With a little time and effort, you can easily connect an Android smartphone to your PC, allowing you to access files and folders on your PC from anywhere in the world.

Firstly, install the Chrome Remote Desktop app to both your Android smartphone and your PC. Then enable remote access on your PC. This will allow you to access your PC from other machines. You will need to set up a six-digit pin number for security purposes.

When you use the remote desktop app, you will control the computer’s cursor with your smartphone touchscreen, and enter text through the keyboard with your smartphone’s keypad. Chrome will use its SSL features to encrypt your remote desktop features, so nobody should be able to tap into your PC and nobody can access your data.

Of course, you will need to leave your PC switched on if you are to access it remotely, and you’ll need a Google account to use the app. You won’t just be able to access your own PC with the app, but any other PCs people have shared with you – if you’re a bit of a techie, you might find your friends and relatives asking you to use the app to troubleshoot problems on their own PCs. Connections can be long-term, such as if you wish to access your home and work computers, or short-term, such as when you’re quickly helping a friend out on their computer.

The app can be used by Windows, Linux and Mac users and on Chromebooks and any other remote device using a Chrome browser. It’s incredibly intuitive once it has been set up, and it’s yet another revolutionary way to use your smartphone.

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