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Remote Desktop on iOS or iPadOS

The Informatics Remote Desktop gives you a graphical login on DICE, displaying on another computer.

This page tells you how to access the Informatics Remote Desktop service from an iOS or iPadOS device - probably an Apple iPhone or iPad. You will need to install an app, then configure it, then connect to the service. Installing and configuring only have to be done once.

You will need to use the University VPN.
If you don't, you won't get access to the Remote Desktop service - unless your computer is already on the University of Edinburgh network (for example in an office or a computing lab).

How to install the app

  1. Open App Store.
  2. Search for Microsoft Remote Desktop.
  3. Install it - it's free.

How to configure the app

  1. Start RD Client
  2. Touch +
  3. Touch Add PC
  4. In PC Name enter the name of your chosen service. For example, if user s1234567 wanted to connect to their remote server they would enter (You should use your own DICE username instead of s1234567.)
  5. Touch the left arrow.
  6. Touch Save

How to connect

  1. Check that your device is connected to the University VPN.
  2. In RD Client touch the icon you've just made.
  3. When prompted, enter your username and password as you would on a DICE machine.
  4. Touch Continue.

How to logout

When you've finished, please logout of your DICE session. Here's how to do that:


Look for the mouse pointer. Input happens where the mouse pointer is, not where you touch the screen. Use the screen as a trackpad to move the mouse pointer about. To click and drag, touch once, then drag with a second touch. Tap twice to do a right-click. The keyboard icon at the top of the screen makes a keyboard appear and disappear.

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