Android has been taking over the smartphone market. Smartphones have become so popular that whenever someone considers purchasing a new phone these days, the regular phones are given little thought or consideration. Yes, the smartphones are relatively expensive than your normal phones available in the market but lets face it, smartphones offer functionality that regular phones can’t dream of offering, the prices are somewhat justified therefore. In this post we discuss and learn how we can use our Android device as a keyboard or a mouse. Sounds interesting to me. If you feel the need for it, it will surely interest you as well. But here’s the thing, when you pay a good amount of money for a smartphone, why not extract the maximum from it? Anyway, lets proceed.
The procedure isn’t too long and would not be too difficult for you to implement.
First and foremost, you will need to download the gPad application for your Android smartphone. Your Android phone will transform into a virtual remote control by following the steps listed below.
You will be using the gPad application on your phone to control your PC. Therefore, it only makes sense for you to have a gPad server client once you have downloaded the app on your smartphone. It is compatible for both Windows and for Mac and can be installed to any location that you desire on your PC.
Once you have installed the gPad clients on both your Android phone and your PC, it is time to pair the two ends together. This can be done via bluetooth, a simple data cable or even a Wi-Fi, it is up to you to decide according to your need.
Now, there are two basic methods to use the gPad server client, through a Wi-Fi, or through a USB. The USB method requires the installation of the USB drivers that would allow it to be used. For windows, you will have to select the appropriate driver from the fie that you just downloaded. For Mac users, the driver is present in the installation folder as well.
Finally, we’re ready to go, time to run the gPad application on your phone and on your PC simultaneously. On your PC, the server would be launched in the task bar for Windows users and in the application dock for the Mac users.
On your phone, select ‘Settings’ and select a pairing option for the devices. Once you have done that, go back to the ‘Settings’ menu and go to the setting that you chose and click ‘Scan’. Your device will appear as listed there.
This is it. Return to the main menu of the app on you phone and click ‘Touchpad’ and now your phone will act as a mouse to your PC!
I personally hope this is helpful for all the Android users out there. It definitely is for me. Some common scenarios where you can use these are during a presentation when you want to switch back and forth between the slides and other instances where you might need to control your PC from a little distance. Use your smartphone to its utmost capability!