Update: Check out the updated detailed instructions on how to use Chrome Remote Desktop to connect between computers and control PCs and Macs using Android.
I wouldn’t start talking about the situations when you might be needing to access your computer but you’re far away from it — either in another room or another part of the world. Ever since the smartphone and tablet era began, there have been many apps that let you do the job; top of them being Teamviewer. But what if you could do that the Google way?
Google has just officially launched Chrome Remote Desktop app on Google Play Store. Using this, you can literally see the desktop of your computer right on your handheld device and operate your computer from a distance. Here’s what you need to do:
First, make sure Chrome Remote Desktop app is installed on your Android phone or tablet. Here’s Google Play Store link to Chrome Remote Desktop.
Second, you have to download a Chrome app from Chrome Web Store (about 24 MBs in size as of now) following this link: Chrome Remote Desktop. You will need to download this on each of your computers that you want to access from your Android device remotely.
You do understand that you’re doing all of this under a single Google account. So once both apps are installed on your computer and Android device, the rest is relatively simple. Just connect the computer (from inside Chrome interface) to Chrome Remote Desktop for it to show up on your Android app’s list of devices to connect to. Next time you want to access your computer remotely, make sure it’s connected to the network and launch the Android app at your hand!
Unsurprisingly but conveniently, this works on all Chromebooks. So if you’ve got a Chromebook at your home, you can use that remotely from your Android device now.
Would you be ditching Teamviewer or any other Android remote desktop app for the Chrome Remote Desktop? Let us know in the comments.