Programs for remote access: Would you like to know if the download of that file was actually successful or if the antivirus scan was successful but you do not have your computer at hand? Well, make a call home and ask your brother / sister, your mother or father, right? How do you say? Have you tried it at least a dozen times but nobody answers you? Well, then try to bring a minimum of patience (just enough time to be able to personally check everything!) And get ready for the next time. You ask me how? Simple: using one remote access programs that I am going to suggest.
In case you have never heard of it, you need to know that there are software which, once installed on the position to be “monitored”, allow you to manage the computer in question from a distance, from any other PC. What follows is the creation of a sort of bridge on the Internet that allows you to remotely control the computer of your interest just as if you were in front of it.
How do you say? Are you interested (and also quite a lot!), But not being very practical in terms of information technology and new technologies, are you concerned that the operations to be performed may be too complicated for you? But don’t worry, you have nothing to worry about! The remote access programs that I am going to show you are in fact very easy to use (at least in most cases), you just need a minimum of attention and patience and you’re done, you have my word. Enjoy the reading!
The first of the remote access programs that I want to invite you to try is TeamViewer , one of the best in its category. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux (as well as for Android, iOS and Windows Phone to be able to manage the computer remotely even from mobile) and is characterized by a very accurate user interface and an extreme ease of use that makes it also ideal for users who are unfamiliar with the PC. To use it, just put in contact the computers of those who must provide remote assistance and who must receive support using the combinations of ID and password shown in the main window of the software.
TeamViewer is free, but its being free is limited to the personal sphere. If you intend to use TeamViewer in a professional context you must purchase a license. For further information, take a look at my article on how TeamViewer works .
Click here to download (and possibly also purchase) TeamViewer on your computer .
Supremo is an excellent program for remote access available for all the main software platforms: Windows and macOS , as regards the desktop and Android and iOS , as regards the mobile area. It is free for personal use, extremely light and can be used without facing any installation or configuration procedure: it downloads, starts up and is immediately ready for use.
Its operation, then, is extremely intuitive: each computer is automatically associated with a combination of ID and password which, if entered in Supremo on another device (computer, smartphone or tablet that is), allows you to activate its remote control. Also worthy of note is the availability of a free Contacts directory to be shared with other users and the possibility of installing the software as a Windows service , so that it can be used without the physical presence in front of the machine to be controlled.
Having said that, to use Supremo on your computer, connected to its official website and click on the download button , in order to start the download. At the end of the download, start the executable obtained and you will find yourself immediately in the presence of the main window of Supremo with, on the left, the combination of ID and password assigned to the PC in use (with the possibility of activating the Meeting function which, however, is paid); on the right, however, there is the field Connect to , to enter the ID of another PC and control it remotely.
At the top, there are the tabs to access the various sections of the application: Connection , to access the main screen of Supremo with ID / password and field for connection to other PCs; Address book , with the address book of contacts (free, but which requires the creation of an account in order to be used and shared); Tools , to adjust settings related to security, network etc. and License , to register the Supremo license keys.
To use Supremo from smartphone or tablet, however, you simply have to install the official app for Android or iOS , open it, enter the ID of the computer to be controlled , press the Connect button and then type the password necessary to activate the remote control session . In the mobile field it is only possible to perform the remote control, not to receive it.
As previously mentioned, Supremo is free for personal use, while for commercial use and to take advantage of extra features, such as the one dedicated to meetings , detailed reports and the possibility to customize the application with your own brand / logo , you can purchase the full version, starting from € 5 / month per connection (with a 21-day free trial ). More info here .
To download (and possibly also purchase) Supremo immediately, click here .
RealVNC is a very complete remote access program available in various versions: one free and two for a fee. The free one can only be used for personal purposes and allows basic remote assistance on Windows, Mac and Linux. The paid one can, however, also be used for commercial purposes and includes many additional functions, such as connection encryption, file transfer, text chat, printing and much more.
It is quite simple to use, although not suitable for novice users like other more basic solutions such as TeamViewer. It is also available for mobile devices.
To download (and possibly also purchase) RealVNC on your computer immediately, click here .
UltraVNC is one of the most popular free remote access programs available for PC. It is not as intuitive as TeamViewer and other software, but has many advanced features that make it ideal for remote assistance professionals.
It supports transferring files from one computer to another, remote access to Windows, text chat and much more. It is compatible with all versions of Windows and there is also a Java version running via browser that works on Mac and Linux computers.
To download UltraVNC to your computer immediately, click here .
LogMeIn is another very valid solution for remote computer control. It is compatible with Windows and Mac and is very easy to set up. A wizard that starts from the software’s website helps the user to create a free account, install the client on their computer and start the first work sessions with the program. It supports the encrypted connection and the wake on lan function that allows you to remotely reactivate the computers that are in the suspended state.
It can be used not only from computers but also from portable devices, such as iPad, which allows you to control computers remotely even on the move. All you need is an active Internet connection. It is paid but you can download and use a trial version at no cost. For more info on how this software works, read my guide on how to connect remotely to another PC .
Click here to download (and possibly also purchase) LogMeIn on your computer .
ShowMyPC is another of the remote access programs that I think should be mentioned. It is available exclusively for Windows systems and makes simplicity of use its main feature. Once downloaded to the computer, it is enough to start it and communicate to the other side its own identification number (if assistance is requested) or type in the appropriate field the identification number of the PC that must be remotely controlled.
It does not include many advanced functions but perhaps this is one of the main advantages of this small free software.
To download ShowMyPC to your computer immediately, click here .
Ammyy Admin is the perfect solution for those looking for simple and essential remote access programs that are easily used not only by those who must provide remote assistance but above all by those who must receive it. It works without installations and in a very linear way: the user who is to receive assistance must communicate the ID of his computer to the user who must provide assistance so that the two computers can get in touch.
It supports full screen mode and allows you to adjust the quality of the connection. It is only available for Windows and for personal use it is completely free. It is also available in some paid variants including extra features which, however, if there are no particular needs, are not indispensable.
To download (and possibly also purchase) Ammyy Admin on your computer immediately click here .
In an article dedicated to what are the best programs for remote access, it is practically impossible not to talk about Screens VNC , at least not for what concerns explicitly the macOS and OS X side. Screens VNC must be installed on the Mac and started to be able to access to the computer from another terminal connected to the Internet. Once this is done, to be able to view anything on the Mac, just log in with the appropriate client and you’re done. The software is paid but it can be tried at no cost for a limited period.
The connection is secure, it also works from Windows or Linux and there is also an ad hoc app for iPhone and iPad that allows you to manage your computer remotely from mobile. There are keyboard shortcuts that allow you to manage the main functions quickly and easily. If the Mac is connected to multiple monitors, Screens VNC allows you to select the one you prefer and change it with a click.
Click here to download (and possibly also purchase) Screens VNC on your computer .
Chrome Remote Desktop
As its name clearly suggests, Chrome Remote Desktop is an add-on for the Chrome web browser that allows you to control a computer remotely using the navigation of “Big G” as a remote assistance tool instead of a third-party solution. It is not, therefore, properly a software for remote access but given its functions and its extreme simplicity of use it still deserves to be included in an article on the subject.
It is very simple to use even if slightly limited, precisely because it is intended only for Chrome users. It is sufficiently stable and safe and proves to be the ideal solution for the less experienced and for those who prefer to avoid wasting too much time in various configurations. For more information on Google Chrome and the program download and installation procedure, see my post on how to install Google Chrome now .
To install Chrome Remote Desktop on your computer right away click here .