How to Control a PC From an iPhone or iPad with Remote Desktop

Most users are accustomed to using a Windows operating system and to using applications that have been developed specifically for him. However, when we use a smartphone or tablet, such as iPhone or iPad, we can not install Windows on them, having to adapt to the applications available for each operating system, in this case, iOS.

Microsoft-Remote-Desktop-iPadAlthough, as we said, we will not be able to install Windows on an iPad or iPhone, it is possible that if we have a computer connected to the Internet, we can use this operating system and its applications from our devices. This is possible thanks to the different remote desktop applications that we can find.

Of all the remote desktop applications we can find, in this manual, we are going to teach you how to use Remote Desktop, Microsoft's native remote control protocol, from an iPhone or iPad to control our computer remotely from these devices.

Enable Remote Desktop in Windows

By default, and for security reasons, the Windows Remote Desktop is disabled, so before you can use it it is necessary to activate it in our operating system. We remember that this tool is only available in the Pro, Business and Enterprise versions (that is, the most advanced ones oriented to a professional environment), so if we have, for example, the Home version, it will be necessary to use other platforms such as VNC or TeamViewer.

To activate the Remote Desktop in our Windows, simply open the "Properties" window of "My Computer" (by right clicking on "This computer", from the desktop) and open the advanced configuration options by clicking on them From the menu on the left.

In this configuration window, we must click on the tab " Remote Access " and we will mark the option " Allow the remote connections to this equipment " of the bottom part. In addition, we will make sure we have the option of network-level authentication enabled (for security).


We apply the changes and we leave these windows. Our Windows is now ready. Now it's the iOS turn.

How to connect to Remote Desktop from an iPhone or iPad

In order to make use of this tool, it is necessary to download a specific client. Although there are several clients prepared to use the RDP protocol, in our case we wanted to opt for Microsoft's Official Remote Desktop client, which we can download for free from the App Store.

Once downloaded and installed the client is executed. The first time we open it we will see an empty window since we have not added any computer, similar to the next one.


Next, the next thing we need to do is add a new Remote Desktop to our program. To do this click on the "+" button in the upper right and in the window that appears we choose " Desktop ".


Then in the "section Computer Name " will introduce this or if you do not know or want to avoid possible confusion, the IP address of the same, as we have done.


Ready. Now click on " Save " and we will see how our new desktop appears on the main screen that was previously empty.


To connect to your computer, the first thing we will do will be to click on the above icon and the program will ask for the user who wants to log on to the computer.

We must ensure that the user is entered correctly. By default, all administrators can connect via Remote Desktop, however, if we want to give permissions to other users or a group of them must do so manually from the RDP activation window we saw at the beginning.

Remote Desktop will ask us for confirmation to connect.

We accept it and in a few seconds, we will be controlling our computer.

Remote-Windows-10-iPad-650×488We must bear in mind that when we connect through this protocol automatically the session is blocked in the main computer. Also, it is likely that the icons are messed up as the resolution of the iPhone or iPad will not be the same as that of our monitor.

If you want to disconnect, all you have to do is click on the button with 3 bars at the top and, in the menu that appears, select " End session ".