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The following demonstrates how to install and use the VMware Horizon View Client from any Android device. This client allows the user to connect to virtual lab machines that you have been provisioned access to from any Android device with an internet connection. These instructions are for installing the VMware Horizon View Client version 2.1 from the Google Play Store, which is used by all Android devices, to download and install applications. There is no cost to install the application. Please note, these instructions were written for a Motorola Droid Razr running Android version 4.1.2. The images shown will vary between devices and Android versions.

System Requirements

UMass Lowell only supports using VMware Horizon View Client version 2.1 or higher since it works on any Android device running version 3.0 or later.

Settings Icon

Figure 1 (a)

If you do not know which version of Android your device is running, go into your “System Settings” as shown in figure 1 (a).

From the System settings select About Phone

Figure 1 (b)

At the bottom of the options, you will find “About Phone.” Open the “About Phone” menu as shown in figure 1 (b).

Open the About Phone, and you will find the Android Version

Figure 1 (c)

You will find “Android Version.” Figure 1 (c) shows the steps to verify your version of Android.

Installing the Client

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.


There are a few different ways to close a virtual machine. You can either disconnect or log out.

  • Disconnecting will close the virtual machine and start a 1-hour timer. Disconnecting allows you to reconnect to the same session at a later point in time, as long as you do not exceed the one hour timer. After one hour, the user is logged out.
  • Logging out immediately disconnects the user and destroys the virtual machine. This removes any files that have been created since you have logged in.
Recent Desktops screen

Figure 2 (a)

First, you must disconnect from the desktop by using the “Disconnect” button explained earlier. You will then be brought to the “Recent Desktops” screen shown in figure 2 (a).

Click log off of the vLabs virtual machine

Figure 2 (b)

To log out, press and hold until the log off menu is displayed. Then click “Log off” to log off of the vLabs virtual machine as shown in figure 2 (b).