You can remotely connect to any type of computer via TeamViewer.
You want to be able to remotely access computers, not just Windows computers but also Macs and even Linux machines. Microsoft’s Remote Desktop program can help but it can only connect to Windows computers. For a more versatile experience, take Microsoft’s TeamViewer application for a spin. With TeamViewer, you can connect to any computer – Windows, Mac, and Linux, and to most mobile phones and tablets. You can see the online status of computers to which you want to connect. You can remotely reboot a computer. You can connect to more than one computer at the same time and switch among them all. And you can easily connect to computers behind firewalls.
Under what scenarios would you want to access a computer remotely? Maybe you have a computer at home that you want to be able to use from another spot. Or perhaps you serve as unpaid tech support for family and friends who call you with computer problems and you need a way to access their machines remotely. Whatever the reason, let’s check out how to use TeamViewer to remotely connect to any computer.
TeamViewer was designed as a virtual meeting program but it easily serves as a remote control tool as well. TeamViewer is free for personal use. You can download and run TeamViewer on a variety of platforms and devices, including Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry. The Windows version is available as both a standard desktop application and a Windows Universal app.
Ideally, you should install the full TeamViewer application on any computer you wish to access (known in remote access parlance as the host) and the computer you’ll use to do the accessing (known as the guest). However, the guest computer doesn’t need the full application. In a pinch, you can use the TeamViewer web client, aka the Management Console, or run TeamViewer Portable from a USB stick. Both are handy options if you’re at a public computer or other machine where you can’t run the full application.