Re. the WoL app, I originally had Wake on LAN WAN
installed and it seemed to work, then it stopped - don't know why.
Since I already had Fing
installed for LAN survey, I tried it and it worked so I uninstalled the other since I no longer need to wake up the machine over the internet at this point in time.
So perhaps give Wake on LAN WAN
a try also.
Just found another input method in the Microsoft RDP app, there's a target in the top banner, (oddly enough it doesn't appear on my tablet, 1440x900), you touch that and the screen zooms with a target in the middle. Put your finger in the target and you can drag the screen around until what you want is under the target, then tap to open. Works very well if your phone doesn't have a "standard" Windows resolution, (eg. phone is 800x480).
but isn't ES File Explorer's purpose already satisfied with Microsoft Remote Desktop ? I mean can't I open/transfer etc files via the latter?
Your first post is ambiguous:
is there a way to control my laptop via my android phone?
I basically want to wake it up from sleeping, browse it as usual, open files, transfer files, perform actions, run and kill programs, etc and then make it sleep again
Transfer files from/to where?
If it's from the computer to your phone, (or vv.), then a remote control app isn't necessary - just a file manager that can access your computer by whatever means, (ftp, etc).
Also, FWIW, while I can remote access the computer from my phone using RDP, (or something else), it is a hell of a lot easier
to turn on it's WiFi HotSpot and use a tablet. Considering you can pick up 7" Windows 8 tablets for under AU$100, and Android tablets for a lot less that's what I'd be doing rather than going cross-eyed using a phone.