VMware Horizon Client for iOS makes it easy to work on your VMware Horizon virtual desktop and hosted applications from your iPhone or iPad, giving you on-the-go access from any location.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A VMware Horizon virtual desktop or hosted application is required to use the VMware Horizon Client for iOS. Contact your IT department for further assistance.


The VMware Blast Extreme protocol used with Horizon 7 is designed and optimized for mobile users. Blast Extreme leverages H.264 hardware decoding to deliver the best remote experience while reducing power consumption.

VMware Horizon 6 and later supports hosted applications in addition to virtual desktops. With hosted applications, leave the desktop behind and run applications like local iOS apps.

Unity Touch bridges the gap between your touch screen and your Windows applications. With Unity Touch, you can easily browse, search, and open Windows applications & files, choose favorite applications and files, and switch between running applications all without the Start Menu or Task Bar.

With an external monitor or AirPlay, your iPhone or iPad display turns into a trackpad / keyboard while the external screen shows your VMware Horizon desktop.

The adaptive capabilities of the Blast Extreme and PCoIP display protocol make your virtual desktop fast and responsive regardless of whether you are connecting over your corporate WiFi network or over a cellular connection at a local café.

Whether you’re at your desk or away from the office, you’re always secure with VMware Horizon. Leverage smart card authentication with the Biometric Associates baiMobile 301MP smart card reader. Use the integrated RSA soft token for simpler access.

Individual users of the VMware Horizon Client for iOS should contact their internal IT help desk or visit Only Support Administrators listed on a Basic or Production Support contract for VMware Horizon may log a service ticket with VMware Technical Support

What's New

Version 4.9

• Quicker reconnection
On iOS 9.0 and later devices, you don’t have to re-enter your credential if you put the Horizon Client in the background for 3 minutes or less. Go ahead and check the weather!

• Share or block your information
You can configure whether to share information about your client system via a setting in the Horizon Client. VMware uses this data

Ratings and Reviews

2.8 out of 5
47 Ratings
47 Ratings

Promising, but lacks the basics for productivity

It connects very well and has great support for touch. The trackpad feature works great as well as being able to pinch to zoom on my desktop without affecting my work.

However (and it’s a big one), the app will not currently recognize an external keyboard’s Delete, Page Up/Down, Alt, Home, Insert, End, NumLock, or ANY of the Function (F1-F12) keys. Also, when attempting to use any key combination that includes the Alt key, it will not recognize the following keystroke as the appears that the Alt keystroke is being repeated instead of held down for a combination. Finally, not all Ctrl combinations work with an external keyboard (such as Ctrl+Enter). The only way to do any of these unsupported functions/key commands is to use the onscreen keyboard which is split between multiple menus and grids my production to a screeching halt.

Native support for an external mouse (USB or Bluetooth, only to control the Windows cursor) will need to be implemented as well for this to be a fully functional version of VM Ware.

I cannot use this app until it is updated to FULLY support an external keyboard with all of it’s possible commands and functions (the way it works on any other Remote Desktop app). Avoid until updated.


This works great for basic use.

If I’m on the go and need to just do simple tasks in my VDI session this works perfectly!

I bought a Dash 3 pen for my iPad Pro and am able to precisely select things in outlook, vCenter and other apps I use to manage infrastructure.

I know I can’t do really heavy things inside of this, especially without Mouse support (which isn’t VMware’s fault) but for being able to switch into it at the drop of a hat in a meeting without having to mess with bringing my laptop (it’s a tank), it’s great!


Latest Update Issues

The latest update has two major issues for me. The first is that either Touch ID has been removed or hidden. The other is the extremely long startup time. We are running the latest version of VMware on our servers with the new Burst feature and internal thin client devices it works well, but the iOS version takes 5-10 minutes to launch the desktop. It runs fine after launching.


VMware, Inc.
38.4 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© VMware, Inc. 2018


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