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Best Remote Desktop Apps

Best Remote Desktop Apps

Connect to your PC or Mac to view files, access software, and control your entire computer on your iOS device.

Splashtop Personal - Remote Desktop

Give your desktop a splash of remote access

Splashtop Personal - Remote Desktop

Splashtop Personal - Remote Desktop

For anyone who wants fast and super easy access to their computer from anywhere.

Splashtop offers great fluidity for browsing through your operating system and auto adjusts the resolution for your iPad's display. I tried this on my MacBook Pro and iPad 2 and OS X felt really natural to the iPad. I tried this with a few people and they thought it looked like a port of OS X to work on the iPad. Splashtop looks amazing, is really easy to set up, and easy to connect.

Why we love it

Splashtop is great because it's super fluid and easy to use. It automatically adjusts resolutions to fit your iOS screen too, so everything is optimized without any effort.

LogMeIn

When you just need to get logged in to your computer

LogMeIn

LogMeIn

For anyone who uses LogMeIn's subscription service for remotely accessing their desktop.

LogMeIn offers somewhat smooth performance, but you won't be able to push out some 1080p videos via your iTunes library. But just for the normal stuff, LogMeIn does a great job. You also get a pretty awesome file browser, so you don't even need to navigate to get those files. Overall, LogMeIn does a great job covering for you at work if you forgot those documents on your home computer! You will need a subscription, which is only free for two weeks.

Why we love it

LogMeIn is a trusted service for remote desktop access, and it has proven to be very useful in the situations that it is needed. The app is easy to set up and connect, and gives you full access to your computer, but don't expect top performance — your iOS device is not the same as your computer, you know.

Screens VNC - Remote Access To Your Computer

Instant access to your computer screen from anywhere

Screens VNC - Remote Access To Your Computer

Screens VNC - Remote Access To Your Computer

When you want remote access to your computer but don't want a subscription to a service.

Screens VNC is a powerful way to access your desktop without a subscription to another service. With Screens VNC, all you need to do is install the client on both your computer and iOS device, and then you can connect to your desktop or laptop from anywhere in the world. You can do cool things like use Curtain mode, which blocks the screen from being visible on the computer you're accessing, use 3D Touch for quick actions access, view multiple screens if you have a multiple display setup, and much more. For an app that only has one price for admission, there are plenty of awesome tools and features that it offers compared to the competitive subscription services.

Why we love it

Screens features a slick interface and it is super easy to set up and use. Getting connected to your computer is fast and easy, and there are a lot of cool features that this app offers compared to the competition.

Ignition

This app gives you the ignition key for your computer

Ignition

Ignition

For anyone who uses LogMeIn and wants to play HD videos and play games through their iOS device.

Welcome to LogMeIn's big brother. So why do we rank it lower than its little sibling? One thing makes you think twice about the full-featured version of LogMeIn: the price. LogMeIn Ignition comes in at one cent short of a hundred dollars. I'll let you read that again… Yes! 100 bucks for a remote desktop app! Granted, you can play HD videos and play games through it but we feel the price tag is a little high, but if that's your thing, then there's no better solution than this version.

Why we love it

While the price is a little high, it's worth it if you care about streaming HD videos and playing high quality games directly through your iOS device by remotely accessing your computer. It's not for everyone, but some will find the value.

Jump Desktop (Remote Desktop) - RDP / VNC

It's time to jump to your desktop from anywhere

Jump Desktop (Remote Desktop) - RDP / VNC

Jump Desktop (Remote Desktop) - RDP / VNC

For those who don't mind a little more work when setting up their remote access.

Jump desktop is a VNC type remote desktop connection app for the iPad. This means you can connect really easily to your Mac (PC needs a little more work) and it requires no additional software. Jump offers good stability and average performance with only a slight lag being shown on my test.

Why we love it

We found little lag when testing out Jump Desktop. It does take a bit more work when setting up, but the results are worth it.