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You are a proud owner of a Windows VPS where you manage your website, database, documents etc. Suppose that you have to access your VPS, but you only have a mobile device with you. What should you do? The solution for this is to make a remote desktop connection from your phone to the server. Follow the steps outlined in this tutorial to configure the application.
Please note that this tutorial is intended for Android devices. If you wish to do so from a computer, we have a blog post about how to connect to Windows VPS from a Windows PC.
What is RDP?
To connect to a Windows VPS, you need to use RDP (i.e., Remote Desktop Protocol). It is Microsoft’s proprietary remote desktop control software. It allows you to remotely control a Windows machine over the internet as if you were sitting right in from of it. If you are familiar with TeamViewer, it works in a very similar way, however, it is built into Windows operating systems. This means that you do not need to download or install any additional applications to use it.
If you wish to use RDP to connect to a Windows system from a non-Windows device, however, you will need to install third-party software. Luckily, for most operating systems, Microsoft provides an official application, reducing the risk of your traffic being messed with.
How to Connect to a Windows VPS from an Android Device
Follow these simple steps to connect to a Windows VPS from an Android smartphone.
Step 1: Download Microsoft’s Remote Desktop application from Google Play Store.
Step 2: Open the application. You should see a first page such as pictured below. Tap on the “+” icon in the top right corner of your screen.
Step 3: Select “Desktop” to establish a connection to a desktop.
Step 4: Enter the IP address of your VPS in the “PC Name” section. If you want to save your login credentials in this application, head over to the “User Account” section and save your login credentials. If you leave it blank, every time you want to log in, the username and password will be asked from you. Tap on “Save” to add the connection on the home page.
Step 5: After you save the connection, it appears on the home page. You can now connect to the VPS by tapping on it.
Step 6: Tap on the saved RDP to begin establishing the connection. The application will start connecting to the VPS
Step 7: If you left the “User Account” field empty in step 4, you will now need to enter your login credentials. Note that here you are again presented with the option to save the username and password.
Step 8: The authentication page will be shown. Accept it if you want to proceed with establishing the connection to your server.
You should now be able to see the desktop of your Windows VPS. It might look something like this:
If you wish to connect to and control your Linux VPS or server using an Android device, you can check out this step-by-step tutorial.
We hope that by following the steps shown in this detailed tutorial, you were able to connect to your Windows VPS from an Android phone and learned a bit about the network protocol that allows such a connection to take place. If you have any questions or suggestions on how we could improve our content, please leave them in the comment section down below.