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.

Chrome Remote Desktop is available on the web on your computer. You will need to download the Chrome Remote Desktop app to use your mobile device for remote access.

Set up remote access to your computer

You can set up remote access to your Mac, Windows, or Linux computer.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type remotedesktop.google.com/access.
  3. Under “Set up Remote Access,” click Download Download
  4. Follow the onscreen directions to download and install Chrome Remote Desktop.

You may have to enter your computer password to give Chrome Remote Desktop access. You may also be prompted to change security settings in Preferences.

Learn more about how to use Chrome Remote Desktop on Linux.

To use Chrome Remote Desktop on your Chromebook, learn how to share your computer with someone else.

Share your computer with someone else

You can give others remote 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 remotedesktop.google.com/support, and press Enter.
  3. Under “Get Support, “ click Download Download.
  4. Follow the onscreen directions to download and install Chrome Remote Desktop.
  5. Under “Get Support,” select Generate Code.  
  6. Copy the code and send to the person you want to have access to your computer.
  7. When that person enters your access code on the site, you will see a dialog with their e-mail address. Select Share to allow them full access to your computer.
  8. To end a sharing session, click Stop Sharing.

The access code will only work one time. If you are sharing your computer, you will be asked to confirm that you want to continue to share your computer every 30 minutes.

Access a computer remotely

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Chrome Remote Desktop app Chrome Remote Desktop App. If you don’t have it, download it from iTunes.
  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

You can use gestures while remotely accessing a computer.

  • 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

If you want to edit your list of computers, sign in on any computer on your list and open the Chrome Remote Desktop app Chrome Remote Desktop App.

Troubleshooting tips

If you're still having problems, try these tips:

  • If the page won't open, check your iPhone’s or iPad’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, please 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.

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