I have installed Chrome Remote Desktop (CRD) in Ubuntu 19.10 and it works when I am logged-in (browse to https://remotedesktop.google.com/access/session/c16c5d53-4824-aac2-6117-ba3170fba2d4 -> click the Ubuntu device -> enter PIN -> desktop is displayed). When I log out of my Ubuntu desktop, CRD shows the device online, but never prompts me to enter a PIN. Eventually, CRD says that my device is offline (the icon is still green, though).

Any thoughts? Thanks.

  • I think this is by design. If you want to login remotely, consider x11vnc or xrdp. I prefer x11vnc as it allows remote access whether you are locally logged in or not.
    – user68186
    Dec 1, 2019 at 19:17
  • That is disappointing. Google's solution is so simple. Dec 2, 2019 at 12:31
  • I think the Chrome remote desktop "server" is only on if you are logged in. I have not used it for some time. I thought the PIN changes every time you open the page in Chrome.
    – user68186
    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:45


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