All you need to know about Chrome remote desktop and how to use it

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Chrome remote desktop and how to use it

By using Chrome Remote Desktop, you can access applications and files on another computer over the Internet. In this article, we will explain to you all you need to know about Chrome Remote Desktop. You will also learn how to configure your host and its clients. But before starting, let us explain Chrome Remote Desktop in more detail.

What Is Chrome Remote desktop?

Not so long ago, connecting to other computers required complicated computing and expensive technologies. Today, the story is wholly changed. With Chrome Remote Desktop service, you can set up a full unattended connection at a less exorbitant price. Users can set up any computer running the Chrome browser to be a host computer. Whether the user is logged in or not, you can remotely connect to your host 24/7 and at any location, too.

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This service is a free remote desktop program from Google that runs as an extension paired with the Chrome web browser.  Chrome Remote Desktop service is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers, and Android devices that install the app through Google Play. This also works for iOS users who install the mobile app from iTunes. On top of that, clipboard syncing, key mapping, spontaneous support, and unattended access will support.

Chrome Remote Desktop service lets you upload and download files between your computer and the remote server. It also allows you to pick between full-screen, scale to fit, and resize to fit display options when connected to the remote computer. In the following, we will further discuss and explore this service and explain how to use it. First, let us start with the pros and cons of the Chrome Remote desktop.

⭐Chrome Remote desktop – Pros & Cons 

“Because Chrome Remote Desktop is run entirely from the browser, it’s great that nearly all operating systems can use it. That means you’re hardly limited to the preferred operating system. Also, by installing Chrome Remote Desktop in the background, the remote user can shut down Chrome and even log off their account, and you can still access the computer (that will protect by the user’s password). The client can reboot the remote computer and then log back in once it’s fully powered back on, all from Chrome Remote Desktop”. – Tim Fisher (Tech support specialist). As a result, some of the Pros of Chrome Remote desktop will list below.

✅Pros:

  • Compatible with the great variety of Operating Systems
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Compatible with various Operating Systems.
  • Frequent updates
  • Still functions even if the host user will log off
  • Supports multiple-monitors

While it’s too bad that there isn’t a chat function built-in, you can always use a third-party tool to communicate while connected to the other computer. Also, Lots of mobile messaging apps can be used from computers. – Tim Fisher (Tech support specialist). So, here are a few of the Cons:

🔻Cons:

  • Only compatible with a particular web browser – (Google Chrome)
  • Unable to print remote files to a local printer
  • Does not include chat capability

Now, it’s time to tell you how to use a remote desktop.

How to Use Chrome Remote Desktop?

As you may already know, all remote access programs function by a client and host that will pair together. The client connects to the host to control and use the resources hosted on a computer, remotely. As a result, all that will require is access to the internet and a web browser. Chrome Remote Desktop also acts like this. But, how to set up a host and client on a chrome remote desktop? The answer is here:

Host Set-up

The host (the computer that the client will be connected to and will control; remotely) needs to carry out the following steps:

Step 1: Visit Chrome Remote Desktop from the Chrome web browser.

Step 2: Once there, select “Get started” and log in to your Google account if asked.

Step 3: Click on the “download” button to install the extension in Chrome.

Step 4: Choose “Accept and Install” on the Ready to install screen.

Step 5: Accept any installation prompts and wait for Chrome Remote Desktop Host to finish installing. You’ll know it’s done when the web page no longer shows the “CANCEL” button.

Step 6: Choose a name for that computer on the Chrome Remote Desktop page, and then select NEXT.

Step 7: Choose a PIN that’ll be used to connect to the host. It must be a numerical string and at least six digits long.

Step 8: Select “START” and confirm or allow any pop-up messages. The computer will be registered to the Google account you signed in with, and you’ll know it’s completed when you see Online just below the computer name.

Note: If you wish to use Chrome Remote Desktop for unattended access to a friend’s computer, you’ll need to log in once with your credentials on their computer to set it up. You won’t need to stay logged in after the initial installation meaning that you can log out completely and the program will still run in the background as an extension.

Client set-up:

Here’s what the client should do to connect to the host to remotely control it:

Step 1: Open Chrome and visit Chrome Remote Desktop

Step 2: Open the Remote Access tab at the top of that page, and log in to your Google account.

Note: This needs to be the same Google account that was used when setting up host remote access like described above.

Step 3: Select a host computer from the Remote devices section.

Note: If this section shows a device under “This device”, then do not log in to that computer since it’s your own, logging in to it would cause a lot of confusion.

Step 4: Enter the PIN created on the host computer to start the remote session.

When the client connects to the host computer, a message displays on the host saying: “Your desktop is currently shared with <email address>,” so Chrome Remote Desktop doesn’t log in discreetly unlike some remote access programs.

Connecting through temporary access codes

If you need someone else to connect to your computer, even if they didn’t set up the access in the first place, this is the route you would need to follow:

Step 1: Open the Remote Support tab on Chrome Remote Desktop and choose to Get Support to get a one-time access code that you can share with the person who will connect to your computer. (You’ll be asked to install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension if it’s not already on your computer.)

Step 2: The person must enter the same webpage on their computer and choose to Give support.

Step 3: That’s all they need to do. Now, they can log in under any Google account to control your computer, so long as they enter the correct code.

Chrome Remote Desktop Extensions

Nowadays, extensions are an assistant to help you ease the tasks. They will come up with a Remote Desktop to help you more than before. You can easily download the Chrome Remote desktop extension from the Google Web Store. After finishing the download, they will install automatically. You can launch the extension right before the installation or close the related page for later usage.

You can manage the extension by right-clicking on one of the extensions and choosing Manage the Extension from the menu. You can also open it from the start page tab.

You can also grant access to your Chrome extension for more security. On your Google account (either a Standard Google account or a Google Apps Account)’ click on the Continue button on the start page and grant access. Notice that there is a two-part process for Remote Desktop extensions. The first one is to access another computer and the second is allowing access to your computer. 

Allowing Others to Access to Your Computer

To allow access to your computer, do the following steps:

  1. You need to click on the share button
  2. A unique one-time use access code will generate.
  3. Get this code to the person who wants to grant access.

Once they follow the instruction, they will be able to see your screen.

Allowing Access to Yours

For Accessing to other’s computer do the following steps that are fairly  the same as the previous part:

  1. When the person sends you the access code, you must input it onto the text box.
  2. Press connect, the extension will verify the code. Now, you can see the computer screen of others. 

Now, you have the computer of another person within the browser.

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19 thoughts on “All you need to know about Chrome remote desktop and how to use it”

  1. Thank you for the above articles explaining in detail what Chrome Remote Desktop is and how to use it for remotely accessing computers. Will definitely try it out as till date was dependent only on tools like R-HUB remote support servers or teamviewer.

  2. Nice article. What’s the difference between remote support and remote access. When I use remote access to connect from my phone to my linux mint pc it’s like I’m connecting to a new session/display. The screen on my phone does not match my PC (ie none of the windows open on my PC are on my phone and manipulation the remote desketop on my phone isn’t reflected on my PC). If I use remote support both screens are mirrored. Everything happening on my phone happens on my pc.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks in advance

  3. I was looking for chrome remote desktop unattended access setup in particular and I found it in your article, keep up the good work!

  4. Thanks for explaining about google remote desktop, I have one question though. Is chrome remote desktop any different than the standard RDP that we know?

  5. Providing remote access to the computer seems to be a security risk, but it is actually quite secure. When you use Chrome Remote Desktop between your own computers, Chrome Remote Desktop is protected by a PIN code, and a password is used when you open the computer to someone else. Thanks for the great article!

  6. Chrome remote desktop is a useful way of establishing remote access and it has helped me a lot, thanks for this article.

  7. I use Anydesk for remote desktop connection and I want to know if chrome remote desktop can be better than Anydesk?

  8. I hv been using chrome remote for last 5 years and I am very happy.
    My only problem is when I want to print
    In my local printer while I am on chrome remote.
    As in now, what ever i want to print on chrome remote, i send it to my personal email and then I print it out on local printer.
    But that is time consuming and bothersome.
    How can I print without sending the thing I want to print to my personal email.
    Answer to my above question will solve my biggest headache which i have not been able to solve.

    Thanks for your help

  9. mpapastergiou

    Thank you for your great article I used to use Anydesk but now I will try chrome remote desktop too

  10. I never figured out the difference between RDP and VNC. What is the main difference? Are they not doing the same thing?

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