Remote Desktop clients

Applies to: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2

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.

Before you start, see the supported configuration article. The article discusses the PC configurations that the Remote Desktop clients can connect to. Also see the client FAQ article.

The following client apps are available:

Device Get the app Set-up instructions
Windows Desktop Windows Desktop client Get started with the Windows Desktop client
Windows Store Windows 10 client in the Microsoft Store Get started with the Microsoft Store Client
Android Android client in Google Play Get started with the Android client
iOS iOS client in the iTunes store Get started with the iOS client
macOS   macOS client in the iTunes store Get started with the macOS client

Configuring the remote PC

To configure your remote PC before accessing it remotely, see Allow access to your PC.

Remote Desktop client URI scheme

You can integrate features of Remote Desktop clients across platforms by enabling a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) scheme. Learn about the supported URI attributes that you can use with the iOS, Mac, and Android clients.