GoToMyPC for iOS review

GoToMyPC for iOS is a remote-access tool for controlling Windows or Mac computers from afar, but is it worth a monthly subscription fee in the face of free alternatives? Scott Colvey taps in to find out.

If you read our (mostly) positive review of [a herf="http://www.itpro.co.uk/638449/logmein-free-for-ios-review"]LogMeIn Free for iOS[/a], you'll know that it's possible to use an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to remotely access and control a Windows PC or Apple Mac computer just as if you were sat in front of it.

Of course, the existence of LogMeIn Free means that it's possible to do this without spending any money. So where does that leave a rival app like GoToMyPC that expects its users to pay?

Unlike LogMeIn Free, GoToMyPC requires an ongoing paid subscription. These start at 7.19 per month inc VAT for a single user connecting to one PC, though paying for 12 months up-front gives a 20% discount on the annual cost.

GoToMyPC for iOS

A variety of touch gestures are used to navigate the remote computer and the iOS keyboard can be summoned with a three-finger tap

One subscription is sufficient to control an associated computer from any compatible iOS device (GoToMyPC is a universal app), but remember that each associated computer multiplies the subscription fee accordingly. Fortunately, a no-commitment 30-day free trial is also available.

Before launching the iOS app, the GoToMyPC client software needs to be installed on the computers that you wish to control remotely. This is a simple job, though it does give an early hint of an ongoing annoyance.

Compared to LogMeIn for iOS, GoToMyPC employs an additional security layer. As well as the app's own login credentials and any that may exist on the remote computer, GoToMyPC users must at installation stage create a unique access code' for each associated computer.

If you're keeping count, that's three potential login hurdles compared to LogMeIn's two. While strong security is always to be applauded, too much can be frustrating as is the case here and we'd mind less if access codes were optional.

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