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Many professionals keep their personal computers ‘on’ throughout the day, which ultimately results in more energy consumption without any reason. Moreover, some people even move out and continue their day’s work while their machine is in a ‘running’ state at home.

Unless it’s necessary to keep your PC turned on for some installations or downloads, there is no point keeping it in a running state. Utilise your smartphone and remotely turn off your PC.

Yes, you read it right!

This is possible in several ways. Both Android and iPhone users can make use of their smartphones to shut down their laptops or desktops. Apart from shutting down, individuals can restart and lock their machines as well.

In the following section, we have provided different ways by which the same is possible. Let’s start first with Android:

Shutting Down PC with Android

There are several options available for Android. For example, if both the devices use the same LAN, all you need is a specific app to shut down your PC. The ‘Shutdown Start Remote’ app serves this purpose well. But remember, this process is applicable only when you are at a nearby location from your PC.

  • Firstly, download the application and server of the same on your smartphone and computer, respectively.

Note: Java Runtime Environment needs to be installed on your PC for the functioning of Shutdown Start Remote app.

  • Next, open the app and server downloaded on your phone and PC. As both the devices share the same network, the name of your computer appears on the Shutdown Start Remote app. Click on it to connect.
  • After that, you will see a page showing a timer along with ‘Shutdown,’ ‘Reboot,’ and ‘Hibernate’ tabs. Here you can schedule ‘Shutdown,’ ‘Reboot,’ ‘Hibernate,’ or you can directly tap on the tabs for immediate actions.
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The previously mentioned application is only useful when an Android smartphone and a PC connected with the same network. But, for more flexibility, you can opt for Airytec Switch Off app.

Follow the same steps of downloading the Airytec Switch Off app on your PC, and you will get to see the icon on the taskbar. Click on it and select ‘Options.’ From there, navigate to ‘Remote’ tab, tick the boxes showing ‘Enable web interface’ and ‘Enable authentication,’ and click on ‘OK.’

After that, press on ‘View/Update static address’ and copy-paste ‘Current Switch Off URL’ on a notepad or elsewhere. This URL is used to open the Airytec web interface on your smartphone. Finally, you can choose any of the options like Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, Hibernate.

Next, let’s proceed with the steps for iPhone users.

Shutting Down PC with iPhone

Out of the different applications present, it is advisable for you to use Off Remote. Both free and paid versions are available. However, the free version features advertisements and will not allow you to schedule the actions of shutting down, lock, or restart. It is only effective if you occasionally require to turn off your PC.

Here are the steps:

  • All you need to do is download Off Remote on your Windows or Mac PC and ensure that both the devices share the same network. Failing to which, no interaction will take place between them.

Note: If you are wondering whether any configuration is required or not, the answer is no.

  • After that, install the same application on your iPhone, and while both the applications are running, you will see the name of your computer device on ‘Visible Computers’ section on your phone.
  • Next, you can select any options like ‘Off’, ‘Sleep’, ‘Restart’, ‘Lock’, ‘Hibernate’, etc. as per your preference.
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These were some of the ways by which you can remotely turn off your personal computer. But ensure that the mentioned applications are active on your machine.

Shabbir Ahmad

Shabbir Ahmad is a freelance enthusiastic blogger & SEO expert. He is the founder of Shifted Magazine & Shifted News. He contributes to many authority blogs including porch, hackernoon & techcrunch.