How to connect to your computer from iPhone and iPad, remotely, even via the internet, from anywhere
Whoever owns an iPhone or iPad can connect to the Windows computer and see all the files, programs and resources exactly as you would if you were sitting in front of your PC. This remote desktop feature becomes optimal if you have it an iPad which has the largest screen.
In the guide that follows we will show you the simplest and most immediate methods for control your PC from an iPhone or iPad screen. In the guide we will find both methods that work when the Apple device is on the same network where the computer is connected, and methods to control a computer when we are away from home, using public Wi-Fi or the mobile network connection.
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1) Desktop remoto
The first method of controlling Windows from iPhones and iPads is the good old Desktop Remoto manufactured by Microsoft, present on all versions of Windows and working when we are connected on the same network as the computer.
To enable remote control on any PC with a Windows operating system, open the Start menu, type Advanced settings on the keyboard, open the entry of the same name, go to the Remote Connection tab and check the item in the window (on Windows 11 it is Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer).
After activating the function we need to retrieve the IP address of the computer in use: to do this, simply press the button on the network icon at the bottom right, open the network menu and, once the network we are on has been selected connected, access the network information. Alternatively we can also launch the command ipconfing from the command promptwhich we can always find in the Start menu.
After retrieving the IP address of the computer, download the app on the iPhone or iPad Microsoft Desktop Remoto for RDP connections on Windows PC from iPhone and iPad.
After opening the app, press the + icon, type the IP address of the computer to be controlled remotely and enter the username and password of the account on the computer (if we use the Microsoft account we will have to enter the Microsoft credentials, otherwise we will have to use the local account name and password).
In the RDP options you can change the display settings
Now it is possible access anything on your desktop from your iPhone or iPod Touchcontrolling the mouse with your finger and the keyboard with the touchscreen.
If we are unable to configure the Remote Desktop properly, we can install an external program such as VNC on the computer, available in various formats and versions. The best free and open source version is TightVNC, which can be installed on all versions of Windows.
After installation we open the Start menu, we search TighVNC Server configuration and press the button Set present under the heading Primary Passwordso you can choose the password to use for remote control.
After configuring the password, let’s write down the port number used by the program, recover the IP address of the computer with the methods already seen above and install theofficial VNC appavailable from the Apple App Store.
Once the app is open, simply enter the IP address, port number and password chosen by the TightVNC program to connect to the computer screen and control it remotely.
To control your computer from iPhone or iPad remotely when we are away from home all we have to do is download and install TeamViewerthe best program of its kind downloadable for free for Windows from the official site.
With TeamViewer you can remotely control a PC from anywhere in the world, using your iPhone or iPad as a screen to access the desktop at any time.
After installing it on the computer, we open the program, so as to immediately obtain an identification number and a dynamic password, to be used for occasional access (in case it is necessary to provide assistance while we are away from home).
In order to always access the computer without asking anyone for help we will have to provide automatic startup and choose a unique access password for the program, as also seen in our guide on how to use TeamViewer.
Once unattended access is configured, we leave the PC on (or let’s turn it on remotely) and, once away from home, we download the app TeamViewer per iPhone directly from the Apple App Store.
Once the app is open, all we have to do is enter the account credentials to create the connection and have full access to the computer desktop.
4) Iperius Remote
Since in many scenarios TeamViewer shows warnings about improper use or corporate use (where the program is always paid), we can use the program as a valid alternative for remote control. Iperius Remotedownloadable for free for Windows from the official site.
The operation of this program is very similar to TeamViewer: once installed we will immediately have a unique identification code and a random password to be used for quick access to the computer screen; by setting the program to auto start we will instead use a password of our choice, so that we can always access the computer when it is switched on.
After the quick initial configuration, all we have to do is download the Iperius Remote app from the Apple App Store, so that we can access our PC even when we are away from home or traveling.
To learn more about the use of this program we can read our guide on how to work remotely on the PC with Iperius Remote.
All the methods we have shown you are very simple to apply and allow you to remotely control your Windows computer using our trusty iPhone or iPad. The simplest methods are undoubtedly those of TeamViewer and Iperius Remotebut on the same network we can also use Remote Desktop and VNC to control the computer.
Still on the same topic we can read our guides on how remotely manage the PC and how remotely control a Mac.