Frequently Asked Questions

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What is MATLAB Mobile and how can I get it?

The MATLAB Mobile app provides a lightweight MATLAB desktop on your iOS or Android device that remotely accesses MATLAB running on MathWorks Cloud or on your computer. To use MATLAB Mobile, you need to:

Who can use MATLAB Mobile?

For more information, refer to the system requirements.

Why do I need a network connection to use MATLAB Mobile? Where is MATLAB running?

MATLAB Mobile provides access to a MATLAB session running remotely on MathWorks Cloud or your computer—MATLAB is not running natively on your mobile device. To use MATLAB Mobile to connect to your computer, your device needs to be on the same network as your computer running MATLAB. MATLAB Mobile and the MATLAB Connector are intended for use behind a firewall on a private network. Virtual Private Network (VPN) use is recommended when used over the public internet or via 3G or 4G.

How does MATLAB Mobile work?

See MATLAB Mobile documentation for more complete information:

  • The app sends all commands to a remote MATLAB session for evaluation. Your device does not perform any calculations or store any workspace variables locally.
  • The MATLAB Mobile application does not include a Workspace browser. The app uses the workspace of your MATLAB desktop session. To see the list of variables available in your remote session, use the whos command. When connecting to your desktop, you can also access any data files or run any program files that are on the MATLAB path on your computer.
  • All figure generation happens in the MATLAB session, not on your device. For most cases, the static snapshots of all updated figure windows are sent to your device. See the documentation for exceptions.

You can execute functions and scripts by calling them as you would from your desktop.

To get help on functions, use the help command. For help on the app, go to the Settings screen, and tap About > View Documentation.

How do I get support?

Features and Limitations

How do I add data tips?

With a figure displayed in MATLAB Mobile, tap the Show Data Cursor button until a cross hair appears. Drag the cursor to the desired location. Release your finger and wait for the data tip to be displayed. Data tips only work with figures, not snapshots.

What are snapshots?

When figures are no longer open on your computer or the cloud, their thumbnails have a blue camera icon. These figures are stored as static snapshots on your device. To see the figures with more detail, rerun the plotting commands.

What are the functional limitations?

MATLAB Mobile does not support:

  • Tools that use graphical user interfaces, such as the Curve Fitting app and the Simulink graphical environment.
  • An editor for creating or editing files.
  • Interactive figures. (Although you can zoom, pan, and add data tips, the figures do not support rotating and other figure callbacks.)
  • Retrieval of more than ten graphics from the desktop in a single command.
  • The doc command. (To view function documentation, use the help command. Alternatively, open the web browser on your device and navigate to the product documentation at

Which MathWorks products can I use with MATLAB Mobile? Is Simulink supported?

When connecting to your desktop, MATLAB Mobile provides command-line access to all the products that you are licensed to use on your computer. If you are licensed to use Simulink on your computer, you can run the sim command from the MATLAB Mobile command line. The Simulink graphical environment is not supported.

MathWorks Cloud

What is MathWorks Cloud?

MathWorks Cloud is a service that provides access to a MATLAB session on the cloud. When using MATLAB Mobile to connect to MathWorks Cloud, you execute MATLAB functions in that MATLAB session.

How can I access MathWorks Cloud?

See Connect to MathWorks Cloud for more information.

Do I have to pay to use MathWorks Cloud?

If you meet the requirements (see Requirements to Connect to the Cloud), you can connect to MathWorks Cloud at no additional cost.

Can I upload my files to MathWorks Cloud?

MathWorks Cloud users receive 500 MB of storage space to upload MATLAB files and data. Once uploaded, users can run these files from their mobile devices. Learn more about MATLAB cloud storage.

What products can I access when connecting to MathWorks Cloud?

When connecting to MathWorks Cloud, you can access all products available through your license.

Can I connect to the cloud from MATLAB Mobile if I have a trial?

Yes, you will be able to connect to MathWorks Cloud from MATLAB Mobile as long as your MATLAB trial is active. You can upload MATLAB files and data to the cloud.

Please note that you will need a trial for the latest version of MATLAB. When connecting to the cloud, you will be able to access MATLAB and all products available through your trial.

What happens when my trial expires?

When your trial expires, you will no longer be able to connect to the cloud from MATLAB Mobile. Furthermore, you will no longer be able to access the files and data you uploaded or created in MATLAB Mobile. As you near the expiration date of your trial, please remember to download your files and data.