How to use TeamViewer for remote control

TeamViewer is a well-known software for remote control of a computer or file sharing between devices. The program is free for home and non-commercial use and is widely popular among users all over the world. To take advantage of the opportunities that it presents, you need to correctly download and install TeamViewer, as well as deal with its functions, launching and configuring remote access.

How to run the program

There are several ways to launch Team Viewer.

Firstly, the application works in windowed mode and has a standard graphical interface. In this case, it is launched by clicking on a shortcut on the desktop, in the Start menu, on the Taskbar, or in another place where it was placed by the user.

Secondly, TeamViewer can be accessed through the Windows search bar. Simply type in the name of the app there, and click on the best match.

How to use TeamViewer for remote control

Also, you can run TeamViewer from the command line. This solution is relevant if working through the window is inconvenient and you have to use the terminal. First you need to start the command line:

  • press Win + R
  • type in cmd
  • hit Enter.

Then you need to enter the full path to the program.

How to use TeamViewer for remote control

To find out the path:

  • right-click on TeamViewer shortcut on your desktop,
  • select Properties,
  • open the Shortcut tab,
  • look at the Target field.

How to use TeamViewer for remote control

The third way to start the program for work is to use its online version. Further, if the user is not registered, create an account, confirm it via e-mail, log in to the system. In the “Computers & Contacts” section, you need to add a new device or select one of the existing ones and establish a connection.

Getting Started with TeamViewer

Getting started with TeamViewer includes installing the program, getting to know its functions and setting up remote access.

Program installation

To install the program, you need to download it on our website. When downloading the installer from other resources, you need to select only trusted sites, otherwise, along with the app, you can download viruses to your computer or install malware.

Installation order:

  • Find the downloaded installation file on your computer and double-click it to launch the installation.
  • The installation wizard window will appear on the screen. In it, you need to select the desired action: full installation or launch without installation.
  • Specify how the program will be used – personal or commercial use.
  • Optionally, check the “Show advanced settings” box at the bottom of the window to select an installation directory or make other changes.

Click on the “Accept-Finish” button, wait for the installation to complete.

Setting up remote access

After downloading, the program will offer to set up unattended access in order to connect to your home PC through any other device. To do this, you need to come up with and specify a personal password, which, together with the PC ID, will be used to enter.

The next step is to create an account in TeamViewer. This is necessary for a more convenient connection to remote computers to work with them.

Next, the program will offer to set up remote access to another computer. To do this, you need to enter the partner ID, then a temporary password (or personal for permanent access). If the data is correct, the connection will be established.

How to use TeamViewer for remote control

Getting started with program functions

The main function of TeamViewer is remote access to computers. It can be devices of other users or your own PC.

In the first case, it is necessary for the interlocutor to be near the PC to which the connection is being made and be able to launch the app, and then provide the ID of the remote device and the temporary password generated by the program. This data is visible when the app is launched.

To connect to your own PC, you use a permanent personal password created during installation of the program and a computer ID. To access the device, the computer must be left on and, while away from home, contact it from a mobile device or any other PC by launching TeamViewer and providing identification data. Another solution that TeamViewer provides is to launch a remote computer via Wake-on-LAN. This allows you to wake up a PC disconnected from the Network for further remote control. Wake-on-LAN works through another PC connected to the Internet or through the public address of the device.

For this use of the app, you must configure it to start at Windows startup by checking the appropriate box in the TeamViewer settings. After that, the program runs in the background (it’s visible in the notifications area) and starts automatically when the user decides to connect to the computer. Thus, the assistance of another person is not required to access your home PC.

In addition to remote control of a computer, you can connect to a partner to transfer files. This is another useful feature of TeamViewer, which users hardly know about and therefore rarely use it. The software allows you to conveniently and easily move any files or folders from one device to another, except for system ones. The data transfer speed in this case depends on the speed of the PC and the Internet connection.

Other functions are available in TeamViewer – chat, conferences, remote device management, etc. – but remote PC control and file transfer are key and relevant for home use of the program.


TeamViewer provides the ability to connect to a remote PC for control or file transfer. To perform these tasks, the program must be installed and run in windowed mode or via the console. If the installation of the utility is not possible, you can use the application through the online version available in any web browser. This makes the utility easy to use on mobile devices or public PCs.

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Mike Lombardi/ author of the article

QA engineer, head of automated software testing department. Knowledge of Java, C/C++, JSP, HTML, XML, JavaScript, SQL and Oracle PL/SQL. Journalist and columnist in the IT field. Website creator and administrator.

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