Accessing your system from an iPhone
There are many ways to access your system with an iPhone. Many options are costly, as it charges one time fee or monthly/annual subscriptions. The two ways that operate best are completely free for self-use. Both the ways require you to install a host app on your iPhone and a companion app on the system you need to control. Once configured, you may be able to control any system remotely as like you are sitting before your system. Here are some tips to Manage Computer through an iPhone.
Install TeamViewer on your iPhone
TeamViewer is free for own use but offers a salaried version for businesses. This app is habitually used by tech companies for hands-on support to make variations to your system while you watch. It is compatible both on Windows and Mac.
Open the App Store app and browse for TeamViewer by means of the Search icon at the lowermost of the screen. Tap on TeamViewer from the results to open its page, and tap “Get” on the right adjacent of your screen to download and install TeamViewer.
Register on TeamViewer
Open the TeamViewer app, that opens to a welcome screen, and tap the Computers & Contacts icon at the bottom of the screen. Tap “New account” on your right.
Fill the three fields with your name, email address, and a password containing any mixture of alphanumeric characters.
Install the TeamViewer companion app on your computer
The companion app must be installed on all systems you need to access with your iPhone. Both apps work in tandem to control your computer securely.
Using the system, you need to control by opening any browser and visit teamviewer.com/en/download/. Once on the download page, select the OS needed (Windows, Mac, or Linux) and download TeamViewer. Install it by clicking the downloaded file.
Log into TeamViewer on the computer
Open TeamViewer and then click “Computers & Contacts” at the bottom of the window. A pop-up window will open just to the right of the main app. Here type your TeamViewer account authorizations by entering your registered email and password in the pop-up window and then click “Sign In.”
Once you’re logged in, just minimize TeamViewer, it will start mechanically with your computer and run in the background.
Repeat the steps to install and log into TeamViewer on each system you want to control with your iPhone.
Create a personal password for each computer you want to control
A security password is not necessary, but it helps to prevent unwanted access to your computers. You’ll be required to enter the password every time you try to control your computer.
Open TeamViewer on each computer you want to control. Go to Extras >> Options >> Security.
Create a personal password to be used when logging into each computer. Your password must be any grouping of characters. Do not use your TeamViewer credentials.
Control your devices
Now that everything is set up, it is the time to manage one of the computers you configured for remote access. You will be able to perform all functions as if you were sitting in front of the system being controlled.
Open the TeamViewer app on iPhone and log into your account if prompted.
Click the Computers icon at the bottom of your screen, and log into your account.
Click the My Computers icon to view a list of all your computers. They will be listed by name.
Click the Remote Control icon to the right of the system you need to control. The icon looks like two arrows, one pointing left and the other pointing right.
Enter the Personal Password for the computer you are accessing.
Click the keyboard icon at the bottommost right of your screen to access zoom, settings, and a virtual keyboard.
Access files, programs, and operate your system with touch commands as if you were sitting in front of it.
Disconnect from your remote computer by clicking the X icon on the lower left to close the connection.
Using Chrome Remote Desktop
Open a Chrome browser on your computer
If your computer doesn’t have a Chrome browser yet, you can visit google.com/chrome to download it.
Log into your Google account
Do this by clicking the blue “Sign In” button on the topmost right and typing your Google username, or email address, and password into the given boxes. Click “Sign in” to proceed.
If you don’t have a Google account, create one since you will be needing it to access your computer later.
Install Chrome Remote Desktop on your Chrome browser
Chrome Remote Desktop is completely free to use; however, it works as an extension of the Chrome browser. Chrome Remote Desktop runs both on Windows and Mac computers. You must install the Chrome Remote Desktop on all systems you can control with your iPhone.
On the Chrome browser, open its Web Store and search for Chrome Remote Desktop.
Click the “Add to Chrome” button, which is located near the topmost right of your computer screen, and then click “Add App” on the pop-up window.
Enable Remote Connections
Launch Chrome Remote Desktop by selecting the green “Launch App” button near the upper right of your screen. Click the “Authorize” button at the lowermost part of the next pop-up window, and then click “Allow” on the following screen.
Click the “Get Started” button below the My Computers heading, and then click the “Enable Remote Connections” button.
Create a PIN of 6 digits or more. This will be used every time you log into your remote computer.
Click “Yes” on the popup window that asks if you need to allow this program to make modifications to your systems.
Click “OK” to confirm that remote connections have been enabled.
Install the Chrome Remote Desktop app on your iPhone
This step is the same as installing some other app on your iPhone. Open the App Store app, and search for Chrome Remote Desktop using the search bar. Click the “Get” button to the right side of the app’s icon, then click “Install.”
Control your computer with your iPhone
With Google Remote Desktop configured and installed on both your iPhone and all computers you’d like to control, it’s time to access those systems with your iPhone. You will able to perform all system functions as if sitting at your computer.
Open the Chrome Remote Desktop app on your iPhone, and log into your Google account. Select any of the computers you configured for remote access, they will be listed by their system name. Once you’ve selected a computer, type its 6 digit PIN, then click “Connect.”
Now you can control your computer with your iPhone using touch commands.
Tap the command buttons at the topmost right of your screen. There are icons and buttons for a virtual mouse, a virtual keyboard, full-screen mode, and Help & Feedback.
Access programs, files, and functions as if you are sitting in front of your computer.
Disconnect from the remote connection by selecting the X on the top left, and minimize the app on your iPhone by pressing the Home button when finished.
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