• Parallels Access

    Applify your Universe.

    "This is great, it's the solution I've been looking for since purchasing my iPad last year." – Ronald S.

  • Parallels Access

    Applify your Universe.

    "I absolutely love the product, in fact it has changed my life and made my laptop a beast!" – James F.

It's your Software. Use it Anywhere.

Parallels Access ‘applifies’ your Windows and Mac applications, letting you remotely access and experience them as if they were made for iPad.  Tap, swipe, pinch and scroll any Mac or PC software application – even if they were not optimized for the iPad – and get more done on-the-go!  

Low-bandwidth connections no longer have the power to stop you. Parallels Access holds your connection so you can keep on working with fewer interruptions. Business applications, games, and even streaming video – we keep you connected to your universe.

It's your mobile experience the way it should be.

App Launcher

Start ANY desktop application, PC or Mac, as if it were an iPad app. Then work in that application in full screen mode, using every bit of your iPad screen for the work you need to get done.

Your work/life made simple.

App Switcher

Switch between applications with ease. See all of the applications and their files that are open on your computer, and move between them with a tap. If you have multiple files open in an application, easily see and tap to switch between them as well.

From app-to-app in a tap.

iPad Native Select and Drag

Select words and graphics with one finger, on Mac or PC. The familiar iPad experience is applied to all of your Mac or PC applications.

Drag, drop, and go!

iPad Native Copy and Paste

Select and copy from your desktop, with one finger. Copy and paste between your desktop applications or between your Mac and Windows applications and your iPad apps!

Copy there. Paste anywhere!

SmartTap and Magnifying Glass

SmartTap and the iPad magnifying glass make it easy to work in applications that aren't designed for iPad. SmartTap intuits what you want to do, so even if you don't tap precisely, you get the result you want. And the iPad magnifying glass extends to every desktop app you work with for precise control so you do just what you want to with fewer misses.

Tap with Precision. Never miss a thing!

iPad Native Scroll

Scrolling that just works. All of the familiar iPad gestures - tap, pinch, swipe, scroll - just work in your desktop applications. Need a mouse click? You can do that, too!

Long list. Short.

Desktop Keyboard on iPad

Shows up when you need it. Need to make a quick change on-the-fly? One click and you have a full keyboard, including all Function Keys and even the Windows key!

“Windows” key, too!

Get started with four easy steps


Download Parallels Access from the iTunes App Store, install it on your iPad and create your Parallels Account to get started.

The easiest way to create your Parallels Account is to do so from inside the Parallels Access app on the iPad. Just use the "Register for Parallels Access" screen, as shown below.

Need more help?

Get Your Agent

Follow the instructions to download and install the appropriate Parallels Access Agent for each Mac or PC you would like to access.

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Purchase Your Subscription

Subscriptions are available for $4.99 a month, or $49.99 for an annual subscription.

Purchase Subscription

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Applify Your Universe!

Tap right to what you need to get done, in any Windows or Mac application.

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Parallels Access Support Resources

For additional Parallels Access support options including additional KB articles, video tutorials and product documentation, please visit our product specific support page.

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Configuring Parallels Access Settings on your iPad

Navigation and Controls within Parallels Access

Basic and Advanced Gestures within Parallels Access

How to Switch Between Running Applications on Parallels Access

How to Copy and Paste with Parallels Access

How to Switch View Modes in Parallels Access

  • Excellent tool for on the road with access to desktops!

    "I have tried several and this one so far is the best at using ipad to manage a desktop pc remotely. We run our real estate machines and home machine while on the road and even out of the country. Great!!"


  • Works Like A Champ!

    "I am often out of my office working with clients and accessing the information that is on my office computer is both useful and can be necessary. Having Access makes using that information a snap.
    It is shocking how many native Microsoft program perform as though they were written for the iPad. Don't know how it works, but it does."


  • a must have

    "This app makes my life so much easier. being able to access my desktop pc from my ipad is a must anymore. Deadlines are not a issue any more"


  • Useful Department wide

    "Parallels has been extremely useful allowing our patrol officers to keep their mdt's in the main office and access all data via their ipads while being mobile. With laptops secure in the office, connections remain strong and constant. Officers enjoy using this feature and the only feedback in what they want would be the app being available in their iphones"

    Robert D

  • Great program

    "Ability to retrieve files from home computer, look at data on other programs, etc."

    Victor E

  • Parallels Access for Windows

    "This is one of the best apps for the iPad!
    You can access your Windows PC from the iPad.
    I still haven't figured out the equivalent of the right mouse button on the iPad or how to create a email folder in Outlook."


  • Best Remote Desktop experience on iPad, by far!

    "While I was more than a little skeptical that the app could deliver as promised, I figured I'd try it out since I got a free six month trial when upgrading to Parallels 9. I tried it out on my iPad mini, and the experience was much better than I could even have hoped, the mixture of responding to iPad gestures as well as control of native elements was more intuitive than the intro video even made it look, somehow the app seemed to know what I'd meant to do and responded accordingly. The only downside I can see is that while you are accessing your Mac via the app, it plays with yr desktop resolutions presumably in order to create the optimum experience for iPad. This worried me more than a little because I have a lot of custom configuration with my monitors, window positioning etc and was sure when I exited the app I'd need to reposition everything. To my surprise and excitement this was not the case and everything snapped back into its appropriate places and screen resolutions returned to normal as soon as I logged out of parallels access. While I was logged in, access was very responsive and everything was extremely accessible and readable, in addition I didn't need to cares which of the monitors my app had been displayed on on my Mac, parallels brought whatever app I wanted, hiding the other apps and making sure I had complete access, no need to scroll around the larger display resolution or switch monitors like with LogMeIn or other VNC based solutions."

    Yitz J

  • Excellent remote access / iPad Productivity app!

    "It's more than just a remote access app. Parallels Access allows you to combine your PC/Mac/Desk/Laptop and iPad as a universal all-in-one productivity tablet app that allows full functionality of a desktop on your iPad. They have added some ingenius gesture that's pretty intuitive to use. It's an extremely well-thought out app and design. My only issue right now is Parallels Windows 8 Virtual Machine doesn't fully work well if you use Parallels Access remotely to work in Win 8; other OS' VM's work fine.

    Parallels Access turns all your desktop apps into "iPad-like" UI. They also included a Desktop mode and Mouse pointer modes if the gestures don't do it for you. That's an example of well thought out.

    Kudos to the Parallels Team!"


  • Wonderful program!

    "Very comfortable and easy to use program…, will recommend to all my colleagues."


  • Ease

    "Excellent product"


Parallels Access Support Resources

For additional Parallels Access support options including additional KB articles, video tutorials and product documentation, please visit our product specific support page.

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System Requirements

The Parallels Access app can be installed on:

  • iPad (second, third, fourth generation) with iOS6 or later
  • iPad mini with iOS6 or later
  • iPad Mini with Retina display with IOS6 or later
  • iPad Air with iOS7 or later

Parallels Access Agent can be installed on:

  • Mac with OS X 10.7 Lion, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion; or OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • PC with Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 1.
    How do I install Parallels Access on both my computer and iPad?

    Installation of Parallels Access is a two step process. The Parallels Access Agent is downloaded from the Parallels website and the Parallels Access App is available for download at the Apple App Store. Complete instructions can be found here.

    If you are running a Virtual Machine on your Mac, do not install Parallels Access in the VM but complete the installation on your Mac hard drive.

    You are required to have a Parallels Account in order to download and install Parallels Access. For instructions on how to create an account or reset your password, please visit KB116662.

  2. 2.
    How do I register my copy of Parallels Access?

    When you log into Parallels the first time from your iPad, you will be required to build a user account and password.  You will receive a confirmation email that your account has been successfully created.  If you have an existing account and have registered already a copy for Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can log in with the same credentials and do not have to create a new account.

    You can also register directly in Parallels Access by topping the Register button at the bottom of the welcome screen.

    Registration instructions can be found here.

    To change your password or registered email address or if you have forgotten your password, click here for assistance.

  3. 3.
    Parallels Access FAQs - The Basics
    1. What devices and OS's are supported in Parallels Access?  Please visit KB116670
    2. Do I need a Parallels Account to use Parallels Access?  Yes, you will need an account. Registration instructions can be found at KB111662. If you have need assistance resetting your password, please visit KB116181. Instructions for registration and resetting your password are also found on the Welcome screen of Parallels Access.
    3. Is the connection from Parallels Access to my computer secure?  Yes, Parallels Access is using state of the art technology so all data transferred between your computer and iPad is secure. More details and additional security options can be found at KB116684.
    4. Can I use Parallels Access on more than one computer? Yes, Parallels access can be used to access multiple computers. Instructions to add an additional computer can be found at KB116728.
    5. How do I delete a computer from my list? Please visit KB118500 for details.
  4. 4.
    Parallels Access FAQs - Purchase Questions
    1. How do you purchase Parallels Access? Monthly and annual subscriptions to Parallels Access can be purchased directly from within Parallels Access, the Parallels Online Store or through the Apple App Store. Please visit KB116724 for instructions on how to purchase.
    2. I received a notification that my subscription is expiring, how can I renew it? Once your subscription is within 24 hours of ending, a Buy Now button will appear both on your iPad and in your My Account page. Click on Buy Now button on your iPad or on Buy Subscription on My Account page. See KB116820 for complete instructions on renewals.
    3. I have a question on my purchase, who do I contact? KB116724 contains contact details based on where you purchased your subscription to Parallels Access.
    4. Can I purchase on the Parallels website? Please see KB119197 for details on purchases.
    5. How do I get a refund for my Parallels Access subscription? Subscriptions to Parallels Access are non-refundable for the duration of your subscription period. To manage your subscription or disable auto-renewal of your monthly/annual subscription please follow the in-app instructions listed at KB116725.
  5. 5.
    Parallels Access FAQs - Features and Functionality
    1. Information on how to work with applications on your iPad can be found in KB116697.
    2. For tips on settings to ensure the best performance of Parallels Access, please visit KB116685.
    3. For mouse settings and using mouse gestures in Parallels Access, please visit KB116729.
    4. For setting up your keyboard and keyboard shortcuts, please visit KB116705.
    5. How to use drag and drop features can be found at KB116731.

    Parallels has created short tutorial video's to help you get started Parallels Access.  To view a list of videos, please visit KB116956.

  6. 6.
    Technical Troubleshooting Tips
    1. My apps are not showing in App Launcher.  Please visit KB116697.
    2. How do you switch to a traditional desktop/menu view on the iPad? Please visit KB116702.
    3. Parallels Access features are not working when I connect to my computer or Virtual Machine? Please visit KB116710.
    4. My screen resolution is out of sync after disconnecting from Parallels Access.  To reset your screen resolution please visit KB116698.
    5. Sound and speaker issues - KB116700.
    6. How do I enable accessibility for apps in OS X 10.9 Mavericks? Please visit KB116418
    7. Parallels Access cannot log in to a Windows computer. Please visit KB116660.
    8. How do I delete a computer from my list? Please visit KB118500 for details.

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