Remote access

How to set up remote desktop on Windows 10 Home using Chrome

Do you need to work remotely and need access to your PC? Then Chrome Remote Desktop makes it super easy to set up remote access to Windows 10 Home or Pro devices.

Set up Windows 10 remote desktop with Chrome

Although Windows 10 includes a remote desktop feature, if you’re a Google Chrome user, you can also use the Chrome Remote Desktop app to access and manage a computer remotely.

Similar to the solution built on Windows 10, the app for Chrome allows you to access your device from anywhere using an internet connection, but the major different is that this solution is available for Windows 10 Home and Pro, and you don’t have to reconfigure the device firewall or forward any ports on your router.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to use the Chrome Remote Desktop app to manage a device or access your files and apps remotely over the internet on Windows 10 Home or any other edition of the operating system.

Enable remote desktop on Windows 10 Home:

  1. Open Chrome on Windows 10.

  2. Open this Chrome web store page to download the Chrome Remote Desktop app.

  3. Click the Add to Chrome button.

  4. Click the Add extension button.

    Chrome Remote Desktop install extension
    Chrome Remote Desktop install extension
  5. Sign-in with your Google account (if applicable).

  6. Click the Chrome Remote Desktop button next to the address bar.

  7. Click the Download button to save the installer.

    Download remote access installer
    Download remote access installer
  8. Click the Accept & Install button.

    Set up Chrome remote desktop app on Windows 10
    Set up Chrome remote desktop app on Windows 10 Home
  9. Click the Yes button.

  10. (Optional) Choose a name for your Windows 10 Home or Pro device.

    Choose a computer name option
    Remote desktop computer rename option
  11. Click the Next button.

  12. Create a PIN of at least six numbers to access initiate a remote desktop.

    Create a remote access PIN
    Create a remote access PIN
  13. Click the Start button.

Once you complete the steps, you’ll be able to access the computer (as long it’s turned on) from anywhere in the world using Google Chrome on another device whether you’re using the Home or Pro edition of Windows 10.

Access remote Windows 10 home desktop using Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome.

  2. Open the Chrome Remote Desktop page.

  3. Sign-in with the Google account you set up remote desktop.

  4. Under the “Remote devices” section, click the device running Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro that you want to access.

    Start remote access
    Start remote access
  5. Confirm your remote access PIN.

    Confirm remote desktop PIN
    Confirm remote desktop PIN
  6. Click the right-arrow button.

After you complete the steps, you’ll access your office device remotely to continue working from home or another location, for example.

Also, you can click the arrow button on the middle-right of the session to access settings, such as full-screen, scale, input controls, show dual-screens in the remote session, and disconnect the session. Or you can always click the Stop Sharing button to terminate the remote session.

We’re focusing this guide on Windows 10, but the Chrome Remote Desktop app is also available for macOS and older versions of Windows, including Windows 8.x and Windows 7. In addition, you can also use the app to offer remote assistance to other people, and in this guide, you can learn the steps to perform this task.