Ammyy Admin 3.5

A Full Review of Ammyy Admin, a Free Remote Access/Desktop Program

Screenshot of Ammyy Admin v3.5 in Windows 7
Ammyy Admin v3.5. © Ammyy

Ammyy Admin is an entirely portable and free remote desktop program.

It can be ran from a portable USB based drive, or installed as a service for unattended access.

Ammyy Admin has all the features you'd expect, like file transfers, chat, and spontaneous support.

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Below is my review of Ammyy Admin. See some of the advantages of the software, a tutorial on how it works, and my thoughts on the program.

Note: This review is of Ammyy Admin version 3.5, released on May 29, 2015. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

More About Ammyy Admin

  • Windows 10Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP users can all install Ammyy Admin
  • Ammyy Admin can also run on Windows Server 2008, 2003, and 2000
  • Unique ID numbers are used for connections so no router changes need to be made
  • Local keyboard shortcuts can be sent over Ammyy Admin to run on the remote PC
  • Ammyy Admin supports unattended access by optionally being installed as a service to always be ready for remote connections

Ammyy Admin Pros & Cons

Though Ammyy Admin may seem too simple because it's a portable program, it does have some nice advantages:

Pros:

  • No setup required
  • Supports file transfers
  • Completely portable
  • Voice chat
  • Supports full screen mode
  • Spontaneous support
  • Clipboard sharing

Cons:

  • No text chat
  • Not free for commercial use
  • Doesn't support Wake-on-LAN (WOL)
  • Can not connect remotely through a web browser
  • Website may be falsely flagged as malicious

How Ammyy Admin Works

Ammyy Admin works a bit like TeamViewer, where an ID number is used to make a connection with another computer. Both the host and client PC receive an ID when they first launch the program.

From the hosts perspective, there are two basic things you could do. The first is to set up unattended access. This works by running Ammyy Admin as a system service so you can always connect to it. This is done through the menu item Ammyy > Service > Install. Or you could simply launch the program and share the ID with the client.

The client just needs to enter the host's ID into the Create session section of Ammyy Admin. Whether the client is connecting to a host that's installed as a service, or one that's just ran portably, the connection method is the same.

Once the client makes the connection, it can transfer files to and from the host, start a voice chat, etc.

My Thoughts on Ammyy Admin

Ammyy Admin is amazingly simple to use. Because no installation is necessary, and the program file is small, you can get a remote session started pretty quickly.

I particularly like the ability Ammyy Admin has to transfer files without interrupting the host. Files can be removed, added, copied, or moved without prompting the host.

It may not be easily seen at first, but if you choose the dropdown menu before connecting a host computer, you can choose to launch just voice chat or the file manager without viewing the remote screen.

This means you can have VOIP calls and exchange files very easily without even seeing the remote screen, similar to Remote Utilities.

Not all computers have a microphone built into them, so the fact that Ammyy Admin only supports voice chat and not text chat is certainly a downside.

All things considered, I would rate Ammyy Admin pretty high and recommend it be used for remote access to your own computer. However, if you wish to provide support to someone else, using a remote access tool that can send and receive text chat is probably a better idea.

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