How to Set Up Chrome Remote Desktop on Your Chromebook

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Your Chromebook is great at many tasks, but it can't run your favorite Mac or Windows apps. Fortunately, it's easy to remotely access any Windows or Mac computer from your Chromebook  and use all of its apps in a Window.

To perform a remote session, each connected system needs to have the Chrome browser, and each browser must be signed into the same Google account. After that the set-up process is a cake walk. Simply install a plug-in in each machine's Chrome browser, follow a few prompts, and you'll be able to access your primary PC from your Chromebook, even if the Chrome browser is closed on the remote system.

Set up a Computer for Remote Access

1. Open the Google Chrome browser on the PC or Mac you want to access remotely from your Chromebook.
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2. Open this page and click Add to Chrome.

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3. Click Add app.image 2013231516984544

4. Open Chrome Remote Desktop from the apps view.

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5. Select the Google account you use on the Chromebook.

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6. Select Allow to confirm that you are granting the Chrome Remote Desktop app access to several settings and features.image 2013231516984802

7. Select Continue in the dialogue box that explains you must grant extended permissions on this PC or Mac in order to access it remotely.

image 20132315169848738. Select “Get started” under My Computers.

image 20132315169849369. Click Enable remote connections.
image 201323151698505810. Click Accept and Install. PC users, if you do not see this window, feel free to skip to step 18.image 2013231516985292

11. Open the downloaded file "chromeremotedesktop.dmg."

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12. Open Chrome Remote Desktop Host.image 2013231516985411

13. Click Install.image 2013231516985480

14. Enter your password and click Install Software.image 2013231516985621

15. Click Close.image 2013231516985679

16. Click OK.image 2013231516985780

17. Click OK.

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18. Enter your new PIN number twice and click OK. 

image 2013231516985937 19. Enter your system password and click OK.

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20. Click OK in the dialogue box that confirms remote access to your computer has been enabled.

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The PC/MAC you’re working on now appears in the My Computers section of the Chrome Remote Access desktop. You can change the name of the PC by clicking the Pencil icon to the right.
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Access a Remote Desktop from your Chromebook

1. Launch the Chrome Remote Desktop app from your start menu. If the app is not installed, follow the steps above to install it.

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2. Select Allow Access to confirm that you are granting the Chrome Remote Desktop app access to several settings and features.Now systems connected to Remote Desktop app appear under My Computers.

image 20132315169829113. Select the system you want to access remotely.

image 20132315169828674. Enter the PIN you assigned to the computer to access it remotely and select Connect.

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The desktop of the remote computer appears on the screen.

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At the top left corner of the screen, you'll find the name of the system you’re connected to and a menu button that opens a list of commands, including CTRL+ALT+DEL and performing screenshots.

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You can navigate the remote computer as you would were you in front of it. Note that the Chrome Remote Desktop app will playback audio from the remote computer on the local system. So if you want to listen to audio tracks or watch movies on the remote device and listen in on your Chromebook. You can also copy and paste text between the remote and local computers.

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  • Chuck D Says:

    I want to be able to Control my Mom's Chromebook and my Dad's Chromebase... so I can provide them with Tech Support - like to add a printer for them. Tried doing it via Hangouts Video call (on their phone pointed at their Chrome's) but so choppy and video dropped constantly

  • Henry coates Says:

    If I install the remote access to my windows laptop will I be able to run an external burner fron my chromebook using the remote link

  • Mason Says:

    So i was logged into a different gmail account that i didn't want on chrome, so i logged into my google apps work account. and activated it but it still activated as the other gmail address, and i can't figure out how to create a remote access with my google apps account

  • Bill Says:

    I'm getting a message that "chrome desktop viewer is not allowed" and it doesn't connect my Chromebook to my W7 desktop.

  • nathan Says:


  • Doug Says:

    Is it possible to login to the chromebook remotely? I can not find a way to do this to maintain a computer I purchased for my dad.


  • James Says:

    Just did a setup between a Chromebook and a Mac. When I connect, the screen resolution on my Mac changes - everything is bigger (making it difficult to do what I need to do.) Any way to keep this from happening?

  • gregh Says:

    "Is it stuck? Is it done? Is it waiting for me to do something else?"

    I saw this and when I minimized Chrome I saw that there was a dialog on the desktop asking me to confirm my Gmail Account and Pin

  • curtis Says:

    I tried loading Chrome Remote Desktop onto my laptop. For the last 10 minutes it just has "Enabling remote connections for this computer..." Is it stuck? Is it done? Is it waiting for me to do something else?

  • Neil Says:

    This was really good at explaining how to set up remote desktop app. I'm having an issue with my audio though on my chromebook. When I open a video on my PC (through the chromebook) the video will show on the chromebook, but the audio plays only on the PC. Can someone please help me with this? I have all the most current versions of Chrome and remote desktop.

  • max Says:

    Is it possible to access a PC/Mac if the PC/Mac is turned off? It would be great if this is possible. If i remember correctly it this is possible using the remote desktop on a windows computer.

  • fred phoesh Says:

    All very nice, BUT
    I need the reverse. I need to be able to control the chromebook from my PC... the reason is I want to be able to offer tech support to my mother in South Africa, and this is the only way!
    Come on Google!

  • Kevin peterson Says:

    Very good article. Another alternative to remote access is by RHUB. RHUB offers a 6-in-1 appliance you can own and control that includes: remote access to any mac/pc, remote support, web conferencing, and webinars. All in one box… convenient isn’t it?

  • Greg Says:

    Please note that a Chromebook can not be accessed using Remote Desktop. For example, you can NOT access your Chromebook or anyone else's Chromebook from your PC or MAC.

  • Scott Williams Says:

    Unfortunately, Remote Desktop will not work from Chromebook/box to PC or Mac. Only the reverse. This is a major drawback to people who need to support users on a Chrombook/box. Google offers no word on when or if this will ever be available.

  • Mark Says:

    Mike: Yep, anything on your secondary computer. There is very, very slight lag with heavier applications, but things like Word work perfectly. Actually, now that you mention it, at the moment I'm using remote desktop from my Chromebook to listen to Spotify no problem. Honestly, it just works.

  • mike Says:

    Very informative - thanks. Does this mean that if the secondary computer has Word on it, you could use Word on a Chromebook?

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