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How to control a computer remotely using your iPhone or Android smartphone

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How to control a computer remotely using your iPhone or Android smartphone
And there we were at this awesome back yard party. Garden torches lit up the night while guests were sipping on their pretty cocktails. Yet it wasn't all perfect because each time one wanted to change the music, they had to go all the way to that PC and pick the new track. "There has to be an easier way to do this," we thought to ourselves, and put our nerdy skills into action.

TeamViewer was the app that saved the evening. It allows you to control a PC or a Mac remotely, be it from an iPhone, an Android smartphone, or another computer. Want to know how to do that? The first step is to... 


Download TeamViewer

You have to download TeamViewer on both the computer you want to control and on the device you want to access it from. The quickest way to get the computer ready to be controlled remotely is to run the application instead of installing it. You do that by selecting "Run" instead of "Install" during setup. Once you accept the agreement, a window will appear showing your temporary ID and a password.

Run TeamViewer on the computer you want to control remotely
Run TeamViewer on the computer you want to control remotely
Run TeamViewer on the computer you want to control remotely

Run TeamViewer on the computer you want to control remotely



A TeamViewer client can be downloaded on an iPhone, iPad, or an Android smartphone or tablet. Just go back to the page where you dowlonaded the PC/Mac application from and hit that "Mobile" tab. Download links for Android and iOS are available there. For demonstration's sake, we have TeamViewer installed on our Samsung Galaxy S II. Now it is time to...

Log in remotely

You do that by opening the mobile app and entering the credentials given to you by the desktop application. Note that you don't necessarily have to be connected to the same local or wireless network, it works over the internet too! Once you are connected, the computer's desktop will magically appear on your smartphone or tablet's screen. At the same time, the desktop applicaiton will inform you of the ongoing session with a pop-up window.

TeamViewer is now installed on our mobile device
TeamViewer is now installed on our mobile device
TeamViewer is now installed on our mobile device

TeamViewer is now installed on our mobile device



Controls

Sliding your finger across the mobile device's display controls the mouse and a single tap acts as a left click. A double tap is a double click and dragging things around is done by hodling your finger down after a double tap and sliding it around. If you need to input text from your smartphone or tablet, tap on the keyboard button below. There is also where the right click button is located. The button shaped as a magnifying glass allows you to zoom in and out. You close the session by tapping the "X" button.

As if by magic, we are now connected remotely to a computer
As if by magic, we are now connected remotely to a computer
As if by magic, we are now connected remotely to a computer
As if by magic, we are now connected remotely to a computer

As if by magic, we are now connected remotely to a computer



Have fun!

And that pretty much sums it all up. Now you can check out what is going on at your PC at home, or help out a technically-challenged buddy, for example. If you like the app, go ahead and install it onto your computer in order to get the complete experience. We just want to clarify that TeamViewer is free for non-commercial purposes only, so be fair and don't run a business around it without purchasing a license.

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posted on 02 Jul 2012, 03:24 3

1. ThePolak (Posts: 14; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


I should consider myself lucky since I've been using this app for more than 15 months now, my friend shown me how to control my home computer when I'm at work. And then I found Android app and the journey continues. Cheers for bringing this one to the masses.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 03:41 3

2. Yankchef (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


yea me too ive been using this for quite sometime and its one of those apps that u delete any other app you had to do a similar thing because its that good.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 03:46 4

3. sbr999 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


If I set my resolution to 1280x800, my whole desktop fits inside the Galaxy Note's screen. Awesome!!

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 04:18 1

4. bansidhar (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


it's really really awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i control my pc through ipod touch now

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 06:56

5. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Me too .
But kinda sluggish .

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 06:57

6. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


It's more optimised for tab use honestly

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:24

7. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


Would this work to control a tablet, too?

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:35

8. plgladio (Posts: 312; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I tried to remote connect from a mobile to mobile or mobile to computer it failed.
This app works well in a normal 2G speed. That makes the thing amazing.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 08:44

9. disneydad (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


I've been using TeamViewer for a month now and it has come in handy with helping my wife with computer issues while I'm at work. Gotta love cool technology like this!

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 17:17

10. wizzardtech (Posts: 59; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


been using this in SOUTH EAST ASIA for 2 years now. PA, you guys are so unaware.
anyway, good app for people on the go

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:07

11. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Dude I am from Malaysia .
Yeah we have been team viewer user for a while but I think there are still many that wasn't aware about this app

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 04:34

12. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


How much did they pay you to write this article?

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 08:46

13. pats4thewin (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)


This is now a common way that people are trying to scam businesses. ive gotten calls at work saying that the person is from the tech department and needs to remotely control the computer by downloading teamviewer. knew it was a scam off the bat because our company already has remote access to our computers lol

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 05:51

14. mikeadams (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


TeamViewer is best for remotely accessing computer from iPhone. Additionally, one can even have a view only remote connection between iPhone and computer by deploying on premise remote support appliance such as RHUB appliances.

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