How to Connect to STRATUS from a Mobile Device or Chromebook

When to Use? (and Why)

With a Microsoft Remote Desktop app for mobile devices, you have the same access to a remote Windows environment via STRATUS as you would from a desktop computer.

A mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, or Android device is not likely going ot be a great primary-use option for you for STRATUS; however, if you find yourself in a bind where you need to access some on-network resources or need to turn in an assignment last minuteā€”it might help you out in a pinch.

Notes on Chromebooks

The HPC Support Team has not been able to verify first-hand the usability of connecting to STRATUS from a Chromebook. However, a few of students have reported success installing the Microsoft Remote Desktop App for Android.

Microsoft does not have a full native Remote Desktop application for Chromebooks; however, many (but not all) Chromebooks can run Android apps. Please see Google's guide for installing Android apps on a Chromebook before proceeding. 


  1. Download the correct version of Microsoft Remote Desktop for your device
    1. On your iOS device, download the Microsoft Remote Desktop app from the App Store. (QR code to app provided below)
      QR code - App Store - Microsoft Remote Desktop
    2. On an Android device or Chromebook capable of running Android apps, download Microsoft Remote Desktop from Google Play. (QR code to app provided below)
      QR code - Google Play - Microsoft Remote Desktop
  2. Once downloaded, open the app
    1. You may prompted for access to various services on your device like Bluetooth, camera and microphone. None of these are required to make a Remote Desktop connection, however related functionality might be limited without granting access. You can find out more on Apple's Privacy and Location Services in iOS page or Google's Privacy Controls page.
  3. On the bottom of the display, tap Workspaces
  4. Tap the plus "+" icon in the top right of the display
  5. In the Add Workspace window the appears, enter in the following workspace URL:
  6. Tap Next
  7. When prompted, Enter your GVSU username (adding "@office" or "@student" if you're faculty/staff or a student - example "username@office")
  8. Enter your GVSU account password and tap Next
  9. You should now see all of the Remote Desktop environments you have access to
    Microsoft Remote Desktop on iOS showing environments to connection to.
  10. Tap the intended environment and sign in with your GVSU username (adding "@office" or "@student" if you're faculty/staff or a student) and password
  11. You will now be signed into the remote Windows desktop environment
  12. When you are finished, make sure to log out properly
    1. Click the Windows icon in the bottom left
    2. Click the user icon
    3. Click sign out
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