VMware Horizon Client for Android 2209.1 | 11 APR 2023

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What's New

Horizon Client for Android 2209.1 includes updates for compliance with Common Criteria (CC) NIAP requirements and Open Source software upgrades.

For information about new remote desktop features for Android 2209, see the VMware Horizon 8 2209 Release Notes.


For Horizon Client for Android, both the user interface and the documentation are available in English, Japanese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.

Before You Begin

  • Horizon Client for Android requires the Android 10, 11, 12 or 13 operating systems.

  • Horizon Client for Android is supported with the latest maintenance release of Horizon 7 version 7.13 and later releases.

  • When you install Horizon Client for Android, you are prompted to let the app read phone status and identity. This prompt relates to the RSA soft token integration feature. The prompt is requesting permission to read the state of the phone. This permission does not allow the app to make a phone call or send a message. You can safely grant this permission.

  • Install and upgrade Horizon Client for Android just as you do any other Android app. For example, you can get the latest version of the app from Google Play or the Amazon Appstore for Android. For a link to the Horizon Client app in one of these stores, go to the Horizon Client Downloads page.

Resolved Issues

There are no major bug fixes to report in this release.

Known Issues

  • On certain Android devices, when you use the client drive redirection feature to copy, rename, or create files on a redirected external SD card, you receive the error "You need permission to perform this action."

    This problem occurs if the Android device prevents third-party apps from getting automatic permission to put files on an external SD card.

    Workaround: None.

  • On an Android 10 (Q) device, gesture navigation is enabled by default. This feature conflicts with the Unity Touch feature in some cases.

    When a conflict occurs, you might not be able to open the Unity Touch sidebar by sliding from the left edge.

    Workaround: Use the floating handle to open the Unity Touch sidebar.

  • If you use a NAT64 network that is shared from a macOS 10.14 or later system, internet access is not available on an Android device and Horizon Client for Android cannot connect to a server.

    Workaround: Use an earlier macOS version to share the NAT64 network, for example, use macOS version 10.11.6.

  • When Horizon Client for Android is installed on a Chromebook and you are using a NAT64 network, Horizon Client for Android cannot resolve an IPv4 literal address when you try to connect to a server in an IPv6 environment.

    Workaround: Use a fully qualified domain name when you connect to the server.

  • When you connect to a remote desktop with the High Quality Mode option enabled, if you change the resolution from the Auto-fit resolution option to another resolution in the Horizon Client settings, and then change the resolution back to the Auto-fit resolution option, Horizon Client uses the wrong resolution.

    Workaround: Log off and reconnect to the remote desktop.

  • When using seamless window mode on a Chromebook with an external display, moving the application session window between the client display and the external display is difficult.

    Workaround: When moving the session window from the client display to an external display, move your cursor to the top of the window. Keep pressing the left mouse button until only about a quarter of the session window remains on the client display. After you release the mouse button, the session window moves to the external display. Follow the same procedure to move the session window from an external display to the client display.

  • When you use the VMware Blast display protocol to connect to a remote desktop or published application with a non-English input method, you might not be able to enter certain symbols.

    Workaround: Use the local input buffer, or connect to the remote desktop or published application with the PCoIP display protocol.

  • On some Android devices, certain keys introduce white spaces when you connect to a remote desktop and input text with Horizon Client.

    Workaround: Turn off predictive text for the keyboard in the Android Settings app.

  • The Unity Touch sidebar cannot show changes in the All Programs menu for new software that you install during that same session.

    Workaround: To see items for new software that you recently installed, disconnect from the desktop and then connect again.

  • Because an Android device does not have a persistent ID, the device's MAC address is used to generate an ID for the license. If a device's MAC address cannot be detected, its SIM is used instead. If neither the MAC address nor SIM can be detected, a random ID is generated for the device. In certain circumstances, this process can result in multiple licenses being issued to the same device.

    Workaround: An administrator can remove the inactive licenses.

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