PC users have log since benefited from great programs to remotely access the desktop of one PC from another.

With the convenience of carrying around tablets such as Androids and iPads, yet the inconvenience of not being able to run everything you need on these lightweight portable systems, accessing your PC remotely is still something many people have a requirement for.

LogMeIn Ignition (Android and iPad)
$30 app, fast, simple

Citrix GoToMyPC (Android and iPad)
$99/yr per PC, expensive, secure and reliable

Wyse Pocket Cloud Pro (Android and iPad)
$15, easy, supports multiple connections

PhoneMyPC (Android)
$15 app, performs well, has a limited free version, has encryption

My favorite is LogMeIn Ignition which I highly recommend you try out. They have Windows and iPhone versions as well. This mature product has become a required part of my toolkit.

15 Comments
  1. Remote Access is one of the most brilliant inventions in today’s world. I also like accessing my files while I’m at home. Like maybe my movies or videos that are stored on my pc. With airvideo available for apple devices for $2.99, it makes life so much more convenient. You don’t even have to have wifi access. You can create an ad-hoc network and you will be able to view all media on your pc. Basically your pc acts as a server for all your media.

    Here’s the link for this app
    https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/air-video-watch-your-videos/id306550020?mt=8

    • I use Android and i found an app called Splash Top for $2.99 and it does about the same thing. Very convenient.

  2. Tablets are some great invention. They are very practical and my personal belief is that they did some big change to the world of our technologies.

    It creates some great opportunities to connect all the different things you have at home (and even not at home). What will our world look like one day? I am excited to see that.

  3. Thanks for the post, David. I needed a way to transfer my files to the PC but my sister always hogs it. It’s also better because I don’t need to bring out cables to physically connect to the PC. Aside from the clutter, my cables are short and my cats are always looking to kick my stuff off the computer table.

  4. Great post, but would have loved to see a few of the free options as well if any are available out there.

    I’ve been looking for such an app since quite some time and none of them are that smooth, atleast for me. Hopefully these will be better.

    • I used TeamViewer on Android for my PC and it works well for a free application. You can check it on Google Play, it has scored pretty well. It has a version for iOS too but the latest update seems to be bad.

      • Thanks! I used it. I tried it out and it worked pretty well for me. I think I’m on the latest version as well so don’t know if it’s supposed to have any bug or glitches but till now it’s working as intended for me.

  5. These solutions are pretty useful, but just has NatureSun said, they are not the best. I would recommend Team Viewer just as tastefuldeath mentioned. They have a free version and it is not bad for the price. It is very convenient and you can easily control any computer you like through the Team Viewer account. The only negative aspect would be the slow frames. If you are looking for one that gives the best performance I would highly recommend Splashtop. To describe the performance, you can easily play a PC game without any trouble. It is not free and there is a monthly fee for “non-LAN” connections, but without a doubt, worth the money if you use remote desktop on a basis.

  6. These solutions are pretty useful, but just has NatureSun said, they are not the best. I would recommend Team Viewer just as tastefuldeath mentioned. They have a free version and it is not bad for the price. It is very convenient and you can easily control any computer you like through the Team Viewer account. The only negative aspect would be the slow frames. If you are looking for one that gives the best performance I would highly recommend Splashtop. To describe the performance, you can easily play a PC game without any trouble. It is not free and there is a monthly fee for “non-LAN” connections, but without a doubt, worth the money if you use remote desktop on a basis.

  7. I never considered controlling my PC from my ipad. I guess I will now. These are some serious bargains that you listed at the end of the article. They could come in handy. I’ll have to remember to bring this up with our IT guys and see which one on your list that they recommend the most.

  8. Oh boy this is something that is very handy. Almost everyone has tablets these days and may want to link it to their pc. It is great to know that there are tools that are available to do so. the tablet is great but it is limited as to what programs we may want to run however just knowing that we can still link the tablet to the pc is a plus and gives the comfort of purchasing a tablet without having to compare between buying a laptop.

  9. I’ll have to look into these. I would love to be able to access my PC from my tablets. It would come in handy for the type of work that I do. I’d be more than happy to pay the fee for the convenience.

  10. I always bring my tablet, so this would be a great alternative than having to bring your laptop everywhere just to access your files. Anyway, would this work if I am accessing a program in my PC that my tablet will not be able to run (like .exe and such)?

    This app would actually be great if I can use it my workplace. My company has a very strict security and AirWatch has to be installed in the tablets just to be able to check your emails.

  11. I always recommend TeamViewer whenever somebody wants a way to remotely access files and all for free. It’s extremely reliable, and because you can provide remote support to any computer under your account, as long as the computer is on, you can get into it. The only problem is that with TeamViewer installed on every machine, you’ll need to restrict it somehow on shared machines, especially with the telephone scams that ask you to remote into your computer.

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