How to access your computer from your Android smartphone or tablet using Chrome Remote Desktop

How to access your computer from your Android smartphone or tablet using Chrome Remote Desktop
A couple of weeks ago, Google brought its Chrome Remote Desktop client to Android. Since then, the software has been downloaded over half a million times, and its user rating stands at a solid 4.4 points as of this writing. And that doesn't really come as a surprise – Google's software is reliable, useful, and relatively easy to set up. In fact, we've been using it for several days now without any problems. Want to try Google's Chrome Remote Desktop yourself? Cool! We've put together a how-to guide that will walk you through the process of setting up a computer, a Windows 7 machine in this case, for use with the Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android.

Here's what you need to get started:

  • A computer running Chrome. It can be a Mac, a Windows machine, or a Chromebook. (Linux support should be on its way)
  • An Android device running Android 4.0 or above
  • An active internet connection on both devices. Note that having both devices connected to the same local network won't bypass this requirement
  • To be logged in with the same Google account on both the Android device and the Chrome browser on the computer you're about to control remotely
  • A few minutes of spare time



1. stevez444

Posts: 1; Member since: May 02, 2014

This looks like a good option. Quick question. I have my home PC set to go to sleep when not in use. Will this wake the home PC when I try and access it from my phone?

8. Nick_T

Posts: 184; Member since: May 27, 2011

Nope, at least not on Windows 7. The PC gets disconnected from the internet when it is in sleep mode, and the Chrome remote desktop app requires internet access to work. As far as I remember, TeamViewer has wake on LAN support so it could be a better solution in your particular case.

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I remember a couple years back I had an app that allowed me to download any file from PC to phone and I could even watch a movie or listen to music that was stored on my PC...forget the app

3. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Pushbullet or Airdroid? Both these apps can do that.

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

TeamViewer FTW

5. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

How is it android??? Cuz I have used it in PC...and it was good to go...

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Its awesome..... Works as advertised

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Most I tried over the years were either: Slow Buggy Or o\if it worked good, expensive. Hope Google nailed it with this.

9. xche78x

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

now update it and show pics of android tablets with 1024x600, 1280x720, 1280x800, 1080p and 2560x1440/1600 resolutions so we can see if windows can match the tablets native resolutions properly... so i have a reason to get a nexus 7 2013 or lg gpad... i also wanna see how microsoft remote desktop works on retina ipads, my ipad mini 1024x768 is just blocky...

10. PrasantaShee

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 25, 2017

Google chrome remote desktop app is good. Additionally, you may also have a look at R-HUB Android app for remote desktop support and access. It is free.

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