Easy Tutorial: Use Chrome Remote Desktop to Copy and Paste

This post shows how to enable Chrome Remote Desktop copy and paste and offers workarounds when you can’t copy and paste files with Chrome Remote Desktop.


By Ellie / Updated on August 2, 2023

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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!

Part 1. 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 3.  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 4. 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 the Chrome Remote Desktop app on Google Play. 

Step 5.  Click the computer that you want to access and input this PIN. Then, you can get remote control of it from your local computer. 

Part 2. Enable clipboard synchronization in the 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

Step 4. Then you are able to copy and paste files just using Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V during the CRD session.

Fixed: Chrome Remote Desktop copy paste not working

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 in 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, and you’ll find Clipboard. Change the default setting to 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 other issues like "Chrome Remote Desktop 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 a remote session. 

Download and install it on your computers and see how to use it to transfer files remotely.  To start remote sessions from mobile devices, you can download mobile clients from App Store or Google Play.

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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 transfer files directly. 

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

Step 7. You can also copy and paste texts between computers during an AnyViewer remote session.

✍ It is recommended to upgrade your account to a professional or enterprise plan to enjoy:
 Faster file transfer speed. For a free account, the max file transfer speed is 500KB/s, and for a paid account is 10MB/s.
Access in privacy mode: Access the remote devices with its screen blacking the screen and remote input disabled.
Increasing numbers of files being transferred at once. For a free account, 100 files can be transferred at a time; for a paid account, this number is unlimited.
 The larger size of a single file can be transferred. The maximum size of a single file that can be transferred for the free account is 100 MB, and for a paid account is 1 TB.
 More assigned devices to achieve file transfer. You can only assign 3 devices for a free account, but 10 for a Professional account and 100 for an Enterprise account.


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.