How to use Jump Desktop, a remote desktop utility for Mac

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We’ve all been there: there’s a particular file you need to grab from our office computer, or maybe you left your laptop at a friend or family member’s house. Unless that document is backed up in the cloud, which you may want to avoid for various reasons, there’s no way to get it.

Access your computer from anywhere with Jump Desktop

With Jump Desktop’s smart remote desktop client you can access all of your files, no matter which computer they’re stored on, and use your computer as a VNC (Virtual Network Computing) client to manage remote access to all of your computers.

Choose automatic or manual setup

Take advantage of an automatic setup process that makes your first steps with remote networking incredibly easy or, if you have a little more experience and need to tweak a few things, set up an RDP/VNC connection by entering details manually.

There’s no need to add yet another username to your ever-growing list of login details, as you can use an existing email address or your Google account to get access to Jump Desktop.

Setup RDP/VNC connection

Enjoy cross-device remote access compatibility

Access all of your devices from anywhere with Jump Desktop’s Mac, iOS, and Android apps. It’s possible to create a network that includes laptops, desktops, iPhones, and smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy.

With Jump Desktop, hopping between Mac and PC is easier than it’s ever been before. That’s not the only way the app is integrated though, as you’ll also find that it has minimal impact on battery life because of its ability to play nice with macOS. Speaking of playing nice, enable collaborative screen sharing just by sending a link.

cross-device remote access (PC on Mac)

Remap your keyboard to use between Mac and PC

Overcome the muscle memory associated with keyboard layouts and other gestures when jumping between Mac and PC, or perhaps American and English computers, by using keyboard remapping.

Jump Desktop lets you remap your mouse and keyboard, including conversions and shortcuts, however, you see fit so there’s no need to alter your habits. The whole thing is as simple as hitting Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse.

Remap Preferences

Balance speed and performance

Enable Fluid Remote Desktop in Settings > Advanced > Fluid Remote Desktop when high performance is really important, such as if you’re working on something like a graphic design project. This next-gen protocol offers high-performance screen sharing without compromising on speed or response time.

When graphical integrity isn’t so important (if you’re just, say, quickly grabbing a file), you can disable it just as easily with a couple of clicks.

Advances settings

Until pretty recently, remote desktop access was something that seemed a little scary. Once the cloud came along, however, the average person became more accustomed to the idea of storing their data on someone else’s servers. From there, the natural next step is to make the move to VNC.

Whether you’re new to the world of remote desktop managers or have already used them in the past, we think you’ll find Jump Desktop to be a powerful and useful application. You’ll wonder how you ever got along before you could access your computers from anywhere. Try it for free with your Setapp membership!

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