By Ellie / Last Updated August 25, 2021

Brief introduction of AnyDesk

With the development of technology and the increase of consumer demands, the remote control market is getting more and more thriving. AnyDesk, a totally free remote desktop software that allows you to remotely connect to a computer from anywhere at any time, has been highly praised by many uses.

AnyDesk has given top priority to security. It offers a high level of security by default through encryption. AnyDesk can be used in all platforms on all devices. For example, Windows, macOS, Andriod, iOS, Linux, FreeBSD, Raspberry Pi, Chrome OS. It allows you to access all your programs, documents, and files from anywhere at any time.

However, although AnyDesk is free for individual users, its connection will be unstable and even out of service after a period of time. The disadvantage that can occur at work is if a meeting goes much longer than planned according to the reports of some users. Sometimes, it keeps on getting errors wherein after 15 to 20 minutes of connection, and gets automatically disconnected which affects remote work output. Users are calling for a stronger Internet connection.

Two free AnyDesk alternatives  

The above part explains the basics of AnyDesk and its pros and cons. Some users feel very depressed about the drawbacks of AnyDesk and hope to find AnyDesk alternative for Windows. Here in this part, two free AnyDesk alternatives will be introduced. By providing a list of pros and cons for the available alternatives, users could choose the most suitable one according to their own demands.

Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop, a browser extension of Google, enables you to remotely control another computer or be controlled by another computer from different operating systems. It is fully trans-platform, supporting iOS, OS X, Chrome OS, Android, Windows, and Linux.

Chrome Remote Desktop now provides two major functions: Remote Access and Remote Support. The former allows you to get permanent remote access to your computer, reaching your important files, data, and applications, while the latter generates a one-time access code to let someone else temporarily connect and control your computer, providing exceptional service for you.

The biggest advantage of Chrome Remote Desktop over AnyDesk lies in that the former is an extension of the Google browser. It is available on the web on your computer. Thus, you do not need to download it on your desktop anymore. As long as you are using the Chrome browser, you are more than halfway there. Next, you need to add Chrome Remote Desktop to Chrome and then you could start your remote control.

However,  the shortcomings of Chrome Remote Desktop are also obvious. Firstly, you need to download the Chrome browser on both computers. Secondly, you need to log in to the same Google account. Thirdly, the automatically generated access code will expire only in 5 minutes. If you are not familiar with the operation, it will be difficult to complete within the time limit.


AnyViewer, a stable and fast remote access software for different versions of Windows. It allows you to remote into PCs or Servers and establish remote desktop connection anywhere, anytime over the internet. Like Chrome Remote Desktop, it offers you remote access to the work computer and gives you chance to provide remote IT support for your friends or clients, saving your time and improving your work efficiency.

AnyViewer is also a highly safe and reliable software. It is secured by Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) encryption, protecting your data from leakage. AnyViewer also offers you a stable connection. And most importantly, it’s totally free of charge.

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Secure Download

It’s very easy to install. Its interface is quite concise and intuitive, making it easy for you to operate. Here are instructional steps to guide you through the installation and usage of AnyViewer.

Step 1.Download, install and run AnyViewer.

Temporary Code

Step 2. Go to Setting > Recipient, please make sure all the tree options are checked. Then set your own security code in the box.

Accept Remote Control

Step 3. There are two ways to achieve connection. The controller can enter the recipient’s device ID and choose to input a security code to achieve remote connection.

Security Code

Step 4. If the controller chooses “Send a control request to your partner” option, the recipient will receive a pop-up request to control his device. If the recipient allows the request, then the connection will be successfully established. If he denies it, the connection will be canceled.

Send a Control Request to Your Partner

Request to Control Your Device

In conclusion, Chrome Remote Desktop and AnyViewer are two free AnyDesk alternatives. Check the following table to see the pros and cons of the three software. Among the two, AnyViewer can adapt to more versions of Windows systems, and there is no need to register any account, and the installation process is very simple. 

Comparison Table