How To Use Your Phone As A Remote Trackpad and Mouse

Sometimes, even in today's hyper-connected world, you can still find yourself without a mouse. Maybe someone's borrowed it, or the batteries have died. Either way, you're stuck. Here are three apps for iPhone and Android that can help, along with steps for implementing them.

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Mobile Mouse Pro (iPhone/iPad, $1.99)

Mobile Mouse Pro works for Mac and PC, becoming a remote trackpad and mouse, a remote control for your apps, and a presentation controller. Works over wifi and requires a server to be running on your computer.

How to use it: Grab the software from their site, install and run the server, configure settings, and use the app.

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Gmote (Android)

Gmote "turns your Android phone into a remote control for the computer". It lets you control music and movies with standard remote control features, has a built-in file browser, as well as touchpad and keyboard functions.

How to use it: Grab the server software, set up a password, and set up your media paths. Simple as that. Gmote can run over both 3G and WiFI.

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TouchPad (iPhone/iPad, $4.99)

Touchpad becomes a remote control, extended keyboard, multitouch trackpad and remote. It runs through the Mac OS X built-in Screen Sharing, so requires no additional software for the computer.

How to use it: Enable Screen Sharing in your System Preferences, run the app, and follow the prompts. Online support is available at their site.

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