How-To Geek

How to Control a Remote Computer Using Only Your Chrome Web Browser

Going remote with friends and family is helpful when you need to show them how to do something or fix a problem. Here’s how you can offer cross platform remote assistance using only Google Chrome and an extension.

We have shown you how to go remote with friends and family before using Teamview, when your computer crashes, to your Ubuntu computers, and even to your Android devices. In most cases you need to install software or have a special service running in the background. With Chrome Remote Desktop, all you need is your Chrome browser running to be able to take control and share your screen. Here’s how to install and use it.

First you need to install Google Chrome if you don’t already have it. Download and install it from the link below.

Then install the Chrome Remote Desktop Beta extension by going to the link below.

During the installation you will be asked to authorize the app to have access to view your email address, view your remote desktop computers, and view and send chat messages.

After it’s installed, open a new tab in Chrome and click the Chrome Remote Desktop BETA app.

Click share this computer and a 12 digit code will be generated for you.

This is a one time code that someone can use to access your computer.

From the other computer, click access a shared computer and type in the first code (spaces are not necessary).

Give it a little bit and the tab will change to the other computers desktop. While in this mode, the computer being shared can either push the disconnect button, Ctrl+Alt+Esc, or close the Google Chrome tab to end the session.

If you have trouble connecting to the remote computer or it hangs when saying verifying access code, try allowing ports 443 and 5222 to have inbound and outbound rules in your windows firewall using both UDP and TCP.

If you need further help check out Google’s help page on the extension below.

Google Chrome Download

Chrome Remote Desktop Beta

Chrome Remote Desktop Beta help page

Justin Garrison is a Linux and HTPC enthusiast who loves to try new projects. He isn't scared of bricking a cell phone in the name of freedom.

  • Published 10/10/11

Comments (17)

  1. Seasider

    I tried this out yesterday. Annoyingly slow response times.
    In a nutshell, I’ll stick with TeamViewer.

  2. zolo


  3. Hatryst

    Awesome article and title screenshot. A computer running Google Chrome being used to remotely control a computer running Google Chrome.
    Chrome inside Chrome. Chromeception :D

  4. qwer

    >>Chrome inside Chrome. Chromeception
    Nice joke. I must go deeper…Anyone has a screenshot with chrome inside chrome inside chrome?

  5. PCN3rd

    TeamViewer is fast and reliable. I understand this add-on is in Beta form, so keep speed and reliability in mind when making changes for the final release.

  6. Linda

    Very good information to know, Thank you!

  7. Reinhold

    o ooooooooo, thats incredible, its working here

  8. ericssonfan

    Hamachi + Remote desktop. Best combination ever.

  9. Elad

    Instead of giving us plug ins for doing stuff you should post the code or the way of doing these kind of stuff with out any plug in or something we need to download…..

  10. Bron

    Teamviewer FTW – no browser extensions required. Skype does a nice job of allowing shared desktop access too. Can someone remind me why we needed a Chrome browser anyway when there was already FF, Opera, Safari, IE, Konquerer and Lynx? Oh wait, Google wants to own the web…forgot.

  11. Lalo

    Another great option when it comes to do remote pc support to your family members and friends. I prefer: LogMe In. It works great and fast, my second choice is another service from Google: Gbridge. As anybody tried it? You can remote control any PC , transfer files and more. works great!!!

  12. Nigel

    It’s not really going to help Grandma out on the otherwise of the planet though is it? Seems she has to run google as well.
    Remote desktop works well in this case after a talk on the phone.

  13. Cee Bohannon

    What about Crossloop? No need to monkey with the browser, just have the end-user install it from (or put it on there for them ahead of time) and you can use Crossloop to control their computer while they watch. You can also chat with the remote user, although I prefer combining remote control with a telephone convo.

  14. vistamike

    Well I got this to run, but very slow indeed. Teamviewer beats this hands down.

  15. cam2644

    I like How to Geek but it’s in danger of becoming a Google Chrome promotion slot.
    There are often articles saying things can only be done on Chrome and promoting its installation and ignoring alternative routes on other browsers

  16. dlgn

    Don’t see why you hate chrome. There just happen to be a lot of geeky plugins and other things that have to do with Chrome, because Google wants to cover everything. This doesn’t show that HTG is a Chrome chauvinist; it just shows that Google and others are working hard to make it useful, and that makes it ideal for many geeky articles.

  17. jaon

    very good support

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