Ubuntu – Chrome Remote Desktop host setup instructions not showing for Ubuntu 18.04

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I'm currently trying to set up chrome remote desktop on a new computer with Ubuntu 18.04. But whenever I try to follow the instructions on https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/1649523#linux-crd, it skips the setup stage and goes straight to "Set up another device for remote access".

To clarify, the steps are:

  1. Install chrome extension
  2. Install Debian file https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/chrome-remote-desktop_current_amd64.deb
  3. Checked that it was successful using systemctl status chrome-remote-desktop
  4. The blue setup button on https://remotedesktop.google.com/access/ gets stuck forever
  5. If I try to open it up in a new tab or refresh, the only option I have is to "Set up another device for remote access" or remote into a device I've setup already.

I've gotten this to work on a virtual machine earlier this year and it works fine on my windows computer. But it seems to only fail on my Ubuntu 18.04 computer. I've also tried reinstalling google-chrome, chrome-remote-desktop chrome extension and chrome-remote-desktop Debian file installation.

Does anyone have suggestions on what might be going on?

Best Answer

If anyone else has this issue, try this:

mkdir ~/.config/chrome-remote-desktop