How to Remotely Access an Android Phone: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you've ever found yourself in a situation where you need to access someone's Android phone from your own device, you know it can be quite a challenge. While there are several Android to Android screen share apps available, most of them only offer limited control over the remote device. But don't worry, there is a solution. Enter AnyDesk, a simple yet powerful Android app that allows you not only to remotely control another Android phone but also to type on it. With AnyDesk, you can change settings, install apps, and do so much more on the remote device.

Why Choose AnyDesk?

While there are other options like TeamViewer for accessing an Android phone from another Android device, they come with their own set of limitations. TeamViewer, for example, doesn't provide touch access on certain newer Android devices and requires the download of different apps and modules, making the process confusing. Additionally, the unattended access feature on TeamViewer is a paid service. In contrast, AnyDesk offers a seamless and user-friendly experience without these drawbacks.

Step 1: Setting Up the Remote Device

To begin, both the remote device and the device you're using to control it (host/your device) need to have the AnyDesk app installed. Assuming the remote device is with your friends or family, ask them to install the AnyDesk Remote Control app from the Google Play Store.

Once the app is installed, they'll be prompted to install the “AnyDesk Control plugin.” This plugin is necessary to provide remote access to the Android device, so they should tap “OK” and then “Install” to proceed. After the plugin installation is complete, they need to grant accessibility permissions to the AnyDesk plugin by going to the Accessibility settings on their Android device and selecting “AnyDesk Control Service AD1.”

After granting accessibility permissions, they'll find a 6-digit address in the AnyDesk app. This address needs to be shared with you so that you can connect to their device. To share the address, they can simply tap on the three dots or the meatball icon next to the address and select “Copy address.” They can then send it to you via any messaging app.

Step 2: Configuring Your Device

On your own Android device, install the same AnyDesk app from the Google Play Store. When you open the app, you'll also be prompted to install the AnyDesk control plugin. However, since you don't want to control your own device, you can simply cancel this installation. Next, enter the 6-digit address provided by your friend's device into the textbox labeled “Remote Address” and tap the arrow icon to connect.

On the remote device, your friend will receive multiple notifications asking for permission to establish the connection. They need to tap “Start Now” and then accept the connection by tapping on the checkboxes and the “ACCEPT” button. Once they do this, the remote sharing session will begin.

Now, on your own device, you'll be able to see the screen of your friend's phone or any other device you're accessing. AnyDesk provides a pie launcher on the right side of the screen, which allows you to switch between touch input and other options like using a mouse or keyboard. You can also disconnect the connection from the pie launcher.

Additional Features

AnyDesk requires you to keep the app open during the connection process. However, if you want to bypass this restriction, AnyDesk offers an “Unattended Access” feature. By setting up a password for unattended access, you can allow specific Android devices to connect and control your device without your attention. It's important to share this password only with trusted individuals or disable the feature once you're done.

Conclusion

With the help of AnyDesk, accessing an Android phone from another Android device has become much simpler. However, it's crucial to use such apps responsibly and uninstall them from the remote device once you've completed the necessary tasks. If you have any questions or encounter any issues, feel free to let us know in the comments below.

Also Read: 6 Ways to Use Your Android as a Second Monitor for Your Computer