Installing Remote Desktop on Android



You can install and set up Microsoft Remote Desktop from your Windows workstation computer to a personal android device.

*Steps 1 and 2 require access to your work computer

Step 1: Enable Remote Desktop on Your University Device

If you already have your computer configured to receive remote desktop protocol connections: e.g., you connect remotely already through a virtual private network (VPN connection), you can skip steps 1 and 2 and proceed to step 3.

1. Windows 7 –

a) Right click on the Computer option from the Start menu.

b) Left-click on Properties. The screen will display basic information about your computer.

Windows 10 –

a) Right Click on the Start Button and select System from the Menu

2. Left-click on Remote Settings from the left-hand side of the screen.

remote settings

  1. The User Account Control pop-up window will be displayed.
  2. Click Yes to allow the program, System Remote Settings, to make changes to your computer. The System Properties window will open on the Remote
  3. NOTE: If you see the message “You must enable the Window Firewall exception for Remote Desktop” in the dialogue box, click on the provided link. The page that pops up will give you additional instructions on how to change settings for Remote Desktop Connection so that it works.
  4. Windows 7 – Verify that the third radio button is selected. If it is not, select it.
  5. Windows 10 – Verify that the second radio button is selected, as well as the checkbox underneath the second radio button.
  6. Click OK.

Windows 7 –

allow connections

Windows 10 –


Step 2: Note Your Computer Name

After completing the above steps, you will be returned to the Properties (basic information about your computer) window.

  1. Write down the information listed in the Full computer name This information is needed when attempting to connect to your University computer from your remote PC.



Step 3: Installing Microsoft Remote Desktop

Install the Microsoft Remote Desktop application by searching Microsoft Remote Desktop in the Google PlayStore.

Click Install and then click Accept.

Step 4: Configuring a Remote Desktop Gateway

1. Open Microsoft Remote Desktop application on your mobile device.

2. If shown a screen showcasing the newest update, hit the Back Arrow in the upper left corner.

3. Open the dropdown menu at the top of the screen, and select Gateways.

4. Tap Plus.

5. Fill out the fields as follows:

Gateway name: UCONN Network


User name: UCONNNetID

Password: NetID password

6. Tap the check mark in the upper right corner.


7. A remote desktop gateway should now be created.

Step 5: Configuring a Remote Desktop Connection

1. Open Microsoft Remote Desktop.

2. Tap the Dropdown Menu at the top of the screen and select Remote Desktops.

3. Tap Plus

4. Fill out the fields as follows:

Connection name: UConn Work PC

PC Name: Full Computer Name

User name: UCONNNetID

Password: NetID password

5. Tap the check mark in the upper right hand corner


6. You should now see your PC under Remote Desktops.  Tap this to connect to your PC.

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