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I've tried more that a few remote access apps on both Android and Windows, and TeamViewer is right up there with the best of them (especially if you work with people who can't get a handle on VLC). Today's Android app update adds some much-needed features to the mobile access app, most notably the ability to silence sound from the remote machine without turning the sound off on your Android device. Huzzah!

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The other major addition is clipboard synchronization. If you've ever used the Chrome To Phone app, you know how this works: selecting, highlighting, and copying text from your computer will allow you to paste it into any text field on your Android device, and vice versa. This is incredibly useful for remote access, especially if you're providing support and have to put in fiddly text like file addresses. TeamViewer users can now choose to lock the desktop (or not) at the end of every session, and the app will try to restore lost sessions more reliably simply by re-opening.

Last and probably least, the changelog includes the usual "minor fixes and improvements." TeamViewer is free for private use on Android devices running 2.1 or higher, and works with clients on Windows, OS X, and Linux.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Nathan Borup

    best app for an IT person that is always fixing your family and friends computers

  • xnifex

    I'm happy for this app, but I really wish Logmein would drop their price like they did on iOS so I don't have to have 2 different remote login apps running on my computer. Their reasoning to me was they are locked in to that price by Google... some nice bs if you ask me.

  • Steven Murphy

    I Think me meant VNC. I was like RDP With VLC, LoL

    • Steven Murphy

      Yes, I do know it is possible,.

  • Urbane_Gorilla

    I love Teamviewer. I've used it for about a year now. I use it to watch my PC desktop on my Samsung Galaxy 4 while at lunch (I day trade and my desktop app beats any Android app out there.) And I have tried just about every app out there..Paid for Logmein, and Splashtop, etc. This app is brilliant. It installs with no screwy firewall hacks, no pain-in-the-butt VPNs etc. And it not only works on various Wifi connections (Starbucks and local eateries), but works very well even on our crappy 3G coverage....Something I can't seem to get with any other Remote Desktop.

    However, about 3 months ago, the ability to 'pinch zoom' my Android screen (to zoom in on my desktop) disappeared. It's pretty impossible to click on a little desktop box and type, or center the mouse on the X to close a screen from the Samsung as even though it's a decent size screen, it's small when you spread a 1280 X 760 desktop on it.

    I did try it on my son's phone as well (he has the same model as I do) with the same results. The Teamviewer techs were very responsive, but say they have no problem with their Android devices and have no fix. ...unfortunately.

    • Cerberus_tm

      That is very odd. The only thing I can say is that pinch to zoom has always worked for me in TV and still does. Is there any common denominator to your phone and your son's, any applications you both have installed, settings, anything? If all else fails, you could try a factory reset (make a Nandroid back-up first), reflash a back-up if it still doesn't work. Or reflash the stock ROM.

      • Urbane_Gorilla

        My son's apps and mine are completely different. He uses his for FB, and things like that. I use mine for trading purposes. But both are Galaxy 4. I did try disabling some apps that I thought could interfere, but with no success, and everything else pinch-zooms fine. Very odd. I suspect this is an issue with a recent Galaxy 4 OS upgrade, as I never had the problem till recently, and it's the same for my kid's phone.

        • Cerberus_tm

          Hey, now that you mention it, I suddenly remember my father also had issues with Team Viewer on his Galaxy S4! He couldn't click at all: we saw his computer's desktop appear on the S4, but we couldn't click anything by tapping as normal. It works perfectly fine on my own Galaxy Nexus. So there must be something about the Galaxy S4, or about certain Samsung phones.

          • Urbane_Gorilla

            Bingo! Go figure!

  • BaconEater

    F yeah for the clipboard sync feature!

  • Aegeuss

    I very much like to contribute to the developers by purchasing this great application however the price is silly.

  • Andrew Kachaniwsky

    Will give it a shot.. but have a feeling they haven't fixed the external keyboard support yet. Last I used it the arrow keys wouldn't work, you can't hit the Windows key, etc.

    • Andrew Kachaniwsky

      Yup.. hasn't changed. Sticking with Logmein until they add some decent keyboard support.

  • Hank Bank

    Wow! Surprised nobody mentioned JUMP DESKTOP, completely free (for 1 pc) and the Android interface is really elegant, very clever. I can completely "operate" my desktop PC from my Android (GS3) on WiFi and on T-Mobile's regular data (I will let YOU decide if you want to refer to T-Mobile data as 3G or 4G!)
    JUMP DESKTOP is one of my top favorite Apps on Android. One of my hobbies is ham radio ... my ham radio station equipment is interfaced with my desktop PC, so now I can operate my radio station from WHEREVER I am, using my Android phone. Did I mention FREE (and NO ads, either!! ... there is also a paid version that adds ability to use multiple PCs, but I only need to connect to my one desktop PC, this works perfect for me and I love FREE!!)