TeamViewer Free – Access your Computer Remotely from your Phone
Jul 30, 2011 12:19 PM –
Teamviewer Free. Mobile and flexible: remotely access computers from your android device! Easily support friends and family when they have computer problems – no matter where you are. You can also benefit from gaining access to your private home computer to edit documents or use particular software while you are on the road.
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Pros & Cons:
- Quick and easy set-up
- You can control your computer from your mobile device for quick access
- Connecting is much easier than with some other solutions
- You can’t copy files between the computer and mobile device
TeamViewer Free is the Android mobile client for the TeamViewer service. If you are using the app/service for non-commercial, personal reasons, then it is free. For commercial and/or business, however, you’ll need a license. As far as I could tell, the Android app will work with either version, depending on how your account is set up.
The service itself is very easy to install. On your computer, you download the software and install it, and it will allow you to set up things such as a password for that specific machine, as well as choose if you want to create an account, where you can store multiple “partners,” which is the term used to describe the systems you log in to. Creating the account is, again, very easy, but you can also choose not to create one, and simply use the client for the single machine you have it running on.
On the Android side, once you install the app, you get a screen to put in your partner ID and password. Both you’ll need to get from your computer itself – it should be up on a dialog box that pops up as soon as you finish setup. After that, it will run in your Windows tray, if you need to get that information again later.
Once you put in the ID and password, you’ll get a full version of your desktop. You can choose in the settings to show or hide your backgrounds for performance reasons, with the default being off. Along the bottom, you’ll have buttons for a mouse and keyboard, as well as to access the options menu and close out the connection completely. To scroll, you touch the screen and move the mouse around, which is far easier than some other software of this type I’ve tried, which required you to use a D-pad type of control system in the corner of the screen.
My one big complaint was that, while the official site said there was the ability to transfer files between machines, I couldn’t find a way to do it. I finally had to contact the company, and was told that, at the moment at least, file transfers aren’t supported on the mobile clients. This was a huge disappointment, since the single biggest reason for using a client like this, to my way of thinking, is to grab a file or files you forgot on another machine while on the go. Without the ability to download, it severely limits the usefulness of the app.
TeamViewer My Computers
TeamViewer Log Out
TeamViewer Remote Access
TeamViewer PC Client
As I mentioned above, without file transfer abilities, the usefulness of this app is impacted in a major way. Sure, it’s great to see the files or screens you need, but if you can’t grab them, what’s the point? If you just want to give a presentation, or show someone something you left on your machine, then this is a great way to do it, but without that file transfer, it’s of very limited use.
Ease of Use:
I was impressed with how easy this service and app was to set up. The computer client walked me through step-by-step, and the Android client connected right away once I had the ID and password. I didn’t feel like I had to jump through technological hoops to get it all working, which was a really nice surprise, since this type of software can be incredibly complicated to set up at times.
Again, because of the lack of file transfer abilities, this isn’t going to get as much use as it could. If you’re one of the people who just wants to be able to view a screen, such as doing tech support for someone remotely – then this will be a life saver. For the casual user, however, it probably won’t see much use.
The interface is clean in both the computer and Android clients, which was nice to see and easy to use. Once you log in, you’re looking at a mirror of your own desktop – so your own interface will be whatever you prefer to work with. I like that the tools you use, such as the mouse and keyboard, are in a strip at the bottom that is very unobtrusive, leaving you with most of the screen real estate for what you’re actually working on.
Tags: Android App
, Android Apps
, Android Remote Desktop Publishing
, AndroidTapp.com App Review
, Remote Desktop Client
, Remote Desktop Publishing
, Remote RDP
, TeamViewer Free
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