TeamViewer is one of the most popular applications to share computer screens with other people. However TeamViewer is very expensive. Is there a TeamViewer alternative? Yes there is… and it’s 100% free.
We found a TeamViewer alternative one day because, as a business, we had to provide technical support to a remote Windows computer. TeamViewer is very clear about their software being used in a business should have a business license.
From the screen shot below, you can see a single license is $34.90 per month. What TeamViewer doesn’t tell you… until half way through the purchase process… is a yearly subscription is your only option. Ugh. This now puts your TeamViewer cost at $418.80 for a single year. More licenses require a bigger financial commitment.
We immediately went into TeamViewer alternative mode.
As an alternative, we found Quick Assist from Microsoft.
Quick Assist is 100% free and offered by Microsoft which allows users to share their computer screen and give free and total control to the other. There is no time limit for a sharing session and there is no limit to the number of times you can use the tool, or no limit for whom you use the tool with.
You need to download the free utility from the Microsoft App store, and that process is extremely easy. Type “quick assist” into the search bar and Windows will provide a link to download.
After download the Quick Assist app is ready for use.
By launching the app you can either input a code from an Assistant who is helping you remotely, or you can select the option to assist someone else. See the image below.
To assist another person you will need a Microsoft account and if you don’t have one, Quick Assist will put you through the process in a couple steps.
If you are receiving help from someone, a Microsoft account is not required.
Below are a couple screen shots for getting connected between an “assistant” and the one receiving the help.