By Ellie / Last Updated November 23, 2022

Can I copy files from Chrome Remote Desktop?

Chrome Remote Desktop (CRD), developed by Google, is a free remote access program that gives users permanent access to another computer with different operating systems. Users use it to fix technical issues or work remotely. During the process, file transfer might be necessary. Thus, many users may wonder if it is possible to copy and paste files in Chrome Remote Desktop and how to complete the task.  

Chrome Remote Desktop

How to set up Chrome Remote Desktop for copy-paste

Generally, you can copy and paste in Chrome Remote Desktop as long as you have set up CRD properly.  For detailed steps, keep reading!

Connect to another computer via Chrome Remote Desktop 

First of all, you need to initialize a remote session between two computers using CRD. 

Step 1.On the host computer, open the Chrome Remote Desktop download page. Click Remote Support first and then click the blue download button. Then, click Add to Chrome >  Add extension to download Chrome Remote Desktop extension.

Download Chrome Remote Desktop Extension

Step 2. Click on Accept & Install to install CRD. 

Ready to Install Chrome Remote Desktop

Step 4.  Enter a name for your computer and then click Next. Then you set up a PIN with at least 6 numbers for the host computer. 

Choose a PIN

Step 5. On the client computer, open Chrome browser and go to Chrome Remote Desktop access interface, and log into the same Google account.  Here you can see the available remote devices. 

Remote Devices

Note: To start remote access from mobile devices like iPhone, you need to download Chrome Remote Desktop app on Google Play. 

Step 6.  Click the computer that you want to access and input this PIN. Then, you can get remote control of it from your local computer. 

Enable clipboard synchronization in CRD session 

Then, you can enable clipboard synchronization and see how to copy and paste in Chrome Remote Desktop. 

Step 1. Open the Option Panel on the right side of the screen. Locate Enable clipboard synchronization, and then click Begin.

Enable Clipboard Synchronization

Step 2. Then you’ll receive a pop-up window to remind you that Chrome Remote Desktop wants to see text and images copied to the clipboard. Click Allow.

Allow Clipboard

Step 3. Now, you have enabled clipboard synchronization, click OK to start Chrome Remote Desktop copy paste.

All Set

Then you are able to copy and paste files just using Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V during the CRD session

 Chrome Remote Desktop copy and paste not working: What should I do?

If you have enabled clipboard synchronization with Chrome Remote Desktop and copy and paste not working, you can take the following two reasons into consideration: Google Chrome may sometimes block the use of copy and paste on some sites; there's something wrong with your keyboard.   To get copy and paste workable again, you can try the following two fixes. 

Fix 1. Edit site setting to allow clipboard

Step 1. Click the button on the upper-right corner, and then click Settings.

Chrome Settings

Step 2. Click Privacy and security on the left pane, and then locate and click Site Settings.

Privacy and Security

Step 3. On the Site Setting page, locate the site of Chrome Remote Desktop. Then click the button where the mouse locates.

Site Setting

Step 4. Then slide your mouse, you’ll find Clipboard. Change the default setting into Allow. Now you can start Chrome Remote Desktop copy paste.

Clipboard Allow

Fix 2 . Use the on-screen keyboard

 Step 1. Open the Control Panel, locate and click Easy of Access.

Ease of Use Found in the Control Panel

Step 2. In the left pane, find and click Keyboard.

Enter the Keyboard Setting Interface

Step 3. Turn on Use the On-Screen Keyboard (or you could also press the Windows logo key + Ctrl + O to turn the On-Screen Keyboard on or off).

Use the on Screen Keyboard

Step 4. Then you can use the on-screen keyboard to copy and paste.

Show the on Screen Keyboard

Note: Here we take Windows as an example, you can find the on-screen keyboard on your own computer. But notice that not every system has an on-screen keyboard.

If you still can't copy and paste files with Chrome Remote Desktop, don't worry, you are able to transfer files with upload file and download file. 

Transfer Files Chrome Remote Desktop

Free alternative to Chrome Remote Desktop: AnyViewer

Chrome Remote Desktop copy and paste is helpful in transferring files between two remote computers. But, CRD copy and paste not working, and the other issues like "goes offline" bring unpleasant experiences for remote file transfer.  Thus, here we recommend a free alternative to CRD, AnyViewer. AnyViewer is a professional remote desktop software for Windows which is very easy to set up and use. It supports you to transfer files during the remote session but also to directly transfer files without running remote session. 

Download and install it on your computers and see how to use it to transfer files remotely. 

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7
Secure Download

Option 1. Access unattended computer and start file transfer 

Step 1. Run AnyViewer, 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.

Free Editions

Step 4.  Log into the same account on the other computer. On the computer that you want to start a remote session, click Device and you can see the computer that you want to control. Click it and click One-click control.

Connect to My Devices

Note: If you don't want to access and control the remote PC completely, you can just choose "File Transfer" to open File Transfer winow. 

Step 5.  Then, you are able to see the desktop of the remote computer. During the remote session, click Files to open File Transfer window. 


Step 6. In the File Transfer window, you can select the files and transfer them from one computer to another computer with fast speed and high security. 

Transfer Files

Note: The free version supports to transfer a single file up to 100MB. If you need to transfer large file like 3GB file, you can upgrade to an advanced plan

Part 2. Send request to control remote computer and transfer file

Step 1. On the computer where you start remote control, run AnyViewer, create and log into an AnyViewer account.  Go to Connect, and click Connect button after inputting the device ID of the remote computer and choose Remote control


Step 2. Choose Send a request to your partner and click OK

Send a Control Request to Your Partner

Step 3. On the host computer, click Allow to make the connection successful.

Request to Control Your Device

Step 4. Then, you have controlled the remote computer. Click Files and you are able to transfer files between the two devices. 


Can Chrome Remote Desktop copy and paste? Surely you have realized the truth. However,  if you encounter issuers while using copy and paste with CRD, it's wise to turn to AnyViewer for an easy and secure file transfer between remote computers.