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How to Setup and Use Chrome Remote Desktop on Any Device?

Chrome Remote Desktop app is a very useful app that lets you access one of your desktops through any other device, be it a laptop or mobile phone. But first, you need to download the Chrome Remote Desktop and the same on your other device. Now, generate the PIN and enter the same on the other device that will be accessing. You can anytime delete this remote access.

I think most of us heard about the software name TeamViewer that helped in remote access from a computer or phone to access files and applications on another computer over the Internet. However, did you know that you can use a chrome browser for the same? If you didn’t know, now you know.

The app is known as Chrome Remote Desktop. This app allows you can give others remote access to your computer. Once access has been granted, they can have full access to your apps, files, and documents among others. All you need is to install and set up the Chrome Remote Desktop app on the computer.

Basically, this application was created for service and IT support, however, you can use this on any device to gain access to other computers. It helps in screen sharing and grants control to your machine over the internet.

You can wisely use this app even for sharing the screen and watching movies together with your partner.

In this article, I will take you through how to set up and use the Chrome Remote Desktop app that is available on the web on your computer or as an app to use on your mobile device. Let’s dive into it —

Setting up Remote Access on your Computer

To use the Chrome Remote Desktop app, you will need to first set it up on your computer. The set-up will prompt you to download and install the app on your computer in order for you to use it.

Follow these steps below to download and install the chrome remote desktop:

  1. On your desktop or laptop, open the Chrome Browser.
  2. Type remotedesktop.google.com/access in the address bar.
  3. Go to Set up Remote Access, and click the Download icon button.
  4. Follow the on-screen directions to download and install Chrome Remote Desktop.

Chrome Remote desktop set up remote access

Depending on your local machine, whether Mac or Windows it will download and install the setup file. Grant all the requested permissions which might include taking over other apps and programs installed on the computer.

Sharing your computer with another computer

Both parties have to download and install the chrome remote desktop. Whether you are sharing remote access or giving support remotely, just download and install the piece of software program on your machine.

Once set-up is done, it is now time to share your computer with another computer. You will have to generate a code that will be used as a PIN by the other computer.

Follow the following steps to generate the code for screen and control sharing using chrome remote desktop:

  1. Open the Chrome browser on your computer.
  2. Go to remotedesktop.google.com/support.
    If you haven’t set up the Chrome remote desktop app, do so in the previous steps.
  3. Under the Get Support section, choose Generate Code.
  4. Copy the generated code and send it to the person you want to have access to your computer.
    chrome remote desktop get support
  5. When that person enters your access code on the site, you will see a dialog with their e-mail address. Select Share to allow them full access to your computer.

This will grant screen sharing to the support person. They can also request taking control over the mouse and keyboard. If it’s needed, just allow the requested permission.

The access code will only work one time and cannot be used on multiple devices simultaneously. If you are sharing your computer, you will be asked to confirm that you want to continue to share your computer every 30 minutes.

To end a sharing session, click Stop Sharing, and the sessions will be terminated immediately. Even the access code will be no longer valid.

chrome remote desktop stop sharing command

If you need to share screen and grant control, then generate a new code and share it with the person again.

Access a computer remotely

Using the Chrome Remote Desktop app, you can access another computer remotely via your computer. This way, you can be able to carry out tasks on another computer without physically being there.

Access can be using a laptop/desktop or using a phone. However, the mobile phone app only allows for accessing and does not support sharing.

Access using a Laptop/Desktop

One can easily access other computer machines using the chrome remote desktop app. All you need is the PIN code from the person who is sharing his/her computer screen.

Follow these steps to gain remote access from the chrome computer browser: 

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Go to remotedesktop.google.com/access.
  3. Click Access to select which computer you want.
  4. Enter the PIN required to access another computer.
  5. Hit on the command button.
    chrome remove desktop enter PIN for support

This will immediately raise a pop-up on the host machine that is sharing the screen to allow permission. Once access is granted, you will be able to view the shared screen.

Using a Mobile Phone

You can also access another computer remotely on your Android or iOS phone. Note that if you already have the app installed on your mobile device, you will have to check through to make sure it is updated to the latest version.

Follow these steps to gain access to the Chrome Remote desktop app from a mobile phone:

  1. Open your app store and download the Chrome Remote Desktop app.
  2. Open the app and tap the computer you want to access from the list.
  3. Enter the PIN and you are good to go.
    chrome remote desktop connections on android

This will grant you permission to view and control the computer from a mobile device.

When using the Chrome remote desktop app on a phone, the following gestures will be of help:

  • Scroll up or down: Swipe with two fingers.
  • Click and drag: Drag with a finger.
  • Zoom: Pinch and stretch with two fingers.
  • Show keyboard: Swipe up with three fingers.
  • Show the toolbar app: Swipe down with three fingers.
  • Move the mouse: Swipe anywhere on the screen (only in Trackpad mode).
  • Left-click: Tap the screen.
  • Right-click: Tap the screen with two fingers (only in Trackpad mode).
  • Middle-click: Tap the screen with three fingers (only in Trackpad mode).

Stop a chrome remote desktop session

Once you are done with your remote session, it is advisable to stop it otherwise, the other computer can have access to some of your files and data without your consent at any other time. Stopping a remote session is easy –

  1. On your chrome desktop app, switch to the Remote Access tab.
  2. Click the trash icon next to the computer.

chrome remote desktop connected device

This will remove and disable remote connections without your permission.

Conclusion: Set up Remote Chrome Access

You can help a person fix an issue on their computer or guide someone through particular steps on their computer. You can also be able to share the screen with another computer and maybe catch a movie or series together like NetflixParty or HouseParty.

This program allows you to grant remote access to your computer to others. They will have full access to your apps, files, and documents once access has been given. All you have to do now is download and install the Chrome Remote Desktop program on your PC. You may make good use of this app by sharing the screen with your partner and viewing movies together.

This application was designed primarily for service and IT support, although it may be used on any device to obtain access to other computers. It allows you to share your screen and operate your machine over the internet.

What are some of the ways you can use the Chrome desktop app? Share with us in the comments section below.

FAQs: Set Up and use Chrome Remote Desktop on Any Device

Now, let us go through some frequently asked questions regarding how to set up and use Chrome Remote Desktop on Any Device.

How to download and install Chrome Remote Desktop?

Launch the Chrome Browser on your Computer and enter remotedesktop.google.com/acces  in the address bar and go to Set up Remote Access and click on Download and complete the directed installation process.

How to access a computer remotely using a mobile phone?

Firstly download Chrome Remote Desktop app on your mobile phone. Now, open the app and tap on the computer that you want to access, and finally enter the PIN to start accessing the computer.

How to stop a Chrome Remote Desktop Session?

Launch the Chrome Desktop app and turn to the Remote Access Tab and click on the trash icon which will remove and disable remote connections without your permission.

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

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Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
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7 thoughts on “How to Setup and Use Chrome Remote Desktop on Any Device?”

  1. Peter Squires

    You have not clearly discussed the method I would need to use to access my server from other locations without the need for a PIN!

  2. Johnny

    Following above mentioned steps and setting up Chrome Remote Desktop For Android is good. Additionally, you can also have a look at apps like R-HUB remote support servers for remotely accessing computers from any devices. It works on all platforms viz Windows, MAC, Android, iOS etc.

    1. Editor Staff

      Hi Johnny, thanks for input. Personally, I’d still prefer to go with Chrome Remote Desktop.

  3. Gary S

    when running a remote desktop to access a Mac I no longer get ANY audio sent from the Mac. This used to work so i was wondering, and hoping that you know of a solution or workaround for this issue

  4. Gary S.

    just to clarify my prior comment,… i am using chrome remote desktop and the audio is not coming through no matter which device or system i use to connect to my remote Mac. No audio from the mac when connected via iphone, chromebook and PC

    1. Editor

      Hello Gary, we know that mac is very particular about privacy and sensitive data. I’m assuming any recent upgrades might have turned off the sound permission to third-party apps.

      Anyway, did you tried changing the sound settings within the Google Chrome browser on your host (Mac)? I’d suggest turning on the sound permission and Enable the switch. Also, please consider checking sound settings within Mac preferences.

      Let me know how it goes?

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