apps to Control Your Laptop

4. iTeleport

Whether you want to use your iPad as a wireless keyboard, wake your laptop from afar or simply grab some left-behind files, this app uses your laptop's Flash-friendly capabilities to view a Flash-based site on your iOS mobile device.

Control From: iOS

Works With: Windows and iOS

Price: $19.99

10 Mobile Apps to Control Your Laptop

5. Flash Remote

No need to add iOS to your mobile profile, if you can't or don't want to. This one routes your commands from your Android to either Windows or an Apple laptop. Activate remote control features through a third-party Virtual Network Control server — the maker recommends TightVNC.

Control From: Android

Works With: Windows and OS

Price: FREE

10 Mobile Apps to Control Your Laptop

6. LogMeIn

Link back not only to your laptop but to your favorite cloud server as well. Print remotely via your laptop and push what you see to multiple monitors. For a free app, LogMeIn offers a powerful package.

Control From: iOS

Works With: Windows and OS

Price: FREE

10 Mobile Apps to Control Your Laptop

7. Splashtop

The basic setup of this app allows you to remotely control your laptop on your own wireless network. With Splastop's add-on Anywhere Access Pack, you can tap into your laptop from afar. The company claims its latency is lower than the competition, and that its multimedia streaming works faster.

Control From: iOS and Android (tablet)

Works With: Windows and OS

Price: $6.99–$8.99 (OS/Windows)

10 Mobile Apps to Control Your Laptop

8. Keynote Remote

If you're using the iWork Keynote app, then this is the remote control for you. As long as you have a wireless connection, your laptop's presentation file is at your fingertip's command.

Control From: iOS

Works With: OS

Price: $0.99

10 Mobile Apps to Control Your Laptop

9. Slideshow Remote

If PowerPoint is your slideshow app of choice, this remote allows your iPhone to become a remote. And it'll talk to Keynote, too.

Control From: iOS

Works With: Windows and OS

Price: FREE

10 Mobile Apps to Control Your Laptop

10. Logitech Touch Mouse

You don't even need a desktop to run your laptop, with this Logitech reinvention of the wireless mouse. With Touch Mouse, move your fingertips across the surface and the mouse doesn't have to move at all. A set-it-and-forget-it receiver means that up to six devices will respond to the unit, from anywhere in the room.

Control From: n/a

Works With: Windows

Price: $69.99

10 Mobile Apps to Control Your Laptop

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