Parallels Access is the fastest, simplest, and most reliable way to remotely access all your Windows and Mac applications and files from your iPhone or iPad. From accessing a single file that you forgot on your home computer to editing a complex document, Parallels Access gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you will be effective anytime and anywhere with just your mobile device.

“There are a bunch of programs that claim to do this, but I have found that Parallels Access does it most smoothly and best of all of them... and I can recommend it."
—Walt Mossberg, co-founder Re/Code

“Parallels Access is a must-have for iPad owners that need to control apps on their desktop PC.”
– Jason Parker, CNET

“Parallels Access can help free you up so that the iPad is the only computer you take on the road.”
– Ed Baig, USA Today

Leave the laptop behind when you are on the move. Or on the couch.
Our unique “Applification™” technology lets you use all of your desktop applications as if they were native apps for your iPhone or iPad.

24/7 access to your desktop. The unanticipated happens all the time.
One simple tap and you are securely connected to your computer. Quickly navigate thru the hard drive to find the document or photo you need using our file browser; and copy or open it with just a tap.

Edit content easily - No more finger gymnastics.
Precise selection, copying, and pasting of text. Tapping a small, almost invisible desktop button or dragging a picture with natural one-finger lock is a breeze – our Lock’n’Go Magnifying Glass is a marvel of innovation.

All your desktop applications are just a tap away.
Start applications or switch between them with just a tap. Plus a complete desktop keyboard to help you take full advantage of those desktop apps.

Don’t stress your eyes. In fact, don’t stress at all!
See your applications using the full screen of your mobile device. Have peace of mind knowing that Parallel Access will reliably connect you to your desktop when you need it. Even on slow 3G networks.

Stay effective with the fastest, simplest, and most reliable remote access technology.
You are connected to your desktop. And you are fast and effective. Reliably.

Subscribe annually for $19.99 or monthly for $2.99 to get unlimited use of Parallels Access for up to 5 computers.
Payment will be charged to iTunes account at confirmation of purchase.
Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off no later than 24 hours before the end of the current period.
Subscriptions and auto-renewal can be managed/turned off in the iTunes account settings.
Any unused portion of a free trial period is forfeited as soon as a subscription is purchased.

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For business use, please use Parallels Access for Business, which offers the ability to centrally manage multiple user accounts and grant and revoke access to company-owned computers. (

Parallels Access requires the installation of the free Parallels Access Agent on your Mac (OS X 10.9 or higher) or PC (Windows 7 or Windows 8). Just follow the instructions in Parallels Access on your iPhone or iPad to download the Agent and install it on your computer. Parallels Access is compatible with iPad 2 and later, including iPad mini, and with iPhone 4S and later.

What’s New

Version 4.0.4

This version contains the following enhancements:
- Added support for new iPhones' screen sizes
- Resolved an issue with iPhone XR where mouse pointer would misplace clicks
- Improved application's operation in background
- Improved text selection operations in remote applications
- Improved content zoom for remote applications
- Improved connection establishment process
- Resolved an issue with 3D Touch not working in iOS 12.1
- Resolved several minor issues with File Manager
- Resolved several issues related to text selection
- Resolved an issue where some application windows would get unexpectedly hidden
- Resolved several bugs and crashes

Desktop Agent for macOS now supports Dark mode on macOS Mojave.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

CoffeeSmuggler ,

Parallels no Access

Bought this and kept the subscription for a few years. Will be cancelling as support unable to get it working again

Developer Response ,

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James_SA ,

macOS - the app

This app has changed the way I use my iPad, and the devs have some serious talent. Solid 5 stars.

It really is incredible what Parallels Access accomplishes. By combining Parallels's super-fast screen sharing technology with iOS native input methods such as drag-to-scroll, using a mac app with Parallels Access feels as close as it gets to using a native app. As is this wasn't enough, it then provides the option to match the iPad's native screen resolution to make full use of the display (an option which unfortunately only works with older models as of writing).

With just this, I could never go back to another screen-sharing/VNC solution, but Parallels Access continues to make the experience better with native UI to allow for things like showing the menu bar in fullscreen apps, navigating the mac's file-system (with a UI to rival the native Files app), and a launchpad/homescreen to keep the app you want a tap away.

One thing a user will quickly find is that the mac's Spotlight shortcut is overriden by iOS, but Parallels turn this in their favour by integrating into iOS's Spotlight results. They also provide a today widget to take you from your device's homescreen straight into a mac app.

My only request is that work is put in to ensure the app gets the attention it deserves: from the devs, to keep app features working (such as matching newer iPads' resolution and aspect ratio); and from the public, because this app is market-leading with a proven record, and deserves to be considered as a solution as people increasingly seek to switch to iPad-only workflows.

tom_tm ,

It works. But....

I've been an a Apple nut ever since the SE30 came out, but have never been able to warm to my ipad as a 'serious replacement' for a decent laptop. However, I had hopes for Access, and I should say that it does work as expected, in a basic sort of way- if you don't mind spending double time that you would normally take. But if you're a power user, and not just a regular Internet surfer etc then all Access will do is remind you that the ipad is no replacement for a decent powered Macbook or PC laptop. Access doesn't quite resize apps on the screen particularly screen well, and its performance is somewhat sluggish- even on a fast modem connection. The positive thing I guess is that Access has made me realise that I really should end my love with this iPad and exchange it for a decent laptop.


Parallels International GmbH
125.9 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. Parallels Access Service Plan for Multiple Computers £2.29
  2. Parallels Access Service Plan for Multiple Computers £14.99
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