Remote desktop apps for the iPad let you control your PC/Mac from your iPad. It's a very mobile way of being able to access files and programs on your computer from a distance. While not useful to a larger share of the market, remote desktop apps for the iPad are used by professionals and others extensively.

Since this falls under iPad for business, most remote desktop apps you see are going to be a little costly. However, the focus is on quality and delivering a seamless experience over connected devices. Here's a list of some of the best remote desktop iPad apps.

Best Remote Desktop Apps for iPad

#1. Splashtop 2

Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop App for iPad

In the world of remote desktop apps for the iOS ecosystem, Splashtop stands right on top. A cursory look at its accolades gives an idea of how popular the app is: it was the only remote desktop app to be one among the Apple's Top 25 Best-selling iPad Apps, has over 15 million users worldwide, is ranked #1 by many leading publications. And all of it is not without the power that Splashtop brings to your iPad. You can access your computer not just through a Wi-fi network but you can actually be anywhere in the world and still access your computer with the Anywhere Access Pack.

From the description:

  • Use your iPad to access all of the programs and files on your computer with 100% compatibility, including PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Excel, Outlook, Quicken, IE, Chrome, Safari, and all other PC/Mac applications
  • Enjoy the full video and music libraries that are playable only on your computer, whatever formats they’re in

Splashtop has a ton of features for paying subscribers. Annual charges can go up to $16.99 and the app, which usually costs $19.99 is on a Thanksgiving sale at the time of writing this.

Price: $4.99
Download Splashtop 2

#2. TeamViewer

TeamViewer iPad App

TeamViewer is probably the numero uno remote desktop app across all platforms. On the iPad, it's the best free alternative to Splashtop. TeamViewer has all the bells and whistles of a leading remote desktop app and brings some cool security features to the app. There aren't very many limitations as such but if you're looking to port the entirety of your PC or Mac to your iPad, then you find that this app has some limitations. But for general purposes, TeamViewer is just great.

From the description:

  • Conveniently control remote computers using the iPad multi-touch gestures: left click, right click, drag & drop, scroll wheel, zoom, change monitor
  • Complete keyboard control incl. special keys such as Windows®, Ctrl+Alt+Del
  • Meets highest security standards: 256 Bit AES Session Encoding, 1024 Bit RSA Key Exchange
  • Automatically adjust the screen resolution of the remote computer

Price: Free
Download TeamViewer

#3. Microsoft Remote Desktop

Microsoft Remote Desktop iPad App

Launched only recently, this app is obviously Windows-specific. Microsoft made sure that this is a full-fledged app that even IT managers would be willing to use. It ports most of Windows-specific features to the iPad and aims to enable a seamless experience as you control apps, files and documents on your computer via your iPad. There's also the Remote Desktop Protocol which enables multi-touch capable gestures (specific to Windows 8). And the best thing is it's free.

From the description:

  • Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
  • Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
  • High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
  • Rich multi-touch experience with remote desktop protocol (RDP) and RemoteFX supporting Windows gestures

Price: Free
Download Microsoft Remote Desktop

#4. GoToMyPC

GoToMyPC Remote Desktop App for iPad

GoToMyPC is described as “convenient, simple and reliable” and it stands by the values. GoToMyPC is one of the more popular remote desktop apps for iPad that lets you control your computer remotely and easily. Some of the features are quite impressive visually as well as from a user-experience point of view.

From the description:

  • Precision mouse control so it’s easy to tap the details
  • 300% zoom to see details and work without straining your eyes
  • Full keyboard functionality, including special keys like Alt, Ctrl and Tab
  • Fast, auto-corrected typing with the Preview Text feature
  • Copy and paste between your computer and apps on your phone
  • Multi-monitor support
  • Multitasking capability
  • 128-bit AES encryption, dual passwords and end-to-end user authentication

You'll need a GoToMyPC subscription in order to get the app working across your computers.

Price: Free
Download GoToMyPC

#5. LogMeIn

LogMeIn Remote Desktop App for iPad

LogMeIn is probably the simplest way to get started with remote desktop control. The iPad app is free and comes with all the basic features one would require. Advanced features like HD playback, cloud services, and file managers cost you an in-app purchase/subscription. While most basic control is available, file-functions are a limitation on the free service. That's a grind actually because you might want to be able to copy/transfer files between your iPad and computer.

From the description:

  • Get to your computer files and edit them from your iPad or iPhone.
  • Remotely run any application on your computer from your iPad or iPhone.
  • Fix computer problems remotely for business or personal IT.
  • Multi-monitor support
  • Supports use of special key combinations
  • Wake-On-LAN

Paid features include:

  • HD video and sound streaming for seamless remote control from any device or Pro enabled computer
  • My Cloud Bank integration that links your LogMeIn app with popular cloud services
  • File Manager for transferring files and folders between computers and saving them to your device
  • Photo App Management for accessing and transferring photos from/to your iPad or iPhone photo library

Price: Free (with paid subscription)
Download LogMeIn

#6. PocketCloud

PocketCloud Remote Desktop iPad App

PocketCloud is a friendly VNC+RDP app to access your computer remotely. The good thing about PocketCloud is that it connects to a computer that runs any VNC and you can also use PocketCloud's native software to make connections even more seamless. Features like file-browser, picture/media uploads to computer via iPad, HD video streaming come at a premium (about $24 annually). Overall, PocketCloud is great for general, non-heavy remote desktop usage.

From the description:

  • Up to date with the latest RDP specification from Microsoft (RDP version 7.0)
  • Best compression, optimized for 3G
  • 128-bit encryption and FIPS support
  • Advanced setup: PocketCloud can also connect directly to machines running RDP or VNC. Simply enter the IP address or hostname to connect.

Price: Free
Download PocketCloud

#7. iTeleport Remote Desktop

iTeleport Remote Desktop App for iPad

Called by some as the “best app ever” when it comes to remote desktop control, iTeleport Remote Desktop brings most of what the premium RDP/VNC apps offer. It stands out in terms of versatility and features/spec sheet. If there's an app you should use before switching to any other, it's iTeleport.

From the description:

  • Intuitive and patented interface, iTeleport gives you full control of your computer's mouse and keyboard, and provides a rich visual display of your computer screens, without any screen resolution limit.
  • Support for ALL International keyboards & Bluetooth keyboard support
  • Advance PowerPoint slides while reading your presenter notes
  • Use your iPad as a wireless touchpad + keyboard + media remote
  • Supports Mac (Lion, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Tiger, Vine Server) and all Windows editions (with free VNC servers: TightVNC, UltraVNC, and RealVNC). Also supports Linux VNCServer and Vino, as well as AMX Touchscreen Interfaces.
  • Supports RDP servers, including Network Level Authentication
  • You can even use iTeleport when you don't have an Internet connection, and want to control your laptop while giving a presentation

Price: Free
Download iTeleport Remote Desktop

  • Sam

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