How to Transfer Files Using Chrome Remote Desktop [Stepwise Tutorial]

This tutorial mainly guides users on how to transfer files using Chrome Remote Desktop. Detailed steps are mentioned. Besides, two more ways, to transfer files with Google Drive, are also recommended.


By Ellie / Updated on March 9, 2023

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Can you transfer files with Chrome Remote Desktop?


Is there a way to transfer files between remotely connected computers with the Google Chrome Remote Desktop plugin? If not, is there a simple way I can transfer files between connected computers?”

- Question from a user

Can you transfer files with Chrome Remote Desktop? The answer is YES! But there are two limitations of Chrome Remote Desktop file transfer you need to pay attention to:

  • Chrome Remote Desktop only provides one-way file transfer. This means Chrome Remote Desktop allows you to send files by the sidebar to the remote PC, but the PC you are controlling can't send files back to you.
  • Chrome Remote Desktop has limitations on computer OS. When you are a Windows user, you need to make sure the host computer is a Windows 10 or above.

How to transfer files using Chrome Remote Desktop

In this part, the specific steps of performing Google Chrome Remote Desktop file transfer will be introduced in detail.

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


Step 2. After automatically jumping to the chrome web store, click Add to Chrome to download Chrome Remote Desktop.

Add to Chrome

Step 3. Click Add extension to confirm the 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. (In case you forgot Chrome Remote Desktop PIN)

Choose A Pin

Step 7. On the client computer, open the Chrome browser and navigate here. Then log in to the same Google account. Once logged in, you can see the available computers.


Step 8. Click on the computer set up previously, and enter its PIN. Then you could start your remote control.


Step 9. After successfully connecting, click the arrow icon on the right side to expand the sidebar. In the File Transfer column, you can find the options of Upload file and Download file, and then transfer the file according to your own needs. You can also use Google Remote Desktop copy-paste to transfer files if you open the shared clipboard.

Transfer Files

Two more ways to transfer files between remote devices

If you think that transferring files via Chrome Remote Desktop is too cumbersome, here in this part, we provide you with two more options to transfer files between remote devices. Please check them out.

Way 1. The professional remote file transfer software: AnyViewer [Recommended]

The first way we would like to recommend is the free yet professional remote file transfer software AnyViewer. It allows you to transfer files freely between two remote devices without effort.

  • Compatibility. It’s compatible with various kinds of Windows systems from Windows 7 to the latest Windows 11.
  • Security. It’s encrypted with Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), which keeps your files safe from prying eyes.
  • Fast speed. It allows you to transfer a batch of files at a really fast speed. Besides, it also allows you to transfer large files with ease.

Download, install, and launch AnyViewer on both computers (The file transfer function requires AnyViewer version 3.0 and above. If your version is lower, please upgrade first).

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To use the file transfer feature, you need to sign up for AnyViewer and log in to the account on the Controller computer.

Step 1. On the Controller computer, go to Log in, and then click Sign up. (If you already have signed up on its official website, you can log in directly.)

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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. 

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Step 4. On the Recipient computer, log in to the same account as you’ve logged in to on the Controller computer and assign the device.

Step 5. On the Controller computer, go to the Device tab, choose your target computer, and click File Transfer to start transferring files.

File Transfer AnyViewer

Step 6. Then a File Transfer dialog box will appear. You’re able to transfer files between devices freely by clicking the arrows after choosing the target files. You can also double-click the target file to achieve transfer.

Choose Files

Step 7. You can see the transfer status at the bottom of the File Transfer dialog box. Right-click to pause or remove the transfer task. The dialog can be closed when the transfer is complete.

Transfer Status


It is also recommended to upgrade to a Professional or Enterprise plan. What can a professional or enterprise plan brings to you:

Faster transfer speed. Transfer speed for a free account is 500 KB/s, and for a paid account is up to 10 MB/s.
The increasing number of files transferred in bulk.
The larger size of a single file that can be transferred.
More devices can be assigned to the same account for direct file transfer.

Way 2. The free cloud storage service: Google Drive

Google Drive is a popular free cloud storage service. You can save various files to the cloud hard disk and access them from almost any device. Google Drive is powerful and easy to use. In case you don’t how to use it, we’ll offer you guidance. Before you get started, you need to register a Google account first.

Step 1. Open the main interface of Google Drive, find and click My Drive in the left sidebar, click My Drive again, and select Upload files or Upload folder in the expanded menu.


Step 2. For example, click Upload files, and a window will pop up automatically. Select the file you want to upload and click Open in the lower-right corner.


Step 3. You can see the file upload progress in the lower right corner. After the upload is completed, you can find the file in the main interface.


Step 4. Open Google Drive on the other computer and log in to the same Google account. Find the file you’ve transferred, right-click the file, and select Download in the expanded menu to realize remote file transfer between different computers.



This tutorial mainly guides you on how to transfer files using Chrome Remote Desktop. File transfer can be realized only if you can set up Chrome Remote Desktop according to the operating steps and ensure that the two computers can be connected remotely normally. If you think that transferring files with Chrome Remote Desktop is too troublesome for you, we also provide you with two more options, AnyViewer, and Google Drive. In this case, you can choose one according to your preference.