Main Screen
Application Controls
System Control
Multimedia Controls
Media Center Control
PowerPoint Control

When the App is started you see a start up screen for a few seconds. In this time the application loads resources. The loading time highly depends on the capabilities of your device.

Start Screen

TouchRemote uses the following touch gestures:

Gesture Action
Tap Touch - lift
Double Tap 2× touch - lift (quickly)
Triple Tap 3× touch - lift (quickly)
Long press Touch - wait - lift
Tap + long press Touch - lift - touch - wait - (move)
Drag Touch - move
Swipe Touch - move (quickly, short) - lift
Pinch zoom 2-finger touch - move (outwards/inwards)

Buttons are pressed by tapping on them. Each Button has a symbol on it to indicate its function.

Buttons for Previous Track, Pause and Next Track
Volume Bar

Volume Bars can be used with several gestures.

Gesture Operation
Drag Increase/decrease volume
Tap Increase/decrease volume
Double Tap Mute/unmute

Volume Bar

The following options are always available in the Menu:

Help Opens a help page with a summary of the features available in the current Panel
Settings Opens Settings
Exit TouchRemote Stops TouchRemote from being executed

Additionally when opened from the Main Screen:

About Opens an info page about TouchRemote
Wake Computer Sends a 'Magic Packet' to the PC to wake it up. For more info have a look at WakeOnLAN.

Additionally when opened from an Application Control:

Close [application] Closes [application] on the computer.

Menu of Winamp Control

Typically a touchscreen remote control has the disadvantage that you have to look at the screen to hit a certain button.

TouchRemote's Pad panels give you the opportunity to control important functions with just a touch gesture. You can apply gestures somewhere in the area with grey background.

Example for Winamp Pad
Gesture Function
Single Tap Play/Pause current Track
Double Tap Play/Stop current Track
Drag up/down Increase/decrease volume
Drag left/right Wind backwards/forward
Swipe up/down Skip to last/next track
Swipe left/right Change panel (as on all panels)

For information about the provided functions of a certain Pad have a look at its help page (Menu → Help).

Pad panel

If your mobile device has a hardware keyboard you can use it to type on the PC.

TouchRemote's virtual keyboard is available in System Control (Mouse and Desktop). Its layout can be switched between QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY and JCUKEN (Cyrillic) at Settings → Interface. The JCUKEN layout also provides QWERTY via long press on the 123-key.

Keyboard Open keyboard
123 Change to numbers, symbols & arrows
abc Change to keyboard
Fn Show/change/hide functional keys
Smileys Show smiley choice dialog
SYM Show symbols choice dialog

Tap on a key to enter its main character/number.

Long press a key to enter the number/symbol shown on the top right or to choose from special characters (ä, á, å etc.).

Long press on SHIFT, CTRL, WIN or ALT to lock them. This has the same effect as holding down the key on the PC's keyboard. This way you can trigger key combinations like Ctrl+C or Alt+Tab. To unlock tap or long press again.

Close the keyboard with the Back button

QWERTY keyboard

Numbers, symbols & arrows

Functional keys 1

Functional keys 2

To open Settings press the Menu Button and choose Settings from the Menu.

Note: Some of the settings described here may not be available on your device.


Select the PC and the associated connection you want TouchRemote to establish.

Edit Edit the PC entry
Delete Delete the PC entry and all associated connections (after confirmation)

Tap 'Scan Local Network' or 'Scan Bluetooth' to search for a PC. For a more detailed description see Connection Setup.

Add new PC

Press 'Add PC manually' to create a new PC entry. For a more detailed description see Connection Setup.

Stay connected when in background

If enabled the current connection will be kept when the app is in background (for example when a call is coming in or if you minimise it with the Back button).

Connection settings
Show Status Bar

Enable this if you want see the Android status bar while using TouchRemote.

Enable Landscape Orientation

Disable this if you don't want TouchRemote to be switched to landscape orientation.

Touch Feedback: Vibration

Enable this if you want vibration feedback when triggering a function like pressing a button.

Keep Display On

Enable this if you want to disable the screensaver while you use TouchRemote.

Display Brightness

Sets the brightness of the display if 'Keep Display On' is activated. Otherwise brightness is set by the operating system.

Colour Intensity

Use this option to adjust colours to fit your savour/display.


Choose the language (Note: some sections/messages may still be provided in English).

Keyboard Layout

Choose your preferred layout for TouchRemote's virtual keyboard (Note: JCUKEN also provides QWERTY via long press on the 123-key).

Interface settings
Allow to Exit TouchRemote

Usually the Android OS takes care of apps in the background. However, if you prefer to have full control enable this feature. The Menu will then contain the option 'Close TouchRemote'.

Note: When in background TouchRemote will not use any resources except memory which is managed by the Android OS.

Misc settings

Note: Some of the settings described here may not be available on your device.

Main Screen

After start up TouchRemote tries to establish the PC Connection currently selected in Settings → Connections. If you have not set up a connection yet a corresponding message is shown. See Connection Setup for more info on how to set up a connection.

When connected the Main Screen shows the connection status in the upper area. The buttons below represent the applications controllable with TouchRemote. A coloured button indicates that the corresponding application is running, otherwise the button is grey. By pressing a button you can open the Control Screen of the application. If the application is not running on the PC yet, it will be started.

Main Screen while connecting

Main Screen when connected
Application Controls

To control an application on your computer press the corresponding button on the Main Screen. If the application isn't running yet it will be started. There may be a short loading time before the Control Screen is ready for use.

Each Control Screen consists of multiple panels. Each panel offers different control features related to the application. You can easily switch between panels with a swipe gesture (left/right). Alternatively you can tap or drag on the title bar on top.

System Control
Screensaver Switches the screensaver on or off
Media Buttons Same functions as media keys on a keyboard
(Play/Pause, Stop, Prev./Next Track)
Volume Bar Controls the system's main volume

Basic panel

This panel gives access to the computer's file system.

Drag or Swipe up/down Scroll list
Double Tap on directory Open drive/directory
Double Tap on .. Back to parent directory
Home Back to file system home (Computer)
Folder Up Back to parent directory
Refresh Reload currently shown content
Tap Select/deselect single file
Drag on icons Select/deselect multiple files
Long press Open context menu for selection
Context menu (opened by long press)
Open with.. Open selected file with an application (opens dialog to choose application)
Move to.. Move selected files to a folder (opens dialog to choose destination)
Copy to.. Copy selected files to a folder (opens dialog to choose destination)
Rename Rename selected file
Delete Delete selected files
Details Show details of selected files
More Functions
Double Tap on file Open file on the PC (with default application)
New folder Create a new folder in the currently shown directory (opens a dialog to enter name)

Files panel
Gesture Function
Drag Control mouse pointer
Tap Left click
Double Tap Double click (left)
Long press Right click
Tap + long press Left click + hold (e.g. to mark text)

Drag up/down on the scroll bar (right) to control the mouse wheel function.

Full screen Expands the Mouse panel to fill the entire screen
Keyboard Opens TouchRemote's virtual keyboard (Back button to close)

Mouse panel
Gesture Function
Drag Move the desktop image
Tap Left click
Double Tap Double click (left)
Long press Right click
Tap + long press Left click + hold (e.g. to mark text)
Pinch zoom Zoom in/out
Triple Tab Switch to window mode (and back)
Window mode

Triple tap into any window on the desktop to enter window mode. The window will be focused to fill the panel (in landscape orientation the full screen). Moving and zooming the view are disabled while touching the screen simulates pressing the left mouse button. Try window mode with e.g. YouTube videos (non-full-screen) to better understand its benefits. Triple tap again to get back to normal mode.

Full screen Expands the Desktop panel to fill the entire screen
Zoom in Zooms into the desktop
Zoom out Zooms out of the desktop
Quality Toggles between four quality levels of the image
(Lower quality → faster transmission, higher quality → slower transmission)
Keyboard Opens TouchRemote's virtual keyboard (Back button to close)

Current zoom level and current image quality are shown in the upper right corner.

Desktop panel
Shutdown Shuts down the computer
Hibernate Set computer to Hibernate state
(RAM saved to disk)
Sleep Set computer to Sleep state
(RAM stays powered)
Lock Locks computer
(User has to re-enter his password to unlock
Note: Unlocking is not possible via TouchRemote yet!)

Power panel
Multimedia Controls

The following panels are part of the controls for multimedia applications like Winamp, Media Player etc.


Current track and current play time are shown on top.

Play Play current track
Pause Pause current track
Previous Switch to previous track in playlist
Next Switch to next track in playlist
Rewind Rewind current track
Forward Wind forward current track
Stop Stop playing

The Volume Bar is used as described above.

Play panel

The current playlist is shown here. The currently active track is marked by a symbol that indicates its play status.
Note: As some applications do not load a playlist automatically nothing may be shown at start up.

Select Track Double tap on a track to play it
Scroll List Drag or swipe up/down
Drag the slider on the right (not always shown)

Playlist panel

On top the current track, current play time and a progress bar are shown. On the left the current volume is shown by a volume bar.
Gestures can be applied to the entire area with grey background.

Gesture Operation
Tap Play/Pause current Track
Double Tap Play/Stop current Track
Drag up/down Increase/decrease volume
Drag left/right Wind backwards/forward
Swipe up/down Skip to last/next track

Pad panel
Media Center Control

The Navi panel allows to navigate in Media Center.

Start Green Start Button functionality
Back Navigates back
Arrows Navigate up/down/left/right
OK Confirm selection
Full screen Toggle full screen
Info Display more information

The Volume Bar is used as described above.

Navi panel

The Play panel is the same as the Play panel decribed above.


The Pad Panel allows to easily navigate in Media Center with gestures.

Gesture Operation
Tap OK
Double Tap Back
Drag up/down Navigate up/down
Drag left/right Navigate left/right

Pad panel
PowerPoint Control

The Slideshow panel allows to control slideshows.
Note: Except the Start button all buttons only work when in slideshow mode.

Start/Stop Start/Stop slideshow
Previous Switch to previous slide
Next Switch to next slide
First Switch to first slide
Last Switch to last slide
Screen black Switches the screen to black
Pointer Show/hide mouse pointer

Slideshow panel

The Pad panel allows to control slideshows sightlessly with touch gestures.

Gesture Operation
Tap Show next slide
Double Tap Show previous slide
Drag Control mouse pointer

Pad panel