VMware Horizon Client 17+

VMware, Inc.

    • 4.4 • 2.3K Ratings
    • Free



VMware Horizon Client for iOS makes it easy to work on your VMware Horizon virtual desktop and hosted applications from your iPhone or iPad, giving you on-the-go access from any location.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A VMware Horizon virtual desktop or hosted application is required to use the VMware Horizon Client for iOS. Contact your IT department for further assistance.


The VMware Blast Extreme protocol used with Horizon 7 is designed and optimized for mobile users. Blast Extreme leverages H.264 hardware decoding to deliver the best remote experience while reducing power consumption.

VMware Horizon 6 and later supports hosted applications in addition to virtual desktops. With hosted applications, leave the desktop behind and run applications like local iOS apps.

Unity Touch bridges the gap between your touch screen and your Windows applications. With Unity Touch, you can easily browse, search, and open Windows applications & files, choose favorite applications and files, and switch between running applications all without the Start Menu or Task Bar.

With an external monitor or AirPlay, your iPhone or iPad display turns into a trackpad / keyboard while the external screen shows your VMware Horizon desktop.

The adaptive capabilities of the Blast Extreme and PCoIP display protocol make your virtual desktop fast and responsive regardless of whether you are connecting over your corporate WiFi network or over a cellular connection at a local café.

Whether you’re at your desk or away from the office, you’re always secure with VMware Horizon. Leverage smart card authentication with the Biometric Associates baiMobile 301MP smart card reader. Use the integrated RSA soft token for simpler access.

Individual users of the VMware Horizon Client for iOS should contact their internal IT help desk or visit http://www.vmware.com/go/view. Only Support Administrators listed on a Basic or Production Support contract for VMware Horizon may log a service ticket with VMware Technical Support

What’s New

Version 8.12.0

• Improved security
o Added support for TLS 1.3 to secure connections
• Bad connection warning
o Warning to let you know if there is an issue with your network

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

cbzoozoom7 ,

Works Really Well

I would like a way to hide the little keyboard toolbar. Also, I couldn’t figure out file sharing. There’s a toggle in settings, but no explanation of what exactly it does or how to use it. I tried looking for a button to upload a file in all the little menus. I tried dragging my file onto the VM session. Nothing. I don’t know if this next thing is a problem is with this app or the VM, but sometimes when I use this app, the VM will configure itself to a really low screen resolution. It’s really difficult to use like that. The “activate windows” overlay takes like a quarter of the screen, windows are way bigger than the screen until you maximize, & you can barely fit any content on the screen. Most of the time, though, the VM serves a screen resolution that feels right for my iPad.

bluesparkhitsyourbrain ,

Close, But Needs Work

The good stuff first: Yes, this works with the Magic Keyboard, including its trackpad. What some reviewers who have said the opposite don’t realize is that you need to *disable* “Windows Native Touch Gestures” the app’s internal preferences. Why you need to do this is beyond me, and there’s no explanation of this anywhere in the app, but that’s the answer.

Still problematic, however, is: (1) the fact that the app has weird on-screen widgety elements that cover parts of the Windows interface (super-annoying and unnecessary, especially on a small screen), (2) the fact that many normal keyboard combinations don’t work (even basic things such as shift-selecting multiple items in a list), (3) the fact that the preferences are so non-descriptive as to be useless, (4) the fact there is no “cancel” optio if the virtual environment is failing to load, and (5) the fact that the app for some reason has to reload your virtual environment if you leave for just a few minutes to use a different app. There should be a way to keep it in memory all the time when the app is open.

But can I get my work done on an 11” iPad screen with a Magic Keyboard? Yes, I can, and that’s pretty great. Just fix the above issues, please.

Heartdoc0822 ,

Recent update killed my functionality

I’ve been using this for my work VDI for a couple of years and it’s been pretty good, but not great. A recent update, however, has killed all functionality for me. There is normally a soft keyboard that has the option of using the function keys in a document. The function keys used to stay present on screen while you were typing so they could be used repeatedly if needed in a document. This was somehow changed on a recent update. Now if I use a function key to help navigate to a blank field in a document, the minute I type to edit that field, the menu drops away and has to be reactivated to be used again. I have had issues where after reactivating the function key menu, my document is also de-selected and I have to then reactivate the document and click the spot I need to edit to be able to start typing again. Overall it’s added about 5-6 clicks to something that worked perfectly previously. Where there are 30-40 fields to navigate in a single document, it’s not usable. My iPad has essentially become a $1200 paperweight. Thanks. Please fix this problem.

Developer Response ,


Thanks for the reporting. We can't reproduce this issue internally. Could you help provide following info for us to investigate?
1, iPad Model

2, iOS version

3, Agent version

4, Document software

5, Problematic functional keys

6, Logs and video recording of this issue

VMware Horizon product team

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