By Ellie / Last Updated February 22, 2022

How can you Remote Desktop from phone to PC?

“I’ve been using Remote Desktop to remotely control a computer from another computer. I know that Remote Desktop has a mobile version that can be used on my phone so that I can remotely access my computer from my phone. So how can I Remote Desktop from phone to PC?”

How to connect Remote Desktop mobile to PC

The mobile version of Remote Desktop is called RD Client on your phone. It can be used on both Android and iOS devices, and the steps are pretty much the same. You can also access a Windows computer from an iPad. Here we’ll take iPhone as an example.

Step 1. Download and open RD Client on your iPhone.

Open the App

Step 2. Click the “+” sign in the upper right corner of the interface, and select Add PC in the pop-up window.

Add a Computer

Step 3. Click PC name.

Computer Name

Step 4. Enter the hostname or IP address of the remote computer. (Note that if you specify a different remote desktop port for your computer than the default 3389, you need to specify it as “host:port” or “ port”).

Enter hostname

Step 5. Click User Account.

User Account

Step 6. If you often need to remotely control a PC from iPhone, it is recommended that you select Add User Account. If you are not, you can choose the default Ask When Required.

Add User Account

Step 7. Back to the main interface and click the IP address icon just created, enter the user name and password of the controlled computer in the pop-up Enter Your User Account window, and click Continue to successfully establish the connection.

Enter Account and Password

Step 8. Then you can control the PC from your iPhone.

Mobile Remote Control PC

Note: There are three things you need to take special care of when using RD Client:

  • RD Client requires IP address or computer name to achieve remote connection. So you need to find out the IP address for Remote Desktop in advance.
  • RD Client requires the two devices to be under the same network, otherwise, you need to set up port forwarding
  • RD Client can’t be used to connect to Windows 7 Starter/Home, Windows 8/8.1 Home, and Windows 10 Home edition.

Best RD Client alternative: AnyViewer

At the end of the last part, we mentioned a few points that you need to pay attention to when using Remote Desktop. If you’re looking for an RD Client alternative that has none of the above-mentioned shortcomings, you can use the free third-party remote desktop software AnyViewer. Let’s look at the operating method of AnyViewer and you’ll see how convenient it is.

Step 1. Download, install and run AnyViewer on your computer. You’ll see its device ID.

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Step 2. Download, install and open AnyViewer iOS app. Go to Connect tab.

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Enter Device ID

Step 3. Enter the device ID of the computer and then click Connect. After that, you’ll be given two options.

Control Mode

Method 1. Send control request

Step 1. Click Send control request on your iPhone.

Step 2. There will be a pop-up message on the host computer, click Allow. Then you’ll be successfully connected to your computer from your iPhone.

Approve Control

Method 2. Security code

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

Accept Remote Control

Step 2. On your iPhone, click Security code. Input the security code you’ve set before and then click Connect to achieve a direct connection.

Input Security Code

Then you’ll be successfully connecting your iPhone to the host computer.

iPhone to AnyViewer


You should now be able to know how to connect Remote Desktop mobile to PC after reading this tutorial. Simultaneously, the drawbacks of RD Client are introduced. Therefore, at the end of the post, we recommend an RD Client alternative, AnyViewer to you to make up for it. It is strongly advised that you enjoy the convenience of it.