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Google is simply on a roll today! As it turns out, the stock camera wasn't the only new app to hit the Play Store today - we now have the Chromoting app as well. Chromoting, for those unfamiliar with it, is a way to securely access your computer remotely by connecting to Chrome running a special Chrome Remote Desktop app. Anyone familiar with Remote Desktop, VNC, and other similar apps should feel instantly at home with Chromoting.

The real beauty of Chromoting is the setup process - there is no need to forward ports or deal with complicated setups. Just install the aforementioned app, enable remote access, and voila - you're pretty much done.

Grab Chrome Remote Desktop for Android version 35.0.1916.37 using the widgets below.

Update: APK posted.

Securely access your computers from your Android device.

• On each of your computers, set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/remotedesktop
• On your Android device, open the app and tap on any of your online computers to connect.

For information about privacy, please see the Google Privacy Policy (http://goo.gl/SyrVzj) and the Chrome Privacy Policy (http://goo.gl/0uXE5d).

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The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.chromeremotedesktop-35.0.1916.37.apk.

Version: 35.0.1916.37 (Android 4.0+).

MD5: 5b536739c42aeedb816e7c69db432136.

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Artem Russakovskii
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  • Raul

    Not compatible with my Android JellyBean 4.1 phone

  • TheSparks

    OH the joy of update Wednesday! :D

  • GiantJay

    And now 4.4.3 right Google................

  • Kieron Quinn

    FINALLY, been trying to build this from source for ages

  • http://franklinc.ca/ Franklin

    Now they just allow remote access to a chromebook/box

    Either way still very useful.

    • Mic Redford

      ... why?

      • Jeremy Carlton

        So we can access our Chromebooks from this app. That would be the most obvious answer.

        • Mic Redford

          why useful? what do you actually need from your chrombook that you couldn't get on other platforms? hell the chromebook is the weakest platform of them all.

        • Mic Redford

          Little extra, esp just to access a chromebook.

      • http://franklinc.ca/ Franklin

        A quick example is I often use my chromebook with chromecast (tab casting). Why get up at all if I have my phone already?

        • Mic Redford

          You'd just cast from your phone & not your CB.

  • Kieron Quinn

    APK for this one too http://d-h.st/sge

  • rasty++

    yesss!

  • jamesfuston

    Question is, does this have any obvious advantage over Teamviewer.

    • jamesfuston

      Answer: yes. it does. Chrome Remote Desktop handles multiple screens beautifully. Teamviewer doesn't support multiple screens on the Android app.

      • didibus

        Hum, pretty sure TeamViewer does support multiple screens on Android. I'd say the advantage is ease of install, and that it is completely free, TeamViewer is a bit of a nagware.

        • jamesfuston

          I checked this side by side before posting my reply. There was no way (I could find) to access my second screen on Teamviewer for Android.

          • Voganlight

            There is! There is a button somewhere on the button bar in teamviewer that allows you to switch between your multiple screens.

          • jamesfuston

            I stand corrected then. I have to say, I vastly prefer the way Chrome Remote Desktop handles it by just putting the displays side by side.

  • SVem26

    Still waiting for an android remote desktop/ remote assistance solution so that I can setup/troubleshoot my dad's phone from here..

    • Matt

      If he installs the Chrome Remote Desktop extension, you can do just that. There's a remote assistance feature. He then generates a one-time access code.

      • Justin

        He's talking about going the other way, from desktop to phone, sort of like Amazon's Mayday feature. He wants to help his father with his phone from his desktop, not help his father's desktop from his phone.

        Still a damn nice app though.

      • SVem26

        Sorry if it wasn't clear.. I was talking about accessing his android phone remotely(nexus5- dad, moto g -mom) , not the PC..

        • Matt

          Oh sorry I must have misread the phone bit. I see what you're saying.

      • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

        I don't see anywhere you can input that code in the Android app so far. Looks like you can only connect to computers that are registered under your Google account.

    • Steve Freeman

      Yeah, we (my parents and I) recently bought my nephew a Nabi 2, and I was trying to find a good remote assistance app. Couldn't find one that worked and didn't require root (and while I'm fine rooting my own devices, I didn't want to mess with his).

    • enoch861

      If they have any Samsung Android devices, there is a TeamViewer Android app that will allow you take control of a Samsung device.

    • Rafael G. Alves

      I can do that if the phone is a Samsung. The app is the "TeamViewer" or Team Viewer QuickSupport. I can acess my Note 10.1 trough my notebook. Saddly, it doesn't work on my Moto X.

  • Rovex

    Requires Chrome (obviously), which i still cannot stand.

    • polesmoker99

      Waaahh waahhh baby need a diaper change?

      • mlj11

        Judging by the profile pic, I'd say a litter box makeover is more appropriate.

      • Rovex

        Butt hurt I don't like everything your boyfriend Google creates? Poor baby.

        • Steve Freeman

          What do you use then? IE? Safari? Opera? Or The Unholy Devourer of RAM, Firefox?

          • Rovex

            Firefox, i have no RAM issues either, but I have 32GB..
            It just not possible to set up Chrome as i like a browser to be. No extensions help the situation.

          • Steve Freeman

            There are extensions, though I'll grant you they are nowhere near as extensive or numerous as the Firefox extensions. And dude...32GB's of RAM...that's a bit ridiculous.

          • Rovex

            Not if you manipulate RAW photo files that are 20GB in size..

            Chrome doesnt have the extensions I want, its to limited.

          • Kailo

            What the hell do you need browser for, if you work with RAW files

          • Rovex

            Oh I don't know, because i like using a computer maybe? What a stupid question.

          • Kailo

            Excuse me, sir, I rather use photoshop and lightroom over browsers extensions.
            Yeaaa, I'm not that badass as you, but I'm sure your post-process must be great...

          • Steve Freeman

            What? Photoshop/Lightroom makes you choose between using them or using browser extensions? That doesn't sound right...

          • Kailo

            photoshop/lightroom when it comes to work with RAW files...

          • http://www.scottcolbert.com/ ScottColbert

            too limited, not to.

          • Rovex

            read again..

          • polesmoker99

            Also saying you cannot stand Chrome because it doesn't conform to your customization doesn't mean it's a bad browser. That's like me saying a girl isn't attractive because she won't sleep with me.

          • enoch861

            I also dropped Chrome because it used resources like no other.
            Switched
            to Aurora (the dev version of Firefox) and this thing is easy on the
            resources. I can have 20 tabs open and use less than 700MB or RAM. In
            Chrome that would have been pushing almost 3GB.
            IE has also been
            really good and I actually use it a lot now. And on Windows 8, its
            simply amazing. I haven't even bothered to install any other browser on
            my Windows 8 machine.
            I use Safari when I'm on the Mac.
            And Opera.. well, it really hasn't been good for a while.

        • polesmoker99

          Google is a gentleman and a fine lover, but we are NOT dating, ok? Don't box us into a convenient, cliche label. We're modern. And I was only making fun of your "Chrome sux!!1" on a blog for Android enthusiasts.

    • didibus

      It might work with Chromium, I'm not sure, but someone should look into it.

      • Anonymous

        Can confirm, works fine with Chromium.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Does this work with Ethernet on desktop?

    • Steve Freeman

      Huh? Do you mean does it support connecting to a desktop PC that's connected by a ethernet cable? If so, why wouldn't it? And if that's not what you mean, please translate.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Yes, exactly that. I thought it wouldn't because most of other solutions like Teamviewer, VNC, Microsoft RDP and such usually work over WiFi so you could remotely control your computer, that's why I wanted to make sure if this app works with a WiFi on an Android device and Ethernet on a computer

        • Steve Freeman

          VNC, RDP, and I'm assuming Teamviewer (though I've never used it) all work over TCP/IP. WiFi or direct ethernet connections don't matter.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Works fine.

  • Derik Taylor

    I have been beta-ing this app for a few weeks now and it is petty decent. Has the basic functions you would expect. Pretty smooth though. Not sure why it is getting only 2 stars.

    • WhoaManWtF

      It has a much better rating if you actually view it on the market.

      • Derik Taylor

        Well what do you know...when I updated it earlier today it had between 1 and 2 stars. I guess it must have really jumped since then. No complaints there. It is a nice app.

  • Zyre

    Won't be long till we get the new Android icons i guess +1

  • Erstam

    Someone should making a video comparing this to the Windows remote desktop. That has been working very well for me.

    • didibus

      Ya, I'd like some good thorough benchmark of splashtop, chrome remote desktop, windows remote desktop, teamviewer and vnc for both same wifi and over the internet access.

    • enoch861

      As far as I know, it doesn't compare. Even after using other popular remote desktops, nothing can touch WRD. Windows Remote Desktop is built into the OS so it has no other "overhead".
      Chrome on the other hand... eats up resources for lunch.
      But for people with non Pro Windows OS's, TeamViewer is the best one.

    • chris simmons

      Having tried both, my initial impression is good with this app. Setup was about 10 times easier than Windows Remote Desktop (which had me digging into router settings, etc).

      • Random

        ...

        RDP needs a port. And it only needs it if you're gonna do it from outside your LAN, so... no way this is better/easier than WRD.

  • didibus

    Please make this part of the next Android release, so that we can remote into our phones and tablets in a secure way! And without rooting!

    • Steve Freeman

      Preach on

    • Derik Taylor

      If you don't mind my asking, why would you want to do that? I do not see a benefit to it personally, but I am curious.

      Edit: after looking at a comment down below, I see good reason for it.

      • Steve Freeman

        Remote support for one. We (my parents and I) recently got my nephew a Nabi 2 tablet for his birthday, and since I live in Cleveland and they live in Vegas, and I'm the only tech in the family, it falls to me to support any issues that may come up. It's a bit more difficult without any way of accessing it remotely.

        • Derik Taylor

          That sounds reasonable enough. Makes it easy to make the problems go away without having to wait until the holidays to do so.

          • Steve Freeman

            Exactly. And since he's about to turn 5, the answer "You just need to wait 6 months until your uncle Steve gets here" doesn't really go over too well. :P

    • Casin

      Does this work with Chrome OS?

  • cheeto0

    Where is the linux support?

    • tripstah
      • cmbeid

        The first result is this post... very meta.

      • cheeto0

        Having to get your own api keys and compile everything yourself is not exactly Linux support. I'm talking a binary anyone can just download and install like they have on windows and Mac.

    • cmbeid

      I struggled for about 20 minutes trying to get it to work before realizing there was no Linux support....

  • Frank Barten

    This works great for me!

  • Alberto

    I like it is free no vnc setting i got to worry about is all done by google side.

  • jp-

    Does this use the local Wifi if both my computer and my tablet are connected to it? I've not been able to get the Microsoft app to work for some godforsaken reason but this works fine so far.

    • Steve Freeman

      I don't see why it wouldn't...you would just have to specify the internal LAN IP address of the device you're trying to connect to. And I don't know why you've had issues trying to get the MS RDP client to work, I've used it several times without any issue. Though the firewall on your PC may be blocking most LAN traffic (including RDP traffic over port 3389), which is I think the default setting on Win 7, and possibly Win8.

      • jp-

        The windows firewall is set to allow RDP, both my tablet and my computer are on the same network, I can ping my computer from my tablet, I have tried my regular user account as well as a newly created one (which I then allowed remote connections), i disabled the requirement for secure something something in the settings, I just can't get it to work.

        • Steve Freeman

          Is RDP allowed for the same network type that your computer is set to? Public/Private/Domain? Your PC didn't maybe get set to Public by accident, and you allowed RDP traffic for Private?

          • jp-

            You mean the other way around, I assume? It's allowed for private networks and I set my network location to private, yeah.

          • Steve Freeman

            And it doesn't work inside of your network either? That's definitely messed up...without looking at your setup I can't tell for sure obviously sounds as if you got everything configured correctly.

          • Steve Freeman

            No, I meant it the way I said...I don't know why your PC inside of your network would be set to public intentionally (unless if you're extremely security conscious), but sure...

  • dpneal

    Nice app.

    It's using an ICS UI though.

    • Steve Freeman

      They wrote the rules for creating and designing Android app GUI's. Doesn't mean they have to FOLLOW the rules.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Uh, yes they do. Google is the creator of these guidelines, so it is really stupid to not follow them and give other devs an example as the OS maker

        • Mike Reid

          It's "hypocritical", but so are all of us.

          Google tries to persuade employees, not force them.

          Sticking to bureaucracy makes a bureaucratic corp. Google tries not to stifle successful projects by blind adherence to principal. This is a large part of what makes Google so successful, along with keeping teams small, instead of just "throwing" more devs at a project, which slows things down.

  • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

    if they could just add a way of getting access to the files on the computer then am game, that's pretty much all i need from a remote app

    • Steve Freeman

      There are ways of doing that already. Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, Skydrive/Onedrive, etc. Those all give you the added security of cloud storage as well as anywhere access, so if your harddrive crashes you don't lose everything. If you don't want that, just setup FTP access for any folders you want.

      • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

        FTP is close to what i need, but i don't really want to go into all that stress to get it set up

        • Steve Freeman

          ? It takes like 5 minutes.

          • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

            could you point me on how i could do that

          • Steve Freeman

            The easiest way is to get Filezilla, install it, point it to the directories you want to use (moving everything into one central directory is easiest though, or you can just share off your entire hard drive), set logon creds, and done. I believe there's also an option to enforece SSL connections, you'll want to select that. You'll also need to open your firewall for ports 20 and 21.

          • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

            i'd give it a try

          • Steve Freeman

            It's really pretty easy to setup and use. Before I got Box, Dropbox, and Skydrive (as much as I dislike Microsoft, Skydrive actually is pretty simple to use and very functional, at least that I've seen so far), I used FTP whenever I need to get something to or from my home systems when I wasn't there.

          • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

            could you point me a tutorial on how to set up the filezilla ftp

          • Steve Freeman
  • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

    Using Chromoting to type this. I like it :)

    • Steve Freeman

      Witchery! Burn the witch!

      • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

        :( Noooo

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    APK up now.

    • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

      That's why we love you.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        #nohomo

  • Zak Taccardi

    This feels really weird coming from Splashtop.

  • Nikhil

    "Guarantee" is quite a big word when it comes to modern cryptography! #NSA

  • Alberto

    I successfully instald Remote Desktop on my 2 Windows 8.1 PCs, then uninstalled it and, when I tried to install it again last week it wouldn't let me activate remote access for neither of them, I don't know if it's related to the latest Windows update, I know some people are having a similar experience...

  • David Mendívil

    I made it work! http://forum.xda-developers.com/google-nexus-5/general/make-chrome-remote-desktop-t2720264/

    spanish and english instructions attached!

    Funcionando!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Made what work? It already works fine, at least for me.

      • David Mendívil

        It wasn't working for me also other users reported it wasn't working for them, they were stuck in the same place as me, not a huge percentage of course. In fact google's reply was:
        You'll see this error if you are not an administrator of the host computer. We're investigating solutions to this problem. In the interim, obtain administrative rights to the computer, or log in as another user who has administrative rights, and try again.

        And it's just related to the language in which windows is installed, in my case windows 8 x64 Spanish

    • Steve Freeman

      ? I thought Google made it work...hence why they released it...

    • Johnathan Rodriguez

      Nobody expects the Spanish Instructions!

  • Simon Belmont

    This is pretty awesome. I've been using Splashtop for a long time, but it's sweet to have a built-in solution.

    Google released two awesome new apps, today. I love UPDATE WEDNESDAY.

    • Dolan

      Its thusrsday in asia...

  • Andreas Stennert

    Does it have to go up into the cloud or does it work via local network?

  • supremekizzle

    This is really fucking sweet! any way to access computer when asleep?????

  • Cj

    What's stopping you.
    When in history has the existence of one solution meant that others can't be created?

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    keeps telling me "Host is offline" when I try to rermote access my configured computer from the app.

  • MeCampbell30

    It's happening!!!1

  • Aliasgar Babat

    Google is impressive, and I actually use Chrome remote desktop for remotely accessing computers ... But it's just not secure enough for my work. I use RHUB remote support servers for remote access. It works flawlessly.