How to control your PC remotely using your smartphone or tablet (Android, iOS)

How to control your PC remotely using your smartphone or tablet (Android, iOS)
Have you ever, for whatever reason, needed to access your PC while on the go? We know that feeling, and it is very much possible – provided that your computer is switched on – to control it remotely with your smartphone. There are numerous ways of doing this, but we will be going over one of the easiest and most reliable methods that doesn't require any unnecessarily heavy software and works on both Android and iOS. All you'll need, apart from your mobile device, is a PC with the Chrome browser installed on it and some 10 minutes.

So, install Google Chrome if you haven't already and head over to the Chrome Web Store to download the Chrome Remote Desktop app. Once it's been added to Chrome, open it and log in with your Google account, granting the required permissions.

Next, you will have to enable remote connections on your PC. This can be done by clicking on “Get started” in the “My Computers” section of the setup screen and installing the Chrome Remote Desktop host.


Finally, after remote connections have been enabled, you will be prompted to set up a PIN of at least six digits. Make sure to remember it, as you will have to enter it on your mobile device in order to authorize the connection. This is a one time requirement, although you can choose to be asked to enter the PIN code every time.

Once you're done with that, grab your phone or tablet, head over to the Play Store or the Apple App Store and download the Chrome Remote Desktop app. The process is identical on both Android and iOS. Just open the app, log in with the same Google account that you you're using on your PC, enter the same PIN code, and you should see a list of the names of all your computers. Chrome Remote Desktop can be used to control multiple PCs with a single mobile device and all you need to do is repeat the process for each one.

Congratulations, the touchschreen of your mobile device is now both a touch pad and a “window” to your PC. You can pinch to zoom, use a virtual keyboard, open and close programs on your computer, switch it off remotely, tap the screen with two fingers for a right click and even send a Ctrl + Alt + Del command by tapping the three dots in the top right corner of the screen.

Download Chrome Remote Desktop:



1. FluffyBled unregistered

I think PhoneArena should have a "How to" section rather than posting these tutorials as news! (Just a suggestion, although I knew this method, it is helpful to some! So not hatin' or anything.)

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well it was an article like this that first introduced me to the possibility of remote connecting to my desktop and I use it all the time now.

7. FluffyBled unregistered

My comment wasn't about this particular article. Seeing that from time to time they do post How To articles, it would be better not to mix them with news articles. Simple as that!

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Worst option out there to perform such task. Don't need that spyware in the middle eavesdropping on all the data from my Smartphone to my Windows PC. Team Viewer is the least worrying option there is, and it works pretty great even on slow WiFi networks...

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Heck don't even need that. VPN into your home router (if your router supports it, TMO's free one does, Asus router) you get the vpn info from router, connect to vpn. Now you have relatively low lag tunnel going on here and my cell network is gonna be the 'slow' part even at 40Mbps. Now get remote desktop....done. Make sure your premissions is setup. No 'third party' app in the way. It is how I do it on windows phone to run bluestacks on my phone when I 'severely' need an app. Did I mention I don't need chrome bloat to do so?

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Thx but i'll just stick to using remote mouse.

4. MrLove

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 05, 2016

Please, this Google bloat spies everything you do and make your device lag. Its a malware why are you recommending it?

5. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

Chrome Web Store link directs to Apple store instead.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

So instead of using the 1st party rather convenient remote desktop windows app...we get chrome google fest? And thinking we need chrome browser to do so? Seriously why in the hell do I need a browser to do remote desktop?!?!

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