How to setup Remote Desktop on Chromebook.
Working from home is the best scenario for you and everyone around you right now. However, if you have a desktop computer at work that you cannot take home, then one of the obvious things you can do is use a remote desktop installation. You can set up Remote Desktop using only the Chrome browser. Let’s see how.
How to set up remote desktop on a Chromebook
As with any other Remote Desktop setup, you need your computer to be working and connected to the Internet. Otherwise, this method will not work. Since this method uses a Chrome extension, it works on all platforms that support Chrome, including Windows and Mac. So no matter if your host computer is windowed or Mac, you’re good to go.
Setup on the computer at work
Open the Chrome Remote Desktop website on your work computer and click the download button to install the extension in your web browser.
Also, make a note of the account that is used in your Chrome browser, we will need it later to access the PC from home.
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Click “Add to Chrome” and wait for it to complete.
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Now just click the Accept and Install button on the screen and click Yes in the pop-up window to grant permissions.
Select a name for your host device (work computer) and click Next.
Now enter your 6-digit PIN as security to access your system from the remote desktop and click “Start”.
Your system is ready to go. You just need to set up your home computer or Chrome Book to access your work computer.
Remember that if the system goes to sleep or shuts down, the remote desktop will be stopped. So, to always have access to your desktop, go to Settings on your work computer Power & Sleep and set all 4 power options to Never. Also make sure you are using a PIN or password instead of Windows Hello. Otherwise, opening your device with Remote Desktop will be a problem.
Setup on Chromebook
Open the Chrome Remote Desktop site on your Chromebook or whatever computer you have in your home. Make sure the Chrome browser is signed in with the same Google account, otherwise the process won’t work. The website will automatically scan for available devices and show you your work computer.
Enter the 6-digit PIN that we set earlier on your work computer.
And it’s all. You can now access your desktop using your Chromebook.
Apart from the standard screen mirroring, you also have various change options like display resolution, full screen mode, etc. You can also transfer files, enable clipboard sync, and use hotkeys.
As far as my usage goes, I can say the lag is not that bad, however it feels a little strange when playing videos. So if your workflow doesn’t require video playback or footage editing, you should be in the know. If there are any applications that are also available on Linux, it is better to use Linux applications instead of using Windows Remote Desktop Applications. Check out the best Linux apps for Chromebooks.