Remote Buddy Mobile 4+

Mac remote, mouse and keyboard


    • 4.5 • 44 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases





Remote Buddy Mobile V1 is no longer updated and will no longer be available shortly.

Use your iOS device as a remote, trackpad and keyboard for your Mac. Beam your Mac's screen right onto your device with the integrated screen sharing module. Turn your Apple Watch into a remote control for your Mac with the included Watch App. Or manage apps and run actions.

Use Remote Buddy Mobile as a powerful remote for your Mac-based home theater (HTPC), to control your presentations, to keep an eye on or even access the screen from another room (via built-in screen sharing) and much, much more. One solution - tailor-made and seamlessly integrated.

Remote Buddy Mobile is the mobile companion app for Remote Buddy, the most powerful remote control solution for the Mac. It is built using the latest iOS technologies to support iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple Watch.


• Remote Control
Control 100+ popular Mac apps through Remote Buddy's tailor-made plugins. In gesture mode, you can control the Mac without looking at your device. You can also use Remote Buddy's Virtual Remote - the ONLY full Apple Remote emulation.

• Screen Sharing (IAP)
Enjoy fast access to your Mac's screen content directly on your device. Supports multiple displays, zooming, trackpad and touchscreen modes. Seamlessly integrated, so you can access screen sharing any time with a single tap.

• Trackpad
The multitouch trackpad supports clicking, dragging and scrolling with the gestures known from Mac trackpads.

• Keyboard
Type text into browsers, search fields, editors and more. Comes with support for the iOS keyboard's dictation feature, modifier and cursor keys.

• Actions and App Control
Pick from Remote Buddy's huge library of app-specific actions, launch, switch and quit apps right from your device. Mark frequently used items as favorites for quick access.

• Numpad (IAP)
Use the numeric keypad to f.ex. enter channel numbers or assist you entering data into your favorite spreadsheet app.

• Watch App
The bundled Watch App turns your Apple Watch into a remote control with presenter mode and dictation keyboard. You can also execute actions, switch and even quit apps right from your wrist.

• Night Mode (IAP)
An eye-friendly, dark color scheme optimized for use in dark environments. Can be activated automatically between sunset and sunrise, calculated automatically based on location and time.

• Power Control
Sleep, Reboot or Shut down actions are easily accessible. Using Wake-On-LAN, Remote Buddy Mobile can also wake your Mac from sleep again.

• Modern
Remote Buddy Mobile is a new app that has been designed from the ground up using the latest iOS technologies.


• Remote Control
Control 100+ popular Mac apps through Remote Buddy's tailor-made plugins - including Virtual Remote - the only full Apple Remote emulation on the market.

• Actions and App Control
Pick from Remote Buddy's huge library of app-specific actions, launch, switch and quit apps right from your wrist.

• Presenter Mode
Basic previous slide/next slide remote - with a live picture of your screen for orientation.

• Dictation Keyboard
Dictate text to your Apple Watch and have Remote Buddy type it on your Mac.


Some of the Mac apps that Remote Buddy for Mac and – henceforth – Remote Buddy Mobile can control out of the box:

Acrobat Pro, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Reader, AirFoil, Aperture, Audio Hijack (Pro), ComicBookLover, Capture One (Pro) 5, DVD Player, EyeTV, FlexTime, Firefox, Front Row, GarageBand, Google Earth, Google Chrome, iPhoto, iTunes, Keynote, Lightroom 1/2/3/4/5, Mac Blu-Ray Player, Movist, MPlayer X, Impress, PhotoBooth, Plex, PowerPoint, Preview, QuickTime Player, Rdio, Roxio Video Player, Safari, Skim, Soundcloud, Spotify, Toast Video Player, VoodooPad, VLC, XBMC, Yojimbo

A complete list is available at the Remote Buddy website.


• Requires a Mac with macOS running Remote Buddy 1.27 or later. Licenses for Remote Buddy for the Mac are sold separately and not included with this app.

What’s New

Version 1.3

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

- NEW: Smart Rotation Lock
Remote Buddy Mobile no longer changes from portrait to landscape orientation unless you're using Screen Sharing. You can control this behavior via a new option in Settings.

- Bugfixes

If you like Remote Buddy and feel generous, please leave a review. It makes a huge difference for us. Thanks in advance! :-)

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Interface Wiz ,

Yes it works, but I feel like I was forced to install it.

Yes it works, but I feel like I was forced to install it. I originally purchased Remote Buddy for my MacBook pro so they could utilize the I R remote that this Mac came with. Frustratingly, after hours and hours of troubleshooting I never could make it work. Bear in mind, this is the remote that came with this Mac. Anyway, this app does work but I would much, much prefer to use the smaller I R remote from Apple. Instead of my iPhone.

Developer Response ,

Your issue seems to be with the Mac app then, not the iOS companion app that you have rated with 3 stars here. Regarding your macOS issue: newer macOS versions disable the IR receiver during installation and users then need to re-enable it in System Preferences > Security > Advanced. The IR receiver could also be paired with a different Apple Remote ID and therefore ignore your Apple Remote. Also another app (like f.ex. Plex) could already be using the IR receiver through a helper tool and thereby block access for Remote Buddy. Remote Buddy 2.0 has built-in diagnostics that alert you to these issues where they can be detected automatically. Please get in touch with support if you need assistance.

RaginAsian55 ,

Great update for an awesome app

I’ve been using remote buddy for almost 10 years now- going strong! This is a great update. Having the phone remote function is perfect when you can’t use an IR remote. This definitely makes my Mac mini a worthwhile media center.

Keep up the great work!

Danielsmu ,

Great app!

Works like a charm!

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