Attended vs Unattended Remote Access & Support Explained


Attended vs Unattended Remote Support

When you are looking at remote support solutions, the first question is whether you need an attended or unattended remote support solution, or both.

Here’s a quick guide to help you decide.

Attended Remote Support


Attended Remote Support

What Does It Mean and What Are The Use Cases?

Attended remote support means that an end-user is using the device or application and needs immediate support.

Attended support solutions allow you to provide support to your customers as soon as an issue arises. You or your technician will be able to remotely access the end-user’s device, troubleshoot the issue, and fix the problem as quick as possible.

How Does It Work?

Usually, remote access and remote support solutions involve installing software ahead of time onto the devices that will be used to remote from and the ones that will be remoted into. However, with SOS, our attended support solution, the end-user doesn’t need to have anything pre-installed on their device.

Instead, technicians can remote into the end-user’s device with a simple session code that the end-user generates with the Splashtop SOS app. Once the end-user gives the technician their code, they can instantly connect to the device!

Who Would Need An Attended Remote Support Solution?

Attended remote support solutions are ideal for support/customer service teams and IT help desks. This type of solutions allows you to quickly see the issues firsthand and resolve them fast. This cuts down on time, cost, and improves customer satisfaction.

Unattended Remote Support


Unattended Remote Support

What Does It Mean and What Are The Use Cases?

Unattended remote support means that the technician can remote into the end-user device even if they aren’t there.

The primary use case for an unattended solution is to provide routine maintenance and support to your client’s devices. As opposed to attended remote support which provides support to users in need of immediate help, unattended remote support can be used to manage an IT infrastructure, install updates, and even troubleshoot non-urgent issues.

How Does It Work?

The IT Manager or technician sends out a download link to install the remote support software on all the devices they want to support. Once installed, the technician will be able to remote into the device at any time, from anywhere.

Who Would Need An Unattended Remote Support Solution?

This is the ideal solution for MSPs, IT service providers, and internal IT teams. You can manage and provide support to you own company’s devices and/or to all of your client’s devices.

Side by Side Comparison

Here’s a closer look at what attended and unattended remote support entail and the primary use cases for each.

  Attended Support Unattended Support
What are other names for this type of support?


Attended Support
Quick support, on-demand support, instant support
Unattended Support
Endpoint management and remote access
What is it used for?
Attended Support
  • Assisting an end-user who is using a computer, device, or application and needs support
  • When you don’t have a remote access app or streamer installed on the end-user’s computer
Unattended Support
  • Managing remote access to groups of computers for IT teams or MSPs
  • Accessing computers at any time for maintenance
  • Providing support to end-users
  • Supporting kiosks and IoT devices where no user is present
  • Creating remote access user accounts
Does the end user have to be present at the computer or device?
Attended Support
Yes. User is present at their computer or mobile device.
Unattended Support
Not required. Technician can access the computer at any time to maintain the computer and can also help a user when the user is present.
How does the remote access work?
Attended Support
The technician asks the user to download or run a small app on their computer or device. The user gives the technician an access code. The technician enters the code in your remote access app and can remotely access their devices.
Unattended Support
You install a small application on their computer, tied to your management account, and you can view a list of computers, see their status, and access them as needed without the end-user’s input.
Which Splashtop solution do I need? Splashtop SOS
  • Provide attended support to users on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android
  • Remote access and control computers and many Android devices
  • Remote view iOS device screens in real time
Either SOS Unlimited or Remote Support


Splashtop SOS Unlimited

  • Provide attended support to users on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android
  • Unattended support for Windows and Mac computers
  • Licensed based on # of technicians


Splashtop Remote Support

  • Provide unattended support for Windows and Mac
  • Licensed based on # of computers
  • Optional add-on to support unattended Android devices



Which Splashtop Solution Is Right For Me?

Splashtop’s remote support solutions enable users to remotely access and support their customer’s computers and/or devices. We have two remote support solutions targeted at the two primary types of remote support, attended and unattended.

Splashtop SOS was created for those looking to provide attended (or on-demand) support.

Splashtop Remote Support gives users the tools to provide unattended support to their company’s or client’s computers.

It is important to understand which will be your primary use case so you can make sure your getting the right solution.

(We do have SOS and Remote Support packages that give you both attended and unattended remote support capabilities)

If you’re still having trouble deciding, you can read our blog, “How do I choose between Splashtop Remote Support and Splashtop SOS?” Or you can contact our sales team who will direct you in the right direction and get you started with your free trial.

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