Alfred Remote Review: Remotely control your Mac

Alfred Remote Review: Remotely control your Mac

Set up a mobile Mac command centre on your iPhone or iPad with Alfred Remote

Running With’s Alfred Remote, pitched as the ‘perfect day-long companion’ to any Mac running Alfred 2 – the developer’s award-winning productivity tool, is probably better described as the perfect hour-long distraction.

That’s not me trying to find a snarky way to poke fun at Running With’s new app, it’s just that, upon closer inspection, it’s hard to ignore the fact that while Alfred Remote is a functional piece of software, it doesn’t really do all that much.

Sure, it lets you launch apps with a single touch, giving you the ability to open files, folders, websites without ever using your mouse. Yes it also puts a bevy of system commands at your fingertips giving you some control and meaning that you can, among other things, lock, restart, and shut down your device even if you’re not in the same room as your trusty Mac.

But honestly though, once you start using Alfred Remote you’ll soon realise that it actually takes longer to do those things remotely: a pretty incredulous flaw considering the app is designed to be a time-saver.

Now, Alfred 2 users who’ve installed the power pack might point out that Alfred Remote also enables you to control iTunes, run user-defined scrips, and connect to workflows. True, it does indeed do all of those things, but it only does them after you’ve shelled out £17 to upgrade your basic version of Alfred.That seems like a fair price to pay to gain to ability to pause, plan, and skip some songs, right?

Well, when you consider that the app alone costs £3.99, meaning you’re really being asked to pay £20.99 to unlock Alfred Remote’s true potential, no, we’d be willing to put our neck on the line and say it really, really isn’t.

Unless you’re already using a pumped up version Alfred, you’re just not going to get your money’s worth right now. We’re sure the folks over at Running With will improve Alfred Remote in the future, but until then, hang tight to the current iteration.

Rated 3 out of 5

An interesting novelty that might one day become essential to Mac users.