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Control Computer with Phone using Chrome Remote Desktop app

The Chrome Remote Desktop is a remote desktop package that can be used to share the screen and give control of the computer or desktop for technical support.

It can also control a computer with a mobile phone or another computing device. You can use a Google account for remote desktop access.

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Pre-requisite: Before getting started, ensure you’re signed in with the same Google account in Chrome on your computer and Android/iPhone. This will streamline the process and make it easier to set up.

Step 1: Set up Chrome Remote Access

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Note: we are using a Windows computer for setup; the steps will be almost the same for Mac and Linux.

First and foremost, you will have to set up Chrome Remote Access. It would be best to do so on the PC acting as a host; in other words, you would remotely control that. Here are the steps for setup:

  1. Head over to remotedesktop.google.com/access website via the Chrome browser.
  2. Click the Download icon 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 the Accept & Install button.
    Chrome shall launch the MSI Host setup and perform 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 must now choose a PIN of six digits or more and hit Start.
    Create a strong password consisting of alphanumeric strings and reconfirm the same PIN.
    Choose a PIN for Chrome Remote Desktop

You shall now see your online device with the Online status for the newly configured remote desktop.

This devices Chrome Remote Desktop is active

Step 2: Accessing your PC remotely from the Phone

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

Here are the steps to access and control:

  1. Head 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. Sign in with the same Google account.
    It will display the list of connected devices.
  4. Tap on the Computer device in the list.
    Remote Access Computer on Phone with Chrome Remote Desktop
  5. Enter the PIN you had set up while setting up.
    Enter PIN to connect the Chrome Remote DesktopIf it’s on your PC and device, you may also checkmark the Don’t ask for a PIN again box.
  6. Hit the Connect button and the connection will be established within a few seconds.

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

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

Bottom Line

In these testing times, when work from home has become the new normal, remotely accessing the work setup directly from home is a boon for the end-users.

While there are other apps in this domain, like AnyDesk, Microsoft Remote Desktop, etc., their setup might be slightly different, especially for non-tech enthusiasts.

On the other hand, this app from Google has wholly streamlined the remote setup process and uses the Google account with Chrome to control.

We also have a detailed guide on setting up and using Chrome Remote Desktop on any device. You may be interested in connecting multiple devices and accessing them.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified Analytics & IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with an Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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