To clarify first, this Chrome extension is a remote control software that has nothing to do with Remote Desktop Protocol widely used in Windows. It should have been named Chrome Remote Control, rather than a confuse name like Remote Desktop. However, despite its confuse name, Chrome Remote Desktop is a very nice browser extension that lets you remote control other computer right inside Chrome browser.
Using Chrome Remote Desktop you can share access to your computer with an individual you trust, who will then be able to view your computer screen and control your computer remotely, just as if they were sitting beside you helping in person. Sharing is fully secured, access is given only to the specific person you identify, and only on a one-time basis. It’s a fully cross-platform remote access solution, as long as the two parties are using a Chrome browser.
To start, you need to install Chrome Remote Desktop extension first from Chrome web store. Once installed, you can launch the app from new Tab preview page, or from the app page on Chrome web store.
If it’s the first time you are using the app, you need to grand the permission to the app to access your data in your Google account. Why? Because the app needs to access some data saved in the following Google sites.
Otherwise, choose whether you want to Share or Access a computer.
Obviously, to access a computer, that computer needs to be in shared mode. To make a computer in shared mode, simply click on Share This Computer button. The app will automatically generate a unique access code and quietly wait for the connection.
To access this shared computer, click on access a shared computer on the controlling computer, and type in the given access code and connect.
Here we go, I have now successfully got access to my Windows 8 machine.
Obviously, it’s not the first or only app out there that uses the same accessing model but it’s pretty cool and comes handy when remote accessing via web browser is the only solution for you.