Why need free remote access software?
Free remote access software enables you to manage PC remotely and instantly over the internet. It breaks the limitation of space and saves time that you need to spend on the road. It plays an important role in remote support, remote work, remote learning and so on.
5 recommended free remote access software [with stepwise guide]
Actually, there are a great number of remote access programs; to help you get safe and quick remote access to a computer, we list five worth-trying free remote access software. All of them are capable of connecting to a PC remotely but are respectively suitable for different situations. Keep reading and choose the one that you like.
1. Chrome Remote Desktop [compatiblity]
Chrome Remote Desktop, can be available as an extension of Google Chrome, supports accessing Mac, Windows, or Linux computers from your device and it can work on the same network or different networks.
To use it for remote access, you need to have Google Chrome installed on the two computers and log in to your Google account. The remote desktop window only displays on the web and doesn’t offer advanced functions, like drag & drop file transfer, remote computer restart, and text chat.
Let's see how to use Chrome Remote Desktop for remote access. Take accessing Windows computer from the computer as an example.
Step 1. In the host computer, run Google Chrome browser and enter Chrome Remote Desktop window. Click the download icon to download the free remote access extension in Google.
Step 2. After that, click “Add to Chrome” to add the extension to Chrome and enable it.
Step 3. Go to "Remote Support" interface, click the blue "Generate Code" button under "Share this screen" to generate a one-time access code for this computer.
Step 4. In the client computer, download and enable Chrome Remote Desktop and sign into the same Google account. On the "Remote Support" interface, find the Remote Device below. Enter the code automatically generated on the host computer.
▪ The steps about how to access PC from iPhone or iPad or Andriod are as similar as the above steps.
▪ If you encounter a timeout issue, you can refer to How to Fix Chrome Remote Desktop Timeout Problem?
2. Windows Remote Desktop Connection [no need to download third-party app]
Windows Remote Desktop Connection enables you to control a Windows computer from another device via IP address or computer name. The to-be-accessed computer shall be running Windows Pro or Enterprise edition.
That is to say, if you want to access a computer with Windows Home or Standard edition, just switch to the other four free remote access software. At the same time, it requires the connected computers should be within LAN or you need to set up VPN or configure port forwarding, which can be complicated for common users.
Check out the detailed steps on how to use Windows built-in tool RDC, if you happen to take control of a remote Windows Professional or Enterprise computer from a device in the same network. Take controlling Windows 10 from a Windows computer as an example.
Step 1. On the to-be-controlled computer, go to Settings > System> Remote Desktop and drag the slider rightward to enable Remote Desktop.
Step 2. Click “Select users that can remotely access this PC”, click “Add” to add the users that can connect remotely to this computer. Only the users that are added have the ownership to access this PC.
Step 3. In your local computer, press Windows + R, input mstsc.exe, and click Enter to open Remote Desktop Connection.
Step 4. Type the IP of the destination PC and click “Connect”.
Step 5. In the “Enter your credentials” window, type the user name and password of the controlled computer. Then, click “OK”.
Step 6. You may receive a message saying that “The identity of the remote computer cannot be verified. Do you want to connect anyway?” Click “Yes” and you can control the remote computer. After that, you can write unfinished documents or offer remote support.
- If you encounter issues while using Remote Desktop, refer to 5 Top Fixes for Remote Desktop Not Working After Windows 10 Upgrade.
- To access a Windows computer from Andriod, Mac, or iOS using RDP, you need to download RD client from Store.
3. AnyViewer [attended access and unattended access]
As a free remote access app, AnyViewer supports all editions (Home, Standard, Enterprise) of Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 and Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2. And it supports remote access whether the computers are in the same or different LAN. In the meantime, it offers 1-click unattended access and one-time attended access, satisfying different demands. And it also supports controlling PC from iPhone or iPad. Have a look at how it works.
Step 1. Click the following button to get the remote access software free download. Install and run it on both source and destination computers.
Step 2. Create an AnyViewer account and log in to the same account on two computers. Once logged in, the computer will be assigned to the account automatically and you can enjoy many functions like one-click remote control.
Step 3. On the local PC, go to "Device" and click the destination computer; then click "Remote Control" and you can see the screen of the target PC and run apps on it.
During the remote session, there are shortcut operations on the tool menu. You can quickly open Windows Explorer, Task Manager, CMD. And reboot/lock/shut down the controlled computer. Besides, you can fresh the remote desktop window, set full screen, and stop the remote connection.
- To achieve attended access, you can click "Connect", input the device ID of the target PC and choose "Send a control request to your partner", when there is someone on the target computer to accept your request.
- To assign more computers or access a computer in privacy mode, please upgrade to Professional or Enterprise plan.
4. Windows Remote Assistance [[no need to download third-party app]
To offer attended remote support over the internet, Remote Assistance can be a nice choice for Windows PC. It connects to another computer via sending a password and file generated by the controlled computer. Only one-to-one operations can be performed. It supports Windows 11/10/8.1 and Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012R2. Let's see how to use it.
Step 1. Press “Windows” + “R, input “msra” and hit "Enter" key to open Windows Remote Assistance.
Step 2. Choose “Invite someone you trust to help you".
Step 3. Click “Save this invitation as a file and save it to your desktop. Then send the file to the one that will help you.
Step 4. The invited person opens the file and inputs the password in the box.
Step 5. Then you’ll receive a message to ask you to allow connect. Click “Yes” and your computer will be accessed and controlled.
Step 6. Then, the invited person can troubleshoot your PC issues.
5. Quick Assist [no need to download third-party app]
Quick Assist, a new app in Windows 10 and Windows 11, allows you to remotely receive remote connection or provide assistance by logging in to your Microsoft account and filling in a digital code. During the remote session, it’s available to annotate the controlled screen and chat online. Before the remote connection can be made, the controlled end must manually accept the request and the connection can be suspended at any time, ensuring personal privacy and security.
Step 1. In the search box, input “quick assist” and launch it on the two computers.
Step 2. In the controlling computer, click “Assist another person” and sign in to the Microsoft account and get a security code. The expiry period of the code is ten minutes.
Step 3. In the controlled computer, input the security code under “Get assistance”. Then, click “Share screen”.
Step 4. Two options “Take full control” and “View screen” will pop up. Choose one and click “Allow”.
Step 5. Then, the desktop of the controlled computer will display on the client computer. Shortcut functions, like rebooting the computer, are available.
Here are introduced five free fast and secure remote access software and each has a different connection method. If both computers have downloaded Google Chrome browser, you can use Chrome Remote Desktop without downloading third-party software. If Chrome Remote Desktop freezes or isn't connecting, you can use AnyViewer to achieve unattended or attended remote access. If you only need to access computer under LAN, you can use RDC; if you need to offer attended remote assistance, you can choose Remote Assistance or Quick Assist as you like.