How to Control Computer with Mobile using Chrome Remote Desktop?

The Chrome Remote Desktop is a remote desktop package that can be used for sharing the screen and giving control of the computer or desktop for technical support. It can be also used for controlling a computer with a mobile phone or another computer device.

Out of the plethora of services that Google has in store for its user base, its Chrome Remote Desktop App feels like an underrated treasure. This offering from the Silicon Valley giants allows you to remotely control your PC via another device.

It isn’t just limited to remotely accessing the browser, rather the second device could access each and every aspect of your computer.

Recently one of my coworkers was constantly getting bugged with the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN Error in his Chrome browser. While I knew the fixes for this issue, explaining it via a telephonic conversation turned out to be a challenging task.

This is when I got the idea of using Chrome’s Remote Desktop access. Upon setting it up on his PC, I was able to remotely control the host right from my home and managed to rectify the underlying issue without any fuss using my mobile phone.

Well, this is just one of the many use case scenarios where it came in handy, there could be countless others as well. With that said, let’s now check out how to set up and use this remote desktop service.

Before getting started, make sure that you’re sign-in with the same Google account on chrome computer and android/iPhone. This will streamline the process and make it easier to setup.

Set up Chrome Remote Access on Computer

First and foremost, you will have to set up the Chrome Remote Access. You should do so on the PC that is going to be acting as a host, in other words, that would be remotely controlled by you.

Here are the steps for setting up the chrome remote desktop access on the computer:

  1. Head over to remotedesktop.google.com/access website via the Chrome browser.
  2. Click on the Download icon button under the Remote Access section.
    Set up Remote Access for the ComputerIt shall take you to the Chrome Web Store.
  3. Click on Add to Chrome to install the Chrome Remote Desktop Extension.
    Install Chrome Remote Desktop extensions
  4. Click on the Accept & Install button.
    Chrome shall now launch the MSI Host setup and carry out the required installation in the background.
    Ready to Install Chrome Remote Desktop package on the computer
  5. Type in to enter a name for your computer PC, and click on Next.
    Choose Name for Remote Desktop connection
  6. You will now have to choose a PIN, of six digits or more and hit Start.
    Make sure to create a strong password consisting of alphanumeric strings and reconfirm same PIN.
    Choose a PIN for Chrome Remote Desktop
  7. You shall now see your online device with the Online status for the newly configured chrome remote desktop computer.
    This devices Chrome Remote Desktop is active

Access your PC remotely from Phone

Now that the initial setup is complete, let’s proceed with the instructions to control your PC via the second device, which in this case, is a smartphone. However, the below steps shall also work out in case your second device is a PC.

Here are the steps to access and control the PC from a mobile phone:

  1. Head over to the Play Store and download the Chrome Remote Desktop app onto your Android device.
    iPhone users could download it from the App Store.
  2. Install and launch the Chrome Remote Desktop app.
  3. If required, sign in with the same Google account that is configured with a chrome computer.
    You shall see your laptop’s name under the My Computers section.
    Remote Access Computer on Phone with Chrome Remote Desktop
  4. Tap on the online computer device.
  5. Enter the PIN that you had set up in the earlier section.
    Enter PIN to connect the Chrome Remote DesktopIf it’s on your PC and device, then you may also checkmark the Don’t ask for a PIN again box.
  6. Hit the Connect button and the connection shall be established within a few seconds.

You may now directly control your host from this second device (which in this case is a smartphone).

Furthermore, you will be notified of the connection on your desktop via an overlay menu. As and when you need to stop this connection, just click on the Stop Sharing button.
Your desktop is currently shared with email address

Bottom Line: Remote Desktop using Mobile

So this was all from this guide on how to set up the Google Chrome Remote Desktop app. In these testing times when work from home has become the new normal, the ability to remotely access the work setup directly from home is definitely a boon for the end-users.

While there are other apps in this domain as well, their setup might prove to be a little bit complicated, especially for non-tech enthusiasts.

On the other hand, this app from Google has completely streamlined the remote setup process. What are your views on the same? Do let us know in the comments section below.

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

WindowsMacOSiOSAndroidLinux
Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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  1. Hojo says:

    Thanks

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