Simple Steps to Access a Windows Desktop from Your Tablet or Phone

By: Brooke M. Perry

Have you ever thought of accessing your desktop with the help of your tablet or smartphone? Have you ever felt the requirement of having a remote access to your home PC instantly, but you end up releasing your frustration? If yes, then don’t panic as Microsoft has paid attention to your request and responded back with a metro-style app for Remote Desktop (RDP) management. Bridging the cross-platform barriers, the company has released the app for both iOS as well as Android devices. Developed with an aim to troubleshoot and remotely support a workstation, the app can also be used to access files and programs stored on your desktop.

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), a remote connection establishing feature, is the part of the Windows suite since XP Pro days. But the only issue with this feature was that it only allows a user to remotely connect to other PCs on the network or over the web. Establishing a remote connection between the networked PCs or over the web has simplified further and thus enhanced the productivity and usability of such devices. Hence, being able to do it with a tablet or smartphone will change the entire way in which these devices work.

Here’s how you can use the Remote Desktop app on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.

Steps to prepare your Windows device to accept remote connections

Step1. Open Control Panel > System, and then click on the ‘Remote Settings’ options located on the left pane.


You can search remote settings page by typing ‘Remote settings’ in the search box on the Start screen because Windows 8.1 allows you to do so.

Step2. Look for the ‘Remote Desktop’ section, select the ‘Allow remote connections as well as Network Level Authentication’ option for better security. If you’re a Windows 7 user, then right-click on My Computer and select ‘Properties’ option to get the same result.

Steps to remotely connect to your PC from an Android device

Step1. Download and install the Microsoft Remote Desktop app on both PC as well as your Android device. Launch the app and tap on the ‘+’ icon located at the upper left corner of the apps screen to add a new PC connection.

Step2. Enter in a name, its host name or IP address, and the login credentials of the computer that you wish to connect remotely, and then tap ‘Done.’

Step3. During the first connection setup, the device will come up with a screen advising that it’s an unreliable certificate. All you need to do is tap on the ‘Trust Always’ option.

Step4. As soon as you hit the above mentioned option, you’ll be able to see the desktop of the computer you’re connected to. Located on the top is the Pan Control that allows you to zoom in on the screen and move around it easily.

Steps to remotely connect to your PC from an iOS Device

Step1. Download the ‘Microsoft Remote Desktop’ app on your iPad or iPhone and launch it.

Step2. Start the remote desktop connection by tapping on ‘Add Remote Desktop’ button. You will now require to type in the IP or system name, and the rest of your credentials to log-in.

Step3. The Apple operating system also has similar controls for moving around and exploring your screen. In addition to it, the app will also provide an on-screen keyboard to search and type things speedily.

Steps to remotely connect to your Desktop from Windows Phone 8.1

Step1. Download and install the Remote Desktop app on your handset by accessing the Windows Phone App Store.

Step2. Launch the app and enter a host name or IP address of the PC that you want to connect to.

Step3. You will also need to enter your admin credentials and check the box stating ‘Remember your login credentials,’ located under the ‘Advanced options’ section. In addition to this, you can also set up a friendly name, change sounds play settings, and make other changes on your phone.

Step4. In the first attempt, the app will display a message to verify the PCs Certificate and if you’re confirmed then check the box to ‘Not ask again,’ before tapping on the ‘Connect’ option.

Step5. Once the connection is successfully established, your phone’s display will be automatically changed to landscape view and you’ll be able to see the IP or name of the computer on the top of the device’s screen.

Step6. Access the magnifying glass icon to zoom in on any part of the screen while reading text or focusing on a small target area of the desktop you’re connected to. You can also tap on the keyboard icon to bring up the onscreen keyboard.

Remote desktop is an amazing app that gets you connected to your PC’s desktop within just a few seconds. You can easily set only one PC as your local machine and for others you will always need to type in your full Microsoft account credentials. Offering you the liberty to access your desktops from your Android tablets, Windows Smartphone, and even iOS, the company is moving towards brining excellent connectivity and continuity into action. The app has a smoother interface that won’t confuse you while accessing the smaller or larger areas of the desktop from your tablet or Smartphone. Make use of zoom options and other prominent controls for navigating through the desktop and selecting your desired area to focus.

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Hi! I am Brook M. Perry, a prolific blog writer and writer and keen author of articles related to pc security supportand solution for issues related to computers and mobile devices. Being associated with the reputed computer virus removal service provider Qresolve,

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