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AnyDesk is a free alternative to TeamViewer for private users. The app acts just like the most famous software for remote access to Mac, PC and other computers. If it is installed on both systems, you can access the other from one computer. Of course, the procedure with AnyDesk, as with TeamViewer, is also very well thought-out - not only is the connection secured, a code is displayed on one computer beforehand, which has to be entered on the other. This is how the session is verified.
I recently had another TeamViewer session with a friend whose Outlook was spinning. Even if I usually stay away from Windows computers, I can't say no here and there when it comes to support from friends. This time, TeamViewer has me, which I usually only give the highest praise, however disappointed and the session ended after a few minutes. I was advised that I probably work with the program commercially and should therefore only use it with a license. How TeamViewer makes this assessment is not clear to me, because I have certainly not used the software for 5-6 months.
So an alternative was needed and a short research led me to AnyDesk, which is available for Windows on the PC as well as for macOS on the Apple Mac and still for Linux, FreeBSD, iOS and Android. The installation of the app, which measures a few MB, went quickly and, as with TeamViewer, the connection to the counterpart was established via a computer ID that you enter in your AnyDesk. The other person then receives a message that someone wants to open a session and can then allow or deny this. So super easy and completely free for private users.
In addition to the quick and smooth connection establishment, the typing and copy & paste actions with the clipboard between your own Mac and the remote PC also worked perfectly. Only the @ sign would not appear to the person opposite when I typed it on the Mac. I then simply solved that by copying and pasting. Other functions that are available on the official website for the app may be used later: file transfer, session recording, and so on.
Despite my little @ problem, I can warmly recommend AnyDesk as a TeamViewer alternative if you have to provide support to friends. If you want to use it commercially, you should buy a license. However, it is not pointed out as invasively as it is now the case with TeamViewer. On the provider side you will find various offers for small companies and freelancers (Lite), for medium-sized companies (Professional) and for large companies (Enterprise) under the menu item “Prices”. The price, which is billed annually, is also based on the term - there are one-year and six-year models.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.