When you imagine someone controlling an Android device with another Android device, your first thought might be of someone doing something malicious. However, that is far from what the average person’s intention is when pursuing this method.
You see, controlling an Android device from another Android device has its useful application in business or at home, helping out a parent. In fact, when you ask for help from Microsoft, a representative can actually control your computer remotely to help you troubleshoot, with your absolutely permission, of course. And, really, there lies its sole use.
What is TeamViewer?
TeamViewer is a single method split into two parts: the controller and the controlled. By using two separate apps, you can make one Android the controller and by using another app, turn the other Android device into the controlled. With the controller, your movements–opening apps, opening settings, using its various features–are mirrored on the other Android device, the controlled. And it doesn’t stop at Android devices. It has desktop support as well.
This means that TeamViewer is not some malicious program. If you were looking for an app that could worm its way into another person’s Android, this isn’t the app. Look elsewhere. TeamViewer is more of for troubleshooting or remote management than anything else. In order to use TeamViewer effectively, the other Android device, the controlled, needs to have its sister app installed or you can’t control it.
Control An Android with the TeamViewer App
Installing the TeamViewer App on the Controller
Before you can make use of the TeamView app and control another Android device, you’ll need to install the TeamView app onto the Android device that will do the controlling. There’s two apps that are involved in the process, and this is for the controller.
1. Locate and launch the Google Play Store app. Its icon is a colorful triangle. You’ll find the Google Play Store app on one of your home screens or in your App Drawer. All currently installed apps are housed there.
2. At the top of the Google Play Store, tap the search bar. When your virtual keyboard appears, type in “TeamViewer for Remote Control” and select it from the search results. The icon is a blue double-arrow against a white and blue backdrop. Selecting it will take you straight to the app’s information page.
3. On the information page, select INSTALL. It will immediately download the app to your Android device and install it.
Installing the TeamViewer App on the Controlled
On the other end of this method, you’ll need the sister app to TeamViewer for Remote Control. The sister app is called “TeamViewer QuickSupport.” This app needs to be installed on the Android device you want to control, not the controller. The controller uses TeamViewer for Remote Control.
1. Find the Google Play Store app and launch it. Its icon is a triangle divided by several colors. Look to one of your home screens to find it or, if not, inside your App Drawer where all installed apps have a home.
2. Tap the search bar at the top of the Google Play Store. After your virtual keyboard is launched, go ahead and type “TeamView QuickSupport” and select it from the search results below. The icon is a blue double-arrow against a white and blue backdrop, just like “TeamView for Remote Control” however, the major difference is the icon also displays a “QS” in the left corner.
3. On the app’s information page, hit INSTALL.
Using the TeamViewer Apps
To make the steps easier to understand, the Android device that’s the controller will be labeled “Android A” while the Android device being controlled is labeled “Android B.”
1. With Android B, the controlled, locate and launch TeamView QuickSupport. Since it was recently installed, you’ll find it somewhere on one of your home screens or in your App Drawer.
2. You can skip the short tutorial provided by swiping through them. The important part is the ID it provides. You can write it down or simply keep Android B awake. The ID is 9 digits long.
3. With Android A, the controller, locate and launch TeamViewer for Remote Control. Since it was recently installed, you’ll find it on one of your home screens or in your App Drawer.
4. With Android A, punch in the 9-digit code that was provided by Android B. Afterwards, tap REMOTE CONTROL.
5. On Android B, you’ll get a notification, a small window, confirming that you do want Android A to control Android B. Select ALLOW.
By using Android B, your actions will mirror onto Android A. If you open an app, Android A will open the same app. If you swipe to different home screens, Android A will mirror the motion.
The Downside to TeamViewer
The free version of TeamViewer is great for personal use. However, if the app catches you using it for commercial use, like at a place of business, then you’ll need to buy a license to use it commercially.