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Parallels Access for Android

By Parallels Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Aug 11, 2014

Parallels Access enables you to manage your Mac or Windows computer through your smartphone or tablet and run most desktop apps as if they're on your device. It's an effective remote access app, but because of its price and security vulnerabilities may not appeal to everyone.


Works as intended: Parallels Access accomplishes the hard task of successfully connecting to Windows/Mac computers remotely and providing you with a pleasing, intuitive, and easy to use full-screen graphical environment through which you can run Windows/Mac apps as if they're Android software. The ability to choose which apps to see on screen, and the unobtrusive toolbar for configuring Parallels are nice features that further increase this app's appeal.

Lock'n'Go Magnifying Glass makes running apps easier: A really cool feature of the app is the magnifying glass that appears in any Windows or Mac app once you tap anywhere on the screen and hold your finger there for a moment. With it you can easily tap on small buttons and menu items, as well as do image resizing, move or edit columns, and drag files across the screen more quickly.

Recognizes most computer apps: Judging from our own experience with the app as well as from Google Play user reviews, we can say that Parallels picks up most apps on the computer it remotely accesses.


Not as secure as it could be: The app's convenience comes at the price of security -- the lack of multi-factor authentication makes your data extremely vulnerable if someone manages to get hold of your Parallels authentication.

Requires subscription: To use this app after the trial expires, you have to pay $19.99, for which you get remote access for up to 5 computers. There are cheaper, more popular alternatives available.

Bottom Line

Parallels Access succeeds in providing the effortless remote access to Mac/Windows computers that it promises. Its easy to learn, intuitive controls make it a viable choice, especially if you want to use computer apps through your tablet. The only downside to this app is the price. Still, you should give the trial a go.

Full Specifications

What's new in version

  • Compatibility with Android 7.0
  • Other performance enhancements and stability improvements


Release September 21, 2016
Date Added September 21, 2016

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements Android 4.0.3 and up


Total Downloads 221
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Parallels Access is the fastest, simplest, and most reliable way to remotely access all your Windows and Mac applications and files from your Android device. 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. 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 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.