Mobility

Five Apps: Android remote access tools

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There are times when you simply have to remote into a machine while you're on the go. That's all fine and good when you have a laptop available; but when all you have at your disposal is a smart phone or tablet, the tools you choose can really make your day much easier.

In some instances, of course, you're using a smart phone to manage the desktop and no matter what application you use, it's a challenge to navigate. Some apps, however, are better than others. I have compiled a list of five apps that work well for remote connections to desktops or servers. Each of these apps works on the Android platform (though some do offer an IOS version) and are free to use (with the exception of using TeamViewer for support purposes).

Let's dig in and see what these five apps have to offer.

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11 comments
ravi_kp_com
ravi_kp_com

There is logmein also available with android

william
william

Is there any way to remote control another Android device (Android mini PC) by Android phone, work just like TeamViewer?   Thanks in advance.

rbees
rbees

I have tried to view these in Opera and Chromium and can look at nothing beside the first image.

vliarop
vliarop

Very useful. Do you have 5 apps about Android VPN client?

DLogan@OmegaHealthCare.com
DLogan@OmegaHealthCare.com

If you are willing to purchase a RDP client app, I like Xtralogic's Remote Desktop Client for Android.  The setup interface and keystrokes are very intuitive and easy to use.  I've been using the product for at least 1.5 years now and find it has all the features I need for a RDP client.   

eliscinsky
eliscinsky

Mine was stuck the same way.  Did a shift+reload (FF) and now it 's working.

jrevier
jrevier

I second MikeZangar's comments. Probably more growing pains of the new page view of the emails. Works the same way in FF as well as IE

MikeZangar
MikeZangar

Enjoy this segment every week, but the last 2 I have not been able to view. The slide show (for the lack of a better term) doesn't advance the picture or text? Tried in 3 different browsers and still no luck. Seems like there was a change in the look 2 weeks ago and have not been able to view since.