Re­mote-con­trol your Mac

Ac­cess your Mac from an iOS de­vice, via Chrome Re­mote Desk­top

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How you can ac­cess your Mac from an iOS de­vice, via Chrome Re­mote Desk­top

Ap­ple is in­creas­ingly in­te­grat­ing OS X and iOS, en­abling data, files and even half­com­pleted emails to be passed back and forth be­tween your Mac and iOS de­vices. How­ever, one thing that’s miss­ing from the equa­tion is a built-in means to di­rectly con­trol your Mac us­ing an iPad or iPhone.

Plenty of re­mote desk­top op­tions ex­ist, but Google’s is en­tirely free and, dur­ing our testing, proved it­self to be re­li­able and ro­bust. How­ever, the process of get­ting it up and run­ning is quite in­volved, but MacFor­mat’s here to help.

This walk­through as­sumes you’ve down­loaded and in­stalled the free Google Chrome for OS X (down­load from google.co.uk/chrome/ browser/desk­top). On in­stalling, Google Chrome will ask if you want it to be your de­fault browser – untick it if you want Sa­fari to re­main your first-choice.

There is an­other side to Chrome Re­mote Desk­top that you might want to ex­plore af­ter it’s set up. The Re­mote

Plenty of re­mote desk­top op­tions ex­ist, but Google’s is free and proved re­li­able and ro­bust

As­sis­tance op­tion pro­vides the means to re­motely share com­put­ers over the web, se­curely con­nect­ing them via 12-char­ac­ter ac­cess codes.

Once the sys­tem’s work­ing, it could be just the thing for help­ing out a rel­a­tive when they come a crop­per on their Mac. Craig Gran­nell

Ac­cess your Mac from your iOS de­vices, for free, us­ing Chrome Re­mote Desk­top.

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