It was not until many days when getting access to a computer remotely was quite pricey, demanding different sorts of costly, complicated software and technical know-how.

But as the days have changed, Google’s free Chrome Remote Desktop service has made the access to any computer, be it Windows, Mac, Linux or Chromebook, from any other desktop or mobile device much easier. Users are now enabled with all of the remote system’s contents and even they might click around as if sitting right in front of it.

This Chrome Remote Desktop has also proven to be much beneficial for signing onto the user’s own personal or work computer and is equally valuable for keeping a watch over someone else’s system, providing hands-on-help without to be in the same location.

So, for acquiring these services, the following three steps are essential to follow:

Step 1: Installation of Chrome Desktop on the host computer:

This starts with opening up of the Chrome Browser on the computer which is to be accessed remotely or downloading and installing Chrome in a Windows, Mac or Linux System that doesn’t have one. In Chrome, the user needs to visit the Chrome Remote desktop app in the Chrome Web Store, click on the Add to Chrome button, click ‘Add app’ and then click on the Chrome Remote Desktop icon that appears on the screen to launch it.

The first time the user opens the app, it’ll ask for permission to view the computer and manage chat messages. So, the user now needs to click on “Allow.” The app’s main screen will then present two options, setting the app up for someone else to access your computer for remote assistance or setting it up for your own personal remote sign-ins.

Step 1
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The user is now free to choose from either of the two options. For Windows, Mac or Linux systems the user would be prompted to download and install a secondary desktop host application.

Step 2: Preparing Chrome Remote Desktop for a remote connection:

If setting up was the first step, the second step definitely calls for the selection of the type of connection the user is opting for.

The remote access session is almost initiated with the app closed and connection type selected. Now, if the user chooses to share the system for someone else’s remote assistance, a 12-digit code might as well appear on the screen. Now, if the user chooses to configure the computer for personal remote access, he/she might as well have the opportunity to create a custom PIN.

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With a remote assistance connection, the user would have to leave the Chrome Remote Desktop app open and running in order for someone else to be able to connect. With a personal remote access connection, the user might as well go ahead and close the app once the PIN is set. Now, as long as the computer is on and Chrome itself is running in the background, which is usually by default, the system will be standing by and ready for the user to use anytime. Just he/she have to make sure that the computer’s power management settings don’t let the PC to go off to sleep, even if the display shuts off.

For disabling the personal remote connections, the user should either open the Remote desktop and click the ‘Disable remote connections’ button or install the app entirely.

Step 3: Setting the Connection:

So, right now, the Chrome Remote Desktop app found on any desktop computer or the Chrome Remote Desktop mobile app on an Android or iOS device, is all ready to connect.

The desktop app would enable user the access to own personal connections as well as anyone else’s remote assistance connections. For the former, the user just needs to sign into the Google account and also know the PIN that has been set a moment ago. In case of the latter, the user just needs to know the 12-digit code for that specific connection.

The mobile apps, meanwhile, work only with the user’s personal connections. So, for this, the user again needs to sign into Google account and input the PIN before such a connection can be made.

Step 3
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The application of Chrome Remote Desktop from a computer is quite easy and self-explanatory. The user just needs to click and type in the app as if using the remote system directly.

In case of the mobile apps, the user just needs to place reliance to control the remote system. With any Android app, the user might as well swipe downward with three fingers to pull up a toolbar that lets the user move between an on-screen keyboard input, a tap-based touch input, and a mouse-like trackpad input. Also, with the iOS app, the toolbar is always present onscreen.

With this trackpad input activated, the user can now left-click by tapping the screen with a single finger, right-click by tapping with two fingers together and middle-click by tapping with three fingers together. Of course, this might not be a very user-friendly way but is extremely handy for quick-hit tasks like restarting of the system from afar or grabbing a file that the user has completely forgotten to save to the cloud.