How to connect to Windows VPS via RDP on MacOS?


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Here we go again with another step-by-step guide we prepared for your service. Many of our VPS clients continually ask us how they can connect to the windows VPS server via RDP from their macOS. Besides, the procedure of VPS connection via RDP on macOS is really at issue among users of Windows VPS and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).

Quite the opposite of what most of you may think, this procedure is not so complex and can be performed hassle-free. We will fully consider this issue in the following article and extensively explain how you can connect to Windows VPS via RDP on MacOs.

Also, for those of you who may have not been familiar with RDP and its functions, we prepared a brief examination about it subsequently. Plus, we provide a quick overview of RouterHosting’s cheap VPS hosting and reveal its beneficial features to the ones who have not yet become our customers.

What is RDP?

Simply put, RDP is a tool in Microsoft Windows that enables users to connect to their computers remotely over the internet. In other words, with RDP connections, users will get access to their computer as if it were right in front of them from different platforms they’re using. These platforms can be Windows, Linux, or macOS. We will specifically discuss how you can use this app for connecting to the windows server from macOS in the continued.

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Perquisites to connect to Windows VPS via RDP on MacOS

In this section, we will see what requirements you need to have to connect to Windows VPS via RDP on MacOS.

  • In the first place, you must have a qualified VPS hosting
  • In the second place, the Microsoft Remote Desktop app needs to be installed on your macOS.

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How to connect macOS to windows VPS through RDP?

Now it is time to discuss the steps to establish a connection to your Windows VPS using your MacOS. So pay attention to the steps below to make that happen in no time.

Step 1:  Download Microsoft Remote Desktop on your Mac

download microsoft remote desktop

macOS doesn’t have an inbuilt app for remote desktop connection. Hence, in the first step, you need to download the Microsoft Remote Desktop and install this software on your Mac device. If you have already installed Microsoft Remote Desktop, simply skip this step.

search remote desktop 10

You can easily download Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Mac app store; just search “Remote Desktop 10” in the search bar.

Step 2:  Open Microsoft Remote Desktop app

open rdp app

After the installation is completed, open the application; click on the Launchpad icon, then click on the icon of Microsoft Remote Desktop.

Also Read: Connect to Windows VPS via RDP on Android

As you open the Remote Desktop app for the first time, the app will ask for your permission to share performance and usage information with Microsoft. You can choose either “Yes” or “Not now” as you prefer.

access for microphone

It will also ask your permission about microphone and camera access. You can click on “Continue”, and then click “Ok” to give your acceptance.

Step 3: Create a Remote Desktop Connection

create a remote desktop connection

To create a new RDP connection, click on the “+” on the top, then click on “Desktop” like the below picture.

In the PC name textbox, provide the IP address.

In the User Account box, select “Add User Account” so you won’t need to provide the username and password for the future RDP connections (It’s optional, you can select “Ask me every time” alternatively)

ask me everytime alternatively

Now enter the user name and password of your windows VPS. You can also give an optional friendly name to the user account to identify it for yourself. Next, click “Add” and save the user account.

save the user account

After you added the user account, you need to add a desktop interface. Like the below picture, leave all the other settings unchanged, only select the user account you have just created, and click on Add to insert the remote windows server. In this step, you can also give a friendly name to your Windows server if you want to.

give a name to your windows server

Step 4: Start the RDP connection (connect mac to Windows VPS)

Go to the default interface, find the remote server you have just added, double click on its icon. You will see the below certificate warning on your first connection, simply click on “continue”

you are now connected

Congratulation, by following the above-mentioned steps you are now connecting to your Windows server from macOS and launch any software you need on the OS.

How to end RDP connection to windows VPS on MacOS?

end rdp connection to windows server

For closing Remote Desktop Session on macOS, you need to take the below steps:

  • Open the start menu
  • Find the “user account” icon and click on it
  • Click on “Sign out”
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Now that we came to the end, we hope you liked the above instructive article and you have learned how to connect to Windows VPS via RDP on MacOS. We firmly believe that just by reading the guidelines we shared above, you can connect to your Windows server from macOS on your own. However, if you face any complications while doing so you can either comment below or open a ticket via our Ticketing System. Our experts will answer your questions eagerly and would be really glad to assist you.

Also Read: Fix RDP an Internal Error has occurred


  • Can I connect to Windows VPS via RDP on macOS?
    Yes. This connection is accessible in macOS devices and you can easily connect your mac to Windows VPS via RDP by installing the Microsoft Remote Desktop application on your device.
  • Is the Microsoft Remote desktop application can be installed on macOS?
    Yes, just search it on the mac app store and start the installation procedure.
  • How can I access Windows VPS on Mac?
    You can easily connect to Windows VPS by installing the Microsoft Remote Desktop and launch this app on your Mac.


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3 thoughts on “How to connect to Windows VPS via RDP on MacOS?”

  1. That was really helpful, thank you for sharing, now I’m connecting to windows server from macos because of you.

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