If you're one of the millions of Android smartphone or tablet owners that also happens to own a MacBook, using the two together isn't nearly as hard as many would have you believe. Yes, Android and iOS users may not get along, but using your Android smartphone to control your Mac is actually extremely easy. Here we'll show you how to control your Mac from an Android device.
Our smartphones have been able to control certain aspects of our computers for years, but we recently received a question about using an Android device as a remote control for a MacBook, and it's actually very easy.
Download Mac Remote:
We've come across a free app on the Google Play Store simply called Mac Remote. This free app has a built-in tutorial that will get you setup and controlling your Mac with Android in minutes, and it is so easy everyone can do it. Click here to Download.
IP Address Preference:
Users just have to head into system preferences and allow remote login, give the app your Macbook IP address, and everything is controlled over Wi-Fi. It's that easy.
Change Settings In System Preferences:
Start by clicking the Apple at the top left and heading into System Preferences, then select Sharing as shown above. Once in sharing you'll simply follow the on-screen prompts inside the Mac Remote app and tap Sharing > then click to enable Remote Login.
Provide Your Mac IP:
Once you've enabled Remote Login you'll want to write down the IP of your Mac. It will look something similar to the "192.168.1.131" shown in the screenshot above.
Connect Your Mac And Android Smartphone:
Next, simply open up the Mac Remote app on your smartphone, tap connect, and follow the instructions. You'll put in your Computer name (without a space) the Password, and the IP numbers you just wrote down and hit connect. If all done correctly, you'll be connected and have access to control tons of apps and features with your Android like it is a remote.
You Can Adjust Almost Everything:
Along with the ability to access the programs listed above, you can also use Mac Remote to adjust the brightness, change the volume, sleep your Mac, or even shut down the computer. It's a very handy tool, and if you pay for the premium option you'll get rid of the ads and get full support for the File Browser for even more control over your Mac.
The process is complete:
That's it and you're all done. You now can control tons of aspects of your MacBook all simply by using your Android smartphone or tablet.
Limited Amount Of Apps Supported:
The list of apps supported is quite limited, and there is no way to add custom commands.