Google Chrome Remote Desktop app allows computer access from phone

Google has launched the Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android phones and tablets, which lets you access your computer from your phone.

Chrome Remote Desktop has actually been around since 2011, allowing you to access your desktop computer from another – perfect for when you need to pull up that file that’s sitting on your home hard drive.

Now Google has made that process possible on your mobile phone and tablet, too. Or at least, on your Android-powered mobile phone and tablet.

First download the Chrome Remote Desktop app for your PC, Mac, or Linux machine and use it to enable remote access. Then download the Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android on the Google Play Store and tap on your computer’s name.

You can now use your computer from your phone or tablet. Naturally the tablet format will be easier to use given the larger screen, but we imagine that the former will be more useful in a pinch.

Whilst the Google Crome Remote Desktop app is Android-only at present, Google does inform us to “stay tuned for the iOS app later this year” over on the official Google Chrome Blog.

Google Chrome Remote Desktop is available for free download now on the Google Play Store. It requires Android 4.0 and upwards to run.

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