By Ellie / Last Updated April 15, 2022

How can I run Windows app on iPhone?

Suppose a situation that you need to use Windows applications urgently when you run an errand or take a trip, but all you have is an iPhone or iPad. You may wonder “Is it possible to install and run Windows applications on my iPhone to complete my work?”

Mirror PC to iPhone

To be honest, it seems impossible to install Windows apps on iOS devices like iPhone. But thanks to the remote access tools, it truly helps us to connect to a Windows PC from iPhone and run Windows app on iPhone or iPad anywhere and anytime, just like you were sitting in front of the remote PC. With the tools, you don’t need to install any application that is only available on Windows.

How to run Windows app on iPhone without installing it on iPhone

Here we’ll show you 2 ways to help you run Windows app on iPhone without installing it. Keep reading.

Method 1. Use RD Client

To run Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 on iPhone by using RD Client, you need to make sure the Remote Desktop of remote PC has been enabled and the 2 devices are on the same network, otherwise, you need to perform port forwarding.

Step 1. Press "Win + I" to open “Settings” and then locate “System”, “Remote Desktop”, finally tick the button “Enable Remote Desktop”. 


▣ Note: On Windows 7, you need to do as follows: Right-click on “This PC”, and then choose “Properties” > “Remote Settings”. Locate the “Remote” tab, and then click on “Allow connection from computers running any version of Remote Desktop". Click on “OK”.

Step 2. Download and open Microsoft Remote Desktop on iPhone (also called RD Client).

Open the App

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

Add a Computer

Step 4. Click “PC name”. Enter the hostname or IP address of the host PC.

Enter Host Name

Step 5. Click on “User Account”. 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 6. Back to the main interface and click the IP address icon just created, enter the user name and password of the host PC in the pop-up window, and click “Continue”.

Enter Account and Password

Step 7. Then you can run Windows app on your iPhone. 

Mobile Remote Control PC

Method 2. Try AnyViewer ! Less limitation, easier operation

If the network of your 2 devices are not on the same network or you meet with some errors like “RD Client 0x204”, you can try a good alternative, like AnyViewer, a free remote access software.

Compared to RD Client, AnyViewer has the following advantages:

 It is easy to set up, which makes the process in setting more time-saving and efficient.
There’s no need to enable the RDP and the remote connection won’t be limited by the same LAN.
It’s workable for all editions of Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2 and Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7, including Windows 10 Home Edition and Windows 7 Standard Edition. 
It utilizes Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) encryption, which means the whole remote session is secured enough.

Stage 1. Set up AnyViewer on Windows

Here are the concrete operations to set up AnyViewer on Windows. Follow me to take into practice.

Step 1. Download AnyViewer for Windows on the PC.

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

Step 2. Install AnyViewer. Sign up and fill in the information to create AnyViewer account. Once logged in, the PC will be assigned to the account automatically. 

Log in AnyViewer

Step 2. After logging in, you can see your interface in the following picture. And go to the “Device” tab and you’ll find your PC is automatically assigned to the device.


Stage 2. Use AnyViewer on iPhone

Step 1. Download AnyViewer for iOS.

Download Freeware iOS 10.0 or later
Secure Download

Step 1. Enter the “Email” and “Password” to log into the same AnyViewer account on your iPhone.

Log in to AnyViewer iOS

Step 2. Now you’ll see your PC on your devices.

My Device iOS

Step 3. Click on the PC you want to control and then there will be many options listed, such as Remote control, View screen, Lock... Click on Remote control. 

Unattended Remote Control iOS

Step 4. And then the connection will be successfully connected. And you can run Windows app on iPhone now.

iPhone to AnyViewer


After reading this post, you must know how to run Windows app on iPhone without installing it by using remote access tools like RD Client. But. if you fail to use it or 2 devices are not on the same LAN, AnyViewer can give you a better experience.