How to Connect to Windows Remote Desktop from Android. RDP Client App

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a protocol developed by Microsoft. It serves to connect from one PC (client) to another (server) using the local network or Internet connection. In our days RDP can be used not only on Windows machines but on Android devices as well. Microsoft developed its own app for Android that works as Remote Desktop Client. With a help of this app you can connect to Windows from Android device via the same Remote Desktop Protocol. And actually not only connect but also to fully administer the remote server or PC: install programs, fix issues, remove malware, create and restore backups, reboot, shutdown, etc. We will show you how to connect to Windows Remote Desktop from Android phone or tablet using Microsoft Remote Desktop app for Android. 

How to connect to Windows Remote Desktop from Android using Microsoft Remote Desktop Client App

So, here is the easy step-by-step guide on how to access your remote PC or Server via Remote Desktop Protocol from your Android phone or tablet.

  1. First, install the official Microsoft app called Microsoft Remote Desktop from Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.rdc.android

    install Microsoft Remote Desktop app for Android

    Install the official Microsoft Remote Desktop app for Android

  2. Launch the RDP client app.
  3. Tap on “add” icon:
    add a new RDP server

    Add a new Remote Desktop Server

    You can add machine under Windows Server as well as under Windows 10 Pro, 8.1 Pro, 7 Professional, Ultimate, Enterprise – any edition that supports RDP server feature.

  4. Select Desktop:

    select Desktop

    Select “Desktop”

  5. Here you can choose either a desktop from the list (it can only detect machines on the local network) or tap ADD MANUALLY:

    Manually add a Remote Desktop Server

    Manually add a Remote Desktop Server

  6. Fill in PC name and tap the User name drop-down menu after that:

    PC name and User name

    PC name and User name

  7. Select how you would like to authorize – Enter every time or Add user account not be asked for credentials no more.
    I use my own Android phone. And no one except myself takes it in hands. So I choose Add user account to be able to connect to added remote servers and PCs in one click without typing those boring logins and passwords every time:

    user name: add user account

    Choose to save credentials or not

  8. Fill in User name and Password fields and tap SAVE:

    login and password

    Type login and password for remote PC

  9. After that you will be able to tap on the server name and connect to Remote Desktop Server (a thumbnail however will be created after you sign in to the remote server at least once):

    tap on thumbnail to connect to Remote Server via RDP

    Tap on thumbnail to connect to Remote Server via RDP

Now you can see the remote desktop loading:

logon to remote desktop rdp server

Wait…

In a few moments you will log in to Remote Windows Server or PC from your Android device:

remote desktop loaded from android

RDP session established from Android device

How to use Remote Desktop client on Android

touch to return to your last session

Touch to return to your last session

Press the Home button on your device to go to your home screen. Meanwhile, your session will remain connected. You will be able to switch back to your RDP client either from Recent Apps list, or by tapping on the app’s icon or from the notification drawer by tapping on Touch to return to your last session

There are two buttons on the top of the screen: Menu and Keyboard:

shortcuts in menu of remote desktop app for android

Shortcuts in the menu of Remote Desktop App for Android

By the way, you can move the button panel left and right by tapping on Menu and holding.

Shortcuts in the left pane:

  • switch between the active RDP sessions;
  • start a new RDP connection.

Shortcuts in the right pane:

  • Go to the home screen of the app (use to add, remove or modify Remote Desktop Servers, open the drawer to change settings of the app);
  • Switch between “touch” and “mouse pointer” modes.

To close menu tap on the Menu button again or tap the middle of the screen.

Now you know how to easily connect to remote desktop from Android using this amazing Remote Desktop Client app by Microsoft.

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