How do I connect my phone to my computer without internet?
“I want to connect my Android phone to my computer and control my computer from my phone. But there’s no internet available. How can I do this without internet?”
-Question from Reddit
How to remote control PC from Android phone without internet [2 options]
Normally, it is easy to remotely control a PC from an Android phone, regardless of whether they are on the same network or across the internet. But how to remote control PC from Android phone without internet?
You can use Bluetooth to connect your Android phone to your computer. There are tools that would allow users to control PCs from Android phones via Bluetooth, for example, Remote Link and Unified Remote.
Preparation work: Enable and connect both your devices via Bluetooth
Before learning how to remotely control computer from Android phone via Bluetooth when there’s no internet, you’ll need to do some preparation work: turn on Bluetooth on both Android phone and computer and connect the two devices via Bluetooth.
Enable Bluetooth on Android phone
From the top of the phone screen, swipe down to find the Bluetooth icon and turn it on.
Enable Bluetooth on computer
Step 1. Click Devices under Settings.
Step 2. Verify that Bluetooth is turned on by clicking More Bluetooth options in the right panel.
Step 3. Tick Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC, and then click OK to apply the setting.
Connect Android phone and computer via Bluetooth
Step 1. Click Add Bluetooth or other device.
Step 2. In the Add a device window, select Bluetooth, then select the Android phone you want to pair with, and finally click Connect.
Step 3. After receiving a pairing request, click Pair > OK.
When your devices have been successfully connected, you can begin controlling your PC from Android via Bluetooth.
Option 1. Remote Link for Android
The first tool that allows you to control PCs from Android phones via Bluetooth is Remote Link. As Remote Link is developed by ASUS, you can enable this feature from ASUS Smart Gesturewhen controlling a ASUS computer instead of downloading it.
Step 1. Download, install, and launch Remote Link on both of your devices.
Step 2. On your phone, select Bluetooth and then Search device.
Step 3. Then tap the device you want to control.
Step 4. Then your phone is turned into a touchpad for your PC. You can control the remote PC by clicking the left-right mouse buttons, or you can also hibernate/restart your computer, etc.
Option 2. Unified Remote for Android
The second tool used to control PCs from Android phones is Unified Remote. It supports both WiFi and Bluetooth connection. Here we will see how to remote access PC from Android phone via Bluetooth.
Step 1. Download, install and start the latest Unified Remote on your PC and Android phone.
Step 2. Tap I HAVE INSTALLED THE NEW SERVER on your phone.
Step 3. The main interface will appear. Tap the extra menu icon and then select Servers.
Step 4. From the list of available servers, locate and select your target computer.
Step 5. You can now use Bluetooth to control your PC.
Step 6. These are the installed default remotes that you can use as soon as you install the app. What each of them does is as follows:
- Basic Input is the virtual mouse. You can move the cursor on your computer desktop by moving your finger across the screen of your smartphone.
- File Manager displays a window of the computer's hard drives, allowing you to access the files and open or launch them on the computer.
- Keyboard is a standard QWERTY virtual keyboard with function keys.
- Media Remote contains media keys such as volume, previous and next track, and play/pause.
- Power contains power options, such as log off, restart, and shutdown computer from the Android phone.
Bonus tip: How to control PCs from Android phones from anywhere
When there’s no internet connection, controlling PCs from Android phones via Bluetooth is your best choice. But the biggest limitation of this is that you are only allowed to connect the 2 devices from a short distance.
If the 2 devices are at a long distance, you’d better set up a network connection and choose a remote control tool that would allow you to control PCs from Android phones no matter whether they are on the same network or across the internet. If so, the free remote desktop software AnyViewer could be the best choice for you.
- ★Advantages of Any:
- It supports remote support on a local network or across the internet, whether the computer and Android phone are on LAN or not.
- It allows one to provide remote support to an unattended computer.
- It is easy to set up, without any specific configurations even if the two devices are across the internet.
- It offers fast and smooth remote connections, making the remote support runs smoothly.
- It supports multiple monitors. If the computer has 2 monitors, you can see them both on your Android phone.
- It is widely compatible with multiple Windows versions. You can use your Android phone to support computers even if they are running Home and Standard editions, this is not possible for Microsoft Remote Desktop Android.
By the way, AnyViewer also has an iOS version, allowing you to remotely access a PC from iPhone or iPad. And the operating process of iOS is pretty much the same as Android.
Part 1. Set up AnyViewer on the PC you want to control
Step 1. Download and install AnyViewer on your computer.
Step 2. Go to Log in, and then Register now. (You can log in directly if you have already signed up on its official website)
Step 3. Complete the sign-up form.
Step 4. You have successfully logged into AnyViewer now. Your device will be automatically assigned to the account to which you have logged in.
Part 2. Start control on your Android phone
Step 1. Install AnyViewer for Android on your Android device.
Step 2. Log in to the account you created above.
Step 3. The My devices list will show the devices that have been logged into the same account.
Step 4. Tap your target PC and then One-click control to connect to it quickly.
Step 5. The Android device can then take full control of the remote PC. There’s a virtual mouse and virtual keyboard that would allow you to better control your computer. Just tap the first icon on the right-bottom corner to turn on the virtual mouse and the second icon to open the virtual keyboard.
Step 6. If you want more options, tap the third icon. You can rotate the screen, hide the desktop wallpaper, restart or shut down the computer, and so on.
The bottom line
How to remote control PC from Android phone without the internet? This post suggests using Bluetooth and provides a detailed tutorial.
Of course, connecting via Bluetooth has many limitations. One of the biggest limitations is that you can only achieve short-distance connections. Therefore, we advise you to use AnyViewer to control computers from Android phones from anywhere via the internet.