Apr 16 AT 2:16 PM Dustin Earley 8 Comments

Access your desktop on Android with Chrome Remote Desktop

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Have you ever been using your Android device and thought, “I wish there were a dead simple way to access my desktop computer from this thing that was free and only took five minutes to set up?” Cloud services like Google Drive have helped to make accessing all your files everywhere easy, and products like Google Hangouts have made troubleshooting a family member’s computer easier than ever. But sometimes there’s nothing like the real thing.

Released today on Google Play, Android users with any device running 4.0 and above can now access their desktop from anywhere using Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop app. I’ve had a moment to test the app on a Nexus 7 and so far everything seems to be working well, multiple desktops and all. Simply install the Chrome Remote Desktop app from the Chrome web store onto your desktop, follow the prompts – which include downloading a couple things, signing into a Google account and creating a PIN – install the Chrome Remote Desktop app on your Android device of choice and you’ll be up and running. Video playback isn’t perfect, and I was experiencing sound issues, but everything else worked smoothly.

To download the Chrome Remote Desktop app, use the download widget below. You can pick up the Chrome app here.


Source: Android Police

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  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Does this offer anything better than the Microsoft Remote Desktop app? The set up for that was insanely easy.

    • Nigel

      RDP was nobbled deliberately by Microso$t on many versions of Windoze.

  • Peter

    I think that Team Viewer does this and it is free for private use. Team Viewer really is excellent for helping out those challenged parents or in-laws :)

    • Dirty Budha

      TeamViewer requires the users on both ends. There are advantages to TV such as not allowing the viewer to make changes, which protects one party.

  • Dirty Budha

    Got it, and it works GREAT!!!
    I dig it.

    You will need a stylus. Even with my Note 3 I need the stylus to see where the mouse is moving.

  • donger

    Works great.

  • Alan

    Thanks for highlighting this extension and app – it works really nicely!

  • Brendonfox

    Nice article. In addition to chrome remote desktop, one can even use various other tools such as RHUB, logmeinrescue, GoSupportNow, GoToMyPC etc. for remotely accessing computers.