By Ellie / Last Updated January 18, 2022

What are the benefits of using Chrome Remote Desktop on iPhone to connect to PC?

Chrome Remote Desktop is a globally popular remote control software that allows you to remotely access files on a PC through your mobile phone or another PC. Chrome Remote Desktop is compatible with almost all operating systems on the market, including Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android.

If you want to use your iPhone to remotely access a PC, then Chrome Remote Desktop will be a recommended choice. Why is it so popular? The following are the reasons:

  • It is completely free, whether you’re using it is on a computer, a tablet, or a mobile phone.
  • It is very easy to use, no need to spend time on learning.
  • Its mobile phone application has plenty of gestures, allowing you to achieve most of the computer functions using your iPhone.

Compared with a PC to PC connection, it is obviously more convenient to use your iPhone to connect to PC, which allows you to view files or complete tasks while lying on the sofa. So, how to use Chrome Remote Desktop on iPhone to connect to PC? Next, I will introduce the operation method for you in detail.

How to use Chrome Remote Desktop on iPhone to connect to PC?

Next, we will take Chrome Remote Desktop of Windows system as an example (the setup method of Chrome Remote Desktop in Windows and Mac OS is basically the same). Before starting to learn how to use Chrome Remote Desktop on iPhone to connect to PC, we need to make the corresponding preparations.

  • On your PC, download the Chrome browser and log in to the Google account on the Chrome browser.
  • On your iPhone, download the iOS version of the Chrome Remote Desktop application.

How to set up Chrome Remote Desktop on the PC

Step 1. On your PC, open the Chrome Remote Desktop web page and click Remote Access and then click the blue button to download CRD.

Set Up Remote Access

Step 2. On the Chrome web store, click on Add to Chrome to add the Chrome Remote Desktop in your Chrome browser.

Add to Chrome

Step 3. Click Add extension to confirm the installation.

Confirm Installation

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

Note: If you accidentally forget your Chrome Remote Desktop pin code, don’t worry, you can re-find it.

How to use Chrome Remote Desktop on iPhone

After setting Chrome Remote Desktop on PC, you can start to set up and use it on your iPhone. By the way, the way to use Chrome Remote Desktop on iPad is basically the same as using it on iPhone.

Step 1. On the iPhone, open the Chrome Remote Desktop app and click SIGN IN at the bottom of the screen. In the pop-up window, add or choose to log in to the Google account (please make sure the account is the same as the one logged in to the PC).

Log in to Your Google Account

Step 2. Then you can see the remote device previously set on the remote PC, click on this remote device.

Click on the Remote Device

Step 3. Enter the PIN code you set before, and click the blue arrow button next to it. If you need to use Chrome Remote Desktop very often, you can turn on the Remember my PIN on this device option below.

Enter PIN Code iPhone

Step 4. After successfully connecting, you can control the remote PC on the iPhone. In addition, you can also click the blue button at the bottom right corner of the screen to open Display options.

Display Option

Step 5. In the Display options window, you can also adjust the desktop size, switch the mouse option, use the keyboard option.

Show More Features

Important note: You can follow the following gestures to control your remote computer through your iPhone.

  • Drag the mouse cursor with one finger.
  • Tap with two fingers to right-click.
  • Tick with three fingers to evoke the middle mouse button.
  • Pinch or spread with two fingers to zoom in and out.
  • Swipe up or down with two fingers to scroll vertically.
  • Tap the screen with four fingers to display the menu.

Some users may have questions like “Can I use Chrome Remote Desktop to remotely access my iPhone from PC?” Unfortunately, the answer is NO. You cannot use Chrome Remote Desktop to remotely access your iPhone from PC because the iOS application does not support you to set a PIN code.

Common problems and solutions of Chrome Remote Desktop in iOS 14

In fact, the Chrome Remote Desktop iOS application is not as stable as expected. When your phone is upgraded to iOS 14, the following problems may occur during use:

  • Chrome Remote Desktop always crashes
  • Chrome Remote Desktop does not load
  • Chrome Remote Desktop can’t start
  • Chrome Remote Desktop has no internet connection
  • Chrome Remote Desktop login does not work
  • Chrome Remote Desktop battery consumption is very high
  • Chrome Remote Desktop won’t open
  • Chrome Remote Desktop loads very slowly
  • Chrome remote Desktop hangs
  • Chrome remote Desktop does not respond

In fact, whenever Apple updates the iOS system, developers will be required to make corresponding adjustments to the application to better adapt to the new version. If you have unfortunately encountered the above problems, it is probably because the version of Chrome Remote Desktop you are currently using is not yet fully compatible with iOS 14.

In other words, updating the Chrome Remote Desktop application on your iPhone to better adapt to the new system is the best solution. In addition, according to the developer, restarting your iPhone can sometimes solve some problems.

  A better way to remotely control PC from iPhone

Another option to remotely control a PC from iPhone is to use the free remote desktop software AnyViewer

Part 1. Preparation work

Step 1. Connect the iPhone (the controller) and the host computer (the controlled computer) to the Internet.

Step 2. Download and install AnyViewer for Windows on the host computer:

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

Connect

Step 3. Download and install AnyViewer for iOS on your iPhone, then open it. 

Download Freeware iOS 10.0 or later
Secure Download

Enter Device ID

Part 2. Two connection methods

Enter the device ID of the host computer. After that, click Connect. You’re given two connection methods.

Control Mode

Method 1. Send control request

Step 1. Click Send control request on your iPhone.

Step 2. There will be a pop-up message on the host computer. Click the checkmark to allow the connection.

Approve Control

Method 2. Security code

Step 1. On the host computer, go to Settings > Recipient. Tick the third option and then set the permanent security code.

Accept Remote Control

Step 2. On your iPhone, input either the security code set above or the temporary security code, then click Connect.

Input Security Code

Then you'll be successfully connecting your iPhone to the host computer.

iPhone to AnyViewer

Conclusion

How to use Chrome Remote Desktop on iPhone to connect to PC? The setting method is not complicated. There are two parts. First, you need to set up Chrome Remote Desktop on your PC. Then, you can use it on your iPhone to remotely connect to a PC. It is also recommended that you always update Chrome Remote Desktop to avoid any problems that affect your remote control experience.

Another way to remote connect iPhone to a PC is to use AnyViewer, the free third-party remote desktop software.