Going Mobile with GoToMyPC (update)

Going Mobile with GoToMyPC (update)


It’s been a while since I posted anything about GoToMyPC and mobile Apps, there have been some great updates so I thought it was time for another look.

For those of you who are not familiar with GoToMyPC, it allows you to connect and control your Windows PC or Mac from another location.  You can use another PC or Mac, or you can connect using free Apps available for iOS and Android.  Unlike some other solutions out there, GoToMyPC shows you the actual desktop of your Computer (called a Host), and lets you launch and control applications just as if you were sitting there.

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If you are like me, trying to balance a busy work schedule with my day to day life, you know it’s sometimes hard to tear yourself away from your computer.  With the availability of smartphones and tablets, along with WiFi hot spots, it’s finally easier to leave the office and still be available should you be needed.

Getting started is simple, even if you don’t already have an account. Visit www.gotomypc.com  from the computer you are wanting to connect to from another location, sign up for a 30 day free trial and install the Host software (you can cancel the trial easily online at anytime).  The next step is to download the App for your device.

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Once installed, launch the App and login using your Email address and the account password you created (choosing to save the password will make your next session even quicker).  Tap on the Host computer you want to connect to and enter the access code (secondary password),  you created when you installed the Host software.

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Once you connect you’ll see a list of the available gestures you can use, don’t worry if you closed this window right away as you can always summon it back using the tool bar menu.  There are a couple of minor differences between the iOS and Android Apps, mostly where things are displayed on the tool bar.

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The real fun starts once you connected to your Host, you can pinch to zoom in up to 300%, this makes navigating around your dual monitored Host relatively easy, even on a 4 inch smartphone screen.  Rather than drag the mouse icon around the screen, just tap on the screen where you want it and then use pinch to zoom to be more precise.  You can launch applications on your Host and operate them normally, navigate Excel spreadsheets, check webcams and security cameras and even print payroll checks.

Typing can be done via the onscreen keyboard, if you use iOS use this method to use the built in spell check:

  • Hit abc on the keyboard and type an unlimited amount of text, then hit send to send it to your host. This enables you to use the built in spell check.

Another fun option is to dictate using the text using these two methods:

  • Use Siri if you have an iPhone 4S or 5: Place the cursor where you want the text, summon the keyboard, tap ABC and then the microphone icon. Tap done when finished.
  • Use Google voice to dictate text on Android: Place cursor where you want the text, summon the keyboard and tap the microphone icon.

If you have a Bluetooth keyboard for your iPad or Android tablet, you can use it to type and virtually replace the need of a laptop.

Finally, here are a couple of tips for my fellow Android users out there:

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Pick up one of these mini Bluetooth keyboards with the built in track pad, when you connect to your Host via the GoToMyPC App you will have full the control of the mouse pointer!  My second tip is for those of you upgrading your Android device soon, consider picking up the Samsung Galaxy Note II, also pictured above. GoToMyPC recognizes the S Pen when you remove it from its dock and gives you the following functionality:

  • Jump Navigation – Hover over the screen and press and release the S Pen button to see the entire desktop. Then tap where you would like to jump to and it will zoom.
  • Hover or Tap – Hover with the pen to show tool tips or perform other actions triggered by hovering. Use the precision of the pen to easily tap or press small items.
  • Press and Drag – Press and hold for a moment and then drag in order to drag-select or move items.
Re-enable Java downloads in Mac OS X

Re-enable Java downloads in Mac OS X


Apple has recently disabled automatic Java downloads for Mac OS X 10.7 users with a recent Java update.  This change prevents Citrix Online products from downloading on your computer.

In order to restore this functionality, you must make a change to your Java preferences

In the top menu bar click the Spotlight
Enter Java preferences and click on the Java preferences search result
Click the General Tab
Check Enable applet plug-in and Web Start Applications
Close Java Preferences
Quit and re-open your browser and try your download again

Get to know the new GoToMyPC iOS App.

Get to know the new GoToMyPC iOS App.


Last week saw the launch of the new GoToMyPC iOS App.  For iPad users this meant an update providing improved navigation and for iPhone and iPod Touch owners, it meant they were finally untethered from their desktops.  Now that you’ve had a few days to play with the App, I thought I’d go over it’s features and general use in a little more detail.

When you launch the App you’ll see a straight forward login screen with one important feature, the ability to save your Account Password.  This is great because it means you don’t have to type in your case sensitive password each time you want to connect, if you’re anything like me you’ve already got a secure password locking your phone anyway.

Once you are connected you’ll see the gestures you can use while connected.  Now if you’re like me you probably closed this window right away so you could see your desktop and try the App out.   Well no worries, you can launch this window again at any time while you’re in session, but more about this later.  The gestures are very handy, the two I find myself using the most often are the Three Finger Tap and Pinch In and Out.

At the top of the screen you notice a small black tab with an arrow, give it a tap and the Menu bar will drop down.

From left to right; X will end your session and disconnect you from your Host, the Arrows bring up directional arrow buttons for navigating,

next is the Keyboard and the gear brings up the Preferences Window on your Hosts screen,

and finally the Question Mark brings up the Gestures Window you closed so quickly at the start of your session.

The virtual mouse makes navigating on such a small screen very easy, and you can always just tap on your screen to re-position it.  All in all the GoToMyPC iOS App is a dream to operate, there is one tip I’d like to pass on to anyone needing to send a Ctrl+Alt+Delete in order to logon or off Windows on their Host PC.  First hold your iPhone on it’s side in landscape mode and then tap Ctrl then Alt and finally Delete one after another on the keyboard, don’t try and push all three together at the same time.

Personally I’ve enjoyed using GoToMyPC on my iPad and the new App is great on my Wife’s iPod Touch but what I’m really excited about is still coming…. soon.