Just recently, the very helpful Chrome Remote Desktop app has been updated to version 53 and brings about a great addition in the update.
Audio is now automatically routed to the remote device with no setup needed.
There is one caveat, however, as the volume cannot be adjusted in the Remote Desktop App. Instead, the source computer’s volume must be adjusted itself.
So, what this means is if you begin a remote session, start a song, and the volume is maxed out on the host computer, there’s not a simple and direct way to reduce volume. For Windows or MacOS, volume adjustments are only a few clicks away, so it’s not a terrible inconvenience.
Just keep this in mind before starting any audio, though. A quick and/or simple adjustment while in a meeting or other discrete situation may not be possible. There will be a few clicks involved.
We will be doing a few walk-through and setup articles for Chrome Remote Desktop over the next few days. We’ll add the links below at the end of this article once those articles are there. We know some folks have never heard of or used Chrome Remote Desktop, so if you are considering it, we want to give you a hand.
For those of you already using the service, this change should come as a welcome addition to what is, in our opinion, one of the best and simplest remote desktop solutions that exist.