By Ellie / Last Updated January 18, 2022

Can an iPad connect to a Windows server?

“I’m travelling to another city and I need to access files stored on my office computer from my iPad. My office computer is running Windows Server 2016 and my iPad is running iOS 15.2.0. Can my iPad connect to a Windows server?”

How to access Windows Server from iPad

Here we provide you with three methods to access Windows Server from iPad.

Method 1. The iPad built-in Files app

Step 1. On the Windows server, right-click the folder you want to access from the iPad, then choose Properties.

Properties Folder

Step 2. Go to Sharing tab, then click Share.

Sharing Folder

Step 3. Choose people to share with, then click Share.

Sharing User

Step 4. Click Done to finish the process.


Step 5. Open the built-in Files app on your iPad.

Files App

Step 6. Tap on the "triple-dot" icon located at the top-right corner.

Connect to Server

Step 7. Put in the server address and tap Connect.

Server IP Address

Step 8. Choose Guest or Registered User according to the setup on your file server. Enter the username and password, and then tap Next.

Registered User

Step 9. You will now be connected to the shared folder.

Shared Folder

Step 10. You’re able to copy, move, delete, duplicate and rename the files.


Method 2. The Windows built-in Remote Desktop

The second method on how to access desktop from iPad is to use the Windows built-in RD Client.

Step 1. Download RD Client on your iPad.

Download RD Client iPad

Step 2. Click “+” sign.

Add PC

Step 3. Click Desktop to add new desktop.

Add New Desktop

Step 4. Enter the desktop name or IP address.

Desktop Name

Step 5. Click Additional Options to do a little further configuration.

Additional Options

Step 6. You can configure Friendly Name, Gateway, Sound, or choose to enable Swap Mouse Buttons and Admin Mode or not. After configuration, click Desktop.

Add Additional Options

Step 7. Then the desktop of the computer will appear in the main Remote Desktop window.

Remote Desktop

Step 8. If you see a screen telling you that the PC is not verified, tap Accept to continue with the connection. You can also turn on the Don’t ask me again for connection to this computer option if you’d rather not see the message again.

Accept Authentication

Step 9. After successfully connected your iPad to the Windows server, there will be a menu on the middle top of the screen. You can tap the middle button to open a few Remote Desktop options.

Remote Desktop Menu

Note: The way to use iPhone to remotely access a PC is pretty much the same with using iPad.

Method 3. Third-party remote desktop software AnyViewer

The third method on how to connect an iPad to a network server is to use the free remote desktop software AnyViewer. AnyViewer for Windows version supports multiple Windows systems, from Windows 7 to the latest Windows 11. While AnyViewer for iOS supports iPhone and iPad running iOS 10.0 or later.

Part 1. Preparation work

Step 1. Download, install and run AnyViewer for Windows on your computer.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7
Secure Download


Step 2. Download AnyViewer for iOS from App Store, and open it. Then enter the device ID of the computer. After that, click Connect.

Download Freeware iOS 10.0 or later
Secure Download

Enter Device ID iPad

Part 2. Two connection methods

After clicking Connect, you’re given two connection methods.

Method 1. Send control request

Step 1. Click Send control request.

Send Control Request iPad

Step 2. There will be a pop-up message on the computer. Click the check mark to allow the connection.

Approve Control

Method 2. Send control request

Step 1. On the computer, go to Settings > Recipient. Tick the third option and then set the permanent security code.  

Accept Remote Control

Step 2. On the iPad, click Security code.

Security Code iPad

Step 3. Input either the security code set above or the temporarily security code and then click Connect to achieve direct remote connections.

Input Security Code iPad

After these, you’re able to remotely connect to Windows server from iPad.

Remote Desktop iPad


In this post we provide you with three methods to access Windows Server from iPad. Firstly, you can use Files App on you iPad to remotely access computer shred folders. Secondly, you can use the Windows built-in Remote Desktop to remotely control a computer. Finally, you can use the free third-party remote software AnyViewer to remotely access another Windows PC from anywhere.