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  • Scotty
    Scotty Posts: 493 Staff member 🤠

    Hi Everyone.

    Firstly, the moderation team are NOT editing posts or banning users just because they are discussing the Commercial use detection topic.

    If we were, this thread would not exist. The moderation team DO edit posts and ban users (after warnings) if the community guidelines are not followed. This is true in all areas of the community, not just this one thread.

    However, as much as we understand users frustration, the moderation team cannot assist you with this issue, you must fill in the form and wait. We are now aiming to resolve all cases within 7 days.

    @waces, Thank you for your engagement in this thread, but as already said via PM: Please keep in mind to stick to the community guidelines whether or not you decide to agree with them. Thank you for your understanding.


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  • bazbsg
    bazbsg Posts: 103 ✭✭
    Dear Scotty, My personal use license was restored after waiting 33 days and gently reminding your people that the 30 days promised had passed. Since it has been fixed, every time I try to access my mom's PC, I get a password not correct error. i have to wait for her to be awake (12 hour timezone difference) and try to connect waiting for her to accept the connection. then i open teamviewer on her side and see the password has indeed been changed. I know she is not doing it. she is 85 years old and has trouble double clicking, let alone setting settings in a program she is not even aware of. is this password change part of what's going on here with the tougher control of free users? could there be some other reason that I could look into? Btw, we are both retired so there is no commercial use between us or within my own set of PCs. Thanks, Bill
  • I use Teamviewer on avereage once a week to help family or friends.

    Sometimes I do not use it for weeks, and that's supposed to be a commercial use?

    I hope that soon a solution will be found that I can use TeamViewer again, at least I will not pay 30.-€ per Month to use it 2 or 3 times........

  • Dustin_B
    Dustin_B Posts: 22
    Hi Bill,
    according to your discription it looks like you are using the random password shown below your moms TeamViewer ID. Please make use of the permanent password that you can enter into the TeamViewer options on your moms PC.
    Please make sure the password you enter into her options, then matches the password you might have entered into the details of her device within your Computer and Contact list.
  • sippi
    sippi Posts: 2

    Several family members I know have started getting the message about commerical usage this week. When I thought it was just me I called sales and they told me to submit a review form. I am now beginning to think there may be problem with the TeamViewer system sending this messages. Uunfortunately, it is improssible for a free user to get to tech support. I really appreciate using TeamViewer but I truly sense a system issue. - Jim H

  • bazbsg
    bazbsg Posts: 103 ✭✭

    Hi Dustin. Hmm, before I was flagged as commercial, i was able to access my mom's PC any time just by double clicking. But still, I'll give your idea a try next time I access her PC to see if it stablizes. Thanks, Bill

  • MJM
    MJM Posts: 2

    I think the problem is Team Viewer themselves.  When I connected today a message came up saying I am connecting from a business network and so I need to upgrade to professional version.  I believe they kick you off after 60 seconds to drive you crazy and to buy the professional version. Well that ain't happening.  I use it from work to connect to my home computer. That is PERSONAL use not business. Bye-Bye Team Viewer.

  • andreas_f
    andreas_f Posts: 4

    The alleging popup came up here as well, not nice (very politely).

    TV's commercial definition does not describe what these guys are complaining about - at least in my case:

    checking  private emails on my private PC at my living home, during lunch break from another PC in the company I am working for => this is not defined or rated as commercial use in the section 'What is commercisal use'.

    Some facts: no own business, no home office, no payment for any PC related work, nothing like that. What I do in private use, helping my mother, spouse and my mother in law, playing with computers as Thinkpad-Geek, period.

    And the worst: ALL connections to acces from one of my exclusively private Thinkpad to my private desktop-PC does not run any longer! 

    I opened multiple tickets and explained in detail usage and asking for proof, there are still 3 weeks to wait until TV will have answered them (hopefully/probably).

    This is getting out of control, thanks TeamViewer. This is not the way to built up trust.

  • andreas_f
    andreas_f Posts: 4
    Wel, that **bleep** was explained to me on the phone today. Nothing like that was given in their rules for usage, not by any means. I think this being a trial to drive free users in a pay-version. In my case, ALL my private PC's do not link any longer, not in any configuration. so my wife with her Asus cannot help her mother in 700km distance... Great move Teamviewer
  • Duckabush
    Duckabush Posts: 1

    Same boat as everyone else.

    My company uses Teamviewer and all our Desktops/Laptops/Tablets and phones have it installed. We have one IT person, I use my copy of teamviewer to connect to my desktop at home from work, or from one computer to another to help friends/family. Now suddenly i get messages saying I am using it commericially? Not 1 computer I connect from my laptop or desktop is "work related". My work laptop gets connected to by our IT department when there are issues that need fixing/installs etc.


  • vladv
    vladv Posts: 1
    I have recently changed my SSD Hard drive with a new bigger one. I went on a clone procedure.
    Eventually i get an error saying i'm using Team Viewer in commercial environments but it is not the case.
    How can i change now the Team Viewer ID, as it is a new Hard Drive (Windows 10)?
  • I just read a little about the 3 hr limitation. If TV is so worried about money, why don't you create a small personal plan for like 1€ / month, 10€ / year for people wo use it more often but clearly not commercially? Increase the hours / month or whatever and fix your algorithms.

    I mean, if a software is good, I'd think about supporting it when the fee is within my personal budget. For personal use the pricing plans are just too expensive.

    On the other hand... Just mess with the users. Especially with developers. There might come up new products then that might be better....

  • Why don't you [comment removed per Community Guidelines]

    If I need IT support and they ask me to install TV for support session, I'll refuse. [comment removed per Community Guidelines]
    If everyone does it, like this, they maybe take better care of the private user. Now the are just ignoring us. The are flying to high!

    Dear TV Team, remeber, the higher you rise, the harder you fall.

  • Agree - TeamViewer think it will make me a buy a license for a product I'm using for personal use only.  It actually had the opposite effect and turned me on to other products which I'm quite happy with.

    If TeamViewer licensing costs were more reasonable I'd consider paying for a personal license but they don't provide a personal use option.


  • Jbib
    Jbib Posts: 11 ✭✭
    Detection conditions for commercial use have been strengthened.
    If you are using Teamviewer for personal and private use, please apply for a recovery for personal use here:
    It takes between 20 to 30 days for a recovery of the account if the analysis shows that your activity is personal and private.
  • Jbib
    Jbib Posts: 11 ✭✭
    Detection conditions for commercial use have been strengthened.
    If you are using Teamviewer for personal and private use, please apply for a recovery for personal use here:
    It takes between 20 to 30 days for a recovery of the account if the analysis shows that your activity is personal and private.
  • Bogmore
    Bogmore Posts: 8

    "Detection conditions for commercial use have been strengthened."

    Strengthened so much that the vast majority of Home users are being detected as Business users falsely.  I've already moved to another free product as it works even better than TV.

    After two attempts, the second one still pending it still isn't fixed for me.  I take it replying to the "fixed it for you" email  when it still isn't working is the right thing to do.

  • Napster
    Napster Posts: 3

    Non comercial Teamviewer is installed on both windows 10 systems.

    after a few minutes the connection gets terminated everytime this did never happend before and came up with one of the latest updates.

    Currently teamviewer is practicaly completly useless.

  • I have the same problem...

  • I have the same problem - but I keep being asked to purchase a license for my business network. I do not have a business.
    TRVGXP Posts: 2

    I have the same issue all of a sudden!

  • John_W
    John_W Posts: 1

    Team viewer keeps timing out after a few seconds and I get a message that says I'm trying to use the free version on a business network even though I'm not. I've been using the free version on my home network for almost a year now. How do I correct that?

  • marinasc
    marinasc Posts: 1

    Hi, Can you please advise on how to fix this? Starting today I am getting the message that I am using TV commerically and I need to buy a license when I am NOT. I have several computers of my own I connect to and a few friends WHO ARE SENIORS who I help and fix problems for free. I DON'T use it commerically. Can you please fix or tell me how to fix? Or if this isn't the right place to post, where to post? I tried opening a ticket but it said I had to have a license to open a ticket.  Thanks.

  • Phil-Lloyd
    Phil-Lloyd Posts: 5 ✭✭

    I am wondering if [Removed by Moderator per Community Guidelines] can wake a sleeping computer as easily as TeamViewer does.
    I found some utilities to wake remote computers and some via internet, but none have been easy to set up.
    I'd love to be able to put my computers to sleep and then wake them remotely with the same remote desktop app.

  • none4u
    none4u Posts: 2

    Thanks,  I found some software that doesn't treat me like a criminal for using it.

  • PeteMc
    PeteMc Posts: 5

    Like everyone else, I was hit with the message today and can connect now for only about a minute after waiting the "timeout" to complete.

    I use the Free version for family and friends and use to recommend TeamVeiwer to my clients.  That's not going to happen any more.  A quick Google search of alternatives will show everyone options for personal use.

    As for the hit to TeamViewer... I don't have a huge client list.  But I will be recommending alternatives to former, current & future clients.  I'll simple explain the their bad business practice and how I think that may carry over to how much of the subscription fee may not really be going to the product.  I figure if they're forcing us free users to pay, there may be other issues.

  • SlickPDP
    SlickPDP Posts: 1

    What other software did you use?

  • [Removed by Moderator per Community Guidelines]

    Thanks to TV I'm having to a take a week off from my paying job and drive 2000 miles round trip to remove their ransomeware from some NON-PROFIT's that I DONATE MY TIME TO. What an absolute crock. Their awful attitude is driving potential paid customers over to better solutions that cost less or are free.