Google on Monday unveiled its latest app for iOS devices. Called Chrome Remote Desktop app, the iOS version allow users to remotely control their computer using their smartphone or tablet.
“Chrome Remote Desktop allows you to remotely access one computer from another over the Internet. For example, you can use the app to securely access your files or applications from another computer. Or you can give a friend temporary access to your desktop so they can help you solve a computer problem,” Google explains.
Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS was launched nine months after its Android counterpart. If users need to access some files on the computer but are travelling, they might find this app useful. The app can also give a friend temporary access to the desktop in case a user wants some vital information while being away from home or office.
To set up the service, users will need to make sure they have downloaded the Chrome browser. Then install the Chrome Remote Desktop app from the Chrome Web store. Once installed, the Chrome Remote Desktop Web app will generate a 16-digit code. Users will be required to enter this code to be able to remotely log in to any switched on computer running the plugin. The same code displayed by the Chrome Remote Desktop Web app can also be shared with a friend to allow temporary access to user’s computer (through another computer only).
Chrome Remote Desktop for Android was rolled out in April 2014 and both the smartphone apps allow users to remotely access Windows and Mac machines. Google had earlier said that it would release the iOS app last year itself, but the search giant appears to have missed its deadline slightly. The iOS app is a 9MB download from the App Store and works just like the Android app.
The release notes for this app are quite succinct. The notes read, "Securely access your computers from your iOS device." There are just two bullet points under this, listing the app's features: "On each of your computers, set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome Web Store. On your iOS device, open the app and tap on any of your online computers to connect."
For more information about the Chrome Remote Desktop app Google has also setup a FAQ site answering any pertinent questions users might have about Chrome Remote Desktop.