Although this isn’t the first application to offer remote control access of your computer, it’s certainly the most useful application we encountered so far, working on a variety of platforms as well as mobile
In an era where so many of us are now using cloud services, content accessibility has become a key issue. Users want to be able to access their documents, photos or important applications, whether they’re at their PC or not.
But what can you do – sometimes its out of your hands. Sometimes we forget or just haven’t gotten around to uploading what we want accessible to the cloud and when we need it on the go there’s not much we can do about it.
Suitable for a variety of platforms
There are quite a few applications that offer solutions to this problem, but one particular solution we found to be highly effective is TeamViewer, which offers free remote access to PC’s running Windows, Mac, or Linux. TeamViewer requires the installation of their client service onto your PC, as well as the downloading of their mobile app for Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8/RT or their dedicated iPad app.
The client for your PC, be it Mac, Windows or Linux, can be downloaded from the official TeamViewer website or via this link. There’s no need to specify what PC system you have, the platform will identify the version itself before setting up the appropriate files. While installing the app on your smartphone, you’ll have the option of creating a free TeamViewer account, where you can add personal computers to your access list. To do this, you will need an ID and password that will be given to you when you run the application on your computer, through the following dialog box.
After logging onto the website and entering your email address and password, you’ll be brought to the Management Console. From there, you can add your computer and connect it directly to your account in TeamViewer.
The app will act as a silent Agent on your PC, so if you want to access your PC remotely, all you have to do is open up the TeamViewer app on your mobile and enter in your email/password – and you’re in.
The functionality is pretty complete. You can use your smartphone keypad to type in whatever you want. Even if your computer is connected to multiple screens, you can switch between them by clicking on a button at the bottom of the application screens. The remote locking of your computer is possible, as well as select locking of specific features, like your keyboard or mouse functionality.
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