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Narwhal for Android

By Stefan Moisei Free

Developer's Description

Narwhal, short for Nonvisual Android Remote Windows Handy Access for alL, is a NVDA remote Android client, allowing you to control your Windows pc from wherever you are. Since NVDA Remote is a screen reader addon without image support, this app can only be used by visually impaired persons familiar with this technology. Find out more about NVDA Remote at

To connect, configure your pc as a server and allow it to be controlled, enter the IP address, port, and key of your pc in Narwhal, then press connect. If the connection is successful, you should be automatically notified.

Double tap the remote control zone field for a smoother experience, then start typing.

When you want to end the connection, press disconnect.

IN order to use the app, you need a hardware keyboard, either wireless or wired, via OTG.

If your pc is behind a router, you'll need either to forward a port, or use a relay server. See the documentation on the NVDA Remote site for instructions.

since version 1.1, all keys are intercepted, including alt and windows. You have to enable the Narwhal service from settingsaccessibility,

Some keys and key combinations, like capslock and windows key keystrokes, still make talkback speak, interferring with Narwhal speech. The only solution I've found is disabling Talkback.

if you use Narwhal with talkback, I recommend choosing the new keymap and the search key as a modifier in talkback. With the old keymap, the alt and shift keys will be trapped by talkback, meaning you won't be able to use them in Narwhal.

If you have too much lag, don't ask me to improve it. It is due to many factors beyond my control, including the notorious bad android latency and your internet connection. Android latency is the biggest one, try a newer phone to get better results, preferably a Pixel or Nexus. See here the android audio latency table:

The lower the latency, the better.

Also, wiFi and 4g connections are much faster than 3g.

Sending sounds, or screen video, through this app is not possible, and will never be. That's how NVDA Remote was designed. This way we have faster reaction times and less data consumption. If you need sounds, use a traditional remote control app.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.15


Release November 14, 2019
Date Added November 14, 2019
Version 1.15

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements Requires Android 4.3 and up


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