Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop - Personal Business App Review (iOS, $4.99)


Languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Chinese

Seller: Splashtop Inc.

- Add Russian and Portuguese languages
- Bug fixes and usability improvements

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
493 Ratings
All Versions:
28416 Ratings


Celebrating 16 Million Users, Holiday Sales Limited Time (retail $19.99 USD)!!
"Both a breakthrough and a bargain." – NY Times
"Splashtop -- Meet the most popular app on iTunes." – USA Today
"No iPad-armed road warrior should be without it." – InformationWeek
"Apple’s Top 25 best-selling iPad app of ALL-TIME." -- iTunes
#1 iPad app in US in June 2011
#1 iPad app in 30+ countries
#1 iPad business app in 100+ countries

Over 15 Million Users -- #1 Remote Desktop App for iPad! Splashtop is the easiest and fastest way to access your Mac or Windows PC from your iPad!

Use Splashtop to access your computer on the local network with best-in-class video streaming performance. View and edit Microsoft Office and PDF files. Browse the web using IE, Chrome, and Firefox with full Flash and Java support. Play 3D PC and Mac games. Access your entire media library and documents. And more!

To access your computer from across the Internet, subscribe to Anywhere Access Pack via In-App Purchase.

* Use your iPad to access all of the programs and files on your computer with 100% compatibility, including PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Excel, Outlook, Quicken, IE, Chrome, Safari, and all other PC/Mac applications

* Use your full desktop browser (IE, Chrome, Firefox) with Flash and Java support, with all of your bookmarks and your favorite plug-ins

* Enjoy the full video and music libraries that are playable only on your computer, whatever formats they’re in

* Play all the 3D games (World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Skyrim, Diablo III, etc.) and all the Flash games (FarmVille, CityVille, etc.)

* Enjoy the most vibrant experience with Apple Retina display support (when using native resolution)

Optional In-App Subscriptions:

Get Anywhere Access Pack to access your computer from across the Internet, via our global network of secure, high-performance servers:
– Access reliably across Internet, over 3G, from behind firewalls, etc.
– Optimized streaming performance under varying network conditions over Wi-Fi and 3G
– Fully secured via SSL with 256-bit AES encryption
– Subscribe monthly for $1.99 or annually for $16.99

Get Productivity Pack which includes Configurable Shortcuts & Gamepad and Whiteboard:
– Control your Windows and Mac apps and games easily with on-screen shortcuts mapped to your most commonly used functions. Use the built-in profiles for popular apps or create your own.
– Annotate over any live remote desktop screen. Great for presentations and classroom instruction.
– Subscribe monthly for $1.99 or annually for $16.99

Subscriptions will be charged to your credit card through your iTunes account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless cancelled at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. You will not be able to cancel a subscription during the active period. Manage your subscriptions in the Account Settings after purchase.

See our Terms of Service and Privacy policy at http://www.splashtop.com/terms/splashtop.


You may access up to 5 computers via your Splashtop Account.

Splashtop Personal is for non-commercial use only, i.e. use it to access your personal computers for non-work related purposes.

For commercial use in a professional environment, please use Splashtop Business which is specifically designed for the workplace offering enhanced manageability, security, and compliance (www.splashtop.com/business).

1. Install Splashtop Streamer on your PC (Windows 7, Vista, and XP), Mac (Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion) , or Linux (Ubuntu 12.04). Download for free from www.splashtop.com.
2. A computer with dual-core CPU is strongly recommended for best performance.

Customer Reviews

  • Great App

    by Working on time

    Keep up the good work, don't know what I would do without this app....

  • Splashtop review

    by This is a bogus review

    I like the app a lot.

  • good app

    by Nikonmacro150

    I paid for the access anywhere and it works. I enjoy having the availability access my files and computer anywhere.

  • Responsive and smooth

    by Vahkriin

    I've been using this to play Hearthstone from my computer. This is the most responsive remote control app I've come across. If you're looking for an excellent remote control app to play games on, this is it!

  • Great App. Makes life easy.

    by Bmaldon

    Great app

  • Disappointed in this version

    by redroom5

    There is no gmail login to find your computer. They want to charge a monthly fee now for internet discovery. Waste of money until they add that feature back

  • I my most used iPad Air App

    by Engellan

    I use splash-top many times everyday, from accessing my home PC, to accessing my mom's pc when she can't play her web games. I don't know what I would do without it. I've never had any serious issues, it just works when I need it to. Great job guys, keep it up.

  • Splash top

    by Drkdzyr

    Great app I love it.

  • Splashtop

    by Maklur

    Awesome life saving app. Very reliable, works great!

  • Great App!

    by CM Whittle

    I have been using Splashtop for over a year and have had very few problems - mostly due to slow connections, so that isn't even an app problem. I use Splashtop to control two laptops and a home computer. Relying on this app instead of carrying a computer with me allows me to be more productive in more places. I have been able to print documents for colleagues and get things done 'in the office', while out of the office as well as help a babysitter get something done for my kids on the home computer. Love the app!

  • Works great

    by Jeff0517

    I bought the app so I could leave my computer at home. So far so good.

  • A bit of learning curve

    by n0tBetty

    Splashtop takes a bit of getting used to. Allow yourself time to learn how to use it. I'm not sure if it could be made any simpler, and I've not used any other Remote Desktop apps. The price is right, however. And this app has saved my behind on more than one occasion. I love how I can leave my big fat desktop at home and access any file from almost anywhere from my iPad. Thank you!

  • Great app

    by All nicknames are taken&$&$(

    Just had a baby girl; this app makes life so much easier. I can get work done and play most of my games easily from anywhere in my home. Runs smooth, even while my wife is using the app simultaneously.

  • Amazing! Love it!

    by Jean Chapin

    As a college student I've relied mostly on iTunes U and then I got a 6 credit nursing course with online lecture on silverlight. That's how I came to this app. I access my home computer and watch them anywhere. And I discovered how great it is to just be able to access my home computer everywhere on my iPad... Love it!!!

  • VNC Software taken to the next level!

    by Lehnert

    Splashtop's complete interface allows for epic remote control over any of your computers via Wi-Fi or cellular! Before I found out about Splashtop I dealt with simple VNC remote programs not realizing what real potential the software has. With Splashtop I can virtually bring my desktop computer with me anywhere!

  • Flawless

    by JHunt11108

    Take the time to follow the setup instructions... Making the proper access points in your firewall goes a long way. At first I only installed the app and then ran it right away and it was a bit choppy but after following the step by step instructions it works perfectly! Keep it up.

  • So useful!

    by kk4fun

    I love this app. It's a bit odd and takes a bit to get used to but it's so convenient if you need to do short stints of work via your iPad.

  • Pretty darn cool

    by neoncoyote

    I have used this app to play neverwinter MMO and the secret world MMO on my iPad. With a wireless mouse at my side it's done remarkably well. It's missing 1 star because for added features they want a subscription.... If it was a 1 time fee this would be a 5 star app IMHO. :)

  • Great product

    by LuvMyAppsSoMuch

    I've been using Splashtop for over a year and i'm very happy with it. It has been very reliable and useful. I've used their other products and they seem to be consistently high quality.

  • Works, then it won't.

    by Zhayes0887

    Have had this app since it came out and it was flawless then. Now, most of the time it will work when I'm at home, but when I leave it's very hit or miss on it working, and it usually doesn't when I actually need it. This happens more so on my iPhone 5 then my iPad.

  • Waste of money

    by xstreamline

    This app probably would get a 5 star rating but the fact that I can only connect to my PC once out of 20 or 30 tries makes it not worth the time, but when it does decide to connect the app works great...

  • Monthly fee????

    by BB8781

    Really?? 2 bucks a month if on a difference network??? Give me my money back

  • Terrible waste of money

    by Steppingduke

    Laggy as can be and controller doesn't even work.

  • no iPad Air or mini Retina support!?

    by Mark@Boston

    This app does not support either the 7.9" display or the 2048-by-1536 resolution of the new iPad mini with Retina display. The native resolution of my PC makes everything too small, and it still doesn't fill the entire iPad screen. I could have stayed with your cheaper iPhone app.

  • Buyer beware!!!

    by From oklahoma

    False advertising. If you are going to waste $5 at least burn it or something for entertainment. That way it will at least have more use then this crap app. They carge an extra $2 per month for remote access and an additional $2 for the custom buttons (for gaming and such). I thought I was buying a package deal. You dont get all the listed features unless you pay a total of $4 per month extra. What a ripoff, I feel like i have been had and totally wasted a good $5. I hope you go bankrupt splashtop.

  • Used to be a great app

    by KeithnCinci

    Streamer fails to download since they made updates to it so I can't use it anymore...perfect example of a good product bombed by attempted improvements. I'm very disappointed. No real support of the product online either.

  • Very Good Use Everyday

    by ndutcher

    I use this every work day and works very smoothly and they keep adding and improving on often. Tried others and none are as good as this. Very reliable and would highly recommend. Thank you SplashTop

  • Just want my money back

    by jojon89

    I just download the app and its not what i was looking for.. I was wondering if its possible to get my money back.. Please

  • iOS 7 Style Recommendation

    by Beachboy017

    You guys should try to give the app an iOS 7 interface and a new, simpler, iOS 7 icon. Maybe you could even change the color to white or something if you change the interface look. The app is great!

  • The best app

    by Charlienotsheen

    I am 60 years old & I am computer illiterate. This was the easiest directions to understand. This app works great. I have been told by many people that my ipad,ipod and iphone would not be able to view my security cameras, including the makers of my security system. Within minutes of downloading splashtop on my PC and to my ipad I was watching security camera video on my ipad.

  • This app is awesome

    by Sweet Tango

    If any one has a problem with this app beside the price going up every now and then, it's not the app it's there system. this app has never let me down yet. When ever I forget to do something on my computer at home this app has always come through for me. Keep up the good work.

  • Bait and switch

    by Stealther

    Original users got the shaft. We paid for the app and then they went to a subscription model and are forcing users who bought the app before the subscription model to pay more! Don't trust them to stick to their end!

  • Splashtop is tops!

    by Backpacker814

    I've used this app to remote to my computer at work from all over. It is a great tool for me so I don't have to lug my laptop around.

  • awesome app

    by Jay1971

    I have been using this app for quite some time now, many improvements were made which makes this one of the best in the App Store. I can use my upstairs PC without actually having to leave the family room. It works well for me and no annoying crashes.

  • Worth supporting

    by Comzee

    Worth supporting for continued future development

  • Don't buy this app

    by Triple four

    You can not use this app with windows media center using windows 7 pro. I tried to play back a media center video I had recorded, to my flat screen tv. As soon as media center opens in full screen it crashes. You can use media center with this app if you keep media center mimminimized .Splastop has been aware of this for over a year, but does nothing about it

  • It's great!!!

    by Elginet

    Lots of security! Fast access and it's the next best thing to being there when you need access to your docs and info!

  • Not Good For Gamers

    by The Only Pet You Need

    If you are buying this for gaming then you don't want this app. If you are playing something like World of Warcraft or Eden Eternal, you can't even walk around, the movement keys won't allow long pressing. FALSE ADVERTISING

  • Incredible

    by Brotharan

    This app is incredible. It's like having my computer with me anywhere I go. The addons for hot keys work great for the games I play. Could not recommend this enough.

  • Works

    by Olde Shoe

    Does what it says. Great for accessing your desktop from the iPad, and unlike most (any?) other apps of its kind, SOUND works too. Useful and continual upgrades show they care. Worth every penny.

  • Works Great

    by Azstrider

    This app does everything that it claims and works perfectly with my Apple TV. It saves time and space since I can now directly stream instead of converting for iTunes and not have to worry about deleting both conversion and original files after viewing. It handles all file types without conversion and significantly extends use of my Apple TV when using my iPad to access my iMac and queue up movies for Beamer.

  • Disappointed!

    by Stngmkr

    I was so hoping this would work to stream videos from my home computer to me wherever I was on wifi at work, etc. it has a major video lag. I wasted $5. Want my money back!!

  • Perfect

    by Dlazarus66

    Easy to use and seamless.

  • Splashtop 2 Personal Allows Freedom to Worship

    by Fultonck

    I use Splashtop to run SwordSearcher on my PC from my iPad. I can read the Bible verses as they scroll up in sync with the audio by Alexander Scourby - all on my iPad. Also I can switch to the Bible commentaries to research various scriptures in SwordSearcher right from my iPad. It gives me freedom to worship anywhere.

  • Excelente app

    by acarrillor

    Ya probé varias app de este tipo y esta me ha parecido la mejor, incluso ya borre todas las demás y sólo uso esta. Es fabulosa.

  • Rate

    by Tono98


  • Great app!

    by Tduncan39056

    Don't know what I would do without this app. It makes my life so much easier now that I don't have to carry my laptop everywhere.

  • Solid and Perpetually Improving

    by Jason Baum

    I've been using Splashtop for very long time and I like it. The current version works extremely well. While there are always going to be hiccups when porting a iMac desktop to an iPad mini (even with Retina display) Splashtop does a very good job in providing the tools necessary to navigate and get things done. As someone who has gone through multiple iterations of Splashtop, what is most gratifying is the institutional commitment to improving the product, release after release. Many apps seem to reach plateaus where the developers walk away from their products to create new ones that do the same thing with additional functionality and additional cost to the end-user. Splashtop, thusfar, has been committed to their original platform and making new releases that better address the fundamental challenges of Remote Desktop access. Well done.

  • This app doesn't work for me.

    by Mr. Ben McClara

    this has bugs… Log in button on the iPad has bugs and doesn't function.

  • Best app I've purchased

    by Twitchy4360

    Best app I've ever purchased. Works perfectly with almost no setup at all. Don't expect to be playing games through the app without a controller or wireless keyboard because the ability to setup on screen shortcuts and touch screen controllers costs 2-3 dollars a month or 16 dollars a year. Still works perfectly and fast on my Ipad 2

  • Stop pushing in app purcheses

    by UnDEAD Drew

    I paid 4.99 for this app and can't even use it cause you out the production packs

  • Great way to play games/watch videos

    by Tweetybird333

    This app allows full remote desktop access to desktop machines. Uniquely among such programs, Splashtop works really well for watching videos and playing PC or Mac games like Civ V through iPad. Relatively low latency and easy setup/interface. It has an ongoing subscription fee, but it is the best program of its kind. Works over 4g as well.

  • Best experience yet!

    by brichardson

    I've tried the other top remote control apps and they are good but this one really makes the experience wonderful. the interface is so intuitive and clean. Now it does come at a cost... but I don't mind paying for top quality when i truly is top quality. The other thing I love about this app is that it not only works for my desktop PC and MAC but it works on my IPAD. I can now play the games that only my desktop can handle on my IPAD. Yes! If your a second life fan you can now play it on your IPAD. Or Guild wars 2 or WOW!

  • Very effective tool for remote access

    by Cliffit1

    Works extremely well. Directly provides desktop access and ready touch and keyboard input. I use it to access remote workstation via ipad. The ability to keep original resolution on the workstation and move around the screen is very helpful.

  • Great!

    by GoldEagle.93

    Great Remote Desktop application. It's smooth and durable. Not five stars because of expensive yearly IAPs.

  • Hearthstone on the couch.

    by EkeltonWelsh

    Hearthstone runs great. Totally worth the 6 bucks.

  • Awesome app

    by Victordruiz

    This app is the best out there going to keep for a really long time going to switch to one year

  • Amazing fram rate

    by Waleed waleed

    I ve always been frustrated by the some limitation in ipad regarding productivity app,this app solved this problem and with very good frame rate,i wish they support internet connection for a fixed payment sinceguys like me dont access their laptop remotely that much

  • Great!!

    by Metsjets12

    You can use your laptop on your iPad. Everything on your PC/Mac is on your iPad. It's amazing.

  • Great!

    by ez__mac

    It works! Couldn't be happier with the app.

  • Great

    by G-Cubed

    Great app!! Use with Mac. Love the ability to 2 finger scroll etc.

  • Fantastic, now I can play Civilization 5 on my iPad

    by No nickname 4567

    Works great. Not hard to set up at all.

  • Splash top 2

    by Big Boomer 338

    Great app. Allows you to log on to your personal computer from anywhere. Basically seamless. Easy to set up and use.

  • Review for SpashTop

    by James'O'pinion

    Works beautifully, smooth, seamless and very cool!!!

  • Reliable

    by MShbnyehud

    This app enables me to travel without 2 devices now. As long as there's a reasonably strong wi-fi signal, I can access my office laptop as needed. Keep those improvements coming.

  • Great Remote Desktop App

    by mdpeopl21

    I love this app! Highly recommend.

  • Productivity Increaser!

    by soycd1975

    This has greatly increased my productivity. I can run my Windows programs from my phone and access my work network subscriptions from home! The yearly rate is certainly worth it. I've gotten my sister to subscribe as well, so she can access her work computer from home.

  • Flawless!

    by Envaz

    This app works incredibly well! The gestures are flawless as well the accessing of the multitasking screens!

  • Splashtop

    by Ramjet 53

    I use this app at home with my Mac Mini to avoid having turn on the monitor (a 39" LCD TV set). It does work well, when it works. I have several issues. First, it frequently has to reconnect even though it is set to always run in the background. Second, sometimes out of the blue, it will revert to the native resolution of the monitor. This makes everything on the iPad screen too small to be useful. I have to close the app on the ipad and reopen until it finally holds the resolution I have set (usually twice). Third, there are frequent crashes where the pointer freezes, necessitating a restart of the app. I do not connect remotely, so I don't know how it does with that. If they fix these issues, I would give it 5 stars. I used to have the Streamer app on my computer crash a lot but that issue has been fixed.

  • Works surprisingly well but

    by Zaganterra

    It's a shame that you have to pay yearly or monthly in order to access your PC from any network. Splashtop really scratches that nvidia shield itch I have. I've been playing a few games using a wireless controller on my PC and playing them in my living room. I experienced little to no input lag and the frame rate is pretty rock solid in most cases. It doesn't work for every game in full screen mode but you could play them in windowed mode. I would love to see more apps like this and even closer support with the hardware manufactures like nvidia or even amd. I would like to try using a iPad keyboard and mouse and see how well network streaming would be for games. But for now it's just a novelty app scratching a very specific itch.

  • Love It

    by Sosassy29

    This is the best app. Could not live without it and so easy to use. Don't need an IT department to make it work.

  • Incredibly useful!

    by Oldthinker

    I use this on both my iPad and iPhone. Works great for accessing my home desktop for work applications, and even to stream video.

  • Love this app!

    by iPhone-gambit

    I can now control all of my computers from my ipad...Too cool!

  • Sleek

    by Browser enthusiast

    Terrific app, seamless use and off site access to all my computers, whether Mac or PC, whether on or off network. Very reliable, although not 100%, however if it doesn't connect often I re-attempt and get right through. The only feature I miss is remote boot up, but I'm not sure if that is a limitation at my end.

  • What a rip off!!!!

    by Igqt

    I paid for this and been using this for a long time now they want us to subscribe for a monthly fee! Wow! You guys are something else. DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!!!!!!!

  • Top Notch

    by MizPikasso

    This app is the best I've found of its type. Even though I'm usually home on wifi, there have been times I've needed to access my computer while out. Splashtop is so easy to use, and I can login to my computer while out by simply logging into my gmail. They have other options as well. I've been able to not only use it for removing into my computer for documents, but use it like a Wacom Cintiq and edit photos or artwork in Photoshop. Honestly well worth the money.

  • iOS 7 Style Recommendation

    by Beachboy017

    You guys should try to give the app an iOS 7 interface and a new, simpler, iOS 7 icon. The app is great!

  • Not so Great.

    by Servantspride

    I was looking for an altertaive to paying $99 annually for GotomyPC, and most of what I found online pointed to Splashtop 2. I downloaded the $0.99 app and installed the softwared. I immediately noticed two things that were deal breakers for me. 1) Splashtop gave me a message saying that I have to turn off sleep on my computer in order for it to work. 2) The multiple monitor support was delayed and not seamless like GotomyPC. In addition to those issues, it asked me to change the screen resolution to fit iPad, which changed the resolution on my desktop monitors. When I closed the program out, the screens had flipped places. I will chalk this up to "you get what you pay for" and continue my annual plan with GotomyPC.

  • Can't even install the server

    by UnHappy89877

    Maybe a lot of these good reviews are just fraudulent. I've got the latest Apple products and software, but this still a bust. No solution. I'm asking for my money back, from Apple. This looks bad for the App Store too. Don't give me reasons to doubt my purchases.

  • Very laggy and not a second screen


    This is not a second screen app. So for those looking for more real estate, this is not the app for you. All it does is mirror what's on the computer, and is pretty laggy at doing so. I could see this having some benefits with those who have an always on desktop that they would like to access from elsewhere. But for the multitaskers who wanted a side by side workplace app, look elsewhere.

  • Anywhere access does not work at all

    by Horrible vnc

    Do not purchase the in app "Anywhere Access" it does not work. I have fought this app for 2 weeks now trying to get it to work as a remote access point to my home PC. I finally gave up and paid for another app, which worked in 10 mins.

  • Best use for the iPad yet!!!

    by Nim the musician

    Remote access is completely dependent on the quality of your computer and internet service. In my case, it's awesome! Using this app is almost the same as getting on my computer!

  • Pretty useful

    by Callit0

    Don't need to get a laptop anymore!

  • Great app

    by LaarDha

    Works great with both my iMac and PC computers.

  • the best app for school

    by Angrywriter2.0

    I hate lugging my laptop to class. PC battery life is crap, the thing is bulky, and everyone else has a macbook which makes me stick out in a bad way (vain, shallow, yes so what). That being said, this app is amazing. It is very reliable over wifi or 3g (i've had no lag issues with either), and super easy to use. lots of nifty features have literally made me replace the actual laptop with this app (I now use this at home too instead of the actual PC). For school, it's nice to know that I can now use my laptop from the ipad with no issues! with my blutooth keyboard, i've lightened my load, saved a thousand dollars, and can now take notes in piece without worrying about the crap battery life of a PC.

  • Most useful app I have!!!

    by Dddddddddded

    I work from home using a company laptop. Despite all the company – installed firewalls, etc. Splashtop is able to connect my iPad to my laptop remotely. This gives me the freedom to work walking around, exercising on my treadmill, and lying around the house in any chair or bed I want…. I'm far more productive and enjoying my life as well! Thanks so much for creating an amazing app.

  • Worth every penny!

    by PflugerCAR

    Best connectivity app out there. Here are just some great points: 1. Two different ways to control the mouse; direct touch or relative touch. 2. Can copy and paste to and from other apps 3. Can be setup for multiple computers 4. Most importantly, access to your computer from anywhere with internet. 5. Can play big computer games like civilization that are not the same as an app. ... And more!!!

  • Great access app

    by vsigler

    Great app to access your computer white board is a little expensive but has nice add ons!

  • Love this app

    by gretchenkay

    it's just like being at my computer in the office. It's fast, it's easy to use -- it's absolutely magical. I've recommended it to many friends and they love it, too.

  • Great while it lasted...

    by rmatthewware

    The connection was seamless, at first. Now it won't connect at all, says the servers aren't available.

  • Sleeps or closes availability

    by Bwh1969

    Running this on Ubuntu Precise. When initially launched (host app), remote app on iPad works wonderfully BUT if I try to log IMO host later, remote client shows host as sleeping even though it is not. I can access it using another app as well. Host app needs not to "close" the availability of the computer: host machine icon shows it as available even when this occurs. Closing the host app and relaunching it shows computer active on client iPad. This kind of defeats the purpose on a vnc. Issue still present 12-09-13

  • Subscription required

    by JTannoyed

    It would have been nice (should be required) to notify prior to downloading this app and buying it that you have to pay a monthly or annual fee. BS. No refunds allowed either. Rip off.

  • Very frustrating

    by YeahLindsey

    Since they "upgraded" this already paid app to a subscription service it is terrible. Now I can not even access my computer because this stupid program can't connect to the iTunes Store.

  • Splashtop

    by SoopaNutz

    Fast, simple, reliable.

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