How to Use Your Smartphone as a Mouse

by Jack Rosenberger

 

Did you know you can use your smartphone as a mouse for your computer? By downloading a mobile mouse app, you can de-clutter your desktop, use your phone as a pointer for slicker presentations, wirelessly adjust playlists and more.

To get started, first consider your operating system. For Android and Windows smartphones, the apps communicate with your compatible computer via Bluetooth® or Wi-Fi.

Unified Remote (Android)

If you love Android phones, such as the Sony Xperia® Z3v, or Droid Turbo by motorola, you can’t go wrong with Unified Remote. The app lets you control more than 70 programs on your laptop or desktop computer. It also offers voice-command features and handy remotes for Spotify and YouTube™. Bonus points: It’s both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi friendly.

Remote Mouse (Android)

The Remote Mouse app’s winning qualities include a simple user experience and a customizable interface. It currently supports Wi-Fi and 3G networks.

Mouse Remote (Windows)

If you’re a big fan of the HTC One® (M8) for Windows, or other elegant Windows phones, Mouse Remote is a great choice. The slick, Wi-Fi-only remote mouse app boasts many of the same features as others, but its minimalist design makes it very easy to use.

Always update your software

An important but often overlooked piece of security advice: Always update your remote-mouse app (and any other software) as soon as updates are available. App updates can fix bugs, improve upon existing features or even add new ones—but they also routinely contain security patches, which are vital to protecting your smartphone’s data from digital criminals.

The next time an app update appears on your phone’s screen, do yourself a favor: Click Update Now.

Jack Rosenberger is an independent tech journalist based in the New York City area.

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