Google Hangouts Receives Remote Desktop Control Feature


We’ve seen a number of improvements to Google Hangouts over the past couple of months that have certainly helped its users get the most out of it, two of the most recent updates adding automatic muting while you type and a screen capture feature. Today, Google is once again adding another feature to its Hangout chat client, and this one will certainly delight parents around the world who have no idea what’s wrong with their printer at 2 a.m. as you can now remotely control each other’s computer.

That’s right – remote desktop control is now available on Google Hangouts, which can only be done if the other user gives you permission to do so, during a video call. The process of initiating a remote desktop session is easy as you’ll first need to start a Hangout, then click on View More Apps > Add Apps > Hangouts Remote Desktop. Once you’ve activated this feature, you’ll be able to help out any and all comers with their computer issues. Just remember you’re probably going to be video chatting with whoever it is you’re helping remotely, so we recommend you keep the eye rolling to a minimum.

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