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Control Computer with Phone using Chrome Remote Desktop app

Do you want to control your desktop computer using your phone? Learn how to access and manage your desktop via the Chrome Remote Desktop app.

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

Setup and Use Chrome Remote Desktop

Beyond the plethora of services 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; the second device could access 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 telephone was challenging.

This was when I thought of using Chrome’s Remote Desktop access. Upon setting it up on his PC, I could remotely control the host from home and rectify the underlying issue without fuss using my mobile Phone.

Well, this is just one of the many use-case scenarios where it came in handy; there could also be countless others. Let’s now check how to set up and use this remote desktop service.

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

Set up Chrome Remote Access on the Computer

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 setting up Chrome remote desktop access:

  1. Head over to 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
  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 the 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 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 configured with a Chrome computer if required.
    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, 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 (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

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, remotely accessing the work setup directly from home is a boon for the end-users.

While there are other apps in this domain, their setup might be slightly complicated, especially for non-tech enthusiasts.

On the other hand, this app from Google has wholly streamlined the remote setup process. What are your views on the same?

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Sadique Hassan

Sadique Hassan

Sadique is a Bachelor of Computer Application in Computer Science and an MBA professional. He became a tech writer by choice and has continued pursuing it for the last 7+ years. He is keenly interested in open-source technology like Android and also loves troubleshooting the tech. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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