Today, we're sharing about Chrome Remote Desktop.
What is it?
Why would I use it? What does it do?After installing the communication access piece on your laptop(s) and/or desktop(s) and setting your own private code, you can enable that computer to be accessed remotely. So, if you have a computer at home that you need to access and control from work (or vice versa), you can launch the Chrome Remote Desktop app and connect to it. (Personally, I have used this when my kids are at home and need to me enter the computer password for them to play a game.) This is also helpful if you're on a Chromebook or mobile device and need to access a software program that's installed on a PC or Mac in another location; you can use Chrome Remote Desktop to work on that other machine and access what you need.
Or, if you are doing a presentation and would like to be mobile and walk around the room, you can leave your computer hooked up to the projector and simply use another device to control it remotely. (While you can use a Chromebook to control other computers, you can't yet control a Chromebook from another device.) I often use a Chromebook to control my laptop when presenting so that I'm not stuck in front of my laptop during a workshop.
Another way to use Chrome Remote Desktop is for technology support ("Remote Assistance"). This can be very helpful when you're either trying to help someone solve a problem over the phone (or trying to have someone help you remotely). Screen sharing is started within the app, and it generates a code that is used by the person needing to screen share. Once the session ends, that "helper" no longer has access to the machine (unless another sharing code is created in a new session).