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.
Your subscription will be charged to your credit card through your iTunes account and will automatically renew unless canceled at least 24-hours before the end of the current period.

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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 10.7 Lion 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 4.0.0

This release contains the following new features on iOS
- Support for new devices, including iPhone X and iPad Pro
- Support for PIN/Touch ID/Face ID to protect access to the app
- New mouse mode for easier controls
- Use of Spotlight for app search
- Text selection using 3D Touch
- Faster computer connection/app launch using 3D Touch on app icon
- Settings are now available right inside the app
- Support for SwiftPoint GT mouse

Other changes for iOS and desktop Agent
- Improved Agent for Mac and Windows
- Improved compatibility with iOS 11
- Improved remote connection stability
- Improved text selection detection for remote applications
- Better sound handling on mobile devices
- Multiple crashes resolved
- Resolved issue with adding new applications to the App Launcher on iPad
- Resolved input issues with remote session in a browser

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

92 Ratings

92 Ratings

The best app for accessing your Mac on an iOS device.


I've been using this app for two years, and it's the single most important app on my iPad. (I also use the iPhone version when I don't need to pull out the iPad.). The app has allowed me to access the high computing power of my iMac at home while I'm on the move or even down in the family room. I pull out my portable bluetooth keyboard if I want to type and maximize the iPad screen space.

One of the apps best features is the user interface's ability to access all of your computers applications and toggle between the, with gestures and iPad-like tapping instead of pretending that your iPad is just a small iMac. In my experience this ability is what really makes the app quick and efficient to use. In addition, I especially appreciate the "hold down one finger precision click" feature, as I call it. It pops up a magnifier that makes it incredibly easy to tap on those small macOS (or Windows) "X's" and other buttons that were designed for mice and not large fingers like mine.

Btw, I also have Parallels on my iMac to run Windows , and this works great with that as well. After all, Parallels specializes in cross-platform operating system functionality. I enjoy all of their products, to be honest.

Good app, needs work on PC side


I like this for accessing my MacBook Pro and the Parallels Desktop 9 PC programs. Clean and simple to use. Access any application, server, network resource, etc. The PC side (thru the Mac) needs some work though as the scaling of the app is off so things appear way too small. The only zoom is the magnifying glass option which is still difficult to read many things. Often things are a bit slow to respond as you can imagine but the problem is that the “wait” symbol on the Mac doesn’t display on the iPad. Therefore you aren’t sure if you’ve actually activated something and it’s slow, or you’ve not tapped where you expected so it’s not doing anything. Finally, for me at least, sound doesn’t pass thru so if you’re trying to access video or audio, good luck. I hope these things improves over time.
Others have talked about the price of this ($49 per computer per year as of this review). With all the options out there I can’t justify spending that for an annual subscription. Perhaps if this price was for 3-5 computers per year so I can support my family computers while traveling, that might be worth it. Hopefully Parallels will figure out the appropriate pricing scheme.

Saving Weight in China


I have a MacBook Pro at home and at the office. I seldom use the one at home, since I use my iPad for just about everything.
The problem: I travel to China a lot (50%) and while there, use buses, taxi's, subways etc. I was really getting tired of lugging my backpack around with my laptop, power supply, mouse etc. It's just too hot and crowded. I would really rather carry my iPad around instead - but what if I needed a file that was on my laptop?
The solution: I got Parallels Access, and after testing it in the USA, I was pretty sure it would work for me. So I ditched my backpack, got a Maxpedition Jumbo and a Zagg keyboard cover. So much better this way. I am now in China and although I brought my laptop (checked luggage), I leave it in the hotel powered up and use it as a remote for my iPad.
While testing in the US, I was able to create and edit Illustrator files, Photoshop files, even my Windows VM (parallels). Everything worked.
I think it was a good decision, and I am very happy with the lighter load I have to carry around, knowing that if I need a file or program on my laptop, it is an internet connection away.


Parallels International GmbH
120.8 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Parallels International GmbH. All rights reserved
In-App Purchases
  1. Parallels Access Service Plan for Multiple Computers $2.99
  2. Parallels Access Service Plan for Multiple Computers $19.99
  3. Parallels Access Service Plan for Multiple Computers $2.99


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