20/03/2016

How to use your Android phone/ Tablet to control your PC

Smartphones nowadays are much very useful as much as tech is concerned. They have lots and different function, as they require more than enough time to explore especially for a casual user, the case will be different though for a power user who can quickly explore and get to know most of the specs on their smartphone. There are so many things that can be done on your phone, and using your Android phone to control your PC ( remote access) is one of them, as you need to know how to do this.


Sometimes there may be need to access a file or run a program on your PC or probably separated from it by a distance or wouldn't like to make use of your PC, instead look for an alternative, hence that's where your smartphone comes in, as it can be used as a remote access to control your PC.
But how? This can be achieved by using Remote Desktop apps such as Google's Chrome Desktop as a remote access on your PC. It works quite well on different Android smartphones, but is known to better on tablets, as they offer a large screen mode which is efficient and useful.

The landscape mode can also be made use of on Android smartphones to make the working experience better. Irrespective of the device, the Remote Desktop app works flawlessly on both Tablets and Android smartphones, and used to control your PC via Remote Desktop apps like you sitting at its front. Below is how you can actually use your Android smartphone/tablet as remote control on your PC.

Firstly, to achieive this, you need to use the Chrome Remote Desktop app which is available for download free of charge on Google Play Store. To download click here.
The Chrome Remote Desktop app will be used in conjunction with your PC, which simply means you need to install the Google Chrome browser alongside with the Chrome Remote Desktop app on your PC.


How to setup your PC


You have to ensure that your computer is well setup and ready for use as this is important. So install the Chrome browser on your PC if you don't have it, after its installation, ensure that you have the Chrome Remote Desktop app installed on your PC as well. You can visit the Chrome Web store to download the Chrome Remote Desktop.
Tap the free button and click Add when a pop up appears upon completion of the download and installation.
Run the tool by clicking the Launch App button or by clicking the Chrome App Launcher.
Like always in most apps, signing in for the first time requires authorization, click to continue, sign in with your Google account when prompted and click accept. This means you are done with the first part of the setup on your PC.
Chrome Desktop can be used in either of the two ways, which is; to share a computer for remote assistance or to gain full access to your computer. For now, I will be emphasising on the second way which is why I'm writing this article.
So now click on the second button of the two get started buttons that is displayed, then select the enable remote connections button. You will be prompted to download the Chrome Remote Desktop host installer, so upon installing this,you will be requested to choose nothing less than a six digit pin which will be used to secure your connection. Enter and confirm the pin you'd like to use and select OK. A window then pops up afterwards asking you for your pin, enter it and click OK. Your PC now is fully setup and ready for use, as the next step would be on how to setup your Android smartphone/ Tablet.


How to setup your Android/Tablet


Now that your PC is well configured, there's need for you to do same on your Android phone so as to connect it to your PC and control it remotely.
Navigate to Google Play Store on your Android device, download and install the Chrome Remote Desktop app on your phone, and run the app after installing.
Sign in to the same Google account on your Android or Tablet as on your PC, a list of computers that you can connect to is shown, click the name of the computer you would like connect to connect to, and you wait for the connection to be established( this might take few minutes as you have to wait).
After that, you will be requested to enter the pin you once setup earlier( same pin you entered on your PC). You can avoid the need to enter the pin every time, whenever you want to make use of it on your PC, but do be aware of the potential security risks.
After few seconds, your PC will appear on your Android devices screen.
In most cases, using a landscape mode on your Android phone screen would make working with a remote connection easier and better.
To switch to full screen mode, tap the double arrow button, and use the drop down menu to access the onscreen keyboard or to switch back to full screen.
Tap and drag around the screen to interact with your PC, and to use the Ctrl+Alt+Del keyboard shortcut, tap or check the menu button to select the relevant option.
When you decide to put the remote session to an end, you can click the disconnection option in the menu on your Android phone or click the stop sharing button on your PC( as it is not a good idea to leave it open longer than necessary, so if you now using it, ending it would be a better option).

NOTE: the same process goes for Tablets too, as their isn't much difference.
With the above tips, you are good to go in getting to use your Android phone as a remote control on your PC.

Let's know from the comment section, how helpful this article has been to you and your experience with it.

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