By Ellie / Last Updated October 21, 2022

 

Can I remote desktop Windows 10 from iPhone?

I want to occasionally remote desktop into a Windows 10 computer from my iPhone. Does Microsoft offers Remote Desktop app for iOS for iPhone remote desktop Windows 10.  Or is there any good and free remote access software for iOS recommended?

 

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Remote Desktop Windows 10 to iPhone

How to remote desktop Windows 10 from iPhone with RD client

Actually, Microsoft offers an app for you to remote desktop from iPhone to Windows 10, which is called RD client.  Now, let's get started with it.

Step 1.  Make sure that your Windows 10 supports Remote Desktop and enable Remote Desktop on it. 

Note: Windows 10 Home doesn't support Remote Desktop and Windows 10 Professional/Enterprise support it. To check the version of your computer, press Windows + R, input winver, and hit Enter

Step 2. On the iPhone, go to App Store to download RD client and then run it. 

Open the App

Step 3. Tap the + sign in the upper right corner of the interface, and select Add PC in the pop-up window.

Add a Computer

Step 4. Tap PC Name.

Computer Name

Step 5. 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 “192.168.1.156:specified port”).

Enter hostname

Step 6. Tap User Account.

User Account

Step 7. 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 8. In the General column, you can choose whether to set a Friendly Name if you want. If the remote computer you are connected to is a Windows Server 2003 or later server, you can choose Admin Mode to manage sessions. If your remote computer is configured for left-handed mouse mode, you need to select Swap Mouse Buttons.

General Settings

Step 9. In the Gateway column, the default setting is No Gateway Configured. If you are only using it for home LAN connections, you do not need to configure a gateway.

Configure the Gateway

Step 10. If you need to connect to a remote desktop in your company, you need to configure the gateway. Select Add Gateway below.

Add Gateway

Step 11. In the Add Gateway interface, you need to enter the Gateway Name (Hostname or IP address), User Account (Use PC User Account), and you can choose whether to set the Friendly Name or not.

Enter the Gateway Name

Step 12. In the Devices and Audio Redirection column, you can select according to your own needs, including Sound, Microphone, Camera, Clipboard, Storage. After confirming that all content settings are complete, click Save in the upper right corner.

Device and Audio Redirection

Step 13. 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 14. Then you can see the remote desktop of Windows 10 on your iPhone and use the Windows 10 PC. 

Mobile Remote Control PC

Further reading: How to add Workspace within RD Client

Step 1. Open RD Client, tap the + sign in the upper-right corner, and then select Add Workspace.

Add Workspace

Step 2. Enter the URL or an email address.

Email or Workspace URL

Step 3. In the next window, type in the URL again and then tap Ask When Required.

User Account Ask When Required

Step 4. Tap Add User Account.

Workspace Add User Account

Step 5. Enter your user name and click Save.

Enter User Name

Step 6. Tap the back arrow.

Back Arrow

Step 7. Tap Next after your Workspace URL and User Account has been filled in on the Add Workspace page.

Save Information

Step 8. Then the remote desktop/applications available to you will appear on the Workspaces screen.

Remote Desktop Workspace

✍Note: The steps to use Microsoft Remote Desktop for iOS to remote desktop from iPad to Windows are basically the same. 

How to remote desktop from iPhone to Windows 10 with AnyViewer [recommended]

Obviously, it's not ultra simple to use RD client to remote desktop Windows 10, especially when from a different network. Thus, AnyVIewer is recommended here. It compensates for the shortcoming of RD client. You can use it to remote desktop Windows 10 Home/Professional/Enterprise from iPhone Pro/Mini/Air over the internet without dealing with the router. Now, see how to use AnyViewer to connect to remote Windows 10 from iPhone. 

Step 1. Click the button to free download AnyViewer on Windows 10 PC; install and run it.

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

Step 2. Go to Log in > Sign up, and fill in the necessary information to create an AnyViewer account. 

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 3. Scan the QR code or go to App Store to download and install AnyViewer on your iPhone. 

QR Code

Step 4. Run AnyVIewer on the iPhone and log into the same account.

Log in to AnyViewer iOS

Step 3. On Device > My devices, locate the Windows that you want to remote desktop from iPhone, tap it and tap Remote control.

Unattended Remote Control iOS

Quickly, you can see the desktop of the Windows 10 computer, and then you can view the files, and run Windows apps from your iPhone.  

iPhone to AnyViewer

Notes:

  • The steps above are about how to use AnyViewer to access an unattended PC with one click when two devices have logged into the same account; To offer attended remote support, you can use AnyViewer to send a remote control request to the other end and the one on the other end just need to run AnyViewer and accept the request. 
  • You can also use AnyViewer to remote desktop Windows 10 from Windows computer, iPad, or Android device over the internet. 

Conclusion

iPhone remote desktop Windows 10 isn't a tough task. To access Windows 10 with Remote Desktop enabled, RD client can be helpful. To access Windows 10 which doesn't support Remote Desktop, it's time to ask the help of the third-party remote desktop software, AnyViewre.