By Ellie / Last Updated January 18, 2022

Why remotely control PC from iPhone/iPad?

When you are walking home after work or you are on a trip, and suddenly remember that there are still important documents that need to be dealt with on the computer in the office, what should you do? The answer is simple, just control the office computer from the home computer or mobile devices like iPhone and iPad.

That saves your time and effort, allowing you to remotely process important documents, check e-mails and use applications anytime, anywhere. So how to control Windows PC from iPhone/iPad? After reading this post, you can do it easily!

How to remotely control PC from iPhone/iPad over Microsoft Remote Desktop

Next, we’ll show you how to set up and start remote control from iPhone/iPad over Microsoft Remote Desktop. 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 Name.

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. 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 8. 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 9. 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 10. 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 11. 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 12. 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 13. Then you can control PC from phone.

Mobile Remote Control PC

After learning the detailed steps to control Windows 10 from the iPhone, some of you may have the same question: how to find the hostname, password, and IP address of the computer?

How to find the hostname and IP address of the computer?

Step 1. Press Win + R to invoke the Run dialog box. Type in "cmd" and press OK

Run Box CMD

Step 2. Then type "ipconfig" and press Enter. Now you can see a group of IP addresses, of which the IPv4 address is the one you need.

Find the Computer Name in the Console

Step 3. Then type "query user" to see the username.


The steps to remotely control PC from iPhone seem simple, but in fact, it is easy to encounter unexpected errors during the connection process, of which “Unable to connect” is the most common problem. Next, we'll show you the solution to this problem.

How to fix “Unable to connect” problem?

The problem of “Unable to connect” occurs frequently due to the need to set up a gateway for remote control. What can you do about it? First, connect your iPhone to WiFi, make sure your computer and iPhone are in the same network environment, then look for the default gateway and confirm that it is not blocked.


There are currently two ways to find the default gateway, one is through the console, just like the way you use to find the IPv4 address; the second is through network connection. Here is a detailed description of the second method.

Step 1. Click Start and then click Settings. Find Network & Internet and then click it.

Network and Internet

Step 2. On the Network & Internet interface, find Advanced network settings, click Change adapter options below.

Change Adapter Options

Step 3. In the automatically pop-up Network Connections window, find your network and double-click it.

Network Connections

Step 4. On the General tab, find Details.

Network Details

Step 5. In the Network Connection Details, find IPv4 Address.

Network Connection Details

Step 6. Open the command prompt on another computer, enter the Default Gateway IP address of the former computer, wait for the operation result and record it. If the TTL value appears, it means the pinging is successful, which also means that the IP address of the default gateway can be accessed. If not, it means that the Default Gateway IP address is not accessible.

Ping IP Address

Remotely controlling PC from iPhone makes life more convenient, but its functionality is subject to limitations and is not easy enough to operate. It is only suitable for temporary emergent situations. If you need long-term remote control, it is recommended that you choose computer-side remote control solutions. Here is a better third-party free remote control software for Windows, AnyViewer.

A better way to remotely control PC from iPhone/iPad 

AnyViewer is great remote desktop software, enabling you to take remote control of PC from iPhone or iPad simply and securely. It also supports you to connect one PC from another PC. The most important is that it has no requirement for port forwarding when the two devices aren't within the same network. Now, follow the steps to learn how to control a remote PC from your iPhone iPad. 

Part 1. Preparation work

Step 1. Connect the iPhone/iPad (the controller) and the host computer (the controlled computer) to the Internet.

Step 2. Download and install AnyViewer for Windows on the host computer:

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


Step 3. Download and install AnyViewer for iOS on your iPhone/iPad. 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

Part 2. Two connection methods

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

Control Mode

Method 1. Send control request

If you choose Send control request on your iPhone, there will be a pop-up message on the computer. Click the checkmark to allow the connection.

Approve Control

Method 2. Security code

If you choose Security code on your iPhone, you need to enter the security code you set previously or the temporary security code on your computer.

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 your iPhone, input either the security code set above or the temporary security code to achieve direct remote connections.

Security Code


Remotely controlling PC from iPhone/iPad allows you to handle your work with ease. But because RD Client is subject to operational and functional constraints when using it, it is only suitable for short-term emergent situations. If you need long-term remote control in your office, it is more recommended to use the remote control on the computers.

The third-party remote desktop software AnyViewer can be used without a hostname or IP address. It is perfectly compatible with multiple Windows system versions. It is more stable and suitable for long-term use.