By Vivian / Last Updated December 13, 2021

Need to take control of someone’s screen

In some cases, we need to take control of someone’s screen to help friends, families, or work colleagues with IT issues. However, Remote Desktop can’t be done without locking the host. Thus, some people are seeking other ways to share their computer screen with someone else. Actually, there are 3 best solutions to realize remote screen control.    

How to take control of someone’s screen?

Here we recommend 3 ways to guide you on how to take control of someone’s screen. Follow me and read carefully.

Method 1. Using AnyViewer

AnyViewer is a totally remote access software that can promote you to take control of someone’s PC with little effort. With the advantages of easy operation and high security, AnyViewer can give you a fluent on-screen experience as if you are sitting in front of the remote PC. And it also works for Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 and Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2.

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Step 1. Download and install AnyViewer on the local PC and the remote PC, open it, and then you can see the device ID on the main page.

Temporary Code

Step 2. Ask your friends or colleagues to tell you the device ID of their PC, then enter the device ID in the partner ID box on the local PC, and then click on “Connect”.


Step 3. A pop-up window on the local PC will appear, choose “Send a control request to your partner” and then click on OK.

Send a Control Request to Your Partner

Step 4. On the remote PC, click on the green with the hook icon to permit the request, and then taking control of someone’s PC is realized.

Request to Control Your Device

Method 2. Using Quick Assist

Quick Assist is a built-in Windows feature on Windows 10, 11 that allows users to share their screen with another person to get or offer help through a remote connection. The person who offers assistance has complete control over the screen.

Step 1. Search “Quick Assist” in the search box and open it. Choose “Assist another person” under the “Give assistance”.

Quick Assist

Step 2. Enter your Microsoft Account (create one if you don’t have one), click on “Next”. And then input the password and click on "Sign in". Then you will get a security code valid for 10 minutes.

Share Security Code

Step 3. For the one who gets assistance, enter the security code in the main interface of the Quick Assist, and click "Share Screen".

Code From Assist

Step 4. Choose "Full Control", and then click "Continue". On the remote PC, click on "Allow". Now you can take control of the remote PC.

Share Your Screen

Method 3. Using Remote Assistance

Remote Assistance is a previous version of Quick Assist, which also can be used to take control of someone’s PC by saving the file to get the password.

Step 1. Press Win + R and then type in “msra” in the box, hit OK to open Remote Assistance.

Run Box msra

Step 2. Choose “Help someone who has invited you” and click “Use an invitation file”. (For the one who needs help, choose the first option and then save the files to get the password.)

Help Someone Who Has Invited You

Step 3. Ask your friends or colleague send you the files and the password. Double-click on the files and then enter the password.


Step 4. Then a pop-up request will display on the host computer, click on “Yes”. Then the screens on both sides are the same.

Allow See Screen

Step 6. On the client PC, click on “Request control” and then a window will be popped up on the host computer.

Request Control

Step 7. Click on Yes on the host PC, and then you can take full control of the PC.

Allow Share Screen


How to take control of someone’s screen? From the post, we know it can be realized by AnyViewer, Quick Assist, and Remote Assistance. However, We have to admit that Quick Assist just supports Windows 10, 11 version and we may meet with many issues like Quick Assist an error has occurred. And it’s disappointing for many users to find that the Remote Assistance option Request Control greyed out. Therefore, it seems that AnyViewer, with easy operation and the support for multiple versions, can avoid many troubles for you.