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Windows Mobile & Remote Desktop to Hey, Hey, Hey! It’s your friendly neighborhood admin coming at you again with another awesome use for your Windows Mobile Device. I am talking about Remote Desktop.

Have you ever been away from your desktop and needed some information that was on it? Have you ever needed to shutdown your computer or do something underhanded while away? What did you do? Run home? Ryan, showed you how to restart or shut down your PC over the Internet 3 Easy Ways To Restart Your Computer Over The Internet 3 Easy Ways To Restart Your Computer Over The Internet Read More but I am going to show you how to control your PC from your Windows Mobile phone.

Well, this is a much better solution! Our solution comes installed on most Windows Mobile Devices with touch-screens but some carriers cheaped out and did not include it. For those devices, you can still grab the remote desktop client from here.

We have previously covered other options like VNC and you can read about that here How To Set Up Remote Computer Access With Your Mobile Phone How To Set Up Remote Computer Access With Your Mobile Phone Read More , and even remote controlling your Windows Mobile Device How to Remotely Control your Mobile Phone from Desktop How to Remotely Control your Mobile Phone from Desktop Read More from your computer, which is the reverse process of what we are trying to achieve here.

Remote desktop can be found on your Start Menu and it looks like this:

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Once you open the Remote Desktop application, you will see a screen asking you for your connection information. If you have ever used Remote Desktop from your computer, it is very similar. You will need to know your username, password and your domain. You will also have to make sure that port 3389 is opened and mapped to your desktop that you want to connect to. If you are unsure of how to do this, you can check out this web site on port forwarding.

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Once you have the prerequisites worked out, you just need to launch the application from your phone and fill in the details.

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You can see from the screenshot above that I obscured my information so you hackers out there don’t decide to DOS my servers! But after you fill in your computer name, username, password and domain you have the option to select the check box to save your password.

Then, you can hit the Options button and see what your options are”¦

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You can choose either 256 colors for a faster experience or 16-bit colors for a truer desktop-like experience. You may also select for the remote desktop to run full resolution on your device or have the remote screen scaled down to fit your mobile device’s screen.

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You can also map your storage to the remote machine as well as play sounds on your device or on the local computer. You can also disable the sound all together. Try the options out and see which combination works best for you.

When you are done tweaking, we are ready to give our remote connection a try! Are you ready?

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And just like that”¦

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We have our desktop on our mobile devices, and we can do whatever it is we needed to do – just as if we were sitting in front of the machine! In other word, I have full control over PC from Windows Mobile phone. So, I can open up files, start a downloading a torrent or control my music! This is simply awesome and seeming it is already installed on your device – you should give it a try today! Let us know how it went for you. If you have any questions, please shoot them in the comments section.

  1. Kkk
    April 28, 2016 at 6:45 am

    How to scroll ?

  2. Shemp
    January 11, 2010 at 7:29 am

    The problem I always have with remote desktop software is that when I really need a file in an emergency, my home computer is always shut off, in standby, or not running the software I need. I just don't feel justified running my computer 24/7 with the software on, just for the once or twice annual situation where I need a file from my system.

  3. brian
    August 11, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Good job giving us your domain name and your username. Now it's only a matter of time before the password is brute forced or a buffer overflow is found in that software. :)

  4. Stephen Speelman
    August 1, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    So do i have to set up my own domain with my computers ip address for this to work?

  5. Mobile Developer
    June 30, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Remote desktop for windows mobile rocks... this is truly awesome. Thanks for the article.

  6. Jim
    June 22, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I don't show "resources" but rather "Sound"

    Also when I log back into my machine, it is now in 256 color mode.

    Also various key strokes don't come across. for example, I tried to send an email via gmail and it would not accept the letter "i" or other letters.

    any advice?

    • Xgeoph Ray
      June 28, 2009 at 9:02 pm

      Jim - I recommend using the free version of LogMeIn.com instead. I can access many computers without having to set up port forwarding, have a domain, static IP, etc... I manage all my friends and family's computers remotely anytime they need help just using this free program and free install for Windows Mobile. Just my 2 cents.

      • Karl L. Gechlik | AskTheAdmin.com
        June 29, 2009 at 11:48 am

        I could not get logmein free to work on Windows Mobile - I tried but my desktop never showed up. It went through all the motions though.

        • Xgeoph Ray
          June 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm

          Play with the settings on the Windows Mobile side... there is a spot to adjust the screen to "fit to mobile" or something like that. I know I have logged in before and was only seeing a small portion of my desktop, which was black, so it looked like I wasn't seeing anything. Hold your stylus on the bottom or right side of the screen and it will scroll around the full desktop screen of your home computer. I've used LogMeIn on my Dell PPC, my Sprint 6700, Sprint 6800, Treo 800w, etc. Works great!

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