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Google released its long-rumored remote desktop app for iOS today. Dubbed Chrome Remote Desktop, it’s available now in the App Store for both the iPhone and iPad, allowing you to securely access your computers from either device.

Setup falls in line with other remote desktop applications. You’ll obviously need Chrome installed on your computer (PC, Mac and Linux), the desktop client, and the aforementioned iOS app, and then you simply follow the instructions.

Once you’re up and rolling, the app should look familiar to anyone who has used Screens, VNC or the like. You are given the choice of either trackpad or touch mode, and gestures control a verity of functions like scrolling, zooming, and click-drag.

In my short time using the app I didn’t notice anything groundbreaking, but for folks within Google’s ecosystem looking for a free remote desktop solution, it does the trick. You can grab the Chrome Remote Desktop app in the App Store for free.

  • Chocolatewe

    now this is cool

  • jack

    Just use TeamViewer

    • BoardDWorld

      Big thanks.

  • diggitydang

    Been waiting for this a long time!! Thanks Google!!

  • Is there any sound with this app or is it just like VNC (picture / video only)? If not then there’s much better remote desktop solutions out there…

  • Does it have access to all your computer settings just like a regular remote desktop? If so, the spyware just got bigger.

  • Osama Muhammed

    I thought it was gonna be simple as it will be related to chrome-connectivity, now this is more complex than ever, Meh.

  • coLin

    does it work to remote control an iPad? or just a desktop pc/mac

    • illuminati

      Why the heck would you want to remote control an iPad? What are you gonna do, play Flappy Bird? That’s the only thing I can think of that you’d want to remotely access an iPad for, and even then you can still run an Android emulator (free, and legal for home and commercial use) or the Xcode iOS Simulator (which you need to buy a $500-4000 Mac for thanks to Apple).

      Remote desktop has many important uses, from uploading a file to the internet away from home, to accesing your IDE (if you’re a programmer). And many more practical uses. iPad can do none of these properly (you can use the stripped down stupid “Open in” or the Python editor on iOS, which even then is crippled compared to its computer counterparts). If you’re trying to get unrestricted internet access, wouldn’t you be better off remotely accessing a real computer?

  • leon

    No sound on my ipad or iphone when I connect to my PC. Video is excellent but no sound.