With the USB redirection feature, you can use some locally attached USB devices in a remote desktop. You can redirect multiple USB devices to a remote desktop. You cannot redirect USB devices to published desktops and published applications.

Because of Chrome OS restrictions, many USB devices cannot be redirected to a remote desktop. For this release, VMware tested the following USB devices. Additional devices might be supported. If a USB device is not supported, Horizon Client returns an error message when you try to redirect the device.

  • Printers
    • Brother MFC 8710 DW
    • Brother QL-720NW
    • HP LaserJet Pro M201dw
    • HP LaserJet Pro MFP M426dfw
    • HP LaserJet P2055d
    • HP Deskjet 3525
    • HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile
    • Ricoh SP C261SNFw
    • Samsung C43x Print Series
    • Xerox WorkCentre 6515
    • Xerox Workcentre 3225/DNI Printer
    • Zebra Label printer GC420-1005G0-000
  • Scanners
    • AmbirScanPro 490i
  • Human interface devices (HID)
    • Wacom 520A
    • Wacom 500B


  • This feature requires Chrome OS version 87 or later.
  • A Horizon administrator must configure the USB redirection feature for the remote desktop.


  1. Connect the USB device to the Chromebook.
  2. Start Horizon Client and connect to the remote desktop.
  3. Move your mouse to the top of the remote desktop window until the top menu bar appears and click the USB Device Redirection button.
  4. Click Add Device.
  5. Select the device from the USB device list and click Select.
    If the device is supported, it is redirected to the remote desktop and is available for use in the session. If the device is not supported, an error message appears.
  6. (Optional) Click Add Device again to redirect another USB device.
  7. To release a USB device from the remote desktop, click Release.