How To Use Chrome Remote Desktop for Android

Android devices are everywhere and if you own one, why not use it to remote control your computer? Google offers its own app for remote PC control via Chrome.

Android devices are everywhere and if you own one, why not use it to remote control your computer? Google offers its own app for just that. Here’s how to use it.

Chrome Remote Desktop for Android

Start by installing the Chrome Remote Desktop app from the Google Play Store, here, on your Android device.

Once installed, fire up Chrome on your computer and install the Chrome Remote Desktop app.

Chrome Remote Desktop web Store


Once everything’s installed, start the app on your computer. You’ll find it in your Chrome Apps launcher. More details about running Chrome Apps can be found in this article.

Chrome Remote Desktop PC

Then, go through the few steps needed to authorize the app.

Chrome Remote Desktop PC authorize

Type of Assistance

On the next screen, you’ll find out, if you didn’t already know, that you can use the service to provide remote assistance, too which is a simple process. You just need to give the other user the code you get from the app, in order to receive assistance (or the other way around, to provide it).

But you’re here to get access to your own computer, so the option you need is the other one. So click Get started in the My Computers section.

Chrome Remote Desktop PC main

Then, Enable remote connections, as shown below.

Chrome Remote Desktop PC get started

The next step is the most important in terms of security. Since you don’t want someone with access to your Android device to automatically have access to your computer, too, you’re required to set a PIN code (at least six figures long). No PIN code, no access.

Chrome Remote Desktop PC PIN

Once you’ve done that, and confirmed the PIN a second time, you can return to your Android device and start the remote desktop app you installed earlier. Your computer is probably already shown.

Remote Desktop Android

You’ll be asked to enter the PIN code. If you’re absolutely sure that losing your device is impossible, you can set the app not to ask for a PIN code when connecting to your computer from the respective Android device, but I don’t recommend it.

Remote Desktop Android pin

Summing Up

That’s it. You can now control your PC in real-time from your Android device. As long as it’s powered on, and you have a good internet connection, you can do this anywhere you are. It does stall at times, but that isn’t a deal-breaker. This is a good solution for remote desktop control while on the go — and it’s free, too.

Remote Desktop Android share

One more thing. You can stop sharing your desktop at any time, using the Stop Sharing button on the toolbar which will appear on your computer’s screen.

Remote Desktop Android share stop



  1. Luc Schots

    How do you right-click on the Android device?

    • Bogdan Bele

      Touch the screen with two fingers.

  2. Mike Augenblick

    Remote desktop works really well. It also allows you to bookmark the IP addresses, so you don’t have to key it every time.

    • Brian Burgess

      hey thanks for that tip Mike!

  3. Anton

    But what if the PC when he wrote enter a password and writes an error nehochet allow remote kontrol.Help me please!!!

  4. Michael

    Is it possible to make it so you dont have to drag your mouse accross click the screen but simply tap on something? for example, to close internet explorer I would have to drag the mouse all the way to the X. WOulld it be possible to turn it into some kind of touch screen mode where you would just tap the X? Please respond!

  5. Prasanta Shee

    Chrome Remote Desktop is good. Additionally, you may also have a look at R-HUB remote support servers. It is an on premise solution which works on Windows, Android, MAC, iOS etc.

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