Horizon Client is an Android app, and you install it just as you do other Android apps on the client device.


  • If you have not already set up the client device, do so. See the manufacturer's user's guide for the client device.

  • Verify that the client device meets the system requirements for Horizon Client. See System Requirements.

  • Verify that you have the URL for a download page that contains the Horizon Client installer. This URL might be the VMware Downloads page at http://www.vmware.com/go/viewclients.

  • Become familiar with the client device's procedure for installing apps.

    Devices from different manufacturers use different methods for installing Android apps. See the manufacturer's user's guide for the client device. Depending on the device, you might have to perform the following tasks before you can install an app:

    • Install a particular driver.

    • Install a file browser.


  1. Browse to the URL for downloading the Horizon Client app, or search for the Horizon Client app in the Google Play Store or Amazon Appstore for Android.

    For some client devices, you download the file to the device. For others, you download the file to a PC or a USB device. For Chromebooks, you download Horizon Client from the Google Play Store.

  2. If necessary, copy the app (.apk file) to your client device.
  3. Install the app according to the client device's customary procedure for installing Android apps.

    For example, on some devices, you must tap the file to install it.

  4. Verify that the Horizon app appears on the client device.

What to do next

The first time you launch Horizon Client on an Android 6.0 Marshmallow device, the app prompts you to allow Horizon Client to make and manage phone calls, access photos, media, and files, and record audio on your device.

If you installed Horizon Client on a thin client, see Configure Horizon Client in Thin Client Mode.