AnyDeskfor Windows

5.2.1

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Have you ever gotten extremely worried after discovering that your file (which you’d worked so hard on) is still on your desktop at home and it’s your turn to present next in class?  You feel helpless in these kinds of situations. Fortunately, there are remote access utilities to handle these problems. 

If you would like to try similar apps either for your own personal use without shelling out some money, then AnyDesk is the perfect program for you! It is a free, lightweight remote access application that can help you access various files and documents on any device across multiple locations. Ready to start working anytime, anywhere?

Quick and comfy

The app claims to be the world’s fastest yet comfortable remote desktop application.

AnyDesk's key features include online collaboration, file sharing, access control, and personalized user interface. You can start using the program even without installing it. All you have to do is download and launch its super lightweight 1.1MB program file. Accessing your files anywhere is made easier and more secure since you don’t need to entrust your data to a cloud service.

Portable Work Desk

The app works with ID numbers, making establishing connections with your family, friends, colleagues, and clients simpler and quicker. You can customize your alias using random numbers after downloading the app on two or more of your devices. Enter your preferred alias (e.g. alias98@ad) on the device you want as the host that will remotely control the other ones, and press connect. Once you have accepted the remote connection request on the other devices, you’re be all set. Enable unattended access by including passwords in the settings. You can also change permission settings from time to time and let remote users view your monitor, hear sound from your computer, control keyboard and mouse functions, and access clipboard. You can also choose to see remote users’ own cursors for better communication. You can even turn your whole screen setup into a whiteboard where you can doodle, type, or draw for better presentations. 

Here is a summary of other things you can do with the app:

- Syncing clipboard contents across the host and remote user/s’ computers

- Take a screen recording or screenshot while actively using the app

- Alter connection to create the best possible balance between video quality and speed

- Access easily various settings from the menu bar

- Transfer files by copying it to the clipboard and pasting it to the remote computer

- Restart remote users’ computer while the app is active in portable mode

- Save connection shortcuts to your desktop for quick access

Upgrade Your Desk

Although the app is available for free download, you can upgrade its services and features by purchasing its paid versions (which are all billed annually). You can choose from Lite, Professional, or Teams bundles. The Lite version is preferably for one user and personal purposes. The Professional version, the most popular bundle with app users, is best for multiple devices given its unlimited endpoints. 

Where can you run this program?

The app works perfectly with Windows XP/7/8/10, Mac OS, Linux, FreeBSD, and Raspberry Pi.  It is also available for Android and iOS mobile phones. 

Is there a better alternative?  

AnyDesk is the best option for lightweight remote access because of its incredible speed in terms of graphical performance metrics and responsiveness. Despite its small file size, the app offers key features such as chatbox for client use, file transfer, and connection to multiple hosts. Unfortunately, its limitations per compatibility put the app at a disadvantage versus its most popular competition, TeamViewer. This latter app does not only deliver fast performance but also supports a huge number of OS. Its security features are also unparalleled which includes two-factor authentication, whitelist, and blacklist of allowed/restricted users, and screen lock after minutes of inactivity. The only downside of this app is the notable difference  of rates when compared to those of AnyDesk.

Our take

The app’s key features are all indispensable and can be used for both personal and business purposes. It may take a while for you to master its unusual interface but you'll love it once you customize it according to your personal tastes. Its premium bundles undoubtedly serve all the best features from the app’s largest competitors but at a more reasonable price. 

Should you download it?

Yes, but only if you’re intending to use it on your desktops or laptops. The app is not as appealing for mobile devices given its poor performance there. You can download the app’s free version first to test out the program, explore its features, master its interface, and discover if it really suits your personal and/or business’s goals.

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