Being able to access your laptop from afar takes a new meaning when you can connect to your laptop using remote desktop connectivity. In this tutorial we’ll show you how you can connect to your laptop using Chrome’s Remote Desktop app. You will ofcourse need Google’s Chrome web browser in order to avail the feature.
1. Armed with your Chrome web browser, visit the Chrome Remote Desktop app page. At the top right hand corner you should see + add to chrome, click on it and click on "Add app" in the new window. Wait for it to download and install on to your browser.
2. Once the download and installation is complete, you should be taken to a new page where by your Remote Desktop app’s tile is visible. The icon/tile should have two computer screens superimposed. If the new window doesn’t come up, you can go to chrome/apps (type in the address bar in chrome) and it should take you to a tab with your installed apps.
3. Opening your app, you should be able to see two options. For some of you, you may need to authorize Chrome Remote Desktop however if you’ve logged-in to Google with your account on Chrome, then the app will manage the privileges itself. Click on Get Started and Enable remote connections in the bottom left corner.
4. Click on Accept and Install upon seeing the new prompt. Which is the blue button.
5. Clicking on it will bring up a save file window. If you’re on a Windows Laptop, you should be instructed to save a Windows Installer Package file. If you’re on a Mac, you should see a DMG file come up. Click on Save.
6. Install the app with elevated command, i.e. Right Click Installer>Run as Administrator for Windows. Then click on Run and install.
Double click on the DMG file on a Mac and click on Okay. You will need to additionally open the Apple menu>System preferences>Security and Privacy>click on Open Anyway (next to chromedesktophost)>click Open when you see the next prompt. You can now drag the Chrome file to your desktop.
7. Open the Chrome Remote Desktop app. Upon getting back to the app, you should be greeted with a pop up asking for a six-digit PIN. You will need to input the PIN again in the bottom row. At this point you can choose to have Google collect telemetry and crash reports from your experience or not. Click on OK to move forward.
8. Follow the same above steps (except you will need to click on access among the top two options) onto the system/device you’d like to remotely control the primary system. Consider the system you want to control to be the host. You will need to be logged-in to both the primary and secondary systems with the same Google credentials.
9. Click on your computer’s name you wish to access. This should be ideally located in beneath the “My Computer” banner. Enter the six-digit Pin and then click on connect. If you’ve forgotten, the six-digit PIN is the same PIN you set on the host machine.
You should now be able to access and control the host machine remotely. The display for the host desktop will appear in your Google Chrome Browser. Please be wary though that interference in your experience controlling the host machine can be drummed up to the latency with your internet connection. After all you trying to send an instruction across the www to the destination machine.
10. You can use Send Keys button to send key commands to the host machine. You can click on Disconnect to end your session with the host machine.
You should now be able to control machines remotely using the new found app. Having a remote desktop connectivity option within Chrome has an added benefit where you can surf the web without missing a beat on your host machine, provided you do need to provide support to said machine.