How to access your Mac or PC on your iPhone or iPad with Chrome Remote Desktop

BY Jason

Published 17 Jan 2015

Google launched the Chrome Remote Desktop iOS app to let you access your PC or Mac from anywhere in a secure fashion. Here’s how you use it.

  • Download and install Chrome Remote Desktop on your iPhone or iPad (download link).
  • You should now see Chrome Remote Desktop icon in Chrome’s app launcher. Click on it.

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  • Authorise the app with your Google account.

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  • You’ll now have to enable remote access to your computer. Click on Enable remote connections
  • You’ll now be asked to install another piece of software, which will be a dmg file for Mac, and an installer for Windows. Follow the on screen instructions and complete the installation process.

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  • You’ll now have to set a PIN. Enter it and confirm it, and click OK.
  • In case of Mac, System Preferences should open, and you’ll again have to enter your PIN here. (If the text field isn’t editable click on the lock icon at the bottom left.)
  • Now that the setup on your computer is done, open Chrome Remote Desktop on your iPhone or iPad, and sign into your Google account.


  • You should now see your Mac or PC listed here. Click on it, and enter your PIN to initiate the connection.


You can now see your Mac or PC’s screen on your iOS device, and use the touch screen to control your computer, even while you’re away. Scroll around to control the mouse, tap to click, and tap on the keyboard button at the top to bring up the keyboard.