Can I remote access my pc from my Android phone?
Hello, guys! I need some advice. Now, I want to access my Windows 10 desktop files and apps from my Android smartphone. Can you give me help on how to remote access PC from Android over the internet when the two devices are not in the same location? Thanks in advance.”
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For remote work, you may choose to remotely access your office desktop from a laptop when you are home; when you are on the go, your local Android phone or tablet can be the tool to remote control your PC. To remote access a PC from an Android phone or tablet, you can use Remote Desktop (RD) client or Chrome Remote Desktop.
How to access PC from Android with RD client
If your computer and your Android device are within the same network and the computer you need to access supports Remote Desktop, you can use RD client for Android to access and control a Windows computer.
▶ Note: The computer should run Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise, Windows 8.1 and 8 Enterprise and Pro, Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate, or Windows Server versions newer than Windows Server 2008. Otherwise, you won't be able to access the computer using RD client.
First of all, you should enable Remote Desktop on your Windows computer. Go to “Start” > “Settings” > “System” > “Remote Desktop”, drag the slider to the right, and click “Confirm” to allow remote access to this PC from other devices).
Then, you can follow these steps to remote desktop PC from Andriod device.
Step 1. Go to Google Play store, find out Microsoft Remote Desktop client, download and install it.
Step 2. Run the RD client, tap on "+" button and choose " Add PC".
Step 3. In the pop-up window, input the name of the PC that you want to access and then enter the necessary information for remote access PC.
Step 4. Tap on "Save" and then return to the main interface of RD Client.
Step 5. Tap the name of the PC that you want to access to start the remote connection.
✍ Further reading: How to find out computer name?
To locate the computer name of the PC that you want to access, type "Computer" in the Search box, right-click "This PC" in Windows 10/11 and choose "Properties". Then, you can see its computer name in the pop-up window. In Windows 7/8/8.1, click Start, right-click "Computer" and choose "Properties".
How to remote access PC from Android with Chrome Remote Desktop
If the PC and the Android device are using different networks or the PC doesn't support Remote Desktop, it's advised to use Chrome Remote Desktop to remote control PC from Android easily and quickly. Let's see how it works.
Step 1. On your PC, open Chrome browser and go to Chrome Remote Desktop Access.
Step 2. Click the download button and follow the onscreen instruction to download and install Chrome Remote Desktop.
Step 3. Assign a name to your computer and then click Next. Then you set up a PIN with at least 6 numbers for the host computer.
Step 4. On your Android phone or tablet, download and install Chrome Remote Desktop app from Google play.
Step 5. Run it and tap the computer that you want to access and input the PIN of it. Then, you can remote desktop PC from Android successfully.
Chrome Remote Desktop offers two modes for you to control PC: Trackpad mode and Touch mode. If want to take actions with a virtual mouse pointer, choose the first mode; if you want to take actions with taps, choose the second mode.
How to remote access PC from android with AnyViewer [recommended]
Or you can use AnyViewer, which also supports remote access and control PC from Android device on the same network or from a different network. More importantly, it is ultra simple to use and use end-to-end ECC encryption to keep safety. Now, see how to use it to remotely control a Windows computer from an Android device.
Step 1. Free Download AnyViewer for Windows on the PC that you want to access. Install and run it. The PC should run Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 or Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2.
Step 2. Free Download AnyViewer for Android on your Android device and run it. The Android device should run Android 6.0 or a later version.
Step 3. Create an AnyViewer account and log into the same account on the PC and the Android device.
Step 4. On your Android device, go to "Device" tab, tap the PC that holds files you need on "My devices" list, and tap "Remote control".
Immediately, you can get remote access to the PC from your Android phone. By default, the remote session window is vertical. You can tap "Menu" option and tap "Rotate screen" to make the window horizontal.
Wrap things up
See? It's so easy to remote access PC from Android device with RD client, Chrome Remote Desktop, or AnyViewer. Then, you can remotely access files on PC from Android device, run Windows apps on your Android, or turn off the remote PC using your local Android device.