How To Control a Windows 10 PC From Your Mac

This guide will take you step by step through the process of configuring your Windows 10 computer for remote connections, and then setting up macOS to make those connections. This will allow you to view, control and use your Windows 10 PC remotely from your Mac.

Set Up Windows for Remote Connections

  1. Open your Windows Settings and select the System option.
  2. The Windows 10 Settings panel

  3. From the menu on the left side of the window, select Remote Desktop
  4. The Remote Desktop link in the Windows 10 Settings panel.

  5. Toggle the Remote Desktop switch to ON
  6. the on off switch for Remote Desktop in Windows 10

  7. When prompted, click the Confirm button.
  8. Confirming changes to Remote Desktop in Windows 10

  9. In order to make sure your PC is always available for remote connections, click the Show settings link
  10. In the Power & sleep section make sure that Sleep is set to Never
  11. The show settings link for the Windows 10 Remote Desktop service

  12. Now there should be a check in the box labelled Keep my PC awake for connections when it is plugged in
  13. a keep PC awake check box

  14. That’s it for the Windows settings – now switch over to your Mac.

Set Up and Configure Microsoft Remote Desktop on Your Mac

  1. Start by heading over to the Mac App Store and install Microsoft Remote Desktop, which is completely free.
  2. Microsoft Remote Desktop on the macOS App Store

  3. Once the installation has completed, launch Microsoft Remote Desktop from your Applications folder.
  4. The Applications folder in macOS with MS Remote Desktop highlighted

  5. Select either Yes or Not now depending on your preference.
  6. the yes no button for MS Remote Desktop make the experience better option

  7. Click the big Continue button.
  8. a Continue button

  9. Now you’ll probably be prompted to allow access for a couple of things – the first is to allow Microsoft Remote Desktop to access your microphone. Click OK
  10. enable MS Remote Desktop access to the Mac microphone

  11. Then click OK when you’re prompted to allow Microsoft Remote Desktop access to your camera.
  12. enable MS Remote Desktop access to the Mac camera

  13. Once you’ve reached the main MRD screen, click the Add PC button.
  14. the MS Remote Desktop setup wizard Add PC button

  15. From here you’ll need to enter some info about your Windows computer. The first is the IP address your PC is using. If you need help figuring that out, it’s super easy and can be done by following the instructions found in this guide. Then give this connection a “friendly name” – something that indicates which PC you’re connecting to. This is particularly helpful for when you setup multiple remote connections. Finally, click the Save button.
  16. the Edit PC section of MS Remote Desktop

  17. Double-click the newly created Remote Desktop.
  18. a configured remote desktop icon

  19. When prompted, enter the username and password that you use on your Windows computer.
  20. a username and password dialog box

  21. You may get a warning regarding certificates – click Continue if you do.
  22. a Certificate warning message

  23. Ta-da! You’re now able to view and control your Windows computer from your Mac. Note: your Windows desktop wallpaper won’t be displayed – it’ll just be a blank background. Microsoft does this to make the connection faster.
  24. Controling a Windows 10 PC From a Mac

  25. That’s it – you’re all done. You can now control a Windows 10 PC from your Mac!

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6 thoughts on “How To Control a Windows 10 PC From Your Mac”

  1. I get the following error message

    “Remote Desktop Connection cannot verify the identity of the computer to which you want to connect. Try reconnecting to the Windows-based computer, or contact your administrator.” What does this mean exactly? How do I verify the identity of the computer?

  2. On Step 9: logging in the PC with your credentials. What if you don’t have a password setup on your PC?

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