How To Turn Android Device into Keyboard And Mouse

By Mustaza Mustafa. Filed in Tools

Smartphones are fast becoming a necessity with current generations. You use it to maintain your physical and online presence with it, so long as there is a secure Internet connection and you have the right app to get you connected. In fact, with the right app, smartphones can be the perfect alternative to any working device out there especially since your smartphone follows you everywhere you go.

Android gPad

But did you know that you can turn your Android phone into a remote control? With gPad, your Android-powered smartphone can let you control your mouse cursor and keyboard from a distance.

Getting started with gPad

To start off, install the gPad client on your Android phone and you also need to install the gPad server client on your Mac or Windows PC.

gPad download

When installation is done, you need to pair both your smartphone to your PC or Mac through Bluetooth, USB cable or connected under the same WiFi connection (If you are using WiFi connection, make sure you know your computer’s IP address, you may need them in the phone setup in case the connection fails). The pairing must be done before proceeding with the next step.

Using gPad as A remote cursor

Open the gPad application from your computer and leave it active.

gpad desktop

Now open the gPad application on your phone, select ‘Settings’ and then select the ‘Connection type’. In the connection type, select between WiFi, Bluetooth and USB connection.

gPad Settings

After the connection type is selected, go back to the ‘Settings’ page, scroll down to the relevant setting (Bluetooth, WiFi or USB) and click ‘Scan’. Select your computer as the pairing device.

gPad Scan

If you see on the Settings page an option to input ‘IP address’, this is where you place your computer’s IP if your connection fails via WiFi.

Now go back to the gPad main menu on your phone, click open ‘touchpad’, and you should now be able to remotely control your computer’s cursor from your phone. This is possible for as long as your phone is still connected to your computer via Bluetooth, WiFi or USB cable

gPad Touchpad

You can now turn your smartphone into a remote control for your computer. Use your mouse to control your laptop, PC or Mac from afar, or you can navigate through your powerpoint presentation slides or through video presentations with configured touchpads. As you can see below, there are plenty more remote controllers you can download and start using.

More gPad

Conclusion

This opens up a ton of possibilities. If you like watching movies on your laptop, this can be your own makeshift remote controller; if you are a teacher, this will put your Android to good use with your class lessons and presentations. How else would you put this to good use? Let us know in the comments section below.



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Mustaza is a traveller, social media lover and a freelance web designer with years of experience working collaboratively over the Internet.