Use iPhone or iPod as Free Mobile Air Mouse (Ubuntu 10.04, Windows 7)

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Earlier I had discussed using your iPhone or iPod Touch as Air Mouse for Windows and Snow Leopard, it is possible for Linux as well using Hippo Remote (it supports Mac and Windows too). Look for it in the App store. The Lite version which is ad supported has the basic mouse and keyboard functionality. All you need is to enable remote desktop access for your machine. The remote desktop connection application is vino, which is usually included in most linux distributions, e.g. Ubuntu and Fedora have them out of the box. To configure vino, at the terminal type


In the popped up Window enable the Remote desktop access. De-select the box which says You must confirm each access to this machine, and enter a suitable password for the connection. This would ensure the security of your machine.

Now launch the  Hippo Remote app on your iPhone or iPod Touch and it should automatically detect your linux box, just enter the password that you set for remote access and you are good to go.

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4 Comments on “Use iPhone or iPod as Free Mobile Air Mouse (Ubuntu 10.04, Windows 7)”

  • VENKAT wrote on 25 August, 2010, 22:23


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  • Russianspi wrote on 1 January, 2011, 16:05

    Thanks! I was looking for something exactly like this!!

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  • santhip wrote on 16 February, 2011, 1:40

    thanks man .. i am typing this comment from my iphone in linux 🙂

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  • chrisb wrote on 4 May, 2011, 22:29

    Great post ! Thanks for sharing!

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