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Use Microsoft Remote Desktop for iOS to connect to a remote PC or virtual apps and desktops made available by your admin. With Microsoft Remote Desktop, you can be productive no matter where you are. GET STARTED Configure your PC for remote access using the information at The Windows client automatically defaults to Windows Virtual Desktop (classic). However, if the client detects additional Azure Resource Manager resources, it adds them automatically or notifies the user that they're available. Use a specific URL Select Subscribe with URL from the main page.


This tutorial will show you how to configure Microsoft RD client on your devices. This tutorial is applicable for iOS, Android & Windows users.

Applies to: Windows Server, version 1803, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2

This document defines the format of Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) for Remote Desktop. These URI schemes allow for Remote Desktop clients to be invoked with various commands.

ms-rd URI scheme


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The ms-rd URI scheme is currently only supported with the Windows Desktop client (MSRDC).

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The ms-rd URI provides the option to specify a command for the client and a set of parameters specific to the command using the following format:

Parameters uses the query string format of key=value pair separated by & to provide additional information for the given command:

Commands and parameters

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Here is the list of currently supported commands and their corresponding parameters.

Using ms-rd: without any commands launches the client.


This command launches the client and starts the subscription process.

Command name: subscribe

Command parameters:

urlSpecifies the Workspace URL.A valid URL, such as

Example: ms-rd:subscribe?url=

Legacy rdp URI scheme


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The following URI scheme is only supported with the clients for macOS, iOS, and Android devices. It is being replaced by the new ms-rd URI above.

Microsoft Remote Desktop uses the URI scheme rdp://query_string to store preconfigured attribute settings that are used when launching the client. The query strings represent a single or set of RDP attributes provided in the URL.

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The RDP attributes are separated by the ampersand symbol (&). For example, when connecting to a PC, the string is:

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This table gives a complete list of supported attributes that may be used with the iOS, Mac, and Android Remote Desktop clients. (An 'x' in the platform column indicates the attribute is supported. The values denoted by chevrons (<>) represent the values that are supported by the Remote Desktop clients.)

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RDP attributeAndroidMaciOS
allow desktop composition=i:<0 or 1>xxx
allow font smoothing=i:<0 or 1>xxx
alternate shell=s:<string>xxx
audiomode=i:<0, 1, or 2>xxx
authentication level=i:<0 or 1>xxx
connect to console=i:<0 or 1>xxx
disable cursor settings=i:<0 or 1>xxx
disable full window drag=i:<0 or 1>xxx
disable menu anims=i:<0 or 1>xxx
disable themes=i:<0 or 1>xxx
disable wallpaper=i:<0 or 1>xxx
drivestoredirect=s:* (this is the only supported value)xx
desktopheight=i:<value in pixels>x
desktopwidth=i:<value in pixels>x
full address=s:<string>xxx
gatewayusagemethod=i:<1 or 2>xxx
prompt for credentials on client=i:<0 or 1>x
redirectprinters=i:<0 or 1>x
remoteapplicationmode=i:<0 or 1>xxx
shell working directory=s:<string>xxx
Use redirection server name=i:<0 or 1>xxx
screen mode id=i:<1 or 2>x
session bpp=i:<8, 15, 16, 24, or 32>x
use multimon=i:<0 or 1>x