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Access another computer with Chrome Remote Desktop

You can use a computer or mobile device to access files and applications on another computer over the Internet with Chrome Remote Desktop.

Set up remote access

Windows
  1. Download the Chrome Remote Desktop app.
  2. On your computer, open Chrome.
  3. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://apps, and press Enter.
  4. Click Chrome Remote Desktop Chrome Remote Desktop App.
  5. Under "My Computers," click Get started.
  6. Click Enable remote connections.
  7. Enter a PIN and re-type the PIN. Click OK.
  8. Click Yes to install the Chrome Remote Desktop service.
  9. Confirm the Google Account and enter the PIN again to continue.

The computer you allowed should show up under "My Computers."

Mac
  1. Download the Chrome Remote Desktop app.
  2. On your computer, open Chrome.
  3. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://apps, and press Enter.
  4. Click Chrome Remote Desktop Chrome Remote Desktop App.
  5. Under "My Computers," click Get started.
  6. Click Enable remote connections. Then, follow the onscreen instructions.
  7. Chrome will download a .dmg file. Click Save.
  8. Once the file downloads, open it.
  9. Follow the on-screen prompts to finish installation. Then, return to Chrome.
  10. To turn remote access on for your computer, click OK.
  11. Enter a PIN and re-type the PIN, then click OK.
  12. When a box appears, unlock the panel and confirm your account and PIN again.
  13. The "Remote connections for this computer have been enabled" message will appear. Click OK to dismiss it.

The computer you allowed should show up under "My Computers."

Linux

Step 1: Download and set up Chrome Remote Desktop

Download the Chrome Remote Desktop app.

Step 2: Install the Debian package for the host components

Download the 64-bit Debian Package here.

Step 3: Create a virtual desktop session

If you have Ubuntu 12.04, skip to Step 4.

  1. Look in /usr/share/xsessions/ for the .desktop file for your preferred desktop environment.
    • For example, Cinnamon has a file named "cinnamon.desktop" with the following command: gnome-session --session=cinnamon
  2. Create a file called .chrome-remote-desktop-session in your home directory with the following content:
    • exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session "<YOUR_EXEC_COMMAND>"
  3. Replace <YOUR_EXEC_COMMAND> with the command at the end of your .desktop file:
    • In the example for Cinnamon, the correct command is exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session 'gnome-session --session=cinnamon'
    • Unity desktops require some additional code. The full command is DESKTOP_SESSION=ubuntu XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=/run/user/$(id -u) exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session 'gnome-session --session=ubuntu'
  4. Save the file called ".chrome-remote-desktop-session"​.

Step 4: Allow remote connections

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://apps, and press Enter.
  3. Click Chrome Remote Desktop Chrome Remote Desktop App.
  4. Under "My Computers," click Get started.
  5. Click Enable remote connections.
  6. Enter a PIN and re-type the PIN. Then click OK.
  7. Dismiss the confirmation dialog.
Chromebook
  1. Download the Chrome Remote Desktop app.
  2. Click Add to Chrome.
  3. Confirm by clicking Add app.
  4. Click the Launcher Launcher and then Up arrow Up arrow.
  5. Click Chrome Remote Desktop Chrome Remote Desktop App

Share your computer with someone else

You can give others access to your computer. They’ll have full access to your apps, files, emails, documents and history.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://apps, and press Enter.
  3. Click Chrome Remote Desktop Chrome Remote Desktop App.
  4. Click Get started.
  5. To create an access code, click Share.
  6. Send the code to the person you want to let use your computer.
  7. When the other person enters the access code, they’ll see your email address and have full control of your computer.
  8. To end a sharing session, click Stop sharing.

Access a computer remotely

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome Remote Desktop app Chrome Remote Desktop App. If you don’t have it, download it from Google Play.
  2. Tap the computer you want to access from the list. If a computer is dimmed, it’s offline or unavailable.
  3. You can control the computer in two different modes. To switch between modes, tap the icon in the toolbar.
    • To do actions with a virtual mouse pointer, tap Trackpad mode Trackpad mode.
    • To do actions with taps, tap Touch mode Touch mode.

For your security, all remote desktop sessions are fully encrypted.

Use gestures while using a computer remotely

  • Scroll up or down: Swipe with two fingers.
  • Click and drag: Drag with a finger.
  • Zoom: Pinch and stretch with two fingers.
  • Show keyboard: Swipe up with three fingers.
  • Show the toolbar app: Swipe down with three fingers.
  • Move the mouse: Swipe anywhere on the screen (only in Trackpad mode).
  • Left click: Tap the screen.
  • Right click: Tap the screen with two fingers (only in Trackpad mode).
  • Middle click: Tap the screen with three fingers (only in Trackpad mode).

Remove a computer from your list

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome Remote Desktop app Chrome Remote Desktop App.
  2. Touch and hold the computer you want to remove.
  3. Tap Delete.
  4. Tap Ok.

Troubleshooting tips

If you're having problems, try these tips:

  • If the page won't open, check your device’s connection.
  • If the computer being accessed is on a work or school network, it might not let you give others access. For more information, contact your administrator.
  • Make sure you're using the latest version of the Chrome Remote Desktop App Chrome Remote Desktop App.

If you have any other issues, report them in the Chrome Help Forum.

Improve Chrome Remote Desktop

To learn how to improve Chrome Remote Desktop, Google collects and stores some anonymized data about network delays and how long your session lasted.

To learn more about Chrome Remote Desktop, view our Chrome Privacy Notice and Google Privacy Policy.

Megan is a Google Chrome expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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