Being able to access a device remotely is a valuable tool for IT support technicians—whether you’re a professional or a trusted “computer person” in the family. There are many options available to you, but TeamViewer is one of the largest, best supported and most versatile remote access platforms.
It is also likely that you will be one of the first results when doing your own research. With frequent updates and a plethora of useful features, however, it can seem intimidating at first. Let’s discuss the setup process and what you can do with TeamViewer on Android.
What is Team Viewer?
TeamViewer is a remote access application, which means it allows you to connect to and manipulate another device, as long as you know the log-in information provided when TeamViewer is installed on that device. Simply put, if you install it on your desktop and your phone, you can access your desktop from your phone with the ID and password you are given when you set it up.
Whether you need to access your Android phone from your PC or vice versa, Teamviewer is an excellent remote access option. Set up on Android is incredibly simple—TeamViewer’s accessibility is one of its best features. Now, which app do you choose?
Which Teamviewer app do I install?
A quick search on Google Play will get you about eight results, from Teamviewer Host to Teamviewer Assist AR. Despite the ease of set-up, this can turn away many interested parties. To start, you need to know in which direction the support is going.
The only two mobile apps we’re concerned with are TeamViewer Remote Control and TeamViewer QuickSport. Remote Control is an app used to control another device from your phone, while Quick Support allows remote devices to gain access to your phone.
In addition, the TeamViewer app on the desktop handles incoming control requests and is capable of remote control itself. If you intend to connect to or from your desktop computer, you will need this app, which is simply called TeamViewer. The desktop app supports Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it’s free for personal use.
How to set up TeamViewer on Android
Installation is very simple, save a few key features to consider during initial set-up.
How to set up TeamViewer’s desktop app
When you visit Teamviewer’s download page, you will find that the desktop app supports Windows, Mac, and Linux. There are links to Google Play for Android and Chrome OS as well as iOS and Raspberry Pi.
For your desktop computer, taking advantage of the remote control and quick support features is as easy as downloading the TeamViewer desktop app. We’ll be going through the set-up on Windows 10, but your experience shouldn’t be much different on other platforms.
If you need the ability to remotely access a device without that device approving your request, we’ve expanded on the already unattended access in TeamViewer, along with an in-depth installation guide for Windows . We have also discussed installing TeamViewer on Linux, as different distributions make installation a bit different.
set up remote control on android
Now that you’ve set up your desktop for outgoing and incoming remote control requests, you can set up your Android phone to send those same requests.
Set up TeamViewer QuickSupport on Android
For QuickSupport, the process is very similar. As of now, you have been able to send and receive remote control requests from your PC, as well as remote control requests from your Android phone to your PC. Now, we want to make it so that your Android phone can receive those control requests from your PC—or whatever device you plan to control remotely from.
A notice will then be given that QuickSupport requires special access. Because it needs to be able to run and display on other apps, tap Settings and find QuickSupport in your apps list. Swiping up the toggle next to the app will enable this essential feature.
Now that the app is ready, you will see the ID of your device along with the option to share it. Give it to the device with RemoteControl installed (or your desktop app) and they can control your Android phone remotely—after accepting their request, of course.
What can you do with TeamViewer on Android?
TeamViewer Remote Control allows you to connect to most devices. As mentioned, it claims support for Windows, Linux, macOS, Windows 10 Mobile, and Android. TeamViewer supports Android devices of all makes and models.
Teamviewer Remote Control Features
Once connected, a remote control device can take full control of the other device’s activity. This includes screen sharing, bidirectional file transfer, video-conferencing, file manipulation and remote printing.