Sep 14, 2014

How to Access Another Computer from Your Computer Using Google Chrome Remote Desktop for Any System

Ever wish you could access some files on your work computer when you’re sitting in your home office? Need a report from your home computer that’s due in class? You can configure your computers to be accessible anywhere in the world, from virtually any other computer. There are a variety of ways to do this, including built-in tools, downloadable programs, and browser-based solutions. Read on after the jump to learn how.

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1. Install the Remote Desktop Chrome extension. You can find this in the Google Chrome web store, and it is a free download. Be sure to only install the extension from the Google Chrome team.
  • You will need to install the Chrome extension on the computer you want to connect to and the computer you are connecting from.
  • You can install the Chrome extension on Windows, Mac and Linux computers, and virtually any modern version can run it.
2. Enable remote access. On the computer that you want to connect to, open the Remote Desktop app that you installed in Chrome. Sign in with your Google account if you are not already, and then click the “Enable remote connections” button.

3. Create a PIN. As an extra layer of security, you can create a PIN that will be required whenever you start a connection. This will help protect your computer even if someone is able to compromise your Google account.

4. Install the components. Once you create your PIN, the remote connection software will be installed on the computer. You may need to accept these installations, depending on the security settings on your computer.

5. Disable Sleep mode. You will not be able to connect to a computer that is Sleeping or in Hibernate. Make sure to disable these if you want to connect remotely.
  • Open the Control Panel and then select Power Options. You may have to switch views to see the icon.
  • Click the “Change plan settings” link next to your active plan.
  • Set Sleep and Hibernate to Never. Click the “Save changes” button when you are finished.
6. Connect to the computer. On the computer you are using to connect with, open the Chrome Remote Desktop app. Click the “Get started” button and select the computer that you want to connect to. You will be asked for the PIN, and then you will be connected.
  • You will only be able to choose computers that you have previously linked with your Google account.
7. Use the remote computer. Your remote computer’s display will be shown in your Google Chrome browser. You may experience a slight delay when using the remote computer, as commands need to be sent through the internet in order to reach it.
  • Click the Disconnect button in the top menu to end the connection.
  • Use the Send Keys button to send key commands to the remote computer, such as Ctrl + Alt + Del and Print Screen.
8. Share your screen temporarily. If you want to share your screen with someone on a temporary basis, such as for technical support, you can use the Remote Assistance option. Click the Share button on the Chrome Remote desktop main menu, and then copy the code that is displayed. Give this code to the person that is assisting you, and they will be able to connect through the Chrome Remote Desktop app on their computer.[3]


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