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How to Control Your Computer Using Your Phone

There are many reasons you’d need to access your desktop when you’re not in front of it. You could have files stored on the hard drive instead of the cloud, or you could need access to a media file that isn’t saved elsewhere. There are ways to safely access and control your computer via your phone — here’s one of them:

Chrome Remote Desktop

Google Chrome Remote Desktop is one of the options for accessing and controlling your computer remotely. This free service makes it easy to access what you need on your computer from your phone.

You’ll only have to add the Remote Desktop extension to your computer to make it accessible from another device, and all remote desktop sessions are fully encrypted.

You can use Google Chrome Remote Desktop if you need to sign in to your personal or work computer from another location, and you can also use it to sign in to someone else’s computer. This can be a helpful tool if you’re the family computer genius and need to fix an issue plaguing someone else.

You can use the Chrome browser and the Remote Desktop extension. And you can download the Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS or Android.

To set up Remote Desktop on your computer:

Before you use Remote Desktop, you’ll need to add the extension to your computer to allow access from your other devices.

  1. Open
  2. In the address bar, type google.com/access.
  3. Tap the download button that looks like a downward arrow under Set up Remote Access. 
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install Chrome Remote Desktop.

To access a computer remotely:

  1. Open Chrome on the secondary device you’re using to access your computer.
  2. In the address bar, type google.com/access.
  3. Click Access to select which computer you want.
  4. Enter the PIN required to access another computer.
  5. Select the arrow to connect.
  6. Close your tab or toggle to Options > Disconnect to stop your remote session when you’re finished.