Remotely Access Computer from your phone using this simple method. If you need to control your computer from your phone, what would you do? Well if you are the kind of person who is wondering if it is possible, Yes it is possible to control your computer from a phone remotely from any part of the world. The idea might seem very high tech, but it is actually way simple.
You can remotely access computer with your phone, with remote desktop tools. We are going to be seeing one of the easiest methods to control your computer from a phone. The method requires very less setup and is super easy to set up.
Control Your Computer from Phone
Why would someone want to control their computer from a phone? Well there can be many reasons one would use remote desktop tools to access their computer remotely. For starters, if you need to check something on your computer, but the computer is not near you. In such cases, you can setup unattended access on your computer and then access the information on your computer from your smartphone.
Remotely Access Computer – Access Types
Remote control applications require some kind of authentication or permission to be granted in order to access another system. Accessing someone’s computer without his/her permission would be illegal and would be called hacking. That is not what we are going to see here.
We are going to see How to setup remote access on the computer so that we can access the computer from a smartphone with permission. There are basically two types of access in remote control applications.
Unattended Access means that we have to setup some kind of authentication on our computer like a password or a PIN so that, If we enter the PIN or password, we can directly access the computer. Normally, when a remote connection is initialized , it requires the computer to give explicit permission to access the computer. With unattended access we don’t have to have the explicit permission as we have authenticated using a password or PIN.
With Explicit Permission: Another example why we would need to control a computer from our smartphone would be to give assistance to someone. If say my friend is having trouble with setting up something on his/her computer, I can remotely connect the his/her computer from my phone and then help the person out (with his permission). In this case the other person will need to grant the permissions to access their computer.
How to Remotely Access Computer from Smartphone
We are going to get straight into the main part. How to access a computer from our phones remotely. One main requirement for remote access is that the computer should be connected to a working internet connection(duh…Obviously).
I am going to introduce you to Google’s own Remote Desktop Tool called the Chrome Remote Desktop. This is a very simple tool that can be used to control your computer remotely from any authenticated phone. The interesting thing about this method is that we don’t have to install any software on our desktop to get started.
Configure Chrome Remote Desktop
Let us first see what are all the things we need to do on the computer in order to prepare it for remote access from a phone.
Overview of Steps:
- Goto Chrome Remote Desktop.
- Click on the Remote Access.
- Set up Remote Access.
- Set up a Name and PIN for Access.
Step by Step Method to Configure Chrome Remote Desktop
Step 1: Visit Chrome Remote Desktop Website to get started. Upon visiting the website, you can click on the Remote Access option on the Top Menu.
Step 2: Next up, Sign in to Your Google Account.Chrome Remote Desktop will be attached to your Google Account.
Step 3: Setting Up Remote Access. Once you have signed in to your account, you will see the above screen which tells you to set up remote access. Click on the Download Button to start.
Step 4: When you click on the Download Button, it will prompt you to install Google Chrome Remote Desktop Plugin for Google Chrome.
Step 5: Once the Extension is installed, you need to configure a name for your computer. After that you need to setup a PIN for accessing the computer. Click on Start after you have set a PIN. The computer will prompt you for access, Click on Yes.
We have successfully configured Chrome Remote Desktop on our computer. Now we can see how to access the computer from a phone.
(Optional) Chrome Remote Desktop App for Google Chrome
You can do the above mentioned configurations by installing the Chrome Remote Desktop App also. The procedure is very similar. Here is how you can set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop App.
Step 1: First of All, Download Chrome Remote Desktop App from Chrome Webstore. Once it is installed, you can launch the app by going to Apps .
Step 2: Launch the Chrome Remote Desktop App. You need to logged in to your Google Account on Google Chrome.
Step 3: Click on Enable remote connections and setup a PIN. Once that is done, Allow the prompt from computer.
That’s it now you have enabled remote connections to your computer with the help of Google Chrome Remote Desktop App.
Configure Chrome Remote Desktop on Phone
Now we can see what needs to be done on our phones to be able to remotely connect to the computer which we just setup.
We just need to Install the Chrome Remote Desktop Companion app on our phones. The application is available for both Android and iOS devices.
Download the Application below to get started:
Once you have downloaded the application, its pretty straight forward. You have to be signed into the same Google Account that we used to set up remote connections on our computer. After you have signed in, the connected computers will be visible in the application. It also shows the status of the computer whether it is online or offline.
Clicking on the Computer name from the My Computers list shows you an authentication popup where you need to put in the Security PIN that we have created before on our computer. Only if the PIN is correct the connection will be established.
Earlier I have told you about unattended access, here we don’t have to allow or attend the computer to start remote connection from a phone. We just need to authenticate the session and we can remotely access the computer.
Here you can see that I can access my computer without any issues. You can do all things that you would do normally on the desktop. I can open folders, view images etc.
The functionalities that you get are pretty limited, because it is focused on making things simpler. You have to modes to control the desktop- cursor mode or the touch mode. In the Cursor Mode which is depicted by a Mouse symbol, you can see the mouse cursor move as you interact with the phone screen. In the Touch Mode, you can touch on the icons or interact with the pc as you would do on a touchscreen computer.
Another option you have is send Ctrl + Alt +Del command to your computer. This is used to access the security options on a Windows Computer, were you can restart the PC, Open the task manager etc.
If you need to close the remote connection, You can click on Stop Sharing button on the bottom of your computer screen from your phone. This will terminate the session.
For those who would like a simple solution for remotely controlling computer from a phone, the Chrome Remote Desktop tool is great. The set up required is very less and it is super easy to control computer from a phone. The good thing is that it supports both Android and iOS phones.
Also, we don’t have to download and install any software on our computer to enable remote connections. You just need Google Chrome web browser on your computer, which I suppose most of the people will already have.
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