Parallels iOS Client for mobile devices | How to install and configure

Parallels Client for iOS

The Parallels RAS Remote desktop for iOS App is available on the App Store for free. Using the new Parallels Client for iOS, you can access your published applications and desktops in a few simple steps.

With the launch of RAS v15.5, the Parallels Client has been specifically revamped to give it a new, modern user interface that allows users to use native-like hand gestures to navigate their way through the RAS published applications and desktops.

Configuring the Parallels Client

First of all, search for the ‘Parallels Client’ on the App Store. After you have installed the application, tap the Parallels Client icon from your app drawer to run the application. Alternatively, your administrator may send you an all-inclusive email that contains a link to download the Parallels Client for your respective device as well as a link that will configure the Parallels Client to access your published applications and desktops.

To access your RAS published applications and desktops, you first need to connect to the server. Once you are successfully connected, you can access your published resources. Configuring the Parallels Client is simple; in just a few steps, you will be running your remotely published applications and desktops.

Parallels iOS Client

Once you open the Parallels Client app, you will see the above screen. As indicated above, press on the sign to add a new connection.

Parallels iOS Client

Upon adding a connection, you will be shown two connection options:  Remote Application Server and Standard RDP. The Remote Application Server option is used to access your published applications and desktops, while Standard RDP is used to connect to another PC in a different location (Remote PC).

To access your published applications and desktops, select the Remote Application Server option.

Parallels iOS Client

Enter all the details shown on your screen.

  1. Add a friendly name to quickly identify the type of connection you are using.
  2. Enter the server address, which should be provided by your administrator.
  3. Finally, enter your username and password in the respective fields.

Parallels iOS Client

Once you have added all the necessary details, click on the Connect button on the top right-hand side of your screen.

Parallels iOS Client

Congratulations!! You can now start using the applications and desktops available to the user in RAS!

How to Use the Parallels iOS Client

Next, we will walk you through some of the features of the Parallels Client and how to use them.

Parallels iOS Client

Start by opening the Parallels Client application. If you do not have any connections set, refer to the previous section to set up a connection. Alternatively, if you have already set up the connection, continue below.

Press on your desired connection to connect and access your published applications and desktops.

Parallels iOS Client

To open an application or desktop, simply press on its respective icon and the application will launch.

Parallels iOS Client

To open the keyboard, tap on the keyboard icon on the right-hand sidebar. If you would like to remove it, tap again on the same icon and the keyboard will disappear.

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The image above shows a published application. You can easily click anywhere on the screen with a simple press on the device. But if you cannot reach those tough spots, you can always open up the mouse. This can be done by tapping on the settings icon on the right-hand sidebar and then clicking on the pointer icon. To remove the mouse, repeat the same process.

The image above shows the quick access tools. The quick access toolbar is always available on the screen for your use and is aimed at helping you find the necessary features and shortcuts quickly.

Hand Gestures

Basic Hand Gestures

The image below illustrates the basic hand gestures that can be used within the application to easily find what you are looking for.

Advanced Hand Gestures

Below you will find the more advanced hand gestures that will help you navigate your way through your published applications and desktops.

Parallels iOS Client

Parallels iOS Client

Parallels iOS Client


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