HOW TO Turn ON Your PC Using Your Android Phone

If you are a Geek like me, you would switch on your PC as soon as you enter home. Perhaps you would either tap your keyboard or mouse, or press the power button. Wouldn’t it be much better if you find your PC ON when you enter your home? It’s possible provided you have an Android Phone and this tutorial will help you wake up your PC automatically using your Android Phone with a free app called PC Auto Waker. It sends a packet to your PC which wakes it up. To test it, you can download the app on your phone and hit the Wake All button on the app. You can also refer our tutorial to install Apps on Android OS and another tutorial to receive Android Phone Alerts on your Desktop. After installing the PC Auto Waker App if your computer wakes up, well and good. But if it doesn’t, then you need to read the tutorial below.

Configuring Auto Waker App

PC Auto Waker Android App

Once you have downloaded the Auto Waker App, you need to configure the app and the PC for proper functioning. The PC you need to wake up must be connected to a broadcasting WiFi router.

Step 1

First you need to give a name to your PC which you usually give while Installing Windows. This name is used to identify your PC on the App. You can enter this name in the App. The name you enter need not be the same as that of your computer’s network name.

Step 2

Command-Line-Interface

Next is the MAC address of the target computer. You can found this address on the command window of your computer. Go to Start->Run and type cmd . This opens your command line interface. Type ipconfig/all and hit Enter. You can find the label Physical Address under the Connection-specific DNS Suffix. The MAC address appears to the right of the label Physical Address and it is a string of six two-digit numbers of the format ##-##-##-##-##-##. Enter this Address in the App.

Step 3

Finally you need to enter the SSID  of the wireless network your computer is connected to.

After you have entered all the three credentials, you are done with it and you can place your computer in Sleep or Hibernate mode and wake it up using the Wake All button on the PC Auto Waker App. Still if it doesn’t work ,you need to read further below:

Configuring Your PC

If your Computer does not wake up, it’s because it is not set up to receive the Wake-On-LAN packet from the App. To set it up properly you need to restart your computer and view the BIOS Screen by entering the correct key which is shown at the start up. It varies for different operating systems. After you enter the BIOS Screen, you need to look for Wake-On-LAN option and enable it. It might also be “Power ON by External Modem” as BIOS screen varies with different computers.
After you have enabled it, you need to configure your Windows too. To do this change the settings of the Local Area Connection in your computer. In Windows, go to control Panel->Network and Internet Connections. Right click on the Local Area Connection and choose Properties. After this click on Configure as shown in the image below.

Local Area Connection Properties

After clicking on Configure, you would find the Power Management Tab. The three checkboxes visible must be checked if they aren’t already.Power Management

This would clear all the hazards you might face in the set up. Give it a try. If you still face issues, feel free to comment below ;) Isn’t it a great trick? What do you think?

  • vikas

    Wowie..! I never knew this fact. Awesome share dude! :)

  • http://manouche.co.uk Dan Heaton

    Dont forget your router configuration! Depending on how this works, if its raw magic packets you will have to forward port 9 or 7 to you LANs broadcast address (a little insecure) the only other way I know of is with proprietory router firmware like dd-WRT or Tomato.

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      Thanks for your tip Dan!

    • http://manouche.co.uk Dan Heaton

      …unless you are doing this by connecting your Android phone to your LAN when you get home in which case why not just turn on your PC manually as you are at home anyway?

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      Well DAN, you WiFi will be accessible through a few meters radially around the router, you could actually turn it ON when you are about to reach home. I don’t think your PC would take more than around 60 seconds to wake up and it would be ON wen you are in front of it. You can also do it if you are around the PC and not in front of it. Hitting the Power button and waiting for the PC to wake up is something which some people might not like!

  • http://stayinfront.com/ nanvymaben

    One of my friends is using Android phone, and I too think now to take such a phone. He is using this phone with a very ease area. So, after hearing this thing I would also like to take an android application phone. From it one can turn on PC quite easily. I will tell him about this thing, he will surely apply.

  • Chris

    Hi. Great guide. But I can’t check the checkbox(es) under power management on my Asus Eee 1005ha with win7 – what’s wrong?

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      May I know how are you connected to the Internet? You need to click on properties of your connection and configure it. Make sure your connections are proper! If you still face any problem, let me know :)

  • http://www.blogdefined.com/ Pankaj Gupta

    That’s a real & amazing post. I will try it today with android and let see it’s working..

  • http://www.cheapandroidshop.com Cheap Android

    I was wondering if there is an app available that could remotely turn on my PC using text messages. If there is, that would be awesome, in case I’m out and want to turn on my PC to start up a torrent.

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  • http://www.gerbercoupons.org/ Lacey

    Wow Lalit. I didn’t know this was possible with my phone. Very good tutorial, easy to follow and it worked!

  • http://techatlast.com Olawale Daniel

    Nice trick. I love this :)

  • http://techdraginfo.blogspot.com/ shenoyjoseph

    this trick will be more useful for lazy guys who sleeping on bed unable to switch on PC. :P

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    Thank you Lalit. This kind of post is what I like. Very original, and for GEEKS.