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Make an iPhone or iPod Touch a Keyboard and Mouse

You already know you can use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as a Remote for your Apple TV. But did you know you can use them as a mouse and keyboard on your Mac or PC?

For this method to work you do need to have your computer and iDevice on the same network.

First head to the Logitech site to download the Touch Mouse Server. Select your OS. Here I’m going to use my Windows 7 64-bit system.

download server

Installation is straight forward following the wizard. You’re done in three mouse clicks.

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Once installed, the Touch Mouse Server has an icon that lives on your system tray.

system tray

Next, on your iPhone or iPod Touch, download the free Touch Mouse app from the iTunes App Store. After it downloads, launch Touch Mouse.

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Now you’ll see your system listed on the menu. Tap on it to connect to the system with Touch Mouse Server. Now you can use your iDevice as a mouse.

system listConnected

Tap the keyboard icon to start typing on your PC from your iDevice. Tap the Disconnect icon to disconnect from the computer your using.

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Tap the Settings icon to adjust how Touch Mouse works. There are some interesting settings that make it easier to use. The settings I adjust the most are Tracking and Clicking options. There are several to explore. Try them out to see what works best for you.

settings 1Settings 2

If you’re having problems connecting, bring up the server settings on your computer. It brings up a windows that shows the IP address of your computer.

server ip

On your iDevice, tap the field under Enter your Computer’s IP Address. Then enter that IP address displayed on the Touch Mouse Server screen. Click Done.

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If you’re a thumb typist, you can use it in landscape mode too.

landscape

This is a cool setup if you want to control your computer while kicking back in your office chair. Or if you’re using it with your HTPC or give PowerPoint presentations.

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2 Responses to Make an iPhone or iPod Touch a Keyboard and Mouse

  1. Dmitry January 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Hi,

    that’s a really cool idea and features.
    Do you know if there are any known security issue with this set up

  2. Brian Burgess January 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    @Dmitry — Shouldn’t be any if you’re WiFi is secure. It works over your home network so as long as your network is secure you’re good to go.
    You can do this on a corporate network too, but I would definitely talk to your IT staff first.

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