How to access your Mac remotely from your iPhone or iPad

“There is a ton of VNC software options out there, but Screens by Edovia has by far been my favorite for a number of years because it looks and feels like software Apple could have created themselves,” Anthony Bouchard writes for iDownloadBlog. “In this tutorial, I’ll show you how you can use the Screens app from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, in combination with Edovia’s free Screens Connect software for Mac, to access your Mac remotely.”

“Screens VNC for iOS is on the pricier side of things, at $19.99 from the App Store, so lots of people are going to be skeptical at its worthiness and compare it to free software like TeamViewer and other less-expensive VNC apps,” Bouchard writes. “My opinion on many of those alternatives is that they may work alright, but… meh. The interfaces don’t really spark my interest, or the features aren’t really as appealing.”

“I’ve tried lots of VNC software apps, and none have felt as native as Screens,” Bouchard writes. “It just seems to work well and it looks and feels like an app that was put together by people who understand the design and function of Apple’s iOS and OS X platforms very well.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What’s your favorite VNC software?

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14 Comments

  1. None, because none of them allow the sending back of sound. I cannot, as a voiceover user, control my Mac like that. Also, none of them are truely capable of simulating a trackpad, so voiceover doesn’t work with it that way either.

  2. I have found that GotomyPC works great for macs. I actually had I client use Screens and gotomyPC and the client thought “gotomypc” was much much better than Screens.

    1. The only problem with go to my pc is that you have to pay a monthly subscription to use the app. Otherwise I agree with you, I like how it works. But I’m going to try screens.

  3. I have to recommend Screens over TeamViewer and LogMein. The total cost is absurdly low for a well-supported and effective remote app like Screens. Screens recently added a screen lock feature I had experienced with LogMein, so my home desktop display is blanked when I’m accessing it remotely on my iPad2. But the installation and operation of Screens is just more effortless. I initially had trouble setting up Screens to use a cellular connection when away from my own home wi-fi; but it was only because I refused to believe it could be so simple. I write computer training manuals, and maintain an archive of Microsoft Windows and Office content going back more than a decade. With Screens on my old iPad 2 II can connect to my early-2008 iMac at home, start up a VPN connection in El Capitan, then connect to a Windows VM and run Office 2015 applications and Adobe FrameMaker 2015 in Windows 10 smoothly. Or I can “simply” run Windows XP and Office 2007 programs in VMWare.

  4. While I have, and occasionally use Screens, the need to use your finger like a mouse pointer on the screen can make selections difficult. For this reason, I actually prefer iTeleport. If gives you a screen pointer, just like the mouse pointer on the Mac, that allows you to easily make menu selections with your finger actually tapping the screen away from the pointer.

    iTeleport Remote Desktop – $24.99 at the App Store

    1. I haven’t used iTeleport. But the same feature you describe is in Screens as well. The interface in the most recent version (4.0 for iPad) is a bit different, though. To toggle between the two modes (called Touch Mode and Trackpad Mode), click the Action button at the far righthand end of the main Screens menu bar at the bottom of your iPad screen; and then in the App Actions popup menu click the Touch/Trackpad button (3rd from the right).

  5. * Screens will NOT connect when host machine is connected to a vpn (even w/compsnion app running;) Parallels Acces connects.
    * Edovia support refuses to address or comment.
    * Screens (stll) lacks sound support.

    1. I have no trouble connecting with Screens while I’m connected to a VPN (created using the built-in Network VPN support in System Preferences), I’m looking at it now. Are you getting different results on your system? I haven’t had to contact Edovia, so I can’t speak for their support yet. They do say clearly that Apple’s VNC implementation does not support sound, so they can’t do anything about it at this time. I have no idea about the technical details. I get the impression that designing a remote interface on top of VNC is simply the easiest way, and possibly the most effective way, to provide the whole remote package. I don’t need sound for what I do is all. The other remote apps are obviously preferable if you’re working with sound. That could be a lot of users, actually, if you include movie, music, and interview creators, plus viewers and listeners. So there’s plenty of room for competition in the different markets.

  6. * Anonymous VPN servers, not local built-in vpn on host.

    * Parallels Access (even Splashtop) have sound…
    …so why always lean on Apple’s VNC statement but other managed to figure it out.

    Personally I can pass on sound…but need it to connect when the hist is connected to remote vpn servers.

  7. Remoter VNC can connect to all kind of mac/pc clients Without instelling anything.
    With good keyboard and trackpad Simulation and secure tunnel connection as well.

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