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 on-screen 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.

Find out more about how to use Chrome Remote Desktop on Linux.

To use Chrome Remote Desktop on your Chromebook, find out 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 on-screen directions to download and install Chrome Remote Desktop.
  5. Under 'Get Support', select Generate Code.  
  6. Copy the code and send to the person that you want to have access to your computer.
  7. When that person enters your access code on the site, you will see a dialogue with their email 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 once. If you are sharing your computer, you will be asked to confirm that you want to continue to share your computer every 30 minutes.

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 that you want to 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 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. Pick what you want to access. You might need to click Get Started first.
    • If you’re accessing your computer, click it.
    • If you’re accessing another computer that’s been shared with you, click Access.
  5. Enter the PIN or access code required to log in.
  6. Click Connect.

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

Stop a remote session

When you’re finished, go to the centre of the page and click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then Disconnect.

Remove a computer from your list

  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. Next to the computer that you want to remove, click Disable remote connection.

Remove Chrome Remote Desktop

Windows
  1. On each computer where you want to remove Chrome Remote Desktop access, remove the app:
    1. Go to Control Panel and then Programs and then Add/Remove Programs.
    2. Find the 'Chrome Remote Desktop' application.
    3. Click Remove.
  2. To also remove Chrome Remote Desktop from your account, remove the extension:
    1. On your computer, open Chrome.
    2. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://apps and press Enter.
    3. Right-click 'Chrome Remote Desktop' and click Remove ​from Chrome.
    4. A confirmation dialogue appears. Click Remove.
Mac
  1. On each computer where you want to remove Chrome Remote Desktop access, uninstall the app:
    1. Find the 'Chrome Remote Desktop Host Uninstaller' application.
    2. Launch the uninstaller and click Uninstall.
  2. To also remove Chrome Remote Desktop from your account, remove the extension:
    1. On your computer, open Chrome.
    2. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://apps and press Enter.
    3. Right-click 'Chrome Remote Desktop' and click Remove ​from Chrome.
    4. A confirmation dialogue appears. Click Remove.

Troubleshooting tips

If you're having problems with Chrome Remote Desktop, try these tips:

  • You need to be connected to the Internet to share or access a computer. If the page won't open, check your computer’s network settings.
  • Anti-virus software might prevent you from using Chrome Remote Desktop. Make sure that your anti-virus allows the following:
    • Outbound UDP traffic
    • Inbound UDP responses
    • Traffic on TCP ports 443 (HTTPS) and 5222 (XMPP)
  • 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 that you're using the latest version of Chrome or Chrome OS.

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 anatomised data about network delays and how long your session lasted.

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

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