By Ellie / Last Updated June 16, 2022

Using Chrome Remote Desktop, how can I transfer files?


For some reason, I now need to transfer files to my home desktop remotely. My friend recommended RDP to me. But because the company computer and my home computer are on different networks, I really don’t know how to make it work. One of my colleagues suggested I use Chrome Remote Desktop. But I don’t know much about it. Can anyone tell me how to use Chrome Remote Desktop to transfer files?”

- Question from a user

Indeed, remotely controlling the home computer from the work computer via RDP and then transferring files is relatively more complicated than using Chrome Remote Desktop. let's see how to transfer files using Chrome Remote Desktop.

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

Note: If you want to use Chrome Remote Desktop to transfer files, you need to ensure that both computers are Windows 10 or above.

Two more ways to transfer files between remote devices

If you think that transferring files via Chrome Remote Desktop is too cumbersome, or you don't want to use it to transfer files, 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. For example, it only costs about 20 seconds to transfer a 2 GB zip file from the local to the remote computer via AnyViewer.

Note: The file transfer function requires version 3.0 and above. If your version is lower, please upgrade first.

Download, install and launch AnyViewer on both computers. 

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Part 1. Sign up for AnyViewer for file transfer

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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Part 2. Transfer files with AnyViewer

After signing up for an AnyViewer account and logging in to AnyViewer on the Controller computer, you can start to transfer files. Depending on different situations, you can choose different ways to achieve file transfer.

Option 1. Directly transfer files with a partner ID

When you need to transfer files to a stranger or anyone that you do not completely trust, you are suggested to use this method to transfer files directly without logging into the other computer to ensure security and protect privacy.

Step 1. Enter the device ID of the recipient on the blank box, and then choose File Transfer.

File Transfer

Step 2. Then you’ll be asked whether to Send a request to your partner or Input security code.

  • Send a request to your partner: The Recipient computer will receive a pop-up window asking whether he/she allows you to control his/her computer.
  • Input security code: You can input the security code set by the Recipient in advance and achieve a direct connection.

Whether you choose, you’ll then be able to transfer files between the two devices.

Choose a Method

Option 2. Transfer files with a shared account

When you need to frequently access your own remote computers and transfer files, you are recommended to use this method to ensure convenience and improve proficiency.

 Step 1. On the Recipient computer, log in to the same account as you’ve logged in to on the Controller computer.

Step 2. On the Controller computer, go to the Device tab, choose your target computer, and click File Transfer to start transferring files.

File Transfer AnyViewer

Whatever options you select, a File Transfer dialog box will appear. The path of the Controller computer is shown on the left of the box, and the path of the Recipient computer is shown on the right. You’re able to transfer files between devices (from the Controller computer to the Recipient computer or from the Recipient computer to the Controller computer) freely by clicking the arrows after choosing the target files.

Choose Files

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


The maximum size of a single file that can be transferred for the free account is 100 MB, and the maximum number of files that can be transferred per time is 100. If you want to transfer more larger files, please upgrade to a Professional or Enterprise plan.

What can a professional or enterprise plan brings to you:

Faster transmission speed. Transfer speed for a free account is 500 KB/s, and for a paid account is up to 10 MB/s.
Increasing number of files transferred in bulk.
Larger size of a single file that can be transferred.
More devices can be assigned to the same account for unattended remote access.
More Currently connected devices are displayed for management.
Connect in privacy mode to protect privacy.

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.



How can you transfer files with Chrome Remote Desktop? After reading this tutorial, it should not be difficult for you anymore. 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.