Chrome Remote Desktop: Provide Tech Support from Anywhere


Are you responsible for any technology in your school? If so, my guess is you are considered your family’s resident tech expert.

That’s me in our family and I’m happy to help, but due to distance and time I can’t always come onsite. Have you ever tried to help someone over the phone and thought, if you could just see the screen you could figure out the issue?

There are a few options in the Google-verse for providing tech support including Chrome Remote Desktop.

If you just need to see the screen, and have a G Suite account you could use Google Meet. I wrote a post about it called Video Conferencing and Screen Sharing Doesn’t Get Easier Than Using Google Meet.

However, sometimes interacting with someone’s device would be beneficial. Enter Chrome Remote Desktop.

It works on Chromebooks and the Chrome browser.

Chrome Remote Desktop Features

There are two parts to Chrome Remote Desktop:

  • Remote Access – Allows you to access your own computers
  • Remote Support – Allows you to connect to someone else’s computer with their permission

This post is going to focus on the Remote Support feature.

 

On The End User Side

The first step to connecting to a remote computer is to have the user go to remotedesktop.google.com/support. The first time the user uses Remote Desktop they will need to install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension. They can do so by clicking the down arrow in the Get Support box.

Chrome Remote Desktop

Clicking the down arrow will open a window asking to install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension.

Chrome Remote Desktop

Click on Add extension

Once installed, the down arrow is replaced by a Generate Code button.

Chrome Remote Desktop

Once you click Generate Code, a 12 digit code will appear on the Get Support section. You will also see a countdown which begins at 5 minutes. This is a one time use code and if it isn’t used to connect with in the 5 minute window, the code expires.

Remote Support is designed with the idea that you are in contact with the user by chat, phone, or some other means and that you are both in front of the devices you will be using. Therefore, the 5 minutes should be plenty of time. At this point the user needing support is waiting on you.

On Your Side

Go to remotedesktop.google.com/support.

Chrome Remote Desktop

In the Give Support section, click Access code and enter the code from the end user’s screen. Then click ConnectChrome Remote Desktop

Your screen will now show a Support session number. The Remote User will be prompted that you want to connect and to click the Share button. Once they do you’ll be able to control their screen.

There are a few options while you are connected.Chrome Remote Desktop

To end the the session you can click Disconnect from your computer or Shop Sharing on the remote computer.

That’s it. You’re now all set to to relief some stress for your friends and family by providing a little remote tech support. Maybe you’ll get some baked goods in return.

Dave Carty

K12 district technology administrator, Google domain admin, Certified Google Trainer.

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