Cloud storage like Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive is a good option to keep your files always available to you. But sometimes, you might need to access some files on your home computer while you are in office or vice-versa. For doing that you will have to remotely access your computer and files stored on it.
You can access your computer and files remotely using TeamViewer. TeamViewer is a remote support tool which is available for free for personal/non-commercial use. So, it will help you set up your computer to accessible over internet without much trouble.
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Access Your Computer and Files Remotely using TeamViewer
So, in this tutorial, we will show you how to access files on your PC remotely using TeamViewer. TeamViewer is mostly used for taking remote control of computers for troubleshooting purpose via internet. You can also set up TeamViewer for unattended access. Unattended Access means, you don’t need to call somebody to tell you the TeamViewer ID and Password to connect.
Step 1: Install TeamViewer on Target Computer
First of all, we need to install TeamViewer on the computer that we will access remotely. Eventually, we will have to install it on both computers. But first, let’s install TeamViewer on the target computer. You can download TeamViewer from official website. After downloading, double-click downloaded file to run the setup.
When TeamViewer setup starts, select “Installation to access this computer remotely (unattanded)” and “Personal/Non-commercial use“. After that click Accept – finish to start the installation.
You may see UAC prompt, just click Yes to continue. Now, actual TeamViewer installation will start. The setup will copy files to your PC and complete the installation.
Step 2: Setup Unattended Access to Remotely Access your Computer
After TeamViewer installation is complete, setup for Unattended Access will start. So, click Next to continue.
Next, set a fixed password that you can use for accessing your computer remotely. After that, click Next to continue.
In the next step, you will be asked for creating a TeamViewer account. So, you may create or skip creating a TeamViewer account. And if you don’t want to setup TeamViewer account, just select “I don’t want to create a TeamViewer account now” and click Next.
Finally, you have successfully completed the unattended access wizard. Note down the ID shown in the box. You should save this ID in your phone or write down somewhere. You are going to need this ID to access this computer remotely. After that, click Finish to exit unattended access wizard.
Now you can close TeamViewer. You will see a pop-up saying that TeamViewer is still running in background.
NOTE: You have successfully configured your home computer to be accessed remotely. Now, for smooth remote access, your computer must be Powered ON and connected to internet. If you can’t keep it turned ON always, you can try Wake on LAN/WAN to turn it on when required.
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Step 3: Install and Open TeamViewer on your Current PC
In order to access your home PC from any other PC, you need to install TeamViewer on that computer also. This time, installation will be a bit different. You just need to select “Basic installation” and “Personal/Non-comercial use” and click Accept – Finish to continue.
Again you may see UAC prompt, click Yes to continue installation. After clicking Yes, setup will install TeamViewer on this computer. And after successful installation, TeamViewer will start using which we can remotely access your computer and files stored on it.
Step 4: Remotely Access your Computer using TeamViewer
Now, enter your home computer’s ID in the box under Partner ID, and click Connect to partner.
On successful connect, a password prompt will appear. So, enter the password that you have set up in Step 2 and click Log On.
On successful connection to your computer, you will see the lock screen just like you share screen on Zoom or Teams. After that, login with your credentials to access your computer and files remotely.
Step 5: Remotely Access and Transfer Files using TeamViewer
You will see TeamViewer bar at the top of the screen. You can see several options there. So, to start file transfer, select File transfer > File transfer to exchange files between the two computers.
A file transfer window will open. You will see two panes, one for Local computer and other for Remote computer. Local computer is the computer that you are currently using and Remote computer is the target computer.
Now, browse to the location of the file you want to transfer using TeamViewer. After that, drag that file to Local computer side, selected file will be copied to the Local computer.
It may take some time to copy file from remote computer to local computer depending upon your internet speed and file size. After copying, you will see that file in your Local computer pane. Similarly, you can also transfer files from your local computer to remote computer.
Now, you can close TeamViewer. Go to the location where you have copied the file. You will see that file there and you can use it as you wish.
Access your Home Computer and Transfer Files Remotely using TeamViewer
This method comes very handy when you need to get some files from your home computer while you are working in office and vice-versa. But you need to install TeamViewer on both the computers to exchange files between them. And since TeamViewer is available across platforms, you won’t have any troubles accessing your Linux computer from a Windows PC.
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