Use Teamviewer for Remote Control on Android

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If you're an Android user, who uses a laptop or desktop PC for more labor intense computing such as; video or photo editing, burning DVDs/CDs, word processing, etc., being able to remotely control that laptop/desktop from your mobile device can prove extremely convenient. If you're away from your computer but need to access a file, having an app that can get that file could be a lifesaver. The application we're going to demo in this VisiHow tutorial to do just that is the highly popular, TeamViewer.

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Completely free (for personal use), TeamViewer gives users full access to their computers and Android devices, so long as there is an active internet connection available on each end, and each version is the most current.

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For this article, we'll be installing two versions; TeamViewer for Remote Control, TeamViewer, and TeamViewer 12 - Windows (which was the current version at the time of writing this How-to). The Android phone used was a Samsung Galaxy S8, running Android Nougat.

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Install Teamviewer for Remote Control on Android

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    On the home screen, swipe up or down to access your app drawer.
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    From inside your app drawer, tap the "Play Store" icon.
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    Once the Play Store loads, search for "TeamViewer for Remote Control"
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    When the results populate, tap the first link.
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    On TeamViewer's app screen, tap "INSTALL".
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    Once the app has finished installing, tap "OPEN".
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    When TeamViewer opens for the first time you'll see some introductions screens
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    Tap "Next" twice to continue.
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    The following two screens are the third and fourth of the intro
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    Tap "Next", followed by "Done".
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Install Teamviewer for Windows (Full Client Version)

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    Open a web browser on the Computer you wish to control remotely
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    Go to the TeamViewer Download Page for Windows and click "Download TeamViewer".
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    When the TeamViewer_Setup.exe window pops-up, tap "Save File".
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    Once the Setup file has downloaded, navigate to the folder where your browser stores downloaded files.
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    From inside your browser's download folder, locate TeamViewer_Setup and double-click it.
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    If prompted with a Security Warning, click "Run".
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    On the initial TeamViewer Setup window you have three install options; Basic installation, Installation to access this computer remotely (unattended), or Run only (one time use)
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    For this tutorial, we selected "Basic installation".
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    Also, remember to select "Personal / Non-commercial use".
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    If prompted with a User Account Control window, click "Yes".
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    Once the program completes the installation, you'll see an introduction window
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    Click "Close" to proceed with the application.
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    On TeamViewer's main screen you'll see credentials for allowing remote access and, controlling remote computer
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    Before allowing remote access, click "Sign Up" in the far bottom right corner.
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    If you don't want to create an account, skip to the next section of this guide.
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    In the first account creation window, enter the appropriate information into each field, then click "Next".
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    These will be your main TeamViewer account logins.
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    In the second account window, name the computer, select a password and click "Next"
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    Please note that you don't have to use the same password as the previous step.
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    These credentials will be specific to this computer only and are not associated with your main TeamViewer account.
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    Once you've completed both steps in the account setup wizard, click "Finish" to continue.
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Remote Control a Windows PC with an Android Phone

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    Launch TeamViewer on the computer you wish to control remotely from your Android device.
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    Open the TeamViewer for Remote Control app on your Android phone and enter the partner ID (located in the central TeamViewer window on the computer your accessing)
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    Tap "REMOTE CONTROL" once the partner ID is entered.
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    When the Authentication box pops-up, enter the password (located in the central TeamViewer window on the computer), then tap "OK".
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    If it's the first time entering a remote session you will see the following Mouse interactions screen
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    This shows you how to manipulate the cursor to accomplish various tasks.
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    If you don't want to see this each time a remote session goes live, check the box next to, "Don't show this dialog again".
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  5. 5
    To open a program, move the cursor over the icon, then double-tap it.
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    To launch the full keyboard, tap the keyboard icon in the lower left corner of the navigation bar.
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    To access the following standard actions, tap the wrench in the lower navigation bar.
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    To access your session settings, tap the gear in the bottom navigation bar.
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    You can minimize the navigation bar by tapping the triangle icon in the bottom navigation bar.
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    When the full keyboard is launched, you'll notice a smaller navigation bar at the top of the screen
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    From here you can perform more standard actions.
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    If you wish to end the remote session, tap the "X" in the bottom navigation bar
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    You'll be prompted with a pop-up to confirm that you want to close the remote session.
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