What is Appsanywhere?
AppsAnywhere is an ‘app store’ for accessing software. You can use it on University computers and from September 2020 you can also use it on your own computer. The applications are streamed on-demand, rather than being installed on individual computers.
What are the benefits?
Using AppsAnywhere allows us to offer you a bigger range of software. It takes up less storage space than traditional installations, leads to improved computer performance, provides greater security and means we can apply software updates more efficiently.
Will I be able to use all the apps on my own computer?
Not all of them. Some app licences do not permit use off-campus or on non-University computers. However, we are providing alternative methods of accessing the apps that you need. Please refer to Remote Software Access for more information.
There are some apps that you can install on your own computer for free without using AppsAnywhere. Please refer to the Free and Discounted Software page.
How do I get AppsAnywhere on my own computer?
- Go to AppsAnywhere.shu.ac.uk
- Sign in using your standard university username and password
- Select It’s the first time using AppsAnywhere on this device. Lets go (Note – if you select the other option you will not get another chance to install it)
- Follow the prompts to install it
How do I use Appsanywhere?
Note: If you are working on your own computer you may need to use the VPN for some apps to appear in AppsAnywhere or for them to run – see below for more information.
AppsAnywhere will then quickly validate your account in order to present the applications available to you. (Students on certain courses will be able to access specialist software on a restricted licence). You will be notified with a green banner at the top of the page once validation is complete.
You can then browse the app or use the search box at the top right of the page to find the app you want to use (if you don’t see the app you need, see the VPN section below).
Each application has a title, a vendor and a description. These are all searchable; for example you can search for ‘Adobe’ to find all of the available Adobe products, or search for ‘video’ if you’d like to see all the apps that might help you edit a video file.
Once you have found your app, simply click ‘Launch.’
Most software will provide links to its own instructions and learning resources, and you can also check LinkedIn Learning for online tutorials.
When do I need to use the VPN?
When working on your own computer some apps require a connection to the University network to get a licence to allow it to run. These apps will not even show up in AppsAnywhere until you are connected. You can connect to the University network using a service called a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
For more information see the Student VPN page.