Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop for Android, iOS in the works

Confirming previous rumors, Google released Chrome Remote Desktop for Android earlier this week. This app gives owners of devices with Google's mobile OS a way to access their Windows and Mac files remotely.

The official Google Chrome blog says that the Android app still requires that users install and enable the Remote Desktop add-on for the Chrome web browser. After that, the blog states, "Next, simply launch the Android app on your phone or tablet, tap on the computer’s name and start using your remote machine as if you were sitting right in front of it." Google also plans to release an iOS Remote Desktop app for Chrome, but no specific date was announced. 

Microsoft launched its own Windows 8-based Remote Desktop apps for Android, iOS and OS X in mid-October, and a couple of weeks after their release the company revealed that the apps had already been downloaded over one million times; Microsoft has yet to offer any more download stats for those app since that time.

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Can't help but wonder if this thing makes and then uploads a screenshot every second to Google.
In other words: What kind of info is Google getting out of this?

.Neo said,
Can't help but wonder if this thing makes and then uploads a screenshot every second to Google.
In other words: What kind of info is Google getting out of this?

Nobody cares. Nobody has cared for the past 10 years because in that time nothing has ever happened.

However with Microsoft, they actually invade a person's privacy.....and JUSTIFY IT!

VictorWho said,
Nobody cares. Nobody has cared for the past 10 years because in that time nothing has ever happened.

I care.

Works great for me, have multiple computers and they're all accessible. However, these computers are always on, I know I've had some issues when the computer has been off for a long time.

I like to use both teamviewer and an alternative because teamviewer seems to enjoy suspecting you of commercial activity prematurely. This works very well as an alternative.

this is pretty basic compared to teamviewer...no custom keyboard and no dual monitor support...but this is to be expected on an initial release... good alternative to teamviewer and no annoying popup messages about fair use...nice to have in case teamviewer decides to go the way of logmein.

I can finally connect to my home computer when I am outside without having to worry about the static ip address, or the dynamic dns, and the port forwarding, and the firewall rules for RDP, and if RDP is enabled, or if the VPN is on, or if the RDP is exposing my full name and photo on the internet, or if the machine have RDP, etc, etc, etc

Microsoft have the best remote desktop (if / when you can get it to work), Google have a remote desktop that simply works and works for everyone.

john.smith_2084 said,
Google have a remote desktop that simply works and works for everyone.
Two comments above you is a person who can't get it to work for him, so not simply just works I guess. Also since it's Google, you can forget about any security options. You may find this convenient but a lot of people don't want Google to now see what they do on their PC as well.

If you install any of Google's products, guess what's always running in the background and already has full access to your system.

If you're a Chrome user anywhere, big chance Chrome is installed on the PC that gets remoted in to.

Shadowzz said,
If you install any of Google's products, guess what's always running in the background and already has full access to your system.

If you're a Chrome user anywhere, big chance Chrome is installed on the PC that gets remoted in to.

Thankfuly, I've been away from Google services for about two years now.

Yeah you clearly don't understand this product, it's a remote viewer through Chrome. So there's a little more than a big chance Chrome will be installed for this to work.

App works great for me. No issues and connects just fine. But again, I don't see me using it much but nice it is there in case I do.

absolute junk, doesn't work at all, shows my computer name after installing chrome plugin and setup but it says offline all the time. no idea its a firewall issue or something, but it doesn't complain when I see the chrome plugin.

trojan_market said,
absolute junk, doesn't work at all, shows my computer name after installing chrome plugin and setup but it says offline all the time. no idea its a firewall issue or something, but it doesn't complain when I see the chrome plugin.

Not working here either. I'm not getting anything, the computer just doesn't show in the computer list to connect

Maybe I'm doing something wrong (although there aren't that many options) or maybe it's just that remote desktop to Linux computers is not supported yet.

Sticking with TeamViewer anyway.

ichi said,

Not working here either. I'm not getting anything, the computer just doesn't show in the computer list to connect

Maybe I'm doing something wrong (although there aren't that many options) or maybe it's just that remote desktop to Linux computers is not supported yet.

Sticking with TeamViewer anyway.


after struggling and disabling firewalls and all only on my local network I managed it to work, but its so primitive. doesn't support any protocol, no remote sound support, no resolution adjustment or scaling support. I think it should be called even a beta product

TeamViewer is cool, but they are behind.. they do not have iOS and Android mobile app, they do not have Mac OS compatibility, etc, etc.

Good move from Google I think. I think this is going to be the end of team viewer

acido00 said,
TeamViewer is cool, but they are behind.. they do not have iOS and Android mobile app, they do not have Mac OS compatibility, etc, etc.

Good move from Google I think. I think this is going to be the end of team viewer

Teamviewer has Mac, iOS and Android versions. I've used the Android version - it's tedious without a mouse but beyond that works very well.

IMO Teamviewer has nothing to worry about. After all, you don't have to install a browser in addition to the host software to use Teamviewer.

This is just another way to get people to install Chrome. No thanks.

acido00 said,
TeamViewer is cool, but they are behind.. they do not have iOS and Android mobile app, they do not have Mac OS compatibility, etc, etc.

Good move from Google I think. I think this is going to be the end of team viewer


I don't know what are you talking about but I have both iOS and Android teamviewer app and it get the job done. this app on the other hand doesn't even work. I installed Chrome plugin and configured it (very primitive compared to teamviewer) and installed the android app and it shows my computer offline all the time

acido00 said,
TeamViewer is cool, but they are behind.. they do not have iOS and Android mobile app, they do not have Mac OS compatibility, etc, etc.

Good move from Google I think. I think this is going to be the end of team viewer


Can you hook me up with whatever you are smoking?

acido00 said,
TeamViewer is cool, but they are behind.. they do not have iOS and Android mobile app, they do not have Mac OS compatibility, etc, etc.

Good move from Google I think. I think this is going to be the end of team viewer


Haha this is embarrassing. Next time do a little research before spouting off whatever comes to mind lol.

DConnell said,

And a good one it is, too. I've used it for remote support several times.


Yeah, I use it to for when not at home and I have to do something or want to lookup anything on my computer real quick.(or UAC popup when using my phone as a "TV"remote with MouseWithoutBorders).

grabageek said,
Just tried it - works well................

mine says: "Host is Offline". I installed and configured chrome Remote Desktop again and again. no matter what it says "Host is Offline"

Nice to have options, but I wonder how this would stack up against Teamviewer?

Besides, if I'm going to remote into one of my computers, I'd probably be using my Surface, if only for the keyboard/mouse support. Teamviewer Touch works really well.