People Goal 8 - Part 5: Connect to your file using FileMaker Go

Document created by Kedar on Feb 4, 2015Last modified by mark_baum on May 10, 2016
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Now let's try adding a host in FileMaker Go on iPad and then connect to your hosted file on iPad.

As with the previous section, you’ll need to know the IP address of your host machine (the FileMaker Server or the local machine hosting your solution). If you run into any trouble in this section, it’s likely due to a network issue. Ask the Discussions forum for help and we’ll try to sort it out.

NOTE: If your solution is hosted using Client Sharing, read these steps to make sure that your iPad is on the same network as your hosting machine.





Add a host and then connect to your hosted file using FileMaker Go on iPad.





  1. Open the FileMaker Go app.

    You should now be viewing the Launch Center interface. You'll recognize it by the three icons at the bottom of the screen: Recent, Device, and Hosts. They show you files you have opened recently, files saved on your device, or files hosted on other computers.

  2. Tap on the Hosts icon at the bottom of the screen.
    ipad hosts icon.png

    The Hosts tab of the Launch Center displays hosted files. Before you see any, you'll probably need to specify a host.

  3. Tap on the Hosts button in the upper left of the screen.

    A Hosts popover appears listing all FileMaker hosts on the network your iPad is connected to.

    ipad launch hosts2.png
  4. If you recognize your hosting machine, select it and proceed to step 9.

    Otherwise, do steps 5 to 8:

  5. Tap on the + button in the upper right of the popover.

    An Add Host popover replaces the Hosts popover.

    ipad add host popover.png
  6. Enter the TCP/IP address from your desktop machine into the Host Address field.

  7. Enter a name for your desktop machine into the Host Name (Optional) field.

  8. Tap the Save button in the upper right of the popover.

    The popover closes, the host is saved as a favorite (which makes it appear at the top of the Hosts list), and FileMaker Go attempts to contact to host so that it can display any available solutions. If it succeeds, at least one solution will be displayed. Otherwise, you'll see the message "No files available" in the center of the screen.

  9. Tap the solution icon (or name) to open it in FileMaker Go.

    ipad host sales contacts.png