Though we live in a fast paced mobile-age, our good ol' desktop PCs aren’t redundant yet. We still love the comfort of the keyboard and how well the system handles all our work. While PCs are not even remotely portable or feasible to carry around, mobile apps now ensure that you can access and control all those critical files on your PC using your smartphone even on-the-go. The app-inundated Google Play has a list of such apps to choose from. We’ve picked 5 simple to use and secure Android apps that will help you access and control the PC.
Team Viewer - Free
This is a very popular remote access tool, and its makers have ensured that the mobile world benefits from it too. The Teamviewer Android app is simple to use and accessing and editing documents on the home computer or any particular app from your Android device while on-the-go just gets simpler with it. Its remote access features are further supported by the device’s multi-touch gestures - left click, right click, drag and drop, scroll and zoom. It gives you complete keyboard control with special keys such as Ctrl, Alt, and Windows. One can even access computers behind firewalls and proxy servers alongside automatic quality adjustment, remotely reboot the computer and the app can be effortlessly used on a device running Android 1.6 or higher.
Remotely access your PC
PhoneMyPC – 841.01
The PhoneMyPC app also allows users to remotely access a PC from their Android device. One will just need to use an easy to setup, free client on their PC along with the Android app that is available at Google Play. However, one will not need any network setup. The developers of the app have also made it tablet-ready, owing to the growing tablet fad. In case of any issues while using the app, there is a team of engineers working on the product who will send responses to all your queries within 24 hours. The app enables access to your PC anytime, anywhere as long as you have the Internet connection. This remote access app has a wide range of features but a very steep pricing as well.
Splashtop Remote Desktop – 279.02
Splashtop is an extremely renowned remote desktop app. Using the Splashtop Remote Desktop Android app, users can effortlessly access and control the content on their desktop, be it files, applications, games or multimedia content. All the content can be viewed on the Android device screen over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks. Splashtop is easy to set up - download the free Splashtop Streamer software on the PC and install the Splashtop app on your phone. Besides offering remote access, the app is also capable of automatically finding Splashtop-enabled local computers. For instance – it can find your computer in your office network. You can also find them by simply signing in to your Gmail account on the app and Streamer. Users accessing the app on tablets that run on Android Honeycomb or higher version are recommended to opt for the Splashtop Remote Desktop's HD version instead.
Android VNC Viewer - Free
This app works smoothly to give you access and control of a PC from your Android device. VNC which stands for Virtual Network Computer is a pretty neat solution that can be used for free. The computer that one wants to access needs to install the VNC software and the rest is taken care of by the app which can be downloaded from the Google Play market. Then, the Android VNC Viewer can log into and see and control the desktop from the phone via Wi-Fi or 3G. It can preserve the sent text from session to session and one can also opt for a new button that sends texts without remembering it.
Effortlessly streams content to phones
Remote Droid – Free, 111.27
This is another app for accessing your PC while on-the-go. Here too you need the mobile app which can be downloaded from the Google Play market and the server app for the desktop. You can download the server app from here. This instantly turns your device into a wireless keyboard and mouse. The app brings along features like touch-screen mouse control, two onscreen mouse buttons, and usability in portrait or landscape mode, and works with any Wi-Fi network. In the Pro version, you can shell out some moolah and add in extra features like automatic connection over your wireless network without the need for IP address along with some free upgrades such as Swype compatibility which is said to be coming soon.
While you can remotely access and control your desktop using these Android apps, some apps also allow accessing/controlling mobile content from the PC. You can also check the new ControlMe app from MoMagic Technologies which lets you control the phone from your desktop. It allows you to put your phone in ringing mode, reject calls, delete data, via an SMS.