Ever wished you had a remote control for your Mac so you wouldn’t have to keep getting up to change music tracks or play a different movie? That is now possible with the Remote for Mac app from Evgeny Cherpak.
What Does Remote for Mac Do?
Here’s a quick run-down of the main features of this Mac app:
- Control media with a native interface
- Open files from your hard drive or external drives
- Launch websites on browser
- Launch apps and control them with command menu bar
- Use Siri commands for app and system actions
- Integrate with smart home devices
- Control your Mac from multiple iDevices, set specific device authorization
- Use AppleScript to set custom Siri actions like opening Netflix in Chrome
That’s just some of the things the new Remote for Mac app can do. In addition, the preferences option lets you start the app on login and even disable it when switching users. If you’re running macOS Mojave, you will need to authorize the app through the Apple Accessibility and Events features, as shown in the screenshot below:
To install the app, go to this link, download and run the installer and install the helper app. Make sure that your Mac as well as iPhone or iPad are on the same Wi-Fi network. And if you’re wondering why this isn’t available in the Mac App Store, that’s only because Apple started disallowing apps with simulated user inputs as of 2014. But the installer package is notarized by Apple, so you won’t have to worry about malware or anything.
There are other remote control solutions like the Apple Remote, but those are comparatively expensive. The Remote for Mac app is only $9.99, while other products retail for as much as $60. If you’re looking for a remote control to use during house parties, corporate presentations or any time when you don’t want to be sitting in front of your Mac but still need to use it, this could be the one.