By Ellie / Last Updated April 8, 2022

Brief introduction of Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop is a remote control software, developed by Google. It is a free remote access tool that’s available as a simple Chrome extension, providing users with an easy and convenient solution to access another computer.

The advantage of using Chrome Remote Desktop over other remote control software is that it’s a browser extension of Chrome, which allows you to control your computers via Google browser directly. All you need to do is install a Chrome browser and Chrome Remote Desktop extension in your computer.

There are two major advantages of Chrome Remote Desktop. The first is its powerful functions, the second is its great cross-platform capacity.

Chrome Remote Desktop allows you to take over another computer remotely. Whenever you are at home or on a trip, you can remotely access your files or programs on your office computer. Chrome Remote Desktop allows you to receive remote support from others or provide others with remote support. For example, if you have a tech problem and need one of your colleagues to check a few things on your computer, it can generate a one-time access code to let your colleague temporarily connect and control your computer.

Chrome Remote Desktop carries great cross-platform capacity. It enables you to remotely control another computer from different operating systems, like iOS, OS X, Chrome OS, Android, Windows and Linux. It provides you with multiple choices. 

How to control PC via Chrome Remote Desktop?

Option 1. Control your PC via PIN

If you are trying to control your own PC and don’t want to get new access every time, Chrome Remote Desktop provides you with permanent access. But first, you need to follow the steps listed below to set up Chrome Remote Desktop on both computers.

Step 1. Open the Chrome Remote Desktop web page and click on Access my computer button on your PC.

Access My Computer

Step 2. Click on the download icon to set up remote access.

Set Up Remote Access

Step 3. Click on Add to Chrome to add the Chrome Remote Desktop in your Chrome browser.

Add to Chrome

Step 4. Click on Accept & Install to install it.

Ready to Install

Step 5. Enter a name for your computer and then click Next.

Choose Name

Step 6. Choose a PIN with at least 6 numbers, and then enter it twice to start the program.

Choose A PIN

If you have finished the above set-up process, you need to know the PIN of the host computer to start remote control. After knowing the PIN, enter in the address bar at the top, and press Enter. Click “Access” to select which computer you want to access. Enter the PIN of the host computer. Select the arrow to achieve connection.

Option 2. Control your PC via one-time code

The above-mentioned steps allow you to get permanent access to another computer. If you just want a one-time connection with the other person’s computer, then you need to click Remote Support. But first, repeat the above six steps to set up Chrome Remote Desktop.

Remote Support

Chrome Remote Support

If you want to let someone else access this computer, click on it to get an auto-generated code that expires in five minutes. Then share the code with the person you want to allow access to. They will be able to see your screen, and control your computer.

Share This Screen

If you want to remotely control another computer, ask the other person for the one-time code mentioned above, enter the code, and you’ll have access to another computer.

Connect to Another Computer


Free alternative to Chrome Remote Desktop.

Chrome Remote Desktop is pretty convenient for Google browser users, as it is a browser extension. However, if you are not a Google browser user, the advantage of Chrome Remote Desktop over other remote control software cannot be highlighted. Thus, here, we recommend you to download a free remote control alternative AnyViewer.

AnyViewer is a professional remote access software for different versions of Windows and Windows Servers. With strong technical support, it offers you a stable and fast remote connection and the most convenient way to achieve unattended remote access.

Download Freeware Win PCs & Servers
Secure Download

Step 1. Download, install and launch AnyViewer on both computers. Go to Log in, and then click Sign up. (If you already have signed up on its official website, you can log in directly.)

Log in AnyViewer

Step 2. Fill in the signup information.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 3. Then you can see you successfully logged in to AnyViewer. Your device will automatically be assigned to the account you've logged in to.

Free Editions

Step 4. Log in to the same AnyViewer account on the two devices, then you can achieve a direct connection by clicking Remote control.

Connect to My Devices

Note: You can also upgrade your account to Professional or Enterprise edition to assign more devices and to connect to another computer in privacy mode.