How to Use Google Chrome to Remotely Access Your Computer

Making your computer accessible remotely might sounds like a security risk, but it’s actually quite safe. Chrome Remote Desktop is protected by a PIN when used among your own computers and is dependent on an Access Code when opening up your computer to another user. Only you know your PIN, and the Access Code expires at the end of the Remote Assistance session. An unused code will expire after a few minutes if it’s not used, providing further protection, so you can feel quite safe using Chrome Remote Desktop to remotely access your computer. Plus, the entire remote session is AES encrypted over a secure SSL connection, so your data’s as safe as your computer itself.

Setup Chrome Remote Desktop to Access Any PC Remotely:

The first thing we need to do is install Google Chrome itself on your computers. Since Chrome can be installed on Windows, Mac or Linux, it means you can remotely access any of those operating systems too.

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Once you have Chrome installed, you need to install Chrome Remote Desktop. Click the Add To Chrome button at the very top right. A popup will appear with the permissions the app needs in order to work properly. Click Add App to continue if you’re OK with the permissions.

At this point, the app should be installed and a new tab should appear where you can see all the apps that have been installed in Chrome. If this tab doesn’t appear, just open a new tab and type in chrome://apps/.

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You should see a new icon called Chrome Remote Desktop. Go ahead and click on that to start the app. In the new window, you’ll see two sections: Remote Assistance and My Computers. To start, we need to click the Get Started button under My Computers. If you didn’t already have Chrome installed on your computer, you’ll need to sign in first with your Google account, otherwise everything will be grayed out.

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Go ahead and click on the Enable Remote Connections button.

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You’ll then get a popup message asking you to install the Chrome Remote Desktop Host Installer program onto your computer. This is basically the remote desktop client that allows each device to remotely access another device.

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The file will download onto your computer (.MSI for Windows, .DMG for Mac, etc.) and you’ll need to manually run it in order to install the software. Once you do, you’ll get another window that now asks you to enter a pin code of at least six digits that you will need to use to connect to the computer remotely. I suggest you use a different code for each computer, rather than the same one.

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Click OK and you should get a message stating that remote connections have been enabled for the computer. When I did this on my Mac, another window popped up and I had to enter the pin code again in order to enable remote connections.

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Again, you should go ahead and follow this procedure on all computers you want to be able to access remotely. Chrome’s already a pretty great browser, and the tons of extensions and apps available as add-ons just make it better. Chrome Remote Desktop may be one of the best, giving users remote access just about everywhere to other computers running Chrome. Anyone can set up easy-to-use screen sharing and get help with technical problems from friends.

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