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Access 2016 to Android tablet - Best Way

Using Access 2016 with Windows 10 Pro and Samsung Android Tablets. Would like to deliver Forms to Android for both Inputting and reviewing. What is the best way to do this? I would like to split the database into a FE and BE. Any Suggestions???
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Jim Dettman (EE MVE)

8/22/2022 - Mon
Jim Dettman (EE MVE)

It's not doable.

  The only thing you can do is run an RDP (Terminal Services Server) and have the tablet users remote into that with an RDP session and run the app there.

Bill MacDonald

Thank you again Jim,

I am looking a setting up a Server running Windows Server and using RDP from there. I almost have a stupid question - Is it better to use windows based tablets instead of the android tablets?

Jim Dettman (EE MVE)

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Bill MacDonald


I appreciate your time and help.

I went to your website and thought I should share this with you. I am an old DEC guy from the Large Computer Group.....and actually had a VMS Notebook. It ran too hot but worked....

OK back to my challenge, the app provides forms for the technicians in the HVAC business. It provides i) Customer Contact input and review, ii) Quotes, iii) Invoicing and iii) Rental Agreement. It is secured by user and they can only see their information. The techs are hard on anything electronic that is why we are trying tablets with lots of protection. The turnover is relatively high, that is why the security and protection of data is high.


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James Murphy
Bill MacDonald

Excellent Solution to this type of solution.  The challenge of taking Access from Windows to tablets is not an easy one. Thank you Jim.
Jim Dettman (EE MVE)

You may want to look at Microsoft Power Apps.

 Not sure what your needs are in detail, but it is the up-coming thing at Microsoft:


  At the moment however, they are very limited in terms of what they can do.  But this is Microsoft's focus for moving into the mobile world.   You really want to be looking at something like this.

  If  Power Apps don't fill the bill (and I highly doubt they will at this point), then a traditional development effort is probably in the offing assuming you can't wait.

  What I would do however is try and find something already available on the market rather then attempt a fll development effort (assuming your not producing a solution for the marketplace).

  While the Access solution would be nice so you could still do your own thing, the problem with the Access / RDP solution is that they need internet connectivity to use the app, which is not always possible for the situation you describe.

  unfortunately your type of app is not an easy one to do.   Scott (LSM consulting) will have some good input though<g>; his family runs a HVAC business.