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 device, open Chrome.
  3. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://apps, and press Enter.
  4. Select Chrome Remote Desktop Chrome Remote Desktop App.
  5. Under "My Computers," select Get started.
  6. Select Enable remote connections.
  7. Enter a PIN and re-type the PIN. Select OK.
  8. Select 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 device, open Chrome.
  3. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://apps, and press Enter.
  4. Select Chrome Remote Desktop Chrome Remote Desktop App.
  5. Under "My Computers," select Get started.
  6. Select Enable remote connections. Then, follow the onscreen instructions.
  7. Chrome will download a .dmg file. Select 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, select OK.
  11. Enter a PIN and re-type the PIN, then select 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. Select 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 device, open Chrome.
  2. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://apps, and press Enter.
  3. Select Chrome Remote Desktop Chrome Remote Desktop App.
  4. Under "My Computers," select Get started.
  5. Select Enable remote connections.
  6. Enter a PIN and re-type the PIN. Then select OK.
  7. Dismiss the confirmation dialog.
Chromebook
  1. Download the Chrome Remote Desktop app.
  2. Select Add to Chrome.
  3. Confirm by selecting Add app.
  4. In the corner of your screen, select the Launcher Launch icon and then Up arrow Up arrow.
  5. Select Chrome Remote Desktop Chrome Remote Desktop App

Share your device with someone else

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

  1. In laptop mode: On your keyboard, press the Launcher Launcher key.
    In tablet mode: Go to your Home screen. To get there, go to the bottom left corner of your screen and tap the Launcher Launcher.
  2. Select Chrome Remote Desktop Chrome Remote Desktop App.
  3. Select Get started.
  4. To create an access code, select Share.
  5. Send the code to the person you want to let use your device.
  6. When the other person enters the access code, they'll see your email address and have full control of your device.
  7. To end a sharing session, select Stop sharing.

Access a device remotely

  1. In laptop mode: On your keyboard, press the Launcher Launcher key.
    In tablet mode: Go to your Home screen. To get there, go to the bottom left corner of your screen and tap the Launcher Launcher.
  2. Select Chrome Remote Desktop Chrome Remote Desktop App.
  3. Pick what you want to access. You might need to select Get Started first.
    • If you're accessing your device, select it.
    • If you're accessing another computer that's been shared with you, select Access.
  4. Enter the PIN or access code required to log in.
  5. Select Connect.

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

Stop a remote session

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

Remove a computer from your list

  1. In laptop mode: On your keyboard, press the Launcher Launcher key.
    In tablet mode: Go to your Home screen. To get there, go to the bottom left corner of your screen and tap the Launcher Launcher.
  2. Select Chrome Remote Desktop Chrome Remote Desktop App.
  3. Next to the computer you want to remove, select 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. Select Remove.
  2. To also remove Chrome Remote Desktop from your account, remove the extension:
    1. On your device, open Chrome.
    2. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://apps, and press Enter.
    3. Right-click "Chrome Remote Desktop" and select Remove ​from Chrome.
    4. A confirmation dialog appears. Select 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 select Uninstall.
  2. To also remove Chrome Remote Desktop from your account, remove the extension:
    1. On your device, open Chrome.
    2. In the address bar at the top, type chrome://apps, and press Enter.
    3. Right-click "Chrome Remote Desktop" and select Remove ​from Chrome.
    4. A confirmation dialog appears. Select 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.
  • Antivirus software might prevent you from using Chrome Remote Desktop. Make sure your antivirus 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 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 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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