This article will show you how to access a remote computer from your computer if you have Remote Desktop software installed on both computers. When the program is installed on both computers, configure one of them as a host - this computer will be considered remote and it will be possible to control it from another computer under three conditions: both computers are connected to the Internet, turned on, and the corresponding software is installed on them. Programs such as Team Viewer and Chrome Remote Desktop can be installed on any remote computer that can be accessed from other computers or even mobile devices (iOS or Android). Windows Remote Desktop can be set up on a remote Windows computer and controlled from other Windows or Mac OS X computers.
Method 1 of 3: TeamViewer
Step 1. Open the TeamViewer site on the remote computer
Go to https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/ in your browser. TeamViewer will automatically detect your operating system.
If the operating system is not detected correctly, click on your system in the options bar in the middle of the page
Step 2. Scroll down and click Download TeamViewer
It's a green button at the top of the page. The TeamViewer installation file will be downloaded to your computer.
Depending on your browser settings, you may have to click "Save" or specify a download folder
Step 3. Double click on the TeamViewer installation file
On Windows it is called “TeamViewer_Setup” and on Mac OS X “TeamViewer.dmg”.
Step 4. Install TeamViewer
- Windows: Check the box next to "Install to later control this computer remotely", check the box "Personal / non-commercial use" and click "Accept - Finish".
Mac: double click on the installation package, click OK, open the Apple menu
, click System Preferences> Security & Privacy, click Open next to the TeamViewer message, and then click Open when prompted. Then follow the instructions on the screen.
Step 5. Find the identifier of the remote computer
On the left side of the TeamViewer window, there is a section called "Identifier" under the heading "Allow Remote Control". You will need this identifier to access the remote computer.
Step 6. Create your password
- hover the mouse over the current password;
- click on the round arrow to the left of the password;
- click "Set personal password" in the drop-down menu;
- enter your password in the “Password” and “Confirm Password” fields;
- click "OK".
Step 7. Download, install and open TeamViewer on your computer
This is the computer on which you will access the remote computer.
TeamViewer can also be installed on an iPhone or Android device
Step 8. Enter the ID of the remote computer in the Partner ID field
It is located on the right side of the TeamViewer window under the heading "Manage Remote Computer".
Step 9. Check the box next to "Remote control"
Step 10. Click Connect to Partner
This option is at the bottom of the TeamViewer window.
Step 11. Enter your password
This is the password that you entered in the "Allow Remote Control" section of the TeamViewer window on the remote computer.
Step 12. Click Login
It's at the bottom of the authentication window.
Step 13. View the desktop of the remote computer
In a moment, in the TeamViewer window on your computer, you will see the desktop of the remote computer.
- As soon as you see the desktop of the remote computer, you can work on the remote computer as on your own.
- To disconnect, click the "X" at the top of the TeamViewer window.
Method 2 of 3: Chrome Remote Desktop
Step 1. Open Google Chrome
Click on the round red-green-yellow-blue icon. Do this on a remote computer.
If you don't have Chrome on your computer, install that browser first
Step 2. Go to the Chrome Remote Desktop page
This will open the Chrome Remote Desktop page in the Chrome Store.
Step 3. Click Install
This blue button is in the upper-right corner of the page.
Step 4. Click Install App when prompted
Chrome Remote Desktop is installed in the Chrome browser, and the Services page opens in a new tab.
Step 5. Click Chrome Remote Desktop
This is an icon in the form of two computer monitors with the Google Chrome logo on one of them.
If the Services page doesn't open, type chrome: // apps in the Chrome address bar and press ↵ Enter
Step 6. Log in to Chrome Remote Desktop
Your actions depend on your browser settings, but you will most likely need to select a Google account and then click "Allow".
Step 7. Click Get Started under the My Computers heading
Step 8. Click Allow Remote Connections
It's in the lower-right corner of the window.
Step 9. Click Accept Terms and Install when prompted
It's a blue button at the bottom of the popup. The installation file (Windows) or DMG file (Mac) will download to your computer.
Depending on your Chrome settings, you may have to select a download folder and click Save
Step 10. Install the Chrome Remote Desktop application
- Windows: Double click on the installation file and then click "Yes" when prompted.
Mac: double click on the DMG file, click "OK" in the pop-up window, open the "Apple" menu
, click System Preferences> Security & Privacy, click Open next to the chromeremotedesktophost message, and then click Open when prompted. Then drag the Chrome Remote Desktop icon to the Applications folder.
Step 11. Open the Chrome Remote Desktop application
Return to the Services page and click on Chrome Remote Desktop to open this application (if necessary).
Step 12. Enter your six-digit PIN twice
Do this in the "PIN" and "Repeat PIN" fields.
Step 13. Click on OK
Remote connections are activated on the remote computer, which means that other computers can access this computer.
Step 14. Download, install and open the Chrome Remote Desktop application on your computer
This is the computer on which you will access the remote computer. On your computer, sign in to the same Google account as on the remote computer.
For example, “remote computer” is your corporate (work) computer, and “home computer” is your home computer
Step 15. Click on the name of the remote computer
It's under the heading "My Computers".
Step 16. Enter your six-digit PIN and then click Connect
This is the PIN that you set on the remote computer.
Step 17. Work on a remote computer
The desktop of the remote computer will appear in the Google Chrome browser on your computer.
- There may be a slight delay when performing actions on a remote computer as commands are sent over the Internet.
- Click Disconnect in the top menu to disconnect the connection.
- Use the Keys button to control the remote computer with keys such as Ctrl + Alt + Del and ⎙ Print Screen.
Method 3 of 3: Windows Remote Desktop
Step 1. Open the Start Menu
on a remote computer.
Click on the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen or press ⊞ Win.
Step 2. Click on "Options"
It's in the lower-left side of the Start menu.
Step 3. Click on System
This computer-shaped icon is at the top of the settings page.
Step 4. Scroll down and click About
It's at the bottom of the left options pane.
Move your mouse over this panel and then scroll it
Step 5. Write down the name of the remote computer
You will find it in the "Computer name" line. You will need this name to connect to the remote computer.
Step 6. Click on System Information
It's in the Related Options section in the upper-right corner of the page.
This option can also be found at the bottom of the page if you haven't upgraded to Windows 10
Step 7. Click on Advanced System Settings
It's in the upper-left side of the window.
Step 8. Click on the Remote Access tab
It's in the upper-right corner of the System Properties window.
Step 9. Check the box next to "Allow remote connections to this computer"
It's in the Remote Desktop section in the middle of the page.
If the box is already checked, skip this step
Step 10. Click OK and close the System Properties window
The settings will be saved.
Step 11. Scroll up and tap Power & Sleep
It's at the top of the left pane in the Options window.
Step 12. Open both menus and select Never in each of them
This will prevent the remote computer from hibernating or shutting down when you connect to it.
Step 13. Open Remote Desktop on your computer
Windows: open the start menu
, enter remote and click "Remote Desktop Connection".
- Mac: Download Microsoft Remote Desktop from the App Store, open Launchpad and click the orange Microsoft Remote Desktop icon.
Step 14. Enter the name of the remote computer
Do this in the Computer field at the top of the Remote Desktop window.
- On a Mac, click + New in the upper-left corner of the application window, and then enter a computer name in the Computer Name field.
- You can also enter the IP address of the remote computer in the computer name field.
Step 15. Click Connect
It's at the bottom of the Remote Desktop window. The desktop of the remote computer will appear in your computer window.
On your Mac, double-click the name of the connection you created and select My Desktops from the list
- You need Google Chrome to run the Chrome Remote Desktop extension.
- We recommend that you disable hibernation on the remote computer, because you cannot connect to a computer that is in hibernation.
- If your Windows computer does not have a password, set it up and then use Remote Desktop.