By Hester / Last Updated April 18, 2023

How do I reduce latency on Remote Desktop?


Hi, I want to know how to reduce latency when setting up a remote connection via RDP traffic. Or are there any low-latency remote desktop options? Many thanks for reading! Any comments would be greatly appreciated.”

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How to achieve low latency Remote Desktop [3 methods]

Microsoft Remote Desktop is a great tool for accessing remote PC from any location. Many users have, however, expressed frustration with the poor interaction speed of the Remote Desktop connection.

For remote access applications, the ideal latency is less than 100ms. Anything with high latency over 150ms will deteriorate the experience, showing up as slow downloads and uploads, slow mouse clicks, etc. Here in this part, we will discuss how to reduce latency on Remote Desktop to improve user experience.

Method 1. Change Remote Desktop Connection settings

To get the best Remote Desktop performance, follow the next steps to change the RDP settings.

Step 1. Search Remote Desktop Connection in the search bar and open it. Then click Show Options.

Show Options

Step 2. Click Display tab. Drag the slider to Small under Display configuration, and select High color (16 bit) under Colors.

Display Configuration Colors

Step 3. Go to Local Resources tab, click Settings, tick Do not play, and click OK. The Printers option may also cause delays during connection, uncheck Printers unless you must remotely print documents.

RDP Do Not Play Audio

Step 4. Switch to Experience tab, change the connection speed to Modem (56 kbps), and uncheck Persistent bitmap caching.

Connection Speed

Step 5. Be sure to save the settings. Back to General tab, enter your username, and check Allow me to save credentials. Click Save to keep the settings, then click Save As.

Save RDP File

Step 6. Right-click the RDP file you saved > Send to > Desktop (Create Shortcut). Then you can launch the improved Remote Desktop connection.

Method 2. Run specified CMD command

You can also run specified command on CMD when Remote Desktop connection is slow.

Step 1. Press Win + R, and enter “cmd” to launch Command Prompt.

Run Box cmd

Step 2. Type the following command and press Enter.

  • netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=highlyrestricted

Run Specified Command on cmd

Then close the Command Prompt and restart your computer to take effect.

Method 3. Configure the Policy settings

Configuring the policy settings may also achieve low latency Remote Desktop.

Step 1. Press Win+R, type in “gpedit.msc”, and hit OK.

Run Box gpedit.msc

Step 2. Follow: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Internet Communication Management > Internet Communication settings. Then double-click Turn off Automatic Root Certificates Update on the right pane.

Turn Off Automatic Root Certificates Update

Step 3. Tick Enabled and click OK.

Enable Automatic Root Certificate Update

Best low latency remote desktop software - AnyViewer

Creating a better remote desktop application experience requires optimizing three key areas: the user settings, the network conditions, and, most importantly, the application. Therefore, we recommend you switch to one of the best low-latency remote desktop options,  AnyViewer. It enables you to establish remote sessions almost without lagging and is appreciated by many users out of other advantages. 

Access a PC from a different network without port forwarding It supports computer remote access over the internet. Thus you don't need to set up VNN or perform port forwarding when you access your own home computer from another device in a different network. 
Changeable image quality during a remote session: It will show the image in high resolutions with the best performance in a remote session. You can manually change the image quality according to your network condition.
 File transfer supported: It enables remote access to a computer's resources without making physical contact. That is to say, you can easily access files from a remote PC at high speed.
 Multiple monitors supported: It allows you to connect to a remote PC with two or multiple monitors and you can display all monitors or only one on the controller window. 
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Note: To access a PC from a phone, you need to download AnyViewer mobile apps. 

Step 1. Download, install, and run the low-latency remote desktop software on both PCS. Click Log in from the left pane, and click Sign up to register a new account.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 3. Log in to the same account on another PC. Once logged into the account, the device will be assigned to the account automatically. 

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Step 4. On your local device, go to Device tab, select the target computer to which you want to connect, and click One-click control

Connect to My Devices

✍ Note:

  • You can start one-click control only between assigned devices. If either of the devices hasn't been assigned to the account, you can't start a remote session with one click. A free account can assign up to 3 devices.
  • To assign more devices and enjoy other advanced features, like privacy mode, high-speed file transfer, etc., it's highly recommended to upgrade to Professional or Enterprise edition. 

Then you can remote control the computer like you were sitting in front of it.

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This post introduces how to achieve low latency Remote Desktop. You can try to improve the RDP performance by manually changing the related settings, however, there are several other factors that lead to RDP high latency. Therefore, you can choose other professional remote access software instead.