Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

Shop online 24hrs a day or call us Mon-Fri
8:30AM-4:30PM EST - 1-800-915-2088
WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Remotely Control Any Computer Using Google Remote Desktop Extension

Monday, November 21st, 2011 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement
 
Loading...


A remote desktop utility allows you to connect to any computer through a remote desktop connection – as long as both the computers are connected to the internet. There are a good number of scenarios when a remote connection saves the day – following is an example:

You are providing tech support to one of your clients and he needs your help in fixing something.  Sure, you can send all the instructions via an email message, but a remote desktop utility will allow you to use his computer directly from your computer itself. The result is that both you and your client can see his computer screen simultaneously. Additionally, you can completely control the remote computer with your own mouse and keyboard, create files and folders, change Windows settings and do any other possible system task.

A remote desktop connection lets you do everything on the remote computer from your own computer, as if you are operating just another system kept on your table.

 

Windows XP and Windows 7 both have built-in support for remote desktop connections, so if you know how to get that working, you don’t need a separate remote desktop utility. You might want to read our previous tutorial on setting up remote desktop connection in Windows XP.

However, if you are no geek and need a really simple way to access another remote computer from your browser, try the Google Chrome Remote desktop extension. This extension is a free download and lets you connect to any remote computer from Google Chrome, without having to install another application and go through rigorous setup procedure.

Here are the steps that needs to be followed:

1. Once you have installed the Google Chrome remote desktop extension on the host computer, click the wrench menu at the top right corner and choose Tools > Extensions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



2. This will open the extension page, click on “Launch app” to continue.

3. Sign in with your Google account and grant all the necessary permissions. Don’t worry – you will only have to do this once.

Grant permissions Google Chrome remote desktop

4. Click “Allow access” on the next page and you are done.

Important note: For the remote connection to work, ask your friend to install the extension and set it up as you did on your own computer. Both the host computer and the remote computer needs the extension to be installed and working in Google Chrome.

Sharing Your Computer With A Remote Partner

Sharing your computer with a remote partner is easy -  launch the extension and click on “Share this computer”. The remote desktop utility will provide a 12 digit access code, as shown below:

Copy the 12 digit access code and email this to your friend with whom you want to connect your computer. Do not share this code publicly as anyone who knows this code can connect to your computer and do any activity (e.g delete files, change settings). Please note that this code is generated randomly and it will not be valid once the remote desktop session has expired.

Connecting To The Remote Computer From Your Desktop

If you want to connect to the remote computer of your friend from your desktop, ask him to use the extension and send you his unique 12 digit access code. When you have his access code, launch Google chrome on your computer, open up the extension page and click on “access a shared computer”.

Next, enter the access code ID of your friend and you are done. Both the computers will be connected via Google Chrome’s remote desktop extension and the host user will be able to completely control the remote computer using his own keyboard and mouse. This YouTube video provides a complete walk through of the steps and the remote control environment on host and remote computers.

And since Google Chrome works on Windows, Linux and MAC, it doesn’t really matter which operating system your friend is using. Give this a try!

~Amit Banerjee

Tags: , , ,

2 Responses to “Remotely Control Any Computer Using Google Remote Desktop Extension”

  1. Online Computer Repair says:

    This is a very good idea. I have seen the mobile web traffic to my sites increasing over time. A site owner would be wise to get ahead of the curve and set up a mobile component to his web site soon.

  2. Techie Now says:

    Wow, i really didn’t know that Google also has a remote desktop connection application, but i can’t imagine how one will use it’s browser to remote control other computer’s desktop. Oh, well, might as well try, i hope it’s promising and has a good speed, otherwise, it doesn’t except it from the rest.

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.


Enter Email Address:

Subscribe

Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup



Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Subscribe


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive


Categories:
Archives: