How to use Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop is a fantastically multipurpose and easy-to-use application that gives you the power to securely connect to your computer from virtually any location using another device. This amazing tool provides a smooth and seamless remote access experience, offering unparalleled flexibility and convenience. Whether you need urgent access to your work computer from home or help a friend with technical problems, Chrome Remote Desktop has you covered.

In this article, we will see how to set up and use Chrome Remote Desktop through the Chrome browser.

Note: Remote Desktop or RDP will be used interchangeably throughout this article.

Configuring Chrome Remote Desktop and exploring various features

Follow these steps to set up Chrome Remote Desktop:

  1. Install Chrome Browser on both devices before setting up Chrome Remote Desktop. So download a suitable version of Chrome from Google’s official website, which is compatible with your operating system if it is not already installed.
  2. Once Chrome is installed on your PC, open your Chrome browser and head straight to the Chrome Web Store. Search for the Chrome Remote Desktop extension, and then add the Chrome Remote Desktop extension.
  3. Once installed, to access Chrome RDP, click on its icon in the top right corner of Chrome. Then in its pop-up window, click on Enable remote connections.
  4. To establish a remote connection, a one-time access code is required. To generate one in the popup window, press Generate code. Make a note of your access code because you will use it later to log in to a distant computer.

Access Chrome Remote Desktop using smartphones and tablets

Step 1) Install and set up the Chrome Remote Desktop app on a mobile device

If you want to access your computer remotely from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, download Chrome RDP from all app stores.

Step 2) Launch the Chrome RDP app

Launch the Chrome Remote Desktop app on a mobile device or use an extension within the Chrome browser on another computer to access your Remote Desktop account from there.

Step 3) Enter your Access Code here

Once in the app or new tab, click sign in and enter your passcode created during step two of this process.

Step 4) Enable remote connection

Once you enter a passcode and press Connect, Chrome Remote Desktop will quickly and securely establish an encrypted link with any remote computer and display your remote desktop interface.

Configuring remote access options

Step 1) Adjust screen resolution and quality settings

By clicking the gear icon within a remote desktop interface, users can access its settings menu, where they can adjust the screen resolution and quality based on their network connection.

Step 2) Enable or disable streaming audio

When audio output from a remote computer is required, click the audio icon inside the remote desktop interface to enable audio streaming, and click it again to disable it. To turn audio streaming back off, repeat these steps.

Step 3) Configure keyboard and mouse settings

Within the settings menu, you can also configure keyboard and mouse settings, for example whether you want to send keystrokes directly to a remote computer or only to locally connected devices.

Step 4) Select and configure advanced features

If you need more advanced features, like sharing specific apps instead of the entire desktop or syncing clipboards, visit the settings menu to customize them to your specifications.

File transfer between local and remote devices

Step 1) Transfer files between local devices and remote computers

Upload files from a local device to a remote desktop PC via File Transfer in the remote desktop interface using its File Upload feature and pressing Upload & Send.

Step 2) Download files from the remote computer to the local device

To download files from remote computers to local devices, use the remote desktop interface’s file transfer icon and choose which files to transfer before clicking “Download.”

Common Troubleshooting

Verify network connectivity

If you are having difficulty connecting to a remote computer, check network connectivity by making sure that both local and remote devices can access the proper Internet service.

Check for conflicts between software and firewall settings

If antivirus or firewall software was installed locally or remotely on one or both devices, temporarily disabling it and trying again might help establish connectivity with Chrome Remote Desktop.

Resolve any authentication/access issues

If you are having authentication or access problems, make sure you enter the correct access code. It may be necessary to change your Google password to create a new passcode; creating one can also help.

Access to advanced features

1) Enable regular unattended remote access connections

If you need regular access to a remote computer, unattended access is your solution. Just go to Chrome Remote Desktop settings and turn on Enable remote access. After doing this, follow the given prompts to set up unattended access.

2) Enable remote printing

For remote printing from another computer, enable Remote Desktop settings and make sure the printer is connected and configured on it.

3) Use Remote Desktop Shortcuts

Remote desktop shortcuts can help speed up your workflow and maximize efficiency. For example, pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del sends commands directly to a remote computer instead of a local device.

4) Explore other remote desktop solutions.

Chrome Remote Desktop can meet some of your remote access needs. However, other solutions, such as Team Viewer or Microsoft Remote Desktop, may provide better solutions.


In this step-by-step article, we show you how to install and use Chrome RDP within the Chrome browser. With its intuitive user experience and flexible options, this remote access solution simplifies accessing remote computers.

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