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How To Remotely Access Another Computer: A Step-by-Step Guide to AnyDesk

a child remotely accesses another computer via AnyDesk

What is Remote Desktop?

A colleague wants to see something on your screen, but you're in a different room.

A friend from another country has a problem with your device, and you need help quickly and easily.

You work in a large company, looking for a way to deploy software to all devices.

There are Remote Desktop for these and many other purposes. It allows you to access another computer anywhere in the world via the Internet. Ideally, it should work on all platforms: from an Android phone to a Linux computer, from Windows to a Mac.

AnyDesk offers one of the simplest remote access solutions. Don't believe us? Try it for yourself! Here's a quick guide to getting remote access to another computer over the Internet using AnyDesk.

1. How to download AnyDesk


First: AnyDesk is free for private use. So if a family member needs help setting up the computer, you can help him from home without paying a penny. In addition, you don't have to register for anything and it takes up almost no space on your computer. Just download a 3 MB file and that's it!

Everyone you want to connect to must also download AnyDesk. Just say how easy it is and you'll be done in a moment. And that was all! You can now start your first session.

2. Make a connection


Open the AnyDesk app and get started. The number shown on the left is your personal ID. This number can be used by people to access your device, and you will need this number from the person you want to connect to. Enter the ID of the remote device in the search box on the right. Remember: Never give access to your device to someone you don't know, and watch out for online couriers !

What if you're at home but want unattended access to a work computer in the office where no one can accept a meeting request? Look in the security settings: you can set a password and two-factor authentication for unattended access there. This way, the session does not have to be received manually from the remote workplace.

How else can you choose who you want to connect to? When you open the AnyDesk splash screen, potential contacts and their online status are displayed as follows:

The heart of the AnyDesk start screen in Windows
  • DISCLAIMED: Here are the devices on which AnyDesk is installed and included in your network.
  • FAVORITES: Here are the devices you use most often.
  • CURRENT SESSIONS: Here are the devices you have recently connected to.

Want to organize your contacts even better? Our AnyDesk Performance license includes, but is not limited to, the Useful Features Allows you to categorize contacts by tags.

3. How to use AnyDesk Remote Desktop Features

The receive window will appear on the remote side as soon as the session is requested. You can take control of a remote device, but the remote party can decide how much control it wants to grant you by clicking the appropriate permissions in the Accept window. For example, you can turn off the on-screen whiteboard, clipboard, file manager, and even the ability to use a remote mouse and keyboard.

AnyDesk Accept Window in Windows

Depending on your permissions, here is a selection of tools you can use during a remote session:

  • Chat: This is the easiest way to communicate with a remote station via AnyDesk.
  • Screen on screen: do you want to visualize something on the screen? Draw sketches or arrows in different colors.
  • Change page: Do you want the remote page to have access to your device? No need to end a session and start a new one - just switch pages in the active session.
  • User Input Blocker: Prevents the user from controlling your device on the remote control side. This way you do not disturb others and the remote user can sit while you help him.

To end the connection, click the Disconnect button on the remote page, close the tab, or close AnyDesk.

Simple, though? These first steps are not even half of what AnyDesk can do. Learn more about AnyDesk Remote Desktop and if you need your own advanced features You can purchase one of our licenses for your needs.