Veency Allows iPhone Users to Remotely Control their iPhone

iPhone Veency

We have already seen apps like Apple’s excellent iPhone Remote for iTunes which works over Wi-Fi and allows you to control the music on your computer or Apple TV from your iPhone.

We have also seen iPhone apps on the App Store which allow you to remotely access your Windows PC or Mac from the iPhone.

However, Veency, the iPhone app developed by Jay Freeman (aka Saurik) works the other way around, it allows iPhone users to remotely control their iPhone from a PC or Mac via a VNC client.

Veency is developed by Jay Freeman (aka Saurik) which allows iPhone users to remotely control their iPhone from a PC or Mac via a VNC client. Saurik has also developed the popular installer app, Cydia, and free and very popular iPhone apps such as WinterBoard and video recording iPhone app, Cycorder.

Once you are connected to your iPhone from your PC or Mac using the VNC client, you can do just about anything on the iPhone remotely which you can do when you have it in your hands.

You can also mimic most of the actions on the iPhone using the mouse on a computer except for the two finger gesture:

  • Use left mouse click to mimic tap to launch an iPhone app.
  • Use right mouse button to access iPhone’s home screen.
  • Use middle mouse button to lock your iPhone.
  • Drag mouse point from left to right or right to left to flick through photos or contact list.

Here are a few things you can do with Veency:

  • Launch applications on your iPhone.
  • Reply to emails, text messages, and more.
  • Rearrange icons.
  • Lock/Unlock your iPhone.
  • Browse through Photos and Contacts.
  • You will also be able to check text messages remotely from your computer in one room while your iPhone is getting charged in the other room.

Veency is unfortunately only available for the jailbroken iPhone. You can checkout the instructions on how to use Veency below:

  • Launch Cydia from your jailbroken iPhone’s home screen.
  • Search for Veency and Install it on your iPhone. Please note that you will not find the icon of Veency app on the home screen like other iPhone apps, however it will be running in the background.
  • You will then need to connect to your iPhone with Veency running in the background using a VNC client. You can use VNC clients such as UltraVNC or TightVNC to connect your Windows desktop. If you’re using a Mac, then you can use Chicken VNC.
  • To connect to your iPhone, you will also need your iPhone’s IP address. You can find it under Settings -> Wi-Fi (look for the IP address).
  • Use the IP address to connect to your iPhone using the VNC Client.
  • If the connection is successful, you should see a message "Remote Access Request" on your iPhone which needs to be accepted to remotely access your iPhone as seen below.

    iPhone Veency

    If you get an error connecting, try again, usually works after retrying if it does not work in the first attempt.
  • Once the connection is established; you should see iPhone’s home screen on your computer in the VNC client.


Veency is another interesting iPhone app developed by Saurik and quite easy to setup if you have a jailbroken iPhone with Cydia installed.

The two features that I liked (at least as an idea) was the ability to rearrange the icons on iPhone’s home screen from the computer and the other was the ability to check the text messages remotely when the iPhone is getting charged in another room.

However, the iPhone screen on the computer started flickering a lot when I clicked on an iPhone app for more than a second to start rearranging the icons from my computer.

The other things however worked very well remotely.

I am assuming that Veency is continuously running in the background which
would mean that it could be a drain on iPhone’s battery life. So it would have also been nice to have a configuration screen where users could turn the Veency service "On" or "Off".

You can also checkout the video demo of Veency in action to get an overview:

What’s your take on Veency? Tell us in the comments.

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  • I have a nokia n95, which has lots of great apps, but I'm almost converted to an iphone.

    About 98% at this point lol

    All it's going to take is a couple more interesting posts like this. The apps I've read about are nothing short of amazing.

  • rubencho

    can you remotely view your camera? i dont think this was mentioned. Either way pretty damn cool makes me wanna jailbreak my iphone again but zibri hasnt released anything good yet 🙁

  • kliszcz3

    This is very cool but how would you go back to your home screen while using VNC?

  • kliszcz3

    Hi everyone, sorry I have just seen it further up the post

  • louis

    Pretty cool! too bad there is no adapter so I can play these games on the iphone and view them on my TV and play them like the Nintendo Wii. Moto Racer would look cool on the big screen..

  • daveuk87

    Just tried it, and yeah its smart only prob is that you have to accept the connection physically on the handset at the minute so i cant really remotly log in yet, but great potential!

  • Jack S.

    I'm a electronics tech and an electrical engineer…I love using VNC at work and I see no real point in actually having this application on your iphone.

    I mean really…can't you just walk over to the next room and just GET your iphone??

    • Anonymous

      my workplace prohibits usage of phones, they should be kep in the lockers.. isn’t it cool to remotely control your phone? i just have to figure out how to use wifi from my desktop workstation… and how to bypass the security GFI monitor to attach a portable wifi device :s

  • @Jack,

    I guess we are just lazy 🙂

    But you are right I couldn't think of any other practical use of the app other than the cool factor.


  • aw

    being able to view your camera could be a great and interesting feature.

    Im suprised this hasn't been done already

  • Scott

    The purpose would be this

    what if you didnt have intenret at home

    you could just use this and make the window bigger and use your computer to surf through your iphone for free

    I mean you already pay for it.

  • marcus

    i must be a moron i got veency when I go to install ultravnc it errors so i cant get it installed right

  • Does anyone know if it's possible to use this over EDGE/3G? So far I have only been able to use it over Wi-Fi…

  • rizz

    can we connect our iphone with PC anyware in the world when wifi is avaliable ? I mean i tried when I got iphone in my house…My brother took it to Other city…I was trying to connect from my home but never successfull…I took his ip adress…..i dnt know if someone else is facing that prob…..

  • it has security implications. firstly if your phone is stolen you should be able to remotely access it and lock it, blow it up or short the crapola out of the thief. Also it works the other way round. vnc from our iphone to your pc. the application should allow for a pre-set password that does not ask the current user of the phone. as for the IP address over 3g how do you that?


    The only thing I use it for is so I can work at my desk and send text messages from my phone, etc without undocking it and having to type on the iphone keyboard. I too would like to know if it can be used over 3G.

  • peter

    >I too would like to know if it can be used over 3G.

    No, it doesn't, unless you establish a VPN first. You then need to find out what IP address you have on the VPN. If you have mobileTerminal installed, type "ifconfig" and look at the ppp0: entry. It'll depend on your VPN setup but for me, I use a PP2P connection to a windows SBS2003 server, and I get a address (xxx varies each time I connect). You can then use that 192 address in Chicken of the VNC.

    Pretty roundabout, but it works!

  • Karan

    You can remotely login without being near your iPhone. Just go to the settings screen(its where the general settings for the iphone reside) for Veency and set a password. Next time you login you just need to enter the password on your desktop VNC client and hey you are connected.

  • Karan

    Yes you can, but only if the iPhone is on a network which provides globally static ip address to the devices/computers connected to it.

  • Karan

    I found a great reason to use this app. I use my iPod touch to play music on my 5.1 music system which isnt in the same room as where I work so I use this app to control what I am playing on my iPod 🙂

  • i love it, i'm sorry to admit this, but where i live, i don't get the best signal with AT&T, (or any signal at times) but, if i leave it in the window i'm usually good… that being said, with this app i can sit on my couch, with my laptop and send/receive text msg's all day/night long.


    Yeah, this thing is incredible in finicky service areas.

  • Anthony


    1. I was able to successfully install both Veency and TightVNC server..

    2. I insert the IP address, located under my Settings> WiFi, into where the VNC client states “VNC Server:”…

    3. I click “Connect”…

    4. Yet I can never establish a connection?
    What am I doing wrong?

    NOTE: I am using my work IPs. There are multiple wifi connections throughout the office and I’ve tried them all. Unsuccessful!

    • Anthony

      Also NOTE:
      Am using an iPhone 4

  • Sharpenednoodles

    I cant get the screen to display on my pc, however i can still see the mouse omy ipod

    im on an ipt2g ios4.2.1

  • YK Prakash

    Guys seem to wonder what’s the use of this. My iphone’s touch pad is slightly defective. The middle portion doesn’t work. So, I use veency to send messages. It’s cool.