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To enable Remote Desktop on Windows 11, go to Settings -> System -> Remote Desktop and change the toggle to "On". Click through the dialog and you're done.

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

You can also enable Remote Desktop connections on Windows 10 or earlier versions, but the process is a little different.

How Remote Desktop Works

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

We recommend using the Remote Desktop only on your home network with the Network Level Authentication, which acts as a secure login layer at the network level. So you’ll 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 advise exposing the Remote Desktop service directly to the internet. Microsoft recommends setting up your own VPN if you want to access Remote Desktop away from your local network. There are also other third-party remote desktop tools you may want to try.

How to Enable Remote Desktop on Windows 11

To begin, click the “Start” button and select “Settings” from the pinned apps. Alternatively, press Windows+i on your keyboard to launch the Settings app quickly.

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

Select "System" on the sidebar, and then choose "Remote Desktop" from the right-hand side.

Toggle on the switch for “Remote Desktop.”

Toggle on the switch for "Remote Desktop."

Select “Yes” on the User Account Control (UAC) prompt and click the “Confirm” button on the window that pops open.

Select "Confirm" button to enable Remote Desktop.

Next, select the drop-down button next to the switch.

Select the drop-down arrow next to the switch.

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

Select the box for enabling Network Level Authentication.

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

Select "Confirm" button to allow enabling Network Level Authentication.

It’s worth noting you can change the Remote Desktop port if you really want to, although it’s probably not necessary most of the time.

How to Use the Remote Desktop App to Access Your PC

You can try any free remote access tools to use your PC remotely, but only a few have a mobile app. We’ll demonstrate how to access Remote Desktop using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app available on Windows, macOS, Android, iPhone, and iPad.

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

Then, type in your PC Name and Windows user account details. Next, you may toggle on other options like “Clipboard,” “Microphone,” “Storage,” and others.

Add PC Name and Windows User account details in the relevant sections.

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

Hit "Save" in the top-right corner to apply changes.

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

Tap on the PC name to start a remote desktop connection.

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

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