While there are plenty of people out there who rarely – or almost never – turn off their PCs, others are much more diligent when it comes to this. If they know they won’t be using their PC for a while, they’ll shut it down to give it a bit of a break or save some electricity (a PC doesn’t consume a lot of energy, but this can add up over time). If you happen to subscribe to this policy, you’ll be happy to know that you can also do this remotely with the help of your Android phone.
Maybe you’re downloading something and need to leave your home before it’s finished. Perhaps you simply forgot to turn off your PC when you were leaving. Either way, shutting a PC down remotely can be a neat trick to prevent it from working when it doesn’t need to. This article will explain two methods of doing this – one of them requires both the phone and your computer to be connected to the same local area network (LAN), while the other will work with any internet connection.
Both of these methods rely on third-party programs. However, these programs are free, so you don’t need to worry about having to pay for the option to shut down your PC remotely.
The LAN Method
There are several apps you can use to turn off your PC using your smartphone when the two are connected to the same network. Unified Remote is one such app that you can try, but we’ve opted to highlight our preferred choice, Shutdown Start Remote.
Shutdown Start Remote has two components it needs to work – there is the app itself, which will be installed on your smartphone, and its server, which will be set up on your PC.
To download the server, visit the official website. Once you’ve downloaded it, you need to run it using Java. Specifically, you need Java Runtime Environment. So, if you can’t get the server to run on your PC, head on over to Java’s website and find the appropriate software. There is no installation for the server – you should be able to immediately start it provided that everything is clear as far as Java is concerned.
Now, you also need to install the app – get it from the Google Play Store here.
The next step is to have both of these components running at the same time. Do this, and the app will recognize your PC as long as they are on the same network. Once you see your PC in the app, tap it to connect the two. You are now ready to shut down your PC using your smartphone.
Shutdown Start Remote actually gives you several options here. You can, of course, shut down your PC, but you can also reboot it or set it to hibernate. Additionally, you can execute these actions immediately or create a timer for them. To create a timer, tap on the clock. To go through with them right away, tap the appropriate button near the bottom of your phone’s screen.
The Any Connection Method
Shutdown Start Remote is a nice solution, but we’ve already mentioned its biggest limiting factor – both your devices need to be on the same network. In case you need more flexibility than that, you will need a different program – Airytec Switch Off. It may not be the newest piece of software out there, but it still works.
Start by downloading the program from the official website and installing it on your PC. Now, start the program, and you’ll see its icon on your taskbar (it looks like the power symbol on a remote).
Right-click the icon and select “Options” from the menu that appears. Navigate to the tab labeled “Remote”. Here, find the option labeled “Enable Web Interface” and check the box next to it.
While you’re in this menu, there is another optional step you can take. You will see another checkbox here, this one labeled “Enable authentication”. This allows you to set a password you’ll have to enter whenever you want to access the program remotely.
You don’t have to do this, but it will prevent others from controlling your PC through Airytec Switch Off without authorization. This isn’t a particularly likely scenario, but it never hurts to be safe.
Either way, click “Apply” to save your changes. Next, select “View/Update static address” from the same window. You will now see your “Current Switch Off URL” – this is what you’ve been after all along.
By entering this URL into the browser of any device, you’ll be able to control the program over the internet. So, just copy the URL to your phone (for quick access, you can bookmark it). Then, use your smartphone to open the URL, enter the password if you’ve set it, and you’ll see the program’s web interface. From here, just select the command to shut your PC down.
As a side note, your computer’s firewall may get in the way of this program, so you might need to disable it.
A Different Way to Shut Down a PC
These two solutions add interesting ways to interact with your PC remotely. Of course, Shutdown Start Remote’s server and the Airytec program need to be actively running on your PC for you to be able to access them with your phone, meaning that you need to prepare in advance. But once you do, you can shut off your PC whenever you want.
Will you be trying out these options and if so, what is the main reason you need them?