iPhone App Review: Remote Control Your iPhone With Your Computer Using Veency

by Eric Pena on October 21, 2008

There’s Mocha VNC for the iPhone to remote control your Mac or PC from your phone. Now, there’s Veency to remote control your iPhone from your Mac or PC. But first, you need to have a jailbroken iPhone to install Veency on your phone.

You can check out my iPhone jailbreaking tutorials in the iPhone category.

iPhone apps can be installed both from the App Store or from the third party applications repository, Cydia and Installer, if you have a jailbroken phone.

Install the free Veency app from Cydia and restart or respring your iPhone. Unlike most apps, Veency will not create an icon on your Springboard. To activate it, you need to have a remote control software on your PC such as Ultra VNC or Tight VNC, or Chicken VNC if you have a Mac. Connect to your iPhone using a Wi-Fi conection.

Use your mouse to control your iPhone from your computer.

  • Click and drag with your mouse to scroll.
  • A single-click is like a single tap.
  • Right-click is like pressing the Home button.

While you can perform almost everything you can do on your iPhone from your Mac or PC such as launching applications, reply to emails, text messages, lock and unlock your phone, etc., you may wonder why you need to do those things on your computer, or conversely, you’d rather do most of the things on your computer such as mail, surf, listen to music, watch video, etc., when you have your Mac or PC. Still, there are useful things you can do with Veency than using your iPhone or computer alone.

Some cool things you can do with Veency:

  • Use your iPhone as a remote video camera and snap pictures using the built-in camera or record in real-time using an app such as Cycorder.
  • Easily type text on your Notes app using your computer’s keyboard.
  • Run apps on your iPhone while charging it across the room.
  • Create demos of your iPhone apps using your computer’s screen recording application.
  • Trick or spy on your wife, husband, children or friends (at your own risk!).

Using your iPhone as a remote video camera.

What you cannot do:

  • Turn your iPhone screen to it’s side or in portrait mode.
  • Use two fingers to zoom in, zoom out or rotate.
  • iPhone audio is not transfered to the computer.
  • Video shows blank screen.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 merc nuts February 21, 2009 at 2:44 pm

whats not been said here is that jailbreaking is still going to break your phone app:

1. visual voicemail will no longer work
2. the “end call” button (red) will disappear – you'll have to restart your phone to end a phone call !
3. the whole phone app will be in various states of working and not working.

You paid alot of money to have a PHONE with broken voicemail and PHONE interface ????

2 Sceptical of your problems March 7, 2009 at 10:20 pm

You must have done something crazy to your iPhone to get those problems, since nobody I know who jailbroke theirs has had any of that happen. Mine's been fine.

3 Will March 8, 2009 at 8:09 am

This is fantastic if it actually works…

4 Joe Anderson March 10, 2009 at 3:02 am

Wrong. All of the mentioned issues do not occur. Jailbroken 2.2.1 (baseband 2.28.0 retained) So stop spreading bs rumors.

5 Joe Anderson March 10, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Wrong. All of the mentioned issues do not occur. Jailbroken 2.2.1 (baseband 2.28.0 retained) So stop spreading bs rumors.

6 Ninjalegs November 4, 2009 at 7:37 pm

I have this all set up and working fine. But…
Using the camera app I find that I can't see the picture through my VNC client (tightvnc).
I can see the tool bar at the bottom, I can take a picture and focus by clicking in the balck area within the vnc client, and the picture is viewable on the iphone itself, but just black through tightvnc.
I've tried changing the settings in tightvnc to fast network connection etc. to no avail.
I have an iPhone 3gs.
Anyone else got this issue?

Thanks in advance.

7 Danno07 November 17, 2009 at 5:57 am

I'm having the same issue once I start up the camera (regarding the blank screen). I assume it's because they don't want people to use it as a spy camera and transmit live video? You can record something, then go watch it, but not watch it live. Anybody find a workaround for this?

8 aaron November 30, 2009 at 5:17 am

Same issue re: black screen with camera. Can connect to it fine, everything else works properly. I think the problem is maybe this was for older phones (I have a 3Gs) and was meant to use Cycorder?

Any input would be appreciated. I have Cycorder installed, but of course it won't open, assuming because I'm on a jailbroken 3Gs running 3.1.2 (7D11)

9 mitchdcba April 24, 2010 at 9:15 am


10 jimmy! June 11, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Why the hell do I need to jailbreak my ihpone just to have remote control over it. Apple sometimes realy sucks… We use apple all over the company, but those little evil things are just poor and a huge shame for apple and steve jobs… Shame on you apple!

11 Jeroen3 July 24, 2010 at 9:53 pm

You have to jailbreak it to Synchronize it WIRELESS with your itunes!
The most revolutionary thing I did to my ipod was WIFISYNC

12 Gespamcontrol October 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

worked for me no problem

13 Buy Blank DVD November 24, 2010 at 7:27 am

That looks really great. You can left your iPhone on a certain place and view whats happening on that place on your own PC. Pretty nice tool to use of spying.

14 Syamand January 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm

this is great software i tested it , but is there any other software like veency can connect to your iphone through internet … because vency can one use within same network

15 Buy Blank CD January 13, 2011 at 7:11 am

iPhone is really awesome as always.

16 Naash_5 June 6, 2012 at 10:40 pm

how did you fix cam app show black screen ?

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