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TeamViewer USB passthrough — How to access USB ports inside TeamViewer

Olga Weis Olga Weis Last updated Nov 27, 2020

If you are wondering if it’s possible to access your USB peripherals remotely, the answer is yes. You can easily connect to an external hard drive, scanner, webcam or even a security dongle from a remote computer with the help of TeamViewer or by using a dedicated software called FlexiHub.

How to share USB to a TeamViewer session


Windows, macOS, Linux, Android
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It’s hard to imagine a solution that is able to share USB devices faster and more securely than FlexiHub - a software application designed precisely for this purpose.

What makes Remote USB efficient is the USB port redirection technology it uses. Thanks to this advanced technology, the app can work with USB devices of virtually any type and over any distance.

Here’s how you can share a USB device on your local computer and connect to it across the Internet from a remote PC:

To start, create a FlexiHub account on the app’s official website.
 register flexihub account
Then, choose how many simultaneous connections you want to create, and start your free demo period.
 sign up flexihub demo
After that, download the app and install it on the computer with the device plugged in and on the remote machine from which you are going to connect to the device.
Start the program on both machines and log in to your FlexiHub account using the same login credentials.
 login flexihub
Once done, on the client computer, FlexiHub will show you the list of USB devices that are available for remote connection. Now, all you need to do is click "Connect" next to the required peripheral.
This is it! The connected remote device will appear in the Device Manager of the client computer as though it were physically attached to that machine.

What’s also nice is that FlexiHub works on Windows, Linux, Android, and macOS, so you can easily create cross-platform connections and share devices even more efficiently.

How to use a local USB on a remote computer with TeamViewer

If you choose to use TeamViewer to share USB, the first thing you need to remember is that all of your computers should be connected to the same network. The other requirement is to install the software on all systems that will take part in the connection. These include remote systems you want to control and the master station from which you will control the remote machines.

Now, let’s select a device for sharing. It should be mentioned that most often users try to remotely connect to storage devices, as it may be really inconvenient to constantly unplug your USB flash drives or external hard drives in order to connect them to another computer.

Of course, you can buy more devices or use a wireless hard drive but this doesn’t seem to be the optimal solution to the problem. Instead, you can use a program like TeamViewer helping access remote USB devices with just a few mouse clicks.

Here’s a simple guide on how to access USB using TeamViewer:

  1. Attach the device, that you need to share, to your local computer with TeamViewer installed.
  2. Launch the app and find the File Transfer option on the main menu. When you select this option, you’ll see a window that is similar to an FTP file transfer window. Your remote system will be displayed on the right and your local system is shown on the left.
  3. To transfer the required files, select them on either side and click “Send” or “Receive” correspondingly.

As a result, you’ll see how simple it is to use TeamViewer with USB redirector capabilities in order to make remote USB devices accessible over the network. What’s more, by running TeamViewer on a laptop or a tablet, you get even more options to control your remote USB devices from any place in your house.


Requirements: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and Raspberry Pi.
Size: 8.97MB
Version: 5.3.14268 (20 Oct, 2021)
User rating: (4.8 based on 78+ users)