Alternatives to TeamViewer for all platforms with any license

  • AnyDesk

    AnyDesk is remote desktop software that is free for personal use. Business use requires a subscription.

    • Very stable and reliable, less complicated than teamviewer. Guest • Jul 2019 • 13 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Same uncomplicated and simply working remote desktop application as one day was TeamViewer. And at best: Newer versions can connect to older versions - which TeamViewer always enforced to enforce everybody to upgrade. mwildamMar 2018 • 33 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • AnyDesk is a great alternative to Team Viewer. It works better and costs less (I'm a paying AnyDesk user). I use it extensively to help friends and family. hansencomputersDec 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Like teamviewer, AnyDesk also just works, but without the insane company policy of TeamViewer. fnibFeb 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • One isn't constantly pestered to purchase the full product, even with infrequent use. Teamviewer's protocol changes too often with no backward compatibility rendering it useless for infrequent / emergency interventions pianteJan 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Very easy to use, no more false warnings of "suspected commercial use". I'm sold on AnyDesk Guest • Dec 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • There's web account or any way to sync computers which makes it worthless. Guest • Nov 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • stable, reliable, ability to make shortcuts for connections, ability to limit the access of the one connected Guest • Oct 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • AnyDesk is TeamViewer but more privacy-friendly. Compared to Teamviewer, their privacy policy is less invasive, their Linux application doesn't require a service and their Android application doesn't contain any tracker (see the exodus privacy report). It's just better. Guest • Nov 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • AnyDesk does NOT offer an account, so there's no way to sync your PC list. Guest • Aug 2019 • 5 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • very nice! lightweight, fast, portable, free, and great quality. thats what i was looking for it. Guest • Dec 2017 • 13 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The fact it seems to be running a native Linux binary is excellent, but it also runs in Fedora 25 (which Chrome Remote Desktop still doesn't support) and runs really well. vonneutonFeb 2017 • 21 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • fast very fast free for personal use i love this software Guest • Apr 2019 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's completely free for personal use and cheaper than TeamViewer for professional use Guest • Sep 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Because it is the most similar to teamviewer and generally technically superior ryangreenApr 2017 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The new version (4.1.x) is full of bugs (e.g. no list of computers, partially shown as online when not, keyboard does not cover all letters, etc.) Guest • Jun 2018 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The free version of AnyDesk does not allow you to store a list of remote computers that one regularly connects to. Also, there is a 15 hour per month limit on connect time. That's way too restrictive. Otherwise it seemed like it was going to be perfect. Guest • Oct 2017 • 8 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • AnyDesk is a great replacement for TeamViewer and while it does not have traditional address book at does store the computers you connect to and you can ever store the password for easy access. Overall it might be slightly less stable than TeamViewer but it improves with each minor version. I have used it over a year and find the speed better than TeamViewer. LelandWhitlockFeb 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Minimal installation required. Fast connection. Does not require to open ports Guest • Jan 2018 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Stable, and the portable version does not start a bunch of services every time the computer starts like team viewer. barrenowlOct 2017 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • speed, simplicity, free, all functionality included that Tmv can do; yet, has a minor glitch or two Guest • Nov 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Best free remote desktop software on the market. Works exceptionally well with low bandwidth connections and supports the usual features, like file transfer, clipboard and reverse connections. nomMay 2017 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is fast but it has not mobile app Guest • May 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • An excellent alternative and great competitor in the Remote Desktop market. They have a pretty solid architecture that easily competes with strong competitors. It is still in beta and have come across some bugs, but nothing to stray me away. I am willing to bench test and provide excellent feedback. Guest • Aug 2016 • 7 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The only real replacement for Teamviewer Guest • Nov 2016 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... BSD Raspberry Pi

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  • Chrome Remote Desktop

    Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook. Computers can be made available on an short-term basis...

    • CRD provides the best security of all the remote desktop options, and performance is good. Guest • Feb 2020 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not as good as teamviewer but 500 euro less -> free Guest • Mar 2019 • 7 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it is not bad. but start menu didn't refresh like teamviewer. Unlike what others said, I can set unattended access. Guest • Jul 2019 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • If you are looking for a FOSS alternative to Team Viewer this is not actually FOSS Guest • Oct 2018 • 21 agrees and 11 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Definitely an alternative with RDP features Guest • Sep 2016 • 26 agrees and 12 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's the best alternative but lacks many of the features found in TeamViewer. If you're on a budget though, this will do in a pinch! ken_belangerJan 2017 • 17 agrees and 10 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Cannot access unattended computers. Guest • Aug 2018 • 0 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It uses VP8 to stream your desktop which makes it more responsive and improves quality. 914ian914Feb 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Chrome Remote Desktop is a good alternative to windows RDP but is not an alternative to TeamViewer as it is lacking in features as well as the unattended access TeamViewer has. Guest • Jan 2017 • 8 agrees and 12 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Super simple to use and very responsive Guest • Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • TeamViewer is much more than just a remote desktop connection, unattended access for example. Guest • Nov 2015 • 31 agrees and 32 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Chrome

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  • UltraVNC

    UltraVNC is a powerful, easy to use and free software that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen. The program allows...

    • It's the best alternative to TeamViewer, little bit oldschool but does the job alexhein32Feb 2019 • 10 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Have to manually open ports/redirect firewall. Extra alternate software/hardware modification required. Guest • Jul 2019 • 10 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Is not base on cloud or worl wide net, but only working on LAN. Guest • Aug 2019 • 5 agrees and 14 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • This is the best alternative to TeamViewer for those on a budget. Does pretty much everything TeamViewer can, with the exception of needing to open ports in your firewall. Since you can specify ports, it's not as vulnerable as one would think, simply use non standard ports and a very strong password. Guest • Apr 2017 • 20 agrees and 20 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Open-Source, Direct connection standard Guest • Oct 2016 • 4 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Remote Desktop Connection

    Remote Desktop Connection is a technology that allows you to sit at a computer (sometimes called the client computer) and connect to a remote computer (sometimes called...

    • Have to manually open ports/redirect firewall. Extra alternate software/hardware modification required. Guest • Jul 2019 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • fastest and best native tool, except of NAT. TristisOrisAug 2017 • 16 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Simple and comes with the OS. No need to maintain. wiredbladeJul 2018 • 7 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Doesn't allow remote access across the WAN without a lot of work. davidshqOct 2017 • 12 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Only windows support. Only a single user can use it once a time and it is slow Guest • May 2017 • 4 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Dont have a vpn like a TeamViewer. Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Works only to Windows computers, legit alternative but it's more complicated to setup with firewalls and stuff. Guest • Jan 2016 • 8 agrees and 12 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Both Teamviewer and RDP do the same thing which is to connect from one computer to another. However, Teamviewer is more powerful in terms of more features. Guest • Jan 2016 • 3 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Windows

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  • DWService

    DWService offers a service that allows access to remote systems using a standard web browser.

    • you can remotely compute via internet browser, only client requires dwservice to be installed or even run portably. No need of entering id's and passwords, works on windows linux and mac, but you can remotely compute with any os, even android and ios via browser. Yu can share files, copy paste text's, do monitorig, restarting is not a problem as it it is with teamviewer on linux os Guest • Oct 2019 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Agent is free/opensource software, easy to install; you don't need port forwarding. You do remote control via web browser (so you avoid sync versions problems), and... You won't have non-ascii character issues :-) Guest • Feb 2019 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • open source, web gui on all platforms Guest • Oct 2018 • 6 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • DWService is much lighter, able to use even without installation, more options, web UI, also it is open source! Guest • Dec 2017 • 10 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The best open source alternative! Easy to use! All features! All operating systems! davidgarcialojayahoocomDec 2017 • 7 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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  • TightVNC

    TightVNC is a free remote control software package. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just...

    • Have to manually open ports/redirect firewall. Extra alternate software/hardware modification required. Guest • Jul 2019 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • TightVNC requires server configuration and port forwarding. Too complicated for the average remote client who uses Team Viewer for remote support. Guest • Oct 2016 • 34 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • For users who know what they are doing TightVNC is a great way to control systems remotely. ChaosDropApr 2017 • 14 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • For average users, it's the best VNC server Guest • Sep 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's not only alternative, it is the best, fastest, and most lightweight among all terminal configurable servers. Also can be used on arm processors where Team Viewer supports only host machine installation. makkasiAug 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Free and opensource, on all major platforms. can be used with VNC viewer on Android which is also is free what else one can ask for! Guest • Oct 2016 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Does not offer easy to use access. Need to run server.. open ports, know IP addresses. Guest • Sep 2016 • 7 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Open Source Windows Linux Windows S BSD

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  • LogMeIn

    Remote access software that lets you access your desktop from most computers and smart devices.

    • It is easy to connect to virtual computers MosrodOct 2017 • 2 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Control on computer but no conference. Guest • Jan 2016 • 1 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad

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  • NoMachine

    Access remote computers easily with enterprise-class speed and features supporting any content including audio and video.

    • Easy to use, install NoMachine on both computers. Connect to another computer via internet with external IP or services like dyndns, just need port forwarding. Very stable and many features. Guest • Sep 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad

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  • Remmina

    Remmina is a remote desktop client written in GTK+, aiming to be useful for system administrators and travellers, who need to work with lots of remote computers in front...

    • Remmina is a great RDP or VNC client. These are already listed as remote desktop technologies. Let's be clear the main advantage of TeamViewer (and LogMeIn) is that the remote computer only needs an Internet connection. No port forwarding required. Guest • Jun 2018 • 15 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is FREE, but only suitable for real OS's such as Linux or BSD ;) Guest • Aug 2019 • 2 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it is easy to connect to virtual computers very nice Guest • Dec 2017 • 7 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • UltraViewer

    Computer Remote Control/Access Support software. UltraViewer help you remote control your partner's computer to support them like you're next to their screen.

    • It has almost no loag. The instalation is very simple and the premise, controlling the remote desktop works. :o) Guest • Jan 2020 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not support drag 'n drop file. The connect is not stable Guest • Nov 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Free, no enforcement, no complicated stuff, very basic through, chat, file transfer and remote desktop, thats it. Guest • Jul 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It works just the same as TeamViewer, but the download is only 1.5 megs - and it's not $800 - it's totally free. shendisonOct 2016 • 12 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Like TeamViewer but no features except for chat and file transfer via chat window. If only remote control needed then this will be just fine. Does the basic job very well. Guest • Jul 2017 • 6 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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Comment by Anamon
about TeamViewer · Oct 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 30 Helpful Report as spam

TeamViewer is free for personal use only, and it uses certain rules to try and determine if someone is violating those terms. If they suspect your use is not personal, you will get a message saying that they suspect, or even think they're sure, that you're using TeamViewer commercially. From that moment on, the software will be severely restricted by closing every session after about 10 seconds.

After years of using TeamViewer to access my home desktop while I'm ouf of the house, I somehow managed to trigger this. Factors that people suggest can lead to the commercial use suspicion are running the program on a Server edition of Windows, in an Active Directory domain, or regularly opening a lot of sessions to many different computers. None of this was the case for me. What I suspect triggered it in my case, was a high number of reconnections. I had an issue with my computer which I couldn't wait to get home to try and figure out. I needed to reboot the system often to do that, every time closing and re-opening the TeamViewer session. The day after, my account was locked.

TeamViewer offer a way to ask them to look at your case in person, and determine if you've been falsely flagged. It says it will take around a week. After I did that, I got back an e-mail telling me that looking at my usage data, they were unable to determine that my usage was non-commercial. Which, given my usage pattern, can only mean that it's a standard reply and they didn't really look at it. It did, however, include a form for me to fill out and sign to attest my personal use. That's been about three weeks ago and I haven't heard back.

I'm writing this just to inform people about this possibility of being locked down, and the process involved. It's not meant as a complaint towards TeamViewer. They do offer a service for free, and the fact that they even offer an appeal process is very commendable. And I understand that they can't spend too many resources on handling those requests, since they are from people who are not likely to become paying customers in the near future.

I will add, though, that I might have considered paying for a license even if my use is strictly non-commercial, just because I enjoy the service and I would be fine with supporting it financially. However, even their most basic license is so expensive that it's clearly aimed at professionals who use remote access for customer service. It's not reasonable to pay more than $400 a year for an individual just wanting to remotely control their computer.

In the meantime, I have switched to the alternative AnyDesk software, which is also free for personal use. They don't seem to have such an automated suspicion system, and work more by offering licensed users additonal features that are helpful for professional use. Their basic license is also less than a fifth of the price of TeamViewer's reaching a price range that might be justifiable even for personal use.

Update, November 15: It's now almost three months ago that I initiated the appeal process, and I haven't heard back from the people at TeamViewer. Again, this is only informational – I'm not upset at them, as it's a free service and it's their right to refuse to offer it to me. In the meanwhile, I've grown very fond of AnyDesk. It's an excellent software and service, so I doubt I'd even re-install TeamViewer if they replied to me at this point.

Update 2019: A few months back I tried using TeamViewer again and the block seems to have been lifted. I don't know when that might have happened since, as I mentioned, I'm generally using AnyDesk now when I need remote access. For the same reason I also didn't use TeamViewer for multiple, or longer, connections anymore, but it did let me access my computer for a few minutes, which was not the case in the "banned" state. I checked my e-mail and spam filter archives but couldn't find any further messages from TeamViewer, so if they did unblock me due to my request, they didn't actively notify me.

[Edited by Anamon, November 15]

[Edited by Anamon, June 03]

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You have absolutely every right to criticize Team Viewer even though it is a free service, they clearly state in their agreement that it is free to use for non-commercial use. I got the same issue last week and submitted a response, clearly stating how I use Team Viewer (Accessing my personal computer that is under my TV, because it's clearly way easier to manage it at my desktop), I also got an response back saying that they could not determine that my use-case was non-commercial, maybe they are just shooting those answers out automatically if a person doesn't get a response back within a certain amount of time I don't know..

In any case I have no incent of filling in that second form, because they clearly don't want to dedicate any time to the free users, even though they speak so generously about us on the website, I will uninstall TeamViewer and try an alternative, AnyDesk looks promising!

If any of you readers out there happens to get this issue, I would recommend just to get an alternative rather than reaching out to Team Viewer, they don't want you, and you don't want to get forced to buy an expensive license.

[Edited by Pyrre, April 30]: I will not be using AnyDesk, it did not suit my usecase, I will be using Google chrome remote desktop, great image quality and really low latency! AnyDesk did not have contacts in the free version.

After using TeamViewer for years I tripped the switch the other day. My use is much like Anamon's, accessing my home computer when I'm out of the house. I too appealed and after a certain number of days got the "we can't figure out your usage" form email. I did fill out the form and email it to them but given that the form contained the same information I sent them in the initial appeal I doubt anything will change. That's why I'm here, looking for an alternative. :-)


Meh.

Comment by Taigar2073
about TeamViewer · Sep 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 5 Helpful Report as spam

Ever since the breach to TeamViewer's security, and how long it took them to acknowledge the problem, and how they even handled the problem once they finally did acknowledge it, I've been trying to find an alternative.

I may just bite the bullet and pay LogMeIn for a personal account.
VNC is super insecure as is RDP.
I've used NoMachine in the past on my Linux boxes and it works smoothly once configured - but I've never ran it on my Windows PC's.
The other problem is if I am on the road and my wife tells me there is a problem, remoting in isn't so easy without opening a bunch of ports on your router/firewalls.

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Try Ultravnc with NoIP. (Wife-friendly & much more Secure than any other commercial-junk on the market which say: "Secure&FreeJust4UbelieveUsWeDoCareYourPrivacy&ItsEz")

  • A bit harder to setup than a commercial-junk software BUT if you do care security look no forward, worth it. If it still too hard 4U, just throw your money out of the window for these kind of junk-software, it is your problem.
  • For Linux: SSVNC what i recommend (also works on windows but i prefer UltraVNC for that).

i think they are taking advantage of the users

Comment by markcarandini
about TeamViewer · Apr 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 4 Helpful Report as spam

now they are basically forcing you to pay, i don't like it anymore, i'll start looking for a good alternative that has a free version. I think they are taking advantage of the users and the fact that it has some many right now.

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not so good

Comment by alexstocksdale07
about TeamViewer · Mar 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

i have used this several times and the only thing that i don't like is that is really slow sometimes. That should be improved

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LiteManager

Comment by denisyahnovec
about TeamViewer and LiteManager · Jan 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

Free alternative to TeamViewer. Configure private ID server for corporate using.

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Comment by CarlV
about TeamViewer · Sep 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

I have used TeamViewer for years to help family and friends with their technical issues.
Easy to use; good for file transfers.

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Comment by louisbeckler784
about TeamViewer · Nov 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

easy to use for remote assistance, quick and useful

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Comment by thermotemp
about TeamViewer · Mar 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

its is very good for team especially for VA

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Comment by martin_collins
about TeamViewer · Mar 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

it allows me to fix issues on my friends pc from home or office in a snap

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for the little things

Comment by philroberto10
about TeamViewer · Nov 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

i think this works fine as long as you just need little things, i have used it for fixing some issues in other computers but just very quick stuff

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good

Comment by marycosme4
about TeamViewer · Aug 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

i think this is very useful, specially when you are trying to help someone out of reach.

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great

Comment by louisbeckler784
about TeamViewer · Aug 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

i think it is worth it, is very simple and allows you to help anyone without having to even touch their computer.

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great

Comment by cesarmoreno11234
about TeamViewer · Jul 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

i use this all the time and works fine for me, very helpful

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good

Comment by sebastiandowny
about TeamViewer · Apr 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

i haven't got a problem with it, i use it all the time and works fine.

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