Running a homelab there are quite a few tools which are useful for managing the servers and environment. This list won’t be for everyone, however there may be some tools which you might find useful.

Note: Not all these apps are free.

Alfred Camera –

Alfred Home Security Camera, Baby&Pet Monitor CCTV – Apps on Google Play
Over 20 million families around the world have chosen Alfred Camera to secure their home. We are the world’s most popular and top-rated app for home security. SECURITY CAMERA FOR THE SMARTPHONE AGE People love Alfred Camera! The all-in-one app provides more features than a basic, expensive securi…

CCTV isn’t cheap and if you want to keep an eye on the physical in your server room or homelab then have a look at Alfred Camera. Setup a camera system by recycling those old android phones you’ve got lying around in draws.

Google Analytics –

Google Analytics – Apps on Google Play
The official Google Analytics mobile app lets you monitor all of your Analytics properties so that you can keep track of your business while you’re on the go. With this app, you can:1) Check key metrics in built-in reports2) Monitor real-time data3) Compare date ranges and apply segments4) Build…

The primary use is seeing how many people hit your blog or webpage, however more and more systems are including Analytics metrics for tracking application usage.

Authy –

Twilio Authy 2-Factor Authentication – Apps on Google Play
Authy brings the future of strong authentication to the convenience of your Android device. The Authy app generates secure 2 step verification tokens on your device. It help’s you protect your account from hackers and hijackers by adding an additional layer of security. Why Authy is the best mult…

Its fair to say there are plenty of options for 2FA apps around because so many services support it. Authy is great and able to sync across multiple devices.

Bundled Notes –

Bundled Notes – Notes, Lists, To-do, Reminders – Apps on Google Play
Bundled Notes is a brand new, beautiful and cross platform note-taking, writing, list-making and to-do app Pro users can access and manage their notes at You create bundles where you control the sort order, tags, layout and to-do features, and then fill them with content – notes, …

I’m always looking for somewhere to keep notes and for a while was using Google Keep, then Standard Notes. I’ve recently moved over to Bundled notes which has apps and a web interface. Its the “bundling” of notes of a certain type and having them as notes, todo lists of a simple kanban board within Bundles I personally appreciate.

Fast –

FAST Speed Test – Apps on Google Play
Use the application to help you see how fast your internet connection is, whether on mobile or broadband, anywhere in the world. It is ad free with a streamlined design that is quick and easy to understand.

Speed test tools are helpful and there are plenty around. is simple, does what it says and has usually been quite accurate for me.

Flutterhole –

FlutterHole for Pi-Hole® – Apps on Google Play
Warning: this app has been tested exclusively on the Pi-hole V5 API. It is recommended to update your Pi-hole to V5+ before installing this app. FlutterHole is a free third party Android application for interacting with your Pi-Hole® server. Features:*Quick enable/disable: Toggle your Pi-hole fro…

Theres no doubt that Pi-Hole is with out a doubt the easiers way to manage your DNS. Being able to do this from within an App just makes things a bit more portable and easier to manage.


IFTTT – Apps on Google Play
Connect your favorite apps, services, and devices to create new, seamless experiences. Over 630 apps work with IFTTT including Twitter, Telegram, Google Drive, Twitch, Weather Underground, Dropbox, Slack, and devices like Google Home, Amazon Alexa, iRobot, LIFX, Philips Hue, and your Android. T…

Not the darling it once was due to charging for more of the service. I find IFTTT highly useful for home automation tasks.

Manage Docker

Docker Management – Apps on Google Play
Simply enter your Linux server details and connect to manage your docker. This application allows you to:- connect to multiple servers- list containers- create containers- start containers- stop containers- restart containers- remove containers- view resource usage of containers- view logs…

This is basically Portainer for Android and it works really well. At the time of writing its still in beta, however even at this stage i’m able to manage the Docker clusters I have and see whats running whats not from the mobile.

mikrotik –

MikroTik – Apps on Google Play
MikroTik RouterOS is the operating system of RouterBOARD and CCR devices. RouterOS provides all the core features for your network – routing, firewall, bandwidth management, wireless access point, backhaul link, hotspot gateway, VPN server and more. Use the MikroTik smartphone app to configure yo…

I’m a huge fan of the Mikrotik hardware the routerOS and the speed they provide me for the size. I’ve included this here because they have a really good Android App too for configuring the router.

OpenConnect –

OpenConnect – Apps on Google Play
OpenConnect is an SSL VPN client for Cisco AnyConnect and ocserv gateways. FEATURES- App Filtering for Android 5+- One-click connection (batch mode)- Supports RSA SecurID and TOTP software tokens- Keepalive feature to prevent unnecessary disconnections- Compatible with ARM, x86, x64 , ARM64- …

I’ve included openconnect because the number of times i’ve worked at a location which uses Cisco VPN’s and Anyconnect has got me out of a hole remote access wise while i’m out and about.

Proxmox virtual environment –

Proxmox Virtual Environment – Apps on Google Play
Log in to your Proxmox Virtual Environment (VE) server and manage virtual machines, containers, hosts, and clusters. Based on the cutting edge Flutter framework you will get a beautiful and blazing fast experience. Key Features: – Overview dashboard of Proxmox VE cluster or node status- Login man…

From a virtualisation point of view either on a home lab or a small business Proxmox for me is the goto environment. The ease of use, web based interface, clustering, backups, storage support all out of the box for free. All sat on top of a familiar debian based core is huely appealing. This App just adds to this feeling for worth from the product.

Chrome Remote Desktop –

Chrome Remote Desktop – Apps on Google Play
Securely access your computers from your Android device. • On each of your computers, set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome Web Store:• On your Android device, open the app and tap on any of your online computers to connect. F…

As a big user of ChromeOS and Android I’ve found this useful for quick easy access to laptops running Windows or OSX. Its simple to setup, fast and locked to LAN Access.

Remote PC –

RemotePC Viewer – Apps on Google Play
Install the RemotePC app on your mobile devices and access your computer remotely from anywhere. You can connect to your office or home computers remotely, at after hours or on the fly, via the RemotePC app and work on documents including emails, and applications. Features: * The RemotePC app le…

An iDrive project which offers remote access to GUI based desktops or Servers over the internet using this secure client. I’ve found that even over the most low latency connections this service still performs really well.  Its an alternative to services like TeamViewer which is well presented and easy to use.

Rocket Chat –

Rocket.Chat – Apps on Google Play
Rocket.Chat is a free and open source team chat collaboration platform that allows users to communicate securely in real-time across devices on web, desktop or mobile and to customize their interface with a range of plugins, themes and integrations with other key software. By opting for Rocket.Cha…

I’ve spent a long time over the last year looking at options for team collaboration and have to say its Rocket Chat which suits my needs each time. Its quick to get running with Docker and the out of the box support for OAuth or JitsiMeet (cloud or self hosted) in an E2E encrypted environment.

Termius –

Termius – SSH/SFTP and Telnet client – Apps on Google Play
Termius is the best way to manage, UNIX and Linux systems, whether that would be a local machine, a remote service, Docker Container, VM, Raspberry Pi, or AWS instance. In other words, Termius is Putty for Android but with awesome design. Free Features:· SSH client with support of ECDSA, ed25519, …

However you’re doing SSH today, stop it and do it with Termis a cross platform Gui for SSH which works perfectly. Keys, sites, groups its all there and its cloud sync (encrypted) feature is awesome if you run multiple devices.

Twingate –

Twingate – Apps on Google Play
Twingate is the most secure way to provide encrypted, least privileged access to any cloud or on-premise application or resource. Twingate allows you to secure all access regardless of device platform or network. Far more secure than VPN, and using either your company’s identity provider or public …

If you run a VPN back to a home lab or even if you want a seperate support VPN setup. Twingate offers zero trust style remote access to your network. using a hybrid mix of cloud and locally hosted docker container the security is high, the setup is simple and the support team are great. Its also quicker than OpenVPN..


Its becoming easier and easier to pull away from a standard Windows/Mac/Linux desktop and manage your systems

By davidfield

Tech Entusiast