You require software both for your iOS device and for each target computer you want to control:
- Download the VNC Viewer app for free from the App Store to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Deploy VNC to each target computer, and apply a free or trial license key:
Note that connections will only be secure (encrypted) if you choose a Personal or an Enterprise license.
You can connect to a computer on the same Wi-Fi-enabled local network as your device (useful at home or in the office), or to one the other side of the world over the Internet (via a 4G/3G/EDGE mobile data network, or from a public Wi-Fi hotspot).
Note that for a successful Internet connection you must first configure any firewalls and routers protecting the target computer.
If you cannot connect, start with our troubleshooting guide.
Controlling a connected computer
Tap the ? button on the VNC Viewer toolbar to see how to use the app. Key features are:
- Your finger moves the mouse cursor rather than clicking where you touch, as you might expect with a touchscreen. This gives you fine-grained control of a high-resolution computer desktop from the smaller screen of your device.
- Mouse operations are performed by gestures, so for example to double click you position the cursor and then double tap the screen. The help explains the other gestures.
- Special computer keyboard keys such as Ctrl, Alt, Del, the Function keys, and the Command key on a Mac are available from a scrolling key bar above the virtual keyboard.