First, you need to make sure your Windows computer is set up for remote access. To do this, open Control Panel. In the search field in the upper-right, type the word remote. From the search results, click on the link for “Allow remote access to your computer.”
Allow Remote Connections
At the Remote tab for the System Properties window, check on the option to “Allow remote connections to this computer” if it’s not already enabled. You can also check on the box to “Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (recommended).” Then click OK to close the window.
iPhone or iPad
Tap on the + symbol to add the name of the computer that you wish to access. An “Add New” window pops up asking what type of device you want to add. Tap on the option for “Desktop.”
The Desktop window prompts you to enter the name or IP address of the PC you want to access. Here’s how you can find both. To grab the computer name in any version of Windows, open Control Panel. In the search field in the upper-right, type computer name. From the search results, click on the link to “See the name of this computer.”
You’ll find the computer name displayed in the section for “Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings.”
View IP Address
To see the IP address of your PC, open a command prompt. At the command prompt, type ipconfig. Then look for and note the IP address listed for IPv4 Address.
Add Remote Desktop
Return to the Remote Desktop app and tap the field for PC Name. Type either the computer name or IP address in the field for “Host name or IP address.” Then tap “Done.”
Add User Account
The next field refers to the user account that you want to use to access the remote computer. This would be an account on the computer itself, such as your own Microsoft account or a local account. If you want to enter the account name and password each time you open a remote connection, leave this field blank. Otherwise, tap on the “User Account” field. At the “User Accounts” window, tap on the option to “Add User Account.”
At the “Add User Account” window, type the name and password of the account you want to use for remote access. Tap Save.
At the Desktop window, tap on the Save link.
Now tap on the name and icon of the computer connection you just set up.
The first time you try to access the computer, Remote Desktop may ask to verify the connection to that computer. Enable the option for “Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer” and then tap Accept. You should then be connected to the computer in which case the computer’s screen will appear on your mobile device.
You can now open apps and windows, manage your desktop, and do just about everything you can do if you were sitting in front of your computer. To help control your remote session, the app displays a small toolbar at the top. Tap on the magnifying glass icon to zoom in to the screen. Tap on it again to zoom back out. Tap on the keyboard icon to display your device’s keyboard.
Tap on the hamburger icon ( ) to display sidebars. On the left sidebar, you can tap on the “Start New” icon to start a new remote session with a different computer. On the right sidebar, you can tap on the Home button to return to the home screen of the Remote Desktop app. You can tap on the “Mouse Pointer” icon if you wish to display and control a mouse pointer on your remote session. And you can tap on the “End Session” icon to end the current remote session.
There’s one major setting you may want to tweak. Tap on the End session icon to end the remote session. Then tap on the Gear icon in the upper-left corner. If at any point you need help, tap the question mark icon and tap on one of the Help categories. You’ll be whisked away to a web page that provides information on using Remote Desktop with an iOS device.
A Settings screen appears. Tap on the setting for Display Resolution.
This controls how the screen of the remote computer appears on your mobile device. You can opt to keep the default resolution or switch to a resolution that matches your mobile device.
Tap on the setting for Custom. Here you can select a custom resolution and a custom scaling. You’ll want to play around with these settings until you find the optimal resolution for your mobile device. When done, tap Save.
Tap on the keyboard icon on the top toolbar to display the onscreen keyboard. Tap on the hamburger icon to display the sidebars. From there, you can tap on the “Start New” icon to start another remote session to a different computer, tap on the Home button to return to the app’s home screen, and tap on the “Mouse Pointer” icon to display a mouse pointer. To disconnect the current remote session, tap on the X in the thumbnail window for your computer.
Back at the app’s home page, tap on the hamburger to access different settings.
Change General Settings
Tap on the General setting and change any options you wish.
Adjust Display Settings
Tap on the hamburger icon again and tap the Display setting. Here, you can adjust the resolution for your remote session.
Add User Account
Tap on the hamburger icon again. Unless you’re using your device from outside your home network, skip the Gateway setting. Tap on the User Accounts setting. Here, you can add another user account for accessing the computer. Tap on the hamburger icon again. Tap the Help setting. The app takes you to a web page with information on how to use Remote Desktop on an Android device.