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How to Use Chrome Remote Desktop

Updated on May 15, 2013

Chrome Remote Desktop Tutorial

This tutorial applies to any two computers with the Google Chrome web browser. I will be using a Chromebook to connect to my Windows 7 desktop.

This can be especially helpful with a Chromebook. Using a Chromebook as a secondary computer is almost perfect once you have mastered the remote desktop tool to control a more powerful computer for programming, media editing, and other tasks the Chromebook cannot do.


The Tutorial

Before you can use the remote desktop tool, you must set up the host computer. On the computer you will remotely control, open Google Chrome.
Before you can use the remote desktop tool, you must set up the host computer. On the computer you will remotely control, open Google Chrome.
In the address bar, type "chrome.google.com/webstore"
In the address bar, type "chrome.google.com/webstore"
When the webstore opens, enter "chrome remote desktop" into the search bar.
When the webstore opens, enter "chrome remote desktop" into the search bar.
The first result should be Chrome Remote Desktop. Click "Add To Chrome". On the window that pops up, Click "Add".
The first result should be Chrome Remote Desktop. Click "Add To Chrome". On the window that pops up, Click "Add".
While it is adding, a download should popup on the bottom of the window. Wait for that to finish.
While it is adding, a download should popup on the bottom of the window. Wait for that to finish.
A new tab should open and then the Remote Desktop app should be added to the list of apps.
A new tab should open and then the Remote Desktop app should be added to the list of apps.
A window will pop up asking you to authorize Chrome Remote Desktop. Click "Continue".
A window will pop up asking you to authorize Chrome Remote Desktop. Click "Continue".
Click allow access.
Click allow access.
Under the "My Computers" section, click "Get Started".
Under the "My Computers" section, click "Get Started".
Next to the computer's name, click "Enable remote connections".
Next to the computer's name, click "Enable remote connections".
Type a PIN that you will remember, you will use it every time you remotely access this computer.
Type a PIN that you will remember, you will use it every time you remotely access this computer.
If a Google Update window pops up, click "Yes"
If a Google Update window pops up, click "Yes"
It then will set up the remote connection.
It then will set up the remote connection.
Click "Yes" on the next window that pops up.
Click "Yes" on the next window that pops up.
On the next window, type the PIN you just created. Click "Confirm".
On the next window, type the PIN you just created. Click "Confirm".
Click "Ok"
Click "Ok"
This computer is now setup. Go to your laptop. If it is not a Chromebook, you must Add Chrome Remote Desktop to Chrome on the Laptop as well.
This computer is now setup. Go to your laptop. If it is not a Chromebook, you must Add Chrome Remote Desktop to Chrome on the Laptop as well.
On your Chromebook, select the Apps Icon and Click the Chrome Remote Desktop icon. If you are not on a Chromebook, open Chrome and select the Chrome Remote Desktop icon.
On your Chromebook, select the Apps Icon and Click the Chrome Remote Desktop icon. If you are not on a Chromebook, open Chrome and select the Chrome Remote Desktop icon.
Click on the name of the computer you want to control.
Click on the name of the computer you want to control.
Enter the PIN and click "Connect"
Enter the PIN and click "Connect"
The other computer should open in a new tab and you have complete control of it. When you are done, click "Disconnect" on the bar at the bottom
The other computer should open in a new tab and you have complete control of it. When you are done, click "Disconnect" on the bar at the bottom
Click "Ok" and you are done!
Click "Ok" and you are done!

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