There are times where you want or need to access your Windows PC from afar. It isn’t often mind you unless you are doing remote support or the like but sometimes you need to find that file you left on your PC desktop instead of uploading to OneDrive. After all, if you had it in OneDrive, you could easily access it from your Windows Phone.
Microsoft makes a Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone and it works flawlessly for just such a need. The app is a free download but there is a little bit of configuration you need to do in order for you to be able to access your Windows PC from your Windows Phone. The good thing though is that once you have it set up you will be good-to-go from that point forward. I’m going to divide this How To into two parts. The first part will cover what you need to do on your Windows PC and the second what you need to do on your Windows Phone.
The first thing we need to discuss is the IP address or host name of your Windows PC. Doing a Remote Desktop to your PC will require you to know one or both of these. If you are accessing your PC from within the same network (same WiFi network as an example), then all you need to know is your computer’s name. If your PC is part of a domain then you will likely need the full domain name such as computer.domain.com. This will vary depending on how your domain is configured and you may need to contact your administrator for exact instructions on how to do this.
If you are accessing your Windows PC from a different network, the game gets a bit more interesting. First, you have to make sure that you have access to do a remote desktop session which may or may not be allowed. Second, if you are accessing your PC at home from afar, you will need to know the public IP address that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) has assigned to you. It is also likely that that address changes from time-to-time. As a general rule it is easier to access your PC from within the same network than it is from outside it.
For the rest of this How To I am going to assume you have the network element sorted out.