The smartphone is an essential part of this information generation. We all carry smartphones with us all the time. Smartphones are also getting smarter and powerful with every passing year. Smartphones are also capable of handling many tasks that only computers were able to do a few years back. Now things have changed. Many people think that in the coming years, our smartphones might be able to replace computers completely. While there is time for that to happen, in the current time we all have a computer with us for different tasks that a smartphone might not be handled.
Managing two devices at the same time is a difficult task, and sometimes we just wish that there were ways to access a computer from the smartphone itself. Well, that is going to come true in this article. We have had several methods to access computers from smartphones in the past, but most of them are not up to the expectation. Not anymore. In this article, I’ll show you how you can access your Windows and Mac computer from both Android and iOS smartphones for free.
Here are few things you need to have in place to be able to access computers from Smartphones.
1. A Windows or Mac laptop or desktop.
2. Google Chrome browser on your Mac or Windows computer.
3. A decent speed internet connection and a Google account
How to Access Windows and Mac Computer from Android or iOS
First, make sure you have read the Prerequisites.
Step-1: Configure Mac or Windows computer
Open your Google Chrome browser on Windows or Mac computer and visit remotedesktop.google.com.
Scroll down a little and click on “Get Started” button. Sign in with your Google account. If you are already signed in then, it might not ask you again.
After signing in, Google will ask you to install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension for your browser. This is a free extension for Google Chrome developed by Google itself.
After installing the extension, open it by clicking on the extension icon.
Here under “My Computers,” click Get Started and then Enable Remote Connection.
Enter a PIN and re-enter the pin then click on OK.
Allow Chrome to Download and Install remote desktop on your computer.
Step 2: Configure Smartphone
After configuring your computer, now it is time to setup your smartphone.
- First, download Chrome Remote Desktop for your Android or iOS from the respective app stores.
- Open the app and sign in with the same Google account that you used to set up your computer remote desktop.
- Now you can see your computer name on the app. Click on it, and it will ask you to enter the PIN.
- Enter the PIN that you had set up earlier and click connect.
That is all; now you can access your computer from both Windows and Mac from your Android or iOS smartphone.
How to Install Chrome Remote Desktop on Linux?
Installing Chrome Remote Desktop on Linux based computer is tricky. Google has a really good resource page about how you can install and active Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux. You can read from here.
Please remember that Chrome Remote Desktop is still in beta phase, you can expect some basic bugs in it.
This is how you can access your Windows, Mac or Linux computer from Android or iOS smartphones easily and for free.