Microsoft Remote Desktop Android app launched alongside Windows 8.1

by: Chris SmithOctober 17, 2013

Microsoft Remote Desktop

In addition to launching its Windows 8.1 desktop OS update, Microsoft on Thursday also released a new Android application, a remote desktop app for Android devices.

The Microsoft Remote Desktop app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, and, as expected, it will help you remotely access your Window 8 computer.

Here are the features you can expect from the application:

  • Access to remote resources through your Remote Desktop Gateway
  • Rich multi-touch experience with remote desktop protocol (RDP) and RemoteFX supporting Windows gestures
  • Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
  • Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
  • High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage

The app can be downloaded free of charge, needs just 4.4MB of storage and requires devices running Android 2.2 Froyo or later.

Have you tried Microsoft Remote Desktop yet? What are your thoughts on it?

  • wei

    I can’t seem to find the said application in the play store.

  • Lucas
    • Valtheus

      As always… the link is in the SOURCE. ;-)

  • asdf

    I downloaded the app, but I have no idea how to set it up, can anybody help me?

    • IDontKnowMyName

      As soon as I read your comment I downloaded the app and gave it a shot. First you need to allow your computer to accept remote connections. Follow these steps first:

      Then from the app on Android fill the appropriate details. In the connection name put anything you want. PC name should be the IP address of the computer you are connecting to. Dont touch gateway (or at least I didnt have to). In the credentials part just put the username you use to normally login to your computer with it’s password.

      That worked for me. Post if you hit a wall or something :)

      • Petter Svensson

        Hi sorry maybe stupid… but i cant make it work, i don’t have a password on my computer and when i trie to access it only says “negotiating credentials”

        • IDontKnowMyName

          Set a password for your account. I removed the password for my account to see if it works and it didn’t. I guess remote connection requires some sort of security otherwise it’s pointless.

      • Lou_Sasshole

        I followed the steps on from the link then your instructions but it says “connection refused”. :/

        • IDontKnowMyName

          This is what I did.
          1. First set a password for your account on the computer.
          2. Go to the Remote Desktop setting on your computer check the radio box beside “Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication”.
          3. Click Apply and close the window.

          On your phone:
          1. Connection name: anything doesn’t matter
          2. PC name: this has to be your computers IP address. Usually starts with 192.168.0.X or 10.1.1.X
          3. Gateway: Leave it as no gateway configured
          4. Credentials
          Username: has to be the username you use on your computer.
          Password: use the same password you set for your account on your computer.

          I hope this works cause I don’t see why it shouldn’t.
          Let me know if it works.

          • Junaid Ansari

            I’m stuck at the NLA Logon stuff as well. Can’t really find a fix yet.

          • Joe

            I was, too. I kept trying domain/username like the field prompted, but ended up getting in with just username and password. Leave out the domain.

          • Lou_Sasshole

            Hmm i’ve followed all those steps but it still doesn’t work :/

        • IDontKnowMyName

          Is your operating system Windows Vista/7/8 Home editions?
          Because only the Pro versions and up support remote desktop. If not then I really dont know why it’s not working for you. Check with a Microsoft Windows forums or something. They can help you much better.

          • Collin Corcoran

            Mine is Windows 7 Premium. Is that a home edition?

          • IDontKnowMyName


          • Lorenzo

            looser!! LOL

      • asdf

        wait so i cant do this if im using a home version?

        • IDontKnowMyName

          oh yea thats right. Sorry forgot to mention that. Only Windows 7 and Vista Pro or Ultimate can have remote connection. Home editions don’t have this feature. This might be your case too Lou_Sasshole.

          • asdf

            do you know what version of windows 8 you need? and how can you check what version you have?

          • IDontKnowMyName

            given that windows 8 comes in only 2 consumer flavours; windows 8 and windows 8 pro. remote desktop connection is only available on windows 8 pro.
            to check go to control panel by searching for it in windows search. then find the icon ‘system’ in there you’ll see what version of windows you have. if it’s windows 8 pro it will say that. otherwise it will just say windows 8.
            i don’t own windows 8 myself but I’m very certain it will be something like that.

      • Leonard Bryan

        cool! it works!

  • Junaid Ansari

    If you guys don’t mind, can you make a tutorial on how to use this? I can’t really get what they are asking :P

    • Lou_Sasshole

      Yeah same here :-P

      • IDontKnowMyName

        Look above I posted something about this.

        • Lou_Sasshole

          Thanks I’ll give it a try.

  • Andrew HD

    Used the App, and can say using splashtop is still easier and more fluid then this software

  • NewTon GaIre

    always says operation canceled … please anyone help me out ….. otherwise 4.4MB of my storage is lost

  • Roberto Tomás

    does this app work for gaming (like openGL/directX rendering)?

  • Robert Adger-Barton

    this is friggin awesome! I gave up my Motorola Xoom and bought a Dell Latitude 10 tablet (WIndows 8). Love the new tablet, but still miss android. Wish I had of waited it out for this!

  • Guest

    If you are having trouble connecting, try this
    1. Enable remote connection from your computer settings first (system–>remote settings–>allow remote connections, and also check the network level authentication box)
    2. Then open command prompt, type “ipconfig,” no quotes, press enter, and note the default gateway and IPv4 address (likely resembles for both)
    3. Access your router online by typing in the “default gateway” address you just found (from command prompt) into the address bar in chrome, netscape, or whatever you use
    (if you are asked for a password and you don’t know it, google your router and find the defaults–could be empty, admin/admin, etc.)
    4. Find port forwarding setting (could be under gaming, advanced–again it depends)
    5. Type in port 3389 for external port (type twice if there is a start and end field)
    6. type in the IPv4 address you found earlier into the “IP address” field
    7. Select TCP protocol, click enable, save changes
    (you might also need to type in 3389 again if there is an option under the “internal” section called start/end port)
    8. Go to newly installed microsoft RD for android app
    9. Use your logon/microsoft credentials for user name and password
    10. “PC Name” is your public IP address, and can be found by googling, “what is my IP address”
    11. Connection name is whatevs you want
    12. save, and connect

    • treasury

      still “operation canceled”. windows 8.1, nexus 4, android 4.3

      • Apollo Creed

        Were you able to setup port forwarding on your router? Since different brands will have slightly different “steps” to setup port forwarding, this is a likely point of failure. You also shouldn’t have to type anything into the gateway setting on the RDC app. Make sure you are typing the correct IP addresses too (use IPv4 for port forwarding, and your public IP for the RDC app).

  • MvD

    On a Windows 7 Home Premium the Remote Desktop setting is not available,,,

  • asdf

    I am also getting the “operation canceled” issue. everything is entered correctly and my remote settings on the PC are turned on.

  • Daniel

    I am getting the Operation Cancelled message also. No Microsoft documentation on the issue…any one found a fix yet?

  • M. Adams

    Re: ‘operation canceled’ error:

    I’ve been getting this for days. I finally figured out that if you follow the instructions listed in these comments AND THEN disable the Windows firewall, it finally works.

  • Otai

    Dear all, I’ve managed to get it run both via WiFi and 3G connection.

    Just ensure you

    – enable the port forwarding (port 3389 or any free port, preferably 5 digits)

    – modify the firewall settings of your AntiVirus. In my case of using the Kaspersky AV –>Firewall –> configure Packet Rules –> Remote Desktop –>Edit –> Action –> (Change from Blocked into By Rules)

    – I’m assuming that u know how to find your external IP address (our friends has explained earlier)

    Hope this will help u all.

    p/s: comparing using this app with TeamViewer, the latter is much much better in term of smoothness