Cursor Control Modes and Other Gestures

Screens on iOS offers two cursor control modes: Touch Mode and Trackpad Mode. It also supports other gestures as well.

You can set your preferred mode in the app settings under Controls > Virtual Cursor Mode.

Touch Mode

By default, Screens uses touch-based gestures to control your remote computer. With Touch Mode, Screens takes care of moving the remote cursor so you don't have to.

If you prefer to move the remote cursor as you would with a mouse or a trackpad, you can enable Trackpad Mode instead.

Basic Touch Mode Gestures

These gestures will be translated into mouse commands and sent to the remote computer:

  Tap to click.
  Double-tap to double-click.
  Tap with Two Fingers for a secondary-click (right-click).
  Tap with Three Fingers for a middle-click.
  Scroll with Two Fingers vertically or horizontally.
  Hold one finger down until a purple signal appears to drag windows and files, select text, etc.

Trackpad Mode

If you prefer to move the remote cursor as you would with a mouse or a trackpad, enable Trackpad Mode in the app settings, under More Settings.

Basic Touch Mode Gestures

These gestures will be translated into mouse commands and sent to the remote computer:

  Tap to click.
  Double-tap to double-click.
  Tap with Two Fingers for a secondary-click (right-click).
  Tap with Three Fingers for a middle-click.
  Scroll with Two Fingers vertically or horizontally.
  Hold one finger down until a purple signal appears to drag windows and files, select text, etc.

Other Supported Gestures

Screen Edge Gestures

To perform these gestures, start swiping from your device edges towards the center in a straight line. Use these gestures to:

 
  • Unhide the Dock on macOS.
  • Move quickly to one edge on the remote display.
  • Show the menu bar when the app running on your remote Mac is in fullscreen mode.

Note: When the device keyboard is visible, perform the swipe up gesture over the shortcuts toolbar.

Hot Corners Gestures

Hot Corners are actions triggered when you move your mouse cursor to a corner of you Mac display. You can set Hot Corners in System Preferences → Desktop & Screen Saver → Hot Corners.

 

To trigger a Hot Corner, simply swipe from a screen-edge corner.

Screens will take care of moving the cursor to that corner for you.

Three Fingers Swipe Gestures

Just like using your Magic Trackpad! Screens sends corresponding keyboard shortcuts for these actions. By default, Screens uses the default shortcuts from macOS:

 
  • Swipe up to launch Mission Control (⌃ ↑)
  • Swipe down to show all windows for the current application (⌃ ↓)
  • Swipe right to move left a space (⌃ ←)
  • Swipe left to move right a space (⌃ →)

If you have different shortcuts than these in System Preferences → Keyboard → Shortcuts, then you can either set them to what is suggested above or install Screens Connect on your Mac. Screens Connect takes care of sending the correct keyboard shortcuts to Screens so you don't have to worry about them. Moreover, it makes it easy to connect to your Mac when you're away. See Installing Screens Connect for macOS for more information.

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