How can I enable someone to access my computer remotely?
In our daily life, we sometimes want to allow someone to remote access our computers for various reasons, for example, to remotely access my computer to get the information they need, or to provide remote support to help troubleshoot computer issues.
How can I allow someone to access my computer remotely? The point is to find the best way to make all these happen. Therefore, remote control software and remote support software emerge as the times require. Normally, a free, easy, and stable tool would be of great help to users who want to allow someone to remote access their computers.
What happens if you give someone remote access to your computer? When you do this, you give full control of your computer to this person. He or she can see your screen, control your mouse and keyboard, and almost do everything on your computer as you can from a different location. This sometimes can be risky, especially when you have important data on your computer. So, please be careful and only give remote access permission to the person you trust.
Five ways to allow someone to remote access my computer
Here we provide five ways to allow someone to remote access my computer, for remote control and remote support both.
Part 1. Three ways to allow someone to control my computer remotely
The Windows built-in Remote Desktop Connection, the third-party remote desktop software AnyViewer, and the Google extension Chrome Remote Desktop would allow someone to remote access my computer.
Way 1. Allow someone to control my computer remotely via Remote Desktop Connection
Remote Desktop Connection is the Windows built-in remote desktop program. Before using it, there is some preparation work to do.
1. Enable Remote Desktop in Settings
Navigate to: Settings > System> Remote Desktop > Turn on the Enable Remote Desktop switch, and then click the Confirm button.
2. Allow remote connections to this computer in Control Panel
Step 1. Select Control Panel > System and Security> System, under the “System” section, click Remote Settings.
Step 2. Select the box next to "Allow remote connections to this computer" and then click OK.
3. Change Windows Firewall settings
Step 1. On the remote computer, select: Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Defender Firewall.
Step 2. Click “Allow an App or Feature Through Windows Defender Firewall” on the left navigation.
Step 3. Check “Remote Desktop” and hit OK.
4. Get the IP address and computer name
Step 1. Press Win + R on the remote computer to open the Run dialog box. Enter "cmd" and then hit OK.
Step 2. To get the IP address for Remote Dekstop, enter the command "ipconfig" and note the IPv4 Address.
Step 3. To get the PC name for Remote Desktop, type in “query user”, and you can see your PC name.
After you have done everything above, follow the next steps to remotely access another computer.
Step 1. On the local computer, press Win + R, and type “mstsc” in the Run Dialog box to open the Remote Desktop Connection.
Step 2. Click Show Options, type in the IP address and name of the remote computer and then click Connect.
Step 3. Input the password of the remote computer in the pop-up window, and press OK.
Way 2. Professional remote desktop software for Windows - AnyViewer
AnyViewer is a free Windows remote desktop software that provides secure remote access for almost all Windows versions. Compared with Remote Desktop Connection, it has the following advantages:
- Remote Desktop requires a series of the setup process. Users need to enable remote access, get the IP address, computer name, and computer password, and set up firewall settings to achieve remote connections. While AnyViewer is easy to set up, with only a few steps, the user can start unattended remote access from one device to another with one click.
- Remote Desktop requires that the two devices be on the same network, otherwise, users need to set up port forwarding, which is complicated. While AnyViewer can be used directly over LAN or over the internet.
- Remote Desktop is unable to connect to Windows Home and Windows Standard machines. While AnyViewer is fully compatible with both versions.
Step 1. Install and run AnyViewer on both computers. Navigate to Log in and then Sign up on the Controller computer (if you have already registered on the official website, you can log in directly).
Step 2. Fill out the sign-up form.
Step 3. You should now see that you have successfully logged into AnyViewer. Your device will be assigned to the account to which you have logged in automatically.
Step 4. Log in to the same AnyViewer account on the two devices, then you can click One-click control to achieve a direct connection, click View the screen to see another’s screen, or click File transfer to share files between computers.
- Additionally, you can change your account's plan to a Professional or Enterprise one. What a business or professional plan can provide for you is:
- More devices will be allowed to assign to the same account for unattended remote access.
- More connection channels for more devices to be able to start remote connection at the same time.
- One device can connect to more devices simultaneously.
- Black the remote PC screen and disable the remote keyboard & mouse click to protect privacy.
- Transfer 1TB files at 10 MB/s.
Way 3. Free Google Chrome extension - Chrome Remote Desktop
Chrome Remote Desktop is a remote control software developed by Google. It requires users to have Google Chrome installed on both computers and have a Google account. Users can add Chrome Remote Desktop as an extension and start remote connection via it.
Step 1. On both computers, sign in to the same Google Account if you are not logged in. Then, open the Chrome Remote Desktop web page.
Step 2. Click Remote Access first and then click the blue download button.
Step 3. Click on Add to Chrome to add the Chrome Remote Desktop in your Chrome browser.
Step 4. Click Add extension to confirm the download.
Step 5. Click Accept & Install.
Step 6. Enter a name for your computer and then click Next.
Step 7. Choose a PIN with at least 6 numbers, and then enter it twice to start the program.
Step 8. After both computers have successfully created their PINs, you can see the available computers here on the client computer. Click the computer you want to connect to.
Step 9. Enter the PIN of the host computer, then click the blue arrow. Then you can start to control it.
Part 2. Two ways to allow someone to offer you remote support
If you want to allow someone to offer you remote support, you can use the Windows built-in features Remote Assistance and Quick Assist.
Way 1. Invite someone you trust to help you via Remote Assistance
Windows Remote Assistance works by sending the remote user an invitation file from the host machine and then providing remote assistance.
Step 1. Right-click on This PC and then select Properties.
Step 2. Locate Remote settings on the left pane.
Step 3. Switch to the Remote tab, and then tick the option “Allow Remote Assistance to this computer”.
Then you can start to use Remote Assistance.
Step 1. Press Win + R and then type in “msra” in the box, and hit OK to open Remote Assistance.
Step 2. Choose “Invite someone you trust to help you” on your PC and click “Save this invitation as a file”.
Step 3. Save this file on the desktop and a pop-up window that contains a password will appear. Send the file and password to the PC providing help.
Step 4. On the PC providing help, choose “Help someone who has invited you”, and then double-click on the file, enter the password and click OK.
Step 5. Then a pop-up request will display on the computer receiving help, click on “Yes”.
Step 6. On the PC providing help, click on “Request control” and then a window will be popped up on the computer receiving help.
Step 7. Click on OK on the PC providing help, and then you can give assistance.
Way 2. Give assistance to someone via Quick Assist
Quick Assist is a Windows built-in software that is only available on Windows 11 and 10. It enables users to share their screen with another person in order to receive or provide assistance via a remote connection.
Step 1. In the PC that is used to offer support, type Quick Assist in the search box and run it.
Step 2. Click Assist another person under Give assistance.
Step 3. Now, you need to sign in to your Microsoft account.
Step 4. After successful login, you can see your security code. Please send it to the PC that needs help.
Step 5. In the computer that needs to be assisted, run Quick Assist, input the security code from the assistant under Code from assistance and click Share screen.
Step 6. In the helper end, two options: Take full control and View screen pop up. Choose Take full control to offer remote assistance and click Continue.
Step 7. the receiver will get a message saying that someone will be able to see the files and control the computer. Make sure that the one is trusted and click Allow.
Finally, the assistant can connect to the receiver's computer successfully. And the assistant can settle the PC's issues from far away.
How can I allow someone to remote access my computer? This post offers you five ways to perform remote control and remote support. Among these, we highly recommend AnyViewer. It is easy to set up and use. With it, you can quickly get started. Try it right now.