Approving Apps While Hosting Your Friends

Applies to: Hosting a game with Parsec

Approving apps allows you to select which applications you want to share with your friends when hosting with Parsec. This controls their ability to interact and see the apps. While this isn't intended to be rock-solid security, it should make it much easier to deal with friends connecting to your machines.

How To Use Approved Apps

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  1. Click the gear icon to get to your settings
  2. Click Approved Apps
  3. Choose to turn Approved Apps on
  4. Select the game or application you want to approve
  5. If your application is not in the list, please make sure you run the application first

Xbox GamePass and other UWP applications

Xbox GamePass and other UWP applications will not appear in this list.

Run Parsec with administrative privileges

If your application does not appear. Quit Parsec and relaunch it with admin privileges. You should also confirm that the Parsec Service is running on your computer. The one exception is Steam. We do not allow you to add Steam to protect your Steam account. If you were to approve Steam, your friends would be able to buy games.

What will your friends see when the approved app is opened and set to borderless full screen mode?

 

Your friends will only be able to see and interact with the application you have white listed.

 

What will friends see when the approved app is not open or minimized?

Your friends will see this screen and will not be able to interact or see anything.

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What happens when you approve multiple apps?

Your friends will be able to switch to any approved app and interact with it. Only approve apps that you want your friends to have the ability to see and use.

What will your friends see when the approved app is opened and in windowed mode (non fullscreen)?

When the application is running in Windowed mode, your friends will be able to see the desktop and any applications behind it.  They will not have the ability to click or interact with the desktop or windows that are not approved.

What will your friends see if you approve apps like Google Chrome or Steam?  

If you approve regular apps, like Steam and Chrome, unless they are full screen, your friends will see the everything behind the application. They will not have the ability to click or interact with the desktop or windows that are not approved. 

What will your friends see if you open in-game overlays, such as the Steam Overlay?  

If you open an overlay, such as the Steam overlay, your friends will be able to see it.