With every new iPad generation, it seems like Apple’s tablet continues to expand its abilities. If we remember how the original iPad looked like, which was unveiled just a few years ago, it becomes even more amazing to see how powerful the latest generation is.
Even though screen sharing and VNC apps aren’t exactly new on the iOS platform, it seems like there are still only a few good apps that are worth purchasing. Using a VNC app, you can connect your iOS device (compatible both with iPhones and iPads) to your computer, and access it from any place and any time. In some cases, having a VNC app could be a lifesaver, like when you remember that an important file was still on your home computer, so you can use your iPhone or iPad to access the computer from your work, and make needed changes.
In this article we are going to take a look at one of the most successful VNC apps in the App Store, called iTeleport Remote Desktop. You can download and use it for $24.99, which grants you full access, without any IAP present.
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After you download iTeleport to your iOS device, you’ll need to log-in using your Google credentials. The app is based on GTalk’s services, which makes this usually complex process very easy and effortless. You will basically need to sign-in with your Google credentials, and you’re ready to go. On the other hand, the iTeleport desktop client is needed on every computer that you want to remotely access to. The desktop client will need to be active at all times, since if you accidentally close the application, the remote connection will be terminated.
Once connected with one or more computers, iTeleport’s main page will show you a list of computers, no matter if they are online or offline. Simply tap on a computer’s icon, and the remote connection will go online. Once the remote connection starts, you’ll see a navigation bar in the iOS app with the options to end remote access, adjust settings, as well as to toggle on/off on-screen function keys, keyboard, and shortcut buttons.
While doing my research for this article, I noticed numerous negative reviews on this app’s App Store page. I did not experience any issues with iTeleport, which was the main negative point in those user reviews. The initial setup is very effortless, and the app instantly connected with my computer. Even further, I didn’t notice any lagging or performance issues while accessing different computers. What’s also important to say is that I tested iTeleport for iPhone and iPad as well, with computers that were powered by Windows 8.1 and OSX Yosemite. I am not sure if I was being lucky or if iTeleport’s developer managed to solve previously mentioned issues, so my recommendation is to try the service before your buy.
In case you’re looking for a VNC app for your iOS device, my recommendation is to try iTeleport. Even though it doesn’t bring polished UI that can be seen with similar apps, it managed to create secure and stable connection to every computer that I used. It also worked cross-platform, so there’s actually nothing that I would like to see added.