Zoho Assist: Remote IT Support Made Simpler

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Steven Arant works in IT desktop support at Mecklenburg County officeNorth Carolina. His everyday job involves providing IT support to his fellow staff. Before discovering Zoho, he wasted a lot of time physically running around the office to address various support issues.

According to Steven, not using any kind of remote support application made his daily job very difficult. Not only were his time and energy wasted, but his fellow employees also had to wait for him to come and assist them. Steven was determined to change this into a more pleasant and less wasteful IT support experience.

​Well, this was history, as one day, one simple Google search for remote support services landed him on Zoho Assist. He found out that just by entering his fellow employee’s email address and inviting them for a remote support session was more than enough to get on to their computer screen. He was thrilled with the instant connect to the remote screen and this helped him to resolve the issues much more faster.

Let’s hear his success story in his own words.

Within 20 seconds I can be on their PC working on their problem. Since I have a email listing saved on my desktop all I have to do is copy and paste their email into Zoho Assist and hit invite to session. My fellow employees can get instant help. I can also help contract employees at remote areas now without them having to come into our office for help.

To cite one recent case, an outside contract attorney needed help from his office opening and viewing discovery on a case. The DVD had a video player that was VERY difficult to install and operate. He would have had to come into our office to watch his video but I was able to fix it remotely. He was so happy since his trial was going to start the next day!

My coworkers call it computer magic. That’s how I feel about it too. Its taken our old outdated office into a new era of productivity. I paid a $115 a year for Zoho and its worth every penny to me. I paid out of my own pocket because I wanted to provide better service to the people I support and Zoho allows me to do it.

If you have your own share of experience with Zoho Assist helping your business scenario, easing your job of supporting your customers remotely, do let us know. If you are one of those who haven’t tried Zoho Assist yet, well, it’s high time you try your hand! You can get an idea on why Steven is so excited about Zoho Assist.

Happy Supporting!

Make it easy for customers to join your Remote Support session

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When you conduct a remote support session to fix a problem in your customer’s computer, avoid directing him with a lengthy process like go to url, download and run the file, enter session Id, etc. Zoho Assist makes it simple with various ways of inviting your customer to join remote support session in a few seconds with just a click!

Invite in the way it suits to the customer and you

Invite by Email
Just after starting remote support session, invite your customer instantly using ‘Invite by E-mail’ option from your the Technician window itself. Your customer can join the session with a single click on the link from his email!

Invite with Support URL
Your customer is out of reach of email and you are wondering how to invite him for your remote support session? Don’t worry, you can invite him just by copying the support URL from Zoho Assist Technician window and sending it through IM or chat. Your customer can join the session automatically using this invitation link.

Various ways of inviting remote customer

Invite through Phone
When none of the above works out well for your customer, you can provide him with the unique session Id displayed, through phone. Your customer can join the remote session by providing the Session Id in Join web page ( https://join.zoho.com). At once he clicks on the join button, he will join the session automatically! (This needs java plugin installed in your customer’s browser)

Join from your Website
You can also embed remote support widget in your website or blog, so that your clients can join the remote support session from your own website. By this way, you can provide remote support extending your website experience to your customer, rather than directing him to Zoho Assist webpage. Just provide the unique session Id to your customer and ask him to join from your website.

What are you waiting for? Start a remote support session now and invite your customer instantly!

Experience faster and smoother Remote Support

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With the highly improved quality and connection speed of Zoho Assist, you can now connect and control your customer’s computer much easier and faster, regardless of their Operating System ( Windows / Mac / Linux ). Default viewing experience and remote control access in cross-platform support is made better and faster.

Better quality for remote Mac OS support
As you know well, Zoho Assist supports all flavors of Mac OS. Now, we have specially increased the support quality and connection speed for the Mac OS, suiting its higher resolution and enhanced graphics, to provide better screen sharing experience.

Connect Faster. Support your customers easily. Smoother keyboard synchronization
Typing and working with remote keyboard is breeze with the refinements made in keyboard synchronization. Whether you are in your customer’s computer or remoting into another Server in your customer’s LAN, or working on the remote browser / desktop, you will have smooth and consistent remote support experience, just like working in your own PC.

Multiple monitor support and reduced color quality featureEasy switch between monitors
Does your customer has multiple monitors and you want to assist them remotely? No worries. Now switching between monitors is much faster with Zoho Assist (Currently, multiple monitor is supported in Windows OS only).

Quick access with Reduced Color Quality
Even if your customers are in slow network connection, you can still connect with them easily by reducing the Color Quality from your toolbar and get quick access to their Desktop.

Hope you find these enhancements useful. We will continue to provide you with a better and more comfortable remote support experience. Try Zoho Assist and share your experience with us.

Offer Remote Support from your Chromebook

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While we’ve been constantly adding new services to Google Apps Marketplace, we’ve also been stocking up the Chrome Web Store. Today we are glad to announce our latest addition to the Google Chrome Webstore – Zoho Assist.
Zoho Assist provides a simple and straight forward user interface to connect to remote computers anywhere in the world, as long as they are hooked to the internet. Once your customer approves access, control the remote computer as if it’s in front of you. 
With Zoho Assist installed in your Chromebook, you can now view and control any desktop without installing any additional plugin or software. Zoho Assist is built with the latest HTML viewer technology, which enables it to be purely web based, easy to connect and hence it syncs smoothly with your cloud based Chromebook.
Well, to put it short, remote support becomes much more simpler in your Chromebook with Zoho Assist. Do install the app from here and let us know your feedback.. We’re all ears!!

New Desktop Plugin for Zoho Assist!

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Zoho Assist was initially dependent on Zoho Meeting to start a remote session from the desktop. Now, with it’s own new and sleek desktop plugin, Zoho Assist has empowered itself to start sessions from the desktop with a single click.

Browser independence is one of the core features of this new plugin. It runs in the task menu and requires very less memory footprint, i.e., it will not eat your system resources while still being handy in establishing a robust remote session. Another major feature is the Auto-Updation. This will help users to enjoy the new features without any manual updation troubles. One can also resume the previous session with a single click. (you don’t need to create a fresh session every time, thereby saving time)

This Zoho Assist plugin is presently available for Microsoft Windows only. We’ll be releasing the other OS versions soon. You can download the plugin here. Hope the new desktop plugin will help you experience the remote sessions on the fly. Happy remoting!

UAC Support in Zoho Assist

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We are delighted to announce User Account Control (UAC) support in Zoho Assist, our
easy and effective remote support app. UAC support will be of much help to support technicians assisting clients on Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7. UAC is a security component which displays a dialog box asking for administrator privileges whenever an administrative task is attempted.

UAC dialog box as displayed to standard users

UAC dialog box as displayed to administrators

Previously, the Support Technician was unable to see the UAC dialog box. The reason for this was because the UAC and the support session run in different modes (secure desktop mode vs normal mode). With this latest update,

Zoho Assist

is able detect the UAC dialog box and informs the Support Technician, so that he can ask the client to bring the UAC to the normal desktop. From that point, the UAC dialog box will get displayed to the support technician. A detailed step-by-step guide is available
here. Please contact us at
support@zohoassist.com with any questions.

Faster and smoother connection process for Remote Support

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A few weeks back, I had a personal remote support experience with my dad, more specifically helping him out with transliteration in gmail by showing him how it works as I directly controlled his computer’s mouse and keyboard. I had to take this drastic step after about 1 hour of trying to explain how it is done over the phone, continuously countering his ever present ‘I don’t understand computers’ attitude. Prior to this, when I had initiated this remote support effort and directed him to the join web page, he demanded,

 Why do I have to type in my name, email and all that ? Don’t you know it already? Why can’t I just click on something, like it is usually with computers and be done with it.

After such personal experiences that I shared with the team and intently paying attention to requests on improving the user experience in establishing remote connections, we have been vigorously working on making it as simple as possible for your

remote support
needs. Many unhappy feelings were posted to support in writing (some polished, some strikingly straight forward) about having the remote user type in information like their email address at join.zoho.com and delays in the connection process through email invitations.

Well, no more delays, time to get set and go! All that a remote user needs to do now is run the little (just 111kb in size) join executable when they type in

at the browser’s location bar and key in the session id in the little edit box that is as simple as this:

Join Session Box



and that’s it! A progress bar runs for a few seconds…

Remote connection progress

…and the remote connection is complete.

With email invitations or sending session link via chat, the remote user does not even have to key in the session id which is incorporated with the invitation link. Just running the join executable will do. We noticed that people who are already aware of this change, currently using

Zoho Assist
are pleased with this current setup and the remote connection process has become faster and smoother. So, to all those who had reservations with our previous join process, give our new method a try.

This is just an initial effort at improving the overall user experience and more updates are coming up in this regard. Stay tuned! If your thirst for ease-of-use in getting things done online without leaving your seat isn’t yet satisfied, post your comments
on your expectations for a better remote support experience. We are determined to quench it!

Note: This update is effective only with Windows PCs.