Turn Your iPhone Into A Shortcut Remote For Mac

“All of the biggest technological inventions created by man – the airplane, the automobile, the computer – says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.” ~ Mark Kennedy

Quite true, isn’t it? Every technological invention created by humans speaks of a cure of their laziness. Machines do make our work easy—there’s no denying that!

Mac OS environment gives us a great opportunity to make our tasks easier. You can now use any of your iOS device as a shortcut remote for Mac. In this way, you can save a lot of effort and make your life easier.

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Follow these quick steps to turn your iPhone or iPad into a shortcut remote for Mac:

  1. First, you need to install the app “Alfred Remote” on your iPhone or iPad. The app is free of cost and available on the App store.
  2. Once the application is installed just make sure that your iPhone and Mac are connected on the same WiFi network.
  3. Now launch Alfred remote app on your device and wait till it searches for Alfred on Mac.
  4. Open Alfred settings on your Mac by clicking Alfred icon on your menu bar and  select “Preferences”.
    mac preferences
  5. On the Alfred settings window, tap remote icon from the menu bar on the top.
    alfred remote settings
  6. Check “Enable Alfred Remote Server” option on the right.
    Enable Alfred Remote Server
  7. Now, at the bottom right corner of the window, tap on “Add iOS Remote” button.
    Add iOS Remote
  8. Alfred will now take a few seconds to look for the mobile device on which “Alfred Remote” is installed.
    Alfred Remote
  9. As soon as Alfred locates your mobile device, you’ll see a small pop up on your iPhone along with your Mac’s name. Tap on the icon and proceed further.
    Alfred device track
  10. To confirm the sync, type in the passphrase that appears on your phone’s screen on your Mac’s textbox. This will authentic the connection.
  11. That’s it! You’re now good to go.

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Customizing Shortcuts On Alfred

Once both the devices are synced successfully, the next step involves customizing Alfred shortcuts.

  1. As soon as you’ll open Alfred on your Mac, you’ll be greeted with a bunch of pre-made shortcuts. You can customize all these shortcuts in the Alfred settings.
    alfred shortcut
  2. If you wish to delete a pre-made shortcut, right click on the shortcut and tap on “Delete”.
    alfred delete shortcut
  3. To create a new shortcut, click on any empty square shaped box.
    alfred new shortcut
  4. Once you click on the box a menu will pop with options like launching an app, executing a system command, running a script, and more.
  5. Once you create a new shortcut to open Mac notifications, now it’ll appear on your mobile device. Every Time you tap on that shortcut it’ll open Mac’s notification settings instantly.

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This is not it! There’s so much more to explore on Alfred. But just make sure Alfred is running in the background of Mac whenever you want to use shortcuts. Also, most importantly keep in mind that Alfred and mobile device with Alfred remote app have to be connected on the same WiFi network!

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