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Wake Up Your Computers Using Your Android Phone

Add a trick to your Android phone’s toolkit: boot your computers from afar by pushing the command from your phone to your home network.

At MakeUseOf they’ve shared a small tutorial on how to configure the free Android application PC Auto Waker. Essentially it’s just a lightweight wake-on-LAN (WOL) client that sends a packet to your computer.

If you’re familiar with WOL you can likely just grab the application and plug in the necessary information. If you’ve never messed around with WOL, we’d suggest reading over their tutorial to get a clearer idea of how the application functions and what you need to configure on your computer.

How To Turn On Your PC with Your Android Phone using Wake-On-LAN [MakeUseOf]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/31/11

Comments (9)

  1. Hatryst

    How about going in the opposite direction. Shutdown/Sleep using iPhone/Android device?

  2. Hatryst

    Oh, and I found it (should’ve done a search earlier) !
    http://itunes.apple.com/en/app/ishutdown/id438646982

  3. iCode86

    I agree with the above, being able to shut down my media server from the bedroom would be great

  4. trinity343

    icode and Hatryst i would suggest just setting up an RDP session and tell it to shutdown that way. though i do agree a simple shutdown button similar to the WOL above would be awesome

  5. pandaSmore

    @Hatryst

    Try using Unified Remote 2.

    Awesome thanks HTG, now I just need to figure out how to enable WOL on my laptop.

  6. John

    I use a combination of RDP and LogMeIn for both my computers at home and about 30 computers / servers at work. For the PCs I use regularly i.e. my office, servers, and home, I rely heavily on RDP for the better quality. However, for the computers I troubleshoot maybe once a year, I install LogMeIn. The free version of LogMeIn works pretty well, and they have great apps too. I have an iPhone & iPad and the apps I use for RDP and LogMeIn both support WOL.

  7. Pawan kumar

    I required access my phone to my second phone software. Please tell me. Thanks

  8. charles

    thats nothing considering i shutdown my laptop via a simple text from my phone.n all i use is my email on phone which sends an outlook email to my computer which initiates the app for shuting down.for full details just email me:wachirawsh@aol.com

  9. Guss

    @charles: That would be interesting if you can share it here on HTG, we will all benefit.

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