Remote Desktop clients

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

Microsoft Remote Desktop clients let you use and control a remote PC. With a Remote Desktop client, you can do all the things with a remote PC that you can do with a physical PC, such as:

  • Use apps installed on the remote PC.
  • Access files and network resources on the remote PC.
  • Leave the apps open when you turn off the client.

You can also use a Remote Desktop client to access your remote PC from almost any device. There are even clients for mobile smartphones! Here's a list of the latest versions of the client apps and where you can download them:

Client Get the app Documentation Latest version
Windows Desktop Windows Desktop client Get started, What's new 1.2.1954
Microsoft Store Windows 10 client in the Microsoft Store Get started, What's new 1.2.1810
Android Android client in Google Play Get started, What's new 10.0.10
iOS iOS client in the App Store Get started, What's new 10.2.5
macOS macOS client in the App Store Get started, What's new 10.6.5

Before you start using the client of your choice, there are a few things you'll need to do first.

Configure your remote PC

Just as you would with a local computer, you'll need to configure your remote computer before you start accessing it with the client.

To configure your remote PC:

  1. Check the supported configuration article to make sure your local PC is compatible with the Remote Desktop client.
  2. Follow the instructions in Allow access to your PC to set up your remote PC and give you the necessary permissions to access the remote PC with the client.

Remote Desktop client Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) scheme

You can also use features of Remote Desktop clients across platforms by enabling a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) scheme. The Supported URI attributes article will tell you about URIs you can use with the iOS, Mac, and Android clients.

Other resources

If you have any other questions that this article didn't answer, check out the Remote Desktop client FAQ.