Chrome Remote Desktop


  • Lets you remote into the computer even when the user isn't logged in
  • Installs quickly
  • Has multi-monitor support
  • Includes a file transfer tool
  • Lets you remote into the computer via an app
  • Works on Windows, macOS, and Linux


  • Chrome is the recommended browser to use (which the host might not have installed)
  • Can't chat with the remote user
  • Remote printing isn't allowed

Chrome Remote Desktop is an extension for the Google Chrome web browser that lets you set up a computer for remote access from any other computer running Google Chrome.

Host Side

The way this works is that you install the extension in Google Chrome and then give authorization for remote access to that PC via a personal PIN you create yourself.

This requires you to log on to your Google account, like your Gmail or YouTube login information.

Client Side

To connect to the host browser, sign on to Chrome Remote Desktop through another web browser (it has to be Chrome) using the same Google credentials or using a temporary access code generated by the host computer.

Because you're logged in, you can easily see the other PC name, from where you can simply choose it and begin the remote session.

There isn't a chat function supported in Chrome Remote Desktop like you see with similar programs, but it's very easy to configure and lets you connect to your computer (or anyone's) from anywhere using just your web browser.

What's more is that you can remote into the computer when the user doesn't have Chrome open, or even when they're completely logged out of their user account.

Since Chrome Remote Desktop runs entirely within the Google Chrome browser, it can work with any operating system that uses Chrome, including Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromebooks.