Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Beyond Way Cool: Controlling a PC or Mac Remotely With Your Android Device

Google published its Chrome Remote Desktop app in the Chrome Web Store, along with the Android app in the Play store. The two apps work in tandem, allowing users to control a PC orMac from anywhere, using an Android device.
The setup process is simple, taking roughly 5 minutes and little technical knowledge. With the goal of controlling a computer, let's start by installing the Chrome Web app. Using Chrome, visit and install the Remote Chrome Desktop app on your computer. You can find it on the Chrome Web Store site.
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
After installing the Chrome app you'll be guided through a series of dialogues and prompts. Follow the instructions, granting permission where required. Be sure to install the additional piece of software that makes the magic happen. Last, you'll be asked if you want to grant remote assistance or access your own computers. The former option is useful when trying to troubleshoot a relative's computer; the latter is for your personal use. Selecting your computers (instead of remote assistance) will ask you to enter a PIN. The PIN is required each time you attempt to connect to the computer from your Android device.
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
Now that you've granted permissions, installed software, and set up a PIN -- the hard part is over. The final piece of the puzzle involves downloading the Android app (from the Google Play store). Assuming you're signed into the same account in both Chrome and on your Android device, the app will automatically display your controllable computers. Select the computer you want to control and enter your PIN to connect. Pretty simple.

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