Enable and use Remote Desktop on Windows 11

Want to use your Windows 11 desktop in another room in your house? Instead of walking there, you can access it remotely from your phone or tablet. But first, you need to enable Remote Desktop on your computer.

How Remote Desktop Works

You can use the Remote Desktop feature in Windows 11 to connect to and access your computer using a remote access tool. After that, you can perform simple tasks such as checking downloads, app installations or even copying files from your computer.

We recommend using Remote Desktop only on your home network with network-level authentication, which acts as a secure network-level login layer. So you need to use your Windows user account password to authenticate yourself on the network before you can access the remote computer.

Warning: We do not recommend exposing the Remote Desktop service directly to the Internet. Microsoft recommends setting up your own VPN if you want to access Remote Desktop outside of your local network. There are also other third-party remote desktop tools that you may want to try.

Enable Remote Desktop on Windows 11

To get started, click the “Start” button and select “Settings” from the pinned apps. You can also press Windows+i on your keyboard to quickly launch the Settings app.

Choose “System” from the sidebar and select “Remote Desktop” on the right.

Turn on the switch for “Remote Desktop”.

Select “Yes” at the User Account Control (UAC) prompt and click the “Confirm” button in the window that opens.

Then select the drop-down button next to the switch.

Check the box for “Require devices to use Network Level Authentication Connect (recommended)”. After enabling this option, you need to add the Windows user account password of the remote PC to authenticate to the local network. Only after successful authentication will you see the Windows login screen.

Select “Yes” at the UAC prompt and choose the “Confirm” button to enable that extra layer of security for using Remote Desktop.

Use the Remote Desktop app to access your PC

You can try all the free remote access tools to use your PC remotely, but only a few have a mobile app. We’ll show you how to access Remote Desktop using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app available at Windows, macOS, android, iPhone, and iPad.

Open the Remote Desktop app and tap the plus (+) sign in the top right corner.

Then type in your PC name and Windows user account information. Then you can enable other options such as Clipboard, Microphone, Storage, and others.

Hit “Save” in the top right corner to complete all changes.

After that, tap the card with your PC name to start a remote desktop session.

That it! Keep in mind that you should disable Remote Desktop if you don’t plan on using it for a while.

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