Rowmote Pro: Remote Control for Mac 4+

Evan Schoenberg

Designed for iPad

    • 4.2 • 99 Ratings
    • $4.99



Rowmote Pro is the ultimate wireless remote, trackpad, and keyboard for Mac. A gorgeous universal app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, with everything from a multitouch trackpad to full extended keyboard support, and with no-configuration control of dozens of the best Mac applications, it is a must-have for any home media center or presentation!

* Rated "Excellent" and one of just 400 apps featured in the WIRED App Guide 2011 *

You love the remote control which came with your Mac - so simple yet elegant, with easy control of Front Row, iTunes, Quicktime, DVD Player, Keynote, and more.

Or, your Mac didn’t come with a remote control or doesn’t even have an infrared port. The Apple Remote would cost a significant amount. Add ANOTHER hit to your wallet for a wireless control like a keyboard, mouse, or the Apple Magic Trackpad!

You carry your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad wherever you go… so why should you carry a second device just to control your computer? Furthermore, why should you need line-of-sight to do so?

Enter Rowmote Pro! Rowmote Pro is like your Mac’s remote control, but over the wireless network and even better! Trackpad and keyboard give you complete control over your computer, and you can control, launch, and quit apps, toggle the iTunes Visualizer, and more without ever having to squint at your screen. Rowmote is Mac-like from the ground up.


- Control your Mac completely over a wireless network. No line of sight necessary.

- Works like the hardware Apple Remote Control in:
• Adobe Lightroom
• Airfoil Video
• Amarra
• Aperture
• BBC iPlayer
• Beamer
• Boxee
• Decibel
• DVD Player
• Ecoute
• eyeTV 3.x
• Firefox
• Front Row
• Hulu Desktop
• iPhoto
• iTunes
• Keynote ‘08 & later
• kJams Pro
• Kodi
• Logic
• Microsoft Powerpoint ‘04 & later
• mPlayer
• Movist
• OpenOffice Impress
• Preview
• PandoraBoy
• PandoraJam
• PandoraOne Desktop
• Photos
• Plex, Plex Home Theater, & Plex Media Player
• Quicktime
• Rdio
• Safari
• Skim
• Songbird
• Spotify
• Squire
• The Tube
• xbmc (Xbox Media Center)

PRO CONTROL: A single tap switches to the keyboard & trackpad mode.
- Portrait & landscape
- True multitouch: Scroll with two fingers, right click, drag, pinch to zoom, and swipe with 3 or 4 fingers.
- Tap anywhere or use the virtual button
- Keyboard includes extended characters, modifier keys, function keys, numeric pad, brightness control, and more
- Multiple monitor support

- SWITCH: Access your Mac’s Dock; launch & switch between all controllable applications on the Mac; toggle the iTunes visualizer; and more.

- Sleep & wake as needed (wireless waking requires Mac OS X 10.6+).
- Innovative Gesture Pad for no-look control over menu-driven applications like Plex and Hulu Desktop
- Pause the music or video automatically when you answer a call on your iPhone
- Proximity sensor support to automatically turn the screen off if the device is face-down
- Secure authentication
- Connect via WiFi or Bluetooth (Bluetooth requires Personal Hotspot Bluetooth tethering)


• Mac OS X 10.4.0 or later: The free Rowmote Helper program must be running on the Mac. Download at Some features require Leopard (10.5) or later; some gestures require Lion (10.7) or later.
• Apple TV: 1st gen/2nd gen only may see for potential compatibility.

Rowmote Pro is the only app you need to control your computer. Couple it with Apple’s free Remote app to turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into the ultimate controller for home stereo, mobile presentation, or casual video viewing.

Artwork of Rowmote Pro is by Rik Schennink.

What’s New

Version 4.4

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

Removed the extra bar above the keyboard on iPad in iOS 10

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

iwolf2 ,

Review & possible non-connect workaround.

Been a happy trouble free user of Rowmote Pro for many years. Since I’m terminally lazy, Rowmote Pro’s ability to allow me to control my computer, using either my iPhone or iPad, without having to physically get up and go to my desk across the room, seem like a minor miracle! Although, my physical fitness has taken a major downturn as a result. Be warned!

But with my recent iOS update to 11.4.1 from the previous 11.4, I started experiencing connect issues on my iPhone 6 but oddly enough not on my iPad Pro which also is running iOS 11.4.1. If your also experiencing a similar problem, I think I might have a simple workaround till the developer and/or Apple figure out and correct the problem! If Rowmote Pro after launch searches but is unable to connect successfully to your computer, shut it down, open control center and switch WiFi off then back on, on your device. Then relaunch Rowmote Pro. It should now connect with your computer successfully. At least it’s worked ever time for me. Hope it works for you as well!

And remember if people give you pain for being “lazy”! Please inform them that finding faster and simpler ways of doing everyday mundane tasks, which is just another way of saying a lazy way of doing it, has probably been behind most major scientific advancements for the last 150 years! So take that you overly physically fit people!! 😝


Ozzy ochoa ,

The track pad does not work

I have been using this app for years now, it wasn’t until recently that the app started acting up. Everything works amazing except the track pad does not work on my MacBook anymore. I deleted and downloaded the app again but it did nothing other than paying for the pro version again.

Hungry Phoenix ,

A must have remote app for Mac!

I have this app for years and it has never failed me. Seriously, when I can’t get Bluetooth keyboards to work or remote apps to wake wake a stubborn Mac, this is the app I turn to. When I want to sleep my monitor at night, this is the app I turn to. When I’m listening to Pandora through my home thanks to airplay speakers and this is app I turn to for control of the music. I cannot say enough great things about it. It’s great anytime you have a Mac connected to a tv directly or through an AppleTV.

Honestly, I hope the developers don’t mess with a good thing and just keep it great. I have read the other reviews, so I’m curious was others think.

App Privacy

The developer, Evan Schoenberg, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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