How to backup Remote Desktop app settings on Windows 11, 10

  • To back up the Remote Desktop app configurations, open the app’s main menu and select the “Backup” option, browse the destination folder, and save the “rdb” file with all the connections and configurations.
  • To restore the app, open the Remote Desktop main menu, select the “Restore” option, browse the backup location, and choose the “rdb” backup file to restore.

UPDATED 10/31/2023: On Windows 11 (and 10), you can backup and restore the configurations of the Remote Desktop app, and in this tutorial, I’ll outline the steps to complete this process. 

The Remote Desktop app allows you to connect to remote computers and servers that have been configured to receive remote desktop connections. Although the app is convenient, if you are a system administrator who connects to a lot of devices on a regular basis, it can be a chore having to manually sync connections and configurations between your devices or recreate the connections when you reinstall the app or the operating system on your computer.

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Luckily, the Remote Desktop app includes a backup feature that makes it easy to export and import your connections and configurations.

In this tutorial, I’ll teach you the steps to backup and restore your connections and configurations using the Remote Desktop app for Windows 10 and 11.

Backup Remote Desktop app configurations on Windows 11

To backup Remote Desktop app connections and configurations on Windows 11 (or 10), use these steps:

  1. Open Remote Desktop on Windows 11 (or 10).

  2. Click the menu (three-dotted) button in the top-right.

  3. Select the Backup option.

    Remote Desktop backup option

  4. Click the Browse button.

  5. Save the RemoteDesktopWorkspace.rdb file to the location you want to export the configurations, such as OneDrive or USB flash drive.

    Save "rdb" backup file

Once you complete the steps, you can keep the file in a safe place until you need to restore the configurations on the same computer or copy the configurations to another device.

Restore Remote Desktop app configurations on Windows 11

To restore connections and configurations in the Remote Desktop app, use these steps:

  1. Open Remote Desktop.

  2. Click the menu (three-dotted) button in the top-right.

  3. Select the Restore option.

    Remote Desktop restore option

  4. Click the Browse button.

  5. Select the RemoteDesktopWorkspace.rdb file to restore.

    Restore "rdb" backup file

  6. Click the Open button.

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After you complete the steps, the remote connections to other devices and servers will be restored in the app, but you may still need to enter the password to establish a connection.

Update October 31, 2023: This tutorial has been updated to ensure it is still accurate and reflects that the instructions also work on Windows 11.

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