How to use RDP on Android or iOS Device (Smartphone or Tablet)

In addition to Windows and Mac PCs, you can connect to a remote Windows VPS or Window server on your mobile device. This guide covers all of the most common devices including:

  • iOS devices: iPhone, iPad
  • Android devices: Smartphones, tables

We suggest using the official Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) app for iOS or Android. You can find the app by searching your device’s app store for “Microsoft RDC”. The guide below uses an Android 4.x smartphone, but the process will be identical on iOS and other versions of Android.

How to Connect

1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) app. Select the “+” to add a new connection profile.

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2. In the field “PC name”, enter the public IP address of your Windows VPS or Windows server. Fill in the Username and Password fields as well. The username is almost always “Administrator”, or “Admin” for Windows 8 and Windows 10. This info can be found in your service setup email titled “New Server Information,” or in the SecureClientArea.

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3. Tap the check-mark to save the connection. Now you can open a connection using the new profile. You might see a certificate warning like the one below, because the server’s SSL certificate is self-generated. This is OK, and you can choose “Trust Always.”

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4. The remote Windows desktop will appear on your screen.

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That’s it! Now you can view and control the remote Windows VPS or Windows server directly from your smartphone. How cool is that?

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If you experience any trouble with this process, or would like assistance connecting to a Windows server or Windows VPS, please don’t hesitate to contact our Technical Support team.

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