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How to access your PC remotely from your phone?

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Ever wanted to control your computer from your phone? In this article, we bring you a step-by-step guide to help you control and access your PC from your smartphone from anywhere in the world.

Mirroring your PC to your SmartPhone

Step 1: Visit www.teamviewer.com on your PC and download the TeamViewer client.

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Step 2: Download the ‘TeamViewer for remote control’ app for your phone from the PlayStore/AppStore.

Step 3: Install the TeamViewer client on your PC. You’ll get a User ID and password combo.

Note: Be sure not to let anyone know this User ID/Password. Anyone with this combination can access your PC without your knowledge.

Step 4: Enter the ID on your smartphone and select ‘Remote Access’.

Then enter your password.

Step 5: Tada! You can now access your PC from your smartphone from anywhere in the world!

So here’s how you can access your PC using your smartphone. This procedure can also work on Mac or Linux and in between PCs as well.

Now while TeamViewer is a pretty capable software to use, you might have noticed that it’s paid for commercial use.

Also, TeamViewer tends to lower the quality of your display so that streaming becomes more responsive. You can fix this so that the software prefers quality over performance.

TeamViewer also comes with a bunch of problems. For example, it can be a bit hectic for a total beginner to configure. If configured incorrectly, there are a lot of security loopholes that can be exploited by an attacker. Then there’s the hefty price tag.

Here are some free alternatives to TeamViewer that can help reduce that headache.

Also read: Is disabling Windows services a good idea to speed up your computer?

Alternatives to TeamViewer

AnyDesk

AnyDesk is probably the best TeamViewer alternative that you can find. It pretty much has all the features that TeamViewer has to offer. It also has of the fastest data transmission speeds, allowing users up to 60FPS streaming.

Splashtop

While AnyDesk focusses on speed, Splashtop is the most secure one out there. All remote sessions on Splashtop are encrypted with TLS and 256-bit AES encryption. User access is further secured by device authentication, two-factor authentication, and multiple second level password options.

Also read: How to use Ping command to test your internet network

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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