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Chrome Remote Desktop Goes Into Beta on Android, Here is a Quick Look

According to a lucky reader of ours, Google opened up a beta test for its Chrome Remote Desktop app on Android within the last few days. The beta is invite only at this time, with invites rolling out to those who “expressed interest” in helping Chrome improve their remote desktop client. Like the Chrome extension, this app does indeed give you remote access to your desktop computers, only this time through Android devices (both phones and tablets). 

The application listing on Google Play mentions that you can “securely access your computers from your Android device.” All you need to do is setup remote access on the Chrome Remote Desktop app from the Chrome web store, then open your remote Android app and tap on the computer you’d like to connect to.

Here are the screenshots from the Google Play page:

chrome remote desktop-1 chrome remote desktop-3

chrome remote desktop-4 chrome remote desktop-5

As you can see from those screenshots, the app is pretty bare bones. Then again, the whole point is to give you quick access to your desktop machines, not show off with a flashy UI. Also, it is still in beta, so there is a chance we’ll see the interface improve as it moves towards a stable build.

Since we can’t test the app ourselves, that’s what we know for now. As we have more, we’ll be sure to pass it along.

Cheers M!
  • OldDogeyes

    I noticed a link to a survey about Chrome Remote Desktop when using it on a Windows PC. Took the survey (pretty short) and 1) it asked questions about mobile device ownership and 2) offered the opportunity to provide contact info for future beta testing if willing.
    I assume that this is probably one way to get invited into the mobile app beta…?

  • Thank you sir previously we had many remote desktop apps on Android market i think this would be special ..

  • Brett

    Awesome, I use Teamviewer for work and chrome RDP for my personal stuff!

  • AHP

    I would be very interested in this if it worked in reverse too… letting me control my Android phone completely through my browser.

  • juice

    you know… updated on “Apirl Fools day” for that chrome if you see the date.
    it might be just a prank.
    I will believe it when it actually could search in googleplay and install it.

  • trwb

    In the meantime TeamViewer works pretty good between Android, Mac or PC for remote desktop.

  • cheeto0

    Why haven’t they brought remote desktop to linux yet?

  • Stephan Sch
  • Wellington Costa Alves

    Anyone knows how do i get the invitation???

  • Gideon Waxfarb

    Does this allow you to just send keystrokes or commands without having to log in VNC style?

  • RealVNC is awesome

  • raazman

    This will be good for ChromeOS.


    But it cant reach “Limelights” game streaming service 😉

  • Zach Davis

    I’ll still probably stick with TightVNC Server on the Desktop and akRDC on my phone/tablet. Best combo I’ve found for remote access, and completely free

  • RoadsterHD1

    What app goes on your phone to do this?

  • DreamSTi

    Jump makes the best RDP app that I have tested so far. It costs a little bit, but well worth it IMO.

    • Adrynalyne

      Does it use a server to connect to?

      Because unlike traditional RDP and VNC server and clients, things like Chrome Remote Desktop and Teamviewer allow you to get around more strict firewalls.

      • Kidd_Funkadelic

        I’ve always been able to connect to my work machine through the corp firewall with no problem via jump. I agree they make the best most complete RDP app on Android hands down, with full mouse support, variable screen resolution, etc.

        • Adrynalyne

          Good to know. I’ve had a hell of a time finding a server and client to work in those situations. Teamviewer sucks because on a server, it isn’t free, and the company has the router and firewall locked down to the point that changing ports doesn’t even help.

          Chrome RD works though. I’ll have to check Jump out too.

          • Nathaniel Webb

            You could also try using ninite.com to install TV on your server. it doesn’t use the traditional setup GUI and i’ve read where people have done it on server 08 with success.

  • John Davids

    I look forward to the public release of this so I can get rid of Teamviewer.

  • IcerC

    I like Jump. Hopefully this is at least as good.

  • Alexandre Fournier

    someone has the apk ?

  • Mordecaidrake

    Awesome, I don’t have to keep updating my routers IP forwarding anymore!

    • Ian Case

      does your router not support DHCP reservations?

      • Mordecaidrake

        It does and I didn’t even think to set that up. I feel like a damn moron, my router has now been configured as such, now Plex and RDP should run much smoother haha.

  • yodatom10

    I own and use a Chromebook full time (have chrome remote desktop installed on a win box)… own 2 android phones and tablets…. how much more interest do you need google 🙂

  • Shawn Pourhosseini
    • Mordecaidrake

      That’s for the browser though, now we can use it on our phones!

  • Kevin Lauscher

    hell yeah cross another one off the list! now do google voice

  • MikeSaver

    thats fackin nuts

  • Kieron Quinn

    You can build it from source, not managed to yet though

  • Mandark

    I think Teamviewer is better.

  • xuggs

    I think Microsoft’s RDP app is pretty f****** awesome.

  • Taylor00

    Now that’s very handy.

  • Droid Ronin

    How is this different from SplashTop?

    • Brian

      It’s made by Google?

      • Miguel

        And most likely be more smooth in the process.

        • Kevin

          Just like Miricast and Tabcasting right?

          • Justin W

            If you have problems in tabcasting, you’re doing it wrong or don’t have the right setup. My experience with tabcasting has been near flawless, which is more than most other mirroring solutions can say (aside from, of course, direct HDMI connection).

          • Kevin

            I don’t a problem in Tabcasting but a lot of other people do.

  • dr.zahr

    Tou can try team viewer, one of the best desktop controllers out there

    • TeamViewer cost… Chrome remote is free

      • dejackamo

        not for personal use

        • Adrynalyne

          Depends on the OS.

          Personal use or not, there is no such thing as free TeamViewer on Windows Server.

      • ERIFNOMI

        I’ve used TeamViewer a bit. It’s free for personal use. It also works when presented with a UAC pop-up, which Chrome Remote didn’t like when I was trying to help my mother with her laptop.

      • OhYeah!

        Nope, teamviewer is free!!!!!!! Unless you are using it for corporate and then everything costs $.

        • ronkkrop

          Chrome remote desktop is free for commercial use.

          • OhYeah!

            Doesn’t work very well through firewalls. Teamviewer is the boss

  • For those that can’t wait, get Microsoft Remote Desktop for Android.

    • Nathan Borup

      Or teamviewer. I use it all the time, and I can access my computers while away from the local network

    • nate

      Microsoft’s RD app doesn’t play well with dyanamic IPs (so most average people). Chrome remote doesn’t require you to enter any info but Google login and passwords (I think)

      • xuggs

        Most average people won’t use RDP. Then again there is always dyndns.org and noip.com?

        • nate

          I tried the free version of noip and it was extremely slow. Just my one time experience though.

          • ObsidianGT

            That’s as much makes sense as how whatever I’m now typing at it. Huuuuuuuhhh

            Seriously, that’s like saying the address that you typed in to Google Maps was slow. Where’s that damn Jackie Chan GIF?

          • nate

            I used it for a Minecraft server when I knew my IP. I logged in with my house’s IP and it was lag free. I logged in with my free noip domain and it was unplayable. Make more sense?

    • Bruce Wayne

      Which is near impossible to setup for most people.

    • Eric

      Most people doesn’t have Windows Pro. I don’t 🙁

      • ERIFNOMI

        Actually, I’m willing to bet Windows Pro is more common than home versions. All student versions are Pro, so all my keys are Pro.

        • Adrynalyne

          Most OEM sales are not Pro. OEM sales make up the majority of consumer machines.

          • ERIFNOMI

            I’d actually like to see distribution numbers on Windows 8. I feel like I see Windows Pro advertised more. Maybe that’s just because there’s no reason to advertise that a computer has Windows Home.

          • Adrynalyne

            Well, even if all W8 machines were Pro, thats still, maybe 12% of the market.

            I have noticed more Pro machines with W8 rollout, but part of that is because machines are hitting the RAM limit on the non-Pro version (W8 drops Home moniker). Low-end machines that I have seen still ship with regular Windows 8.

            Also, it should be noted that RDP in Pro versions do not allow the machine connected to, to interact. The user on that end doesn’t get to see what is going on or participate. That makes some of these other solutions more attractive.