How to Turn Your Nexus 7 Tablet into a Mouse & Keyboard for Your Computer
Like insurance, it's always better to have a computer mouse and not need it than to need it and not have it. Honestly, I don't want to carry around a clunky mouse with my laptop, so I don't. I do something else, something more convenient. I use my Nexus 7. If you want to give it a try, I'll show you how it's done right now. All you need to is a Wi-Fi network and a specific Android app to control your computer with your Android tablet.
Make sure that your device and computer are both on the same WiFi network, then open the server on your computer.
Then open the application on your Nexus 7 and select Auto Connect.
You'll now be connected to your computer.
Some of these gestures may not work, or will react differently depending on what type of computer you're using, but overall the basic gestures worked just fine.
- Tap to click
- Two-finger tap for right-click
- Two-fingers for scrolling
- Three-finger drag or highlight
- Four-finger swipe up to maximize the current window
- Four-finger swipe down to show desktop
- Four-finger swipe sideways to change current window focus
- Left-handed mouse support (swap left and right mouse click)
The keyboard is pretty straight forward to use, but the main thing you want to note is the microphone icon on your keyboard, which almost makes the keyboard useless.
Instead of typing, you can easily use the speech-to-text option. Just say what you need, tap to pause, then hit Done on the keyboard.
You can also choose from an extensive list of other languages.
For the most part, all of the hot keys are off-limits with the free version, but using the Switch App icon will let you easily scroll through active applications. Also, available with the free version is the options menu where you can set sensitivity, auto connect at startup, switch to left-handed mouse controls, and reverse scroll direction.
If you still want the pro version?—it's $2.99 and the add-ons don't seem worth it to me, but if you don't need a mouse and just want to be able to control some basic programs, check out our softModder guide on turning your Android into a remote control for basic desktop programs like Netflix.