What is Microsoft Remote Desktop

We use Remote Desktop to connect and use Windows PCs everywhere. Remote Desktop is built in to all Windows computers. That means you can use it to connect to any other computer that has Remote Desktop enabled, see Allow access to your PC.

This can be useful to connect to your machine at work over VPN, or to a virtual machine (VM.)



  • To open Remote Desktop
  • Go to Start + type Remote Desktop

Here is Microsoft’s description of Remote Desktop Clients:

You can control a remote PC by using a Microsoft Remote Desktop client. The client can run on almost any device, including on your mobile smartphone. The client gives you the same powers you would have if you could reach the PC’s keyboard. Through the client, you can:



  • Operate the apps that are installed on the PC.
  • Access the files and network resources of the PC.
  • Leave the apps open when you end the client.




Microsoft Remote Desktop

What about mobile?

You can also use Microsoft Remote Desktop on your iPad, iPhone, or Android device.


Google Play Store:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.rdc.androidx&hl=en_US&gl=US


Apple App Store:  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id1295203466?mt=12


Allowing access to your PC


  • Make sure to set your computer to not sleep so that it will be available for a remote connection when you need it
  • Go to Power Settings on your Windows PC and change the settings so that it does not sleep

To adjust power and sleep settings in Windows 10, go to Start , and select Settings  > System > Power & sleep.

Change power settings:

Other reading:

(PC Mag) How to Use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection


How to use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection version 10 for macOS



Get Remote Desktop from the Microsoft Store: