When you are away from your computer, you can remote shutdown Windows 10 directly from your Android phone or tablet. Here's how to do it.
It may not be every time but there will be situations where you need to shut down Windows remotely. For example, you forgot to shut down the system before going to bed and you are too lazy to do it now. In those kinds of situations, you can use your Android device to shutdown Windows 10 remotely. Since Android and Windows have an application for almost anything, it is not that wild that you can remotely shutdown PC direct from Android.
To make this happen, we are going to use the good old client-server architecture. Though it sounds cryptic, all you have to do is install applications both on Windows and Android and tap a button. The good thing is, you don't even have to enable Remote Desktop Protocol in Windows 10. In fact, the application we are going to use lets you remote shutdown, restart or hibernate. Additionally, you can even schedule those tasks depending on your needs.
So, without further ado, let me show how it's done.
Note: For this to work, you need to have Java installed on your computer. Java is free software and you can download and install it from here.
Steps to Remove Shutdown Windows 10 from Android
Like I said before, to make this happen we are going to use a free third-party application called Shutdown Start Remote.
1. First, go ahead and download the desktop application from the official developer website. After downloading the application, double-click on the .jar file.
In case you don't know, JAR is nothing but a Java applet. That is the reason why I said you need to have Java installed to run the application.
2. Once the application is opened, close the application. You can ignore the on-screen timer. The timer is only useful if you want to schedule a shutdown.
3. The application will run in the background and appears on the taskbar.
4. Now, install the Shutdown Start Remote app on your Android device from the Play Store. After installing open the application.
5. If you are on the same WiFi network or if your Android and Windows devices are connected via Bluetooth, tap on the "Start Search" button on the home screen.
6. As long as the desktop application is running on your system, you will see your computer in the scan results. Tap on your computer name.
7. Next, set the timer. If you want to shut down your system immediately, set the timer to 00:00. Now, tap on the "Shutdown" button.
8. You might see a confirmation message, tap on the "Ok" button to continue.
9. As soon as you tap on the button, the desktop application triggers the shutdown process. Being a remote shutdown, Windows displays a message on the system letting you know that the system will shut down in one minute. This will give any active user (like children) time to save their game or work.
Remote Shutdown Windows over the Internet using Android
The same thing works over the internet too. That is, you don't have to be on the local network or use the Bluetooth functionality. The only caveat is that you need a static IP address. If you don't have a static IP address, it will not work.
1. To remote shutdown over the internet, open the desktop application and click on the "Show IP" button.
2. It will show a QR Code and your actual IP Address (marked as External) at the bottom of the window.
3. Open the app on the Android phone and tap on the "Insert" button. You can also scan the QR code by tapping on the "Scan" button.
4. In the next window, enter the displayed IP address and tap on the "Ok" button. This action will connect your Android mobile phone with the desktop application.
5. Once connected, you can shut down the system like before.
If you cannot find or connect to your system, it is highly likely that you have a dynamic IP address and not a static IP address.
As you can see, remote shutdown Windows 10 from Android is nothing heard. All you have to do is install an application and tap a button to do the magic.
Hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. When you are doing a remote shutdown, it is good to track Windows shutdown activity and know how to cancel the scheduled shutdown in Windows. Do give them a read.
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