How to remote control your Android phone or tablet

android remote controlI have the Nexus 7 (2013) that is sitting around and not being used too much since I got an iPad Air 2 a few month ago. I figured why not use the Android tablet for security related work such as application protocol auditing and debugging android apps.

After researching, I discovered the Mobizen software. I tried it on my rooted Nexus 7 and it worked nicely for what I needed. In this blog post I am going to review this software and demonstrate some of its capabilities!

Let’s get started!

The setup

On your Android tablet

On your Android tablet, you need to go to the Google Play Store and download the Mobizen app. Create an account and you are set to go.

On your computer

With Mobizen, you have two choices here: either use the web browser to remotely connect to the Android device or use a desktop client software.

Mobizen provides two versions of its desktop client software: MS Windows and Mac OS versions.

Throughout this article, I will be using the MS Windows Mobizen client and connect to the Android device with USB rather than through the internet.

Working with Mobizen

Now from your browser or computer, enter your credentials to connect to your tablet:


Once connected, you will see your Android’s main screen:

You may use the mouse to simulate the screen touch gestures:

  • Left click and hold: simulates finger touch and drag
  • Mouse wheel: simulate scrolling
  • Trackpad: If you have a trackpad, you can simulate side-way scrolling

You can use the regular keyboard to type faster than using Android’s on-screen keyboard.


On the bottom of the emulator window, you can press the arrow that allows you to see all the apps and close them if you wish so:

On the top of the emulator window, there’s another button:


Top menu (recording, screen capture, …)

If pressed, it allows you to:

  • Take a screenshot
  • Take a video capture
  • Annotate the screen
  • Transfer files
  • Change Mobizen’s options

Some usage screenshots

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