How to Hear Audio from the Remote PC when Using Remote Desktop

By default, Windows Remote Desktop Connection will play sound from the remote computer on the computer from which you are connecting. If you’re having problems, you can double-check that the correct options are selected by launching the Remote Desktop software, going to the advanced settings, and selecting “Play on this device.” The steps are the same whether you’re connecting from a phone or a desktop. Don’t forget to make sure your local computer/phone isn’t muted!

Method 1 Using the Remote Desktop Mobile App

1. Download and launch the Microsoft Remote Desktop application. To download, click “Free” and then “Open” when the installation is finished.

The app is available for download from the respective app stores for Android and iOS.

There are a few third-party remote desktop apps for Android, such as RemoteToGo, that work similarly. However, Windows Remote Desktop Connection does not officially support these apps.

2. Tap the “+” button. This button is located at the bottom of the screen and takes you to the “Add Desktop” page.

3. Tap “Advanced”. This button is located at the top of the page and takes you to a list of optional settings.

4. Select “Play on this device” from the “Sound” dropdown menu. From this menu, you can also set the sound to play on the remote device or play no sound at all.

5. Tap “General”. This takes you back to the page with the connection credentials.

6. Enter the remote computer’s login information. The username is either the name or IP address of the computer to which you want to connect. Its login password is the password.

If you don’t know what your computer’s name is, go to “Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > System” on the computer.

You can find the computer’s IP address by typing “ipconfig” into your computer’s command line.

To save the remote profile for future use, tap the disc icon.

7. Tap “Connect”. This button is located at the bottom of the screen and will initialize the remote desktop connection.

8. Examine the audio on the remote computer. When the remote desktop appears on your local display, open the sound controls by tapping the speaker icon in the lower right taskbar. When you change the volume, you will hear a chime to confirm the change.

Method 2 Using Remote Desktop Connection

1. Start the Remote Desktop Client. Press ⊞ Win and enter “Remote Desktop Connection” into the search bar. Click the listing in the search results to launch.

Microsoft also supports a Mac client that will function similarly.

2. Select “Options” from the drop-down menu. This button, located at the bottom of the window, expands the window to show a number of tabs.

3. Click “Local Resources”. This tab is located near to the right of the default “General” tab.

4. Click “Settings…” under the Remote Audio header. A popup window with audio options will appear.

5. Select “Play on this computer.” From this menu, you can also choose to play audio from the remote computer or to play no audio at all.

6. Click “OK” to save your settings. The popup window will close.

7. Enter the remote computer’s login information. The username is either the name or IP address of the computer to which you want to connect. Its login password is the password.

If you don’t know what your computer’s name is, go to “Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > System” on the target computer.

You can find the computer’s IP address by typing “ipconfig” into the target computer’s command line.

To save the login information for future use, click “Save” in the bottom left corner.

8. Click the “Connect” button. This button, located in the lower right corner of the window, will start the remote desktop connection.

9. Examine the audio on the remote computer. When the remote desktop appears on your local display, open the sound controls by clicking the speaker icon in the lower right taskbar. When you change the volume, you will hear a chime to confirm the change.

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