Just discovered that TV only suspects my laptop. My desktop, iphone and ipad all work without interruption. Hope they don't go after those as well. Just helped out my 88 year-old mother with a problem with her PC using TV.
Gonna check the alternatives someone posted.
Despite using as public-use, I am constantly flagged for commercial-use for helping friends and family. My mom has an eye-disease which prevents her from always being able to read so I connect to her computer, frequently, to help her read, or use the magnifier if it isn't that bad on a certain day.
My old neighbor who is nearing 80 years old, I stay in touch with him - he is a friend. I help him from time to time with computer problems and accept no payment, ever. Personal use.
The most recent time I was flagged was when I was trying to connect to GIFTEDSLIM-PC, my moms computer ( given to us by her ex-husband, also a family friend, as he doesn't use computers anymore and it was better than her old one ) blocked me from connecting for 20 minutes while she writhes in pain trying to read without me. This has gone on too many times - PLEASE FIX IT.
The same neighbor purchased a device which had teamviewer pre-installed. I am not an employee of the company that sold it to him, nor am I an employee of the company of the product. I connected to help him but my connection was cut off after 3 to 5 minutes with TV claiming I was using it commercially, when I have never, nor will ever, receive payment from him. I am helping him as a friend, for free..
Another situation - I help a lot of people on my own discord, or other servers, if I see they are having problems - FOR FREE... If they have an issue with a game, configuration of their computer, viruses, etc... I also tutor hundreds of students, and if they have trouble installing the necessary tools to learn - I help them... ALL FOR FREE.
Yet I am constantly being flagged and told to wait before I can reconnect. When I reconnect, if the device times out a single time within the first 10 seconds of connecting - I am told I must wait for up to an hour before being able to reconnect.
I have a broken neck, back and severe nerve damage. I do what I do for mental health preservation but by blocking me from being able to help, you are hurting me.
But doing that means I have to somehow get my family member, with an eye-disease, to read off a code they are unable to read, along with a password they are unable to read...
Unattended access is the only way I can help my family members with this eye disease. It seems Teamviewer doesn't support the disabled community.
I can not disable unattended access to 'resolve' the issue of this software bug, or attack by TV against disabled individuals and good, honest, people who help others for free.
How do you submit a support ticket? For me I am redirected to the community page and can't find the support ticket page at all...
I wouldn't say 'great'. The software is usable, and has a good UI. But, because it isn't built into the OS, it can't easily emulate things - meaning much more data has to be sent...
With Remote Desktop, built into Windows, there is 0 delay on your screen. If you launch an app, it responds instantly because it gets emulated on your local machine and that's what you see - and as long as you have a connection to the client - they will see the same. Some other data must be networked, but not near as much as TV does because teamviewer seems to network a movie, essentially.. instead of capturing windows, networking them individually, along with the background, then simulating other events - which would be a faster way to do things.
Well, I always used the VPN connection from TeamViewer and then Remote Desktop. Best of both worlds.
Before TV decided I was a criminal and couldn't use their software anymore.
However, as I have said repeatedly now, there are other remote utilities for Windows that you can find with a simple search. One of which is frankly better than TeamViewer in every way and allows Remote Desktop connections. And seems faster and more stable, at least so far.
My account is for personal use only. Please remove the flag on my account. I use it for my personal PC, my aunt's PC, and my Mac.
I was dropped/block stating am a commercial user. I am a personal user to help my own/family/friends with some computer issues. I am making no money helping and running no businesses. I am retired military and knowledgeable on computer issues. I help in good faith and was blocked trying to help a retired soldier friend from home in FL to his home in TX. I could not finish helping because you blocked my connection. Please explain why you advertize free license for personal use but not keep it up.
Good morning all, this is my first post. I use to use my latop and PC for a business account through one of my clients they gave an email log in and password and use to remote into various machines.
I just changed over and my account is PERSONAL which it now is and I am only wanting to go between my laptop and PC and every time I log in it says "commercial use detected" and kicks me off in 1 min.
As a FREE account how do I get this to work?
So apparently you can't contact Teamviewer directly anymore about your account being flagged.
I run a home lab at my apartment so i can do testing and just general messing around and configuring random stuff as a hobby (apparently thats not common with TV?). So i was flagged before and i let them know "hey i use teamviewer free on my work computers to connect to my home lab VM's to mess around with my home lab stuff" and they removed the flag because none of what i do is commercial.
Well flash forward and im flagged again on all of my devices and i cant do anything with my home lab while i've got down time at work let alone my personal computer connecting to my work laptop thats connected to my home lab as a piggy back to get access into the home lab.
So i guess i'm hoping someone from the TV team can actually shed some light on who or how i can contact you guys and explain what i do with my TV is in no way commercial. I haven't used TV with friends or other devices i don't own in a few years so this is pretty bogus to me.
At first they flagged my old work laptop i dont use often so it wasnt a big deal i could still do my personal lab **bleep**. But now EVERY device is flagged and i cant do a thing.
I'm literally trying to remote into my lab VM so i can configure a VPN on my lab gateway so i don't have to keep relying on TV for this stuff anymore.
Wow look at this, so not only are the TV forum mods actively reading all of these community complaints, they moved it to the general section and don't even leave feedback or a way to contact Teamviewer about getting this fixed.
Well i'm glad this will be a big impact for my actual work when they bring up maybe switching **Third Party Product** to Teamviewer. I'll be switching over to a different free service now.
THIS IS NOT SOLVED AT ALL
Time to take my personal and potential business else where.
Thank you for your post.
As the original post to this thread (and the marked solutions) states:
Please fill out the linked form for any ID that is flagged.
Once submitted our support team will assess your request and let you know more. More info is found in the support article linked in the original post as well. Here is a direct link: Why do I see 'Commercial use suspected' / 'Commercial use detected'
I have an oculus rift plugged into a PC that sits in the living room. There is no external monitor attached to it anymore. Teamviewer is the only way in which I can see whats going on, install updates / new games etc when oculus desktop view stops working. Today I opened it up and was accused of commercial use. Last time this happened I got the warning a few times and then my account was banned!
Please see a screenshot here:[external link removed]
Please can you advise what to do?
i am recieving a false message for commercial use. i do not use the free version for commercial use and need my access restored. let me know what you need to reset my device.
Well I have filled out the form and submitted it via email, and approx. 1 week later I got an email saying that non commercial use cannot be detected, so
I AM DUMPING TV!!!! after being a private user for years.
I don't understand why TV is having so much trouble with this issue!
Doesn't anyone see that this is a mass problem and something was done to create this? Gee, MAYBE something that was done about a month ago, caused this, ya think?
GOOD BYE TV AND HELLO ANOTHER FREE,, SIMPLER SERVICE!
that form is terrible. they take forever to respond and they do nothing to fix the false alarms. most folks complain about getting reflagged
why cant tv fix this horrorshow. clearly they amped up the detection algos and its causing widespread issues. i have already switched to a free competing product until this is sorted. sad.
I was a TeamViewer user to connect from my Laptop to my Desktop Computer to check email when I am away from home. It worked fine for about 1 year then I began getting messages on login the I was using TeamView commerically which was not true. It would kick me off after about 5 seconds. I completed the Private User Form and received an email from TeamView saying I was approved as a Private User and would be allowed to use the application free. However, I stillget teh same message about commercial use and am kickoff after abouto 5 seconds. I completed a second Private User Form listing both my Laptop and Desktop ID's but never received a response from TeamViewer Support. I get weekly emails trying to sell me a license but can't justify it for my single private use. Any suggestions on what I might do the get TV Support to respond?
I am deeply disappointed and find that the statement of being free for private use is a hoax.
I have two computers sitting next to each other, one running windows 10, the other Windows XP due to older versions of programs that I can't afford to upgrade. To try to save space on my desk by only using one keyboard and one mouse, I prefer to run teamviewer between these two computers. For some reason the staff at teamviewer consider this being commercial use????
Ah, I haven't been flagged in quite a while since I was last flagged - also for the same reason ( helping my mom who is has an eye disease, my old neighbor, then neighbor, and other friends / students - whom I have never charged, nor will ever charge ).
I submitted my case - lets see what they say. I also mentioned the fact that unattended access HAS to be set for my mom, and other people who know next to nothing about computers. I mean, my old neighbor complains about the internet running slow at times, when he has 200+ old tabs open and I have to tell him how to close them, every time. I even installed an app on his browsers, where he only needs to click to store / save the opened tabs, and search them without slowing anything down.
Maybe I should be getting paid, but for $50 a month on TV, I'd rather pay to update each and every single client to Windows X Professional for a few dollars less, from home and be able to connect to them forever. The monthly fee stuff is ridiculous and they need to rethink it. I would pay for additional features, if it was one time per major version.. not because of commercial use, because that's not what I'm doing - it is for personal use, but to help.
I mean, I have already paid for a very useful explorer replacement ( can be a replacement, or not - I chose not on the installer to avoid reboots during updates ) called Directory Opus. I can set icons on files - so client-side files get one color, server-side another, shared half of client and half of server icon, etc... it is incredibly helpful in searching for files, having tabs, etc... It is a 1 time fee per major version and they update minor versions frequently with new features, etc...
If Teamviewer had some additional features and a 1 time payment option for personal use - forever, or for major versions ( which come out every other year, or so - if it is warranted, and not just to get people to spend again ), and got rid of this problem, then I'd buy in. But for $50 a month, it is cheaper to update every client to the Pro version of Windows they are running for the additional features and unattended remote access server, etc.. which also runs a lot better than TV.
For a company, like the indian scammers run which scams people out of thousands each using TeamViewer and 'refund' scams, by editing the users browser data using dev console and live-html updates to 'fake' incoming money transfers for computer illerates, then have them 'wire' money to a legitimate bank account without any money ever going in... $50 a month is cheap... Why isn't TeamViewer targeting these scammers, or does TV condone this type of behavior?
Before I'd buy in to TV, I'd want them to kick off the scammers. Although, a lot of them that are run recycling companies and can easily put in a new piece of hardware and get a new id and be up an running in minutes or an hour... so... On Windows 10, even less time... So reporting does little...
TV needs to fix the id system so that reporting these scammers will actually ban them from being able to use TV, at least for a day. That'd be nice. 10 minutes isn't a deterrent as they can make 10s of thousands an hour with multiple scammers working.
edit: It also seems like the only people doing anything against the scammers are people on Youtube that 'buy in' to the scammers offer, then delete the files on the scammers computer. This only works if they don't have a backup. Some don't, but most do. But TV doesn't seem to be doing anything against these people other than accepting money from them. I really hope that it isn't to look the other way..
Another reason why I'd buy in, is it would give them more funds to hopefully hire a support staff that can actually respond to these issues.. People that pay the one time fee get quicker support, or something like that - to a point. ie: if a paid person adds a ticket, and a non-paid also adds a ticket, the paid would take precedence, but not to the point where the non-paid would never get answered. A week seems like too long, to me. It should be 48 hours, maximum. For paid members, 12 to 24 hours.
Edit: Also, I was saying - because I do not use TV for commercial purposes - and because I only help a few people constantly - it would be cheaper to upgrade their OS's instead of spending the $50 per month for TV indefinitely - especially because I am not doing this commercially. If I was, then it may be justifiable although if I had a small number of people - it'd still be cheaper to upgrade the clients for Windows. TV really should reconsider their pricing...
I would recommend purchasing a KVM... Keyboard / Video / Mouse... It is a switch for 2, or more, computers located within close proximity to one another, and there are more expensive models that work over wifi....
The benefit of this is you won't be wasting networking data, just to control one computer over another..
You would plug your monitor, or monitors if you purchase one with multi-monitor support - or you could purchase 2 separate kvms and just have to hit 2 buttons instead of 1, keyboard and mouse into the kvm, then hit a button to switch between the two.
What do you use your computers for? If one of them is a 'work' computer, then TV considers it work-related, and therefore commercial use. - their example is, for commercial use: If you work at an employers office, and you install TV on your work computer there, then use your personal computer to check your work e-mail, it is considered 'commercial use'....
For your situation, TeamViewer isn't an ideal solution as it is very slow to respond. It isn't built into the OS, and thereby it doesn't emulate on the client side, things.. Instead, it is like streaming a video, with triggerable events being sent adding a lot of 'delay'...
A KVM would be like you're on the computer, itself, as you essentially are....
This is a sign that you have been flagged for commercial use. One of the teamviewer clients may be installed as free - but it may be that you need to pay for the business version on both... I'm not sure though as this isn't clear....
What is clear, is that I have been flagged for commercial use for helping my mom, who has an eye disease which makes it next to impossible for her to read sometimes - and I installed TV on her computer for unattended access as she wouldn't be able to read the password or id ( we've tried that in the past, and it didn't work and I ended up having to go to her to help read something )... According to some posts, this installation of 'unattended access' is not 'free' and helps TV claim you are using it as commercial-use, instead of personal-use, which doesn't seem right. I want to know what TVs response to this is, as if they do this, then they are essentially discriminating against disabled or technically inept people.
If you have the commercial license, you are better off contacting support... As a paid user of $50 / month, or more, you can create support tickets for problems, bug reports, and more. Non-paid users can't. We get a form we have to submit and wait a week, or sometimes longer, to get a response.
The only thing I use it for is for my music collection, I got a system running an old operating system theough emulators which I don't have the resources for upgrading. I also use it to make covers for my downloaded music, and that is it. I have even offered to hand over the password for them to log on and check. A few years ago I got an e-mail from teamviewer approving me for non commercial use and that worked great until a teamviewer upgrade was necessary. At the moment I'm using RDP instead, which is a possibility, but not preferrable... I have tried a KVM, but that also didn't give me a good solution, as I sometimes need to copy cd cover images from one to another.
teamview keeps saying im commercial wen im connecting to my own computer thru my phoine im certainly not a company nor am i profiting in any way connecting to my self or others ......... how do i go about fixing this issue
I have been using Teamviewer to help my parents with thier computers and phones (to resolve any issue they might be having). But recently my Teamviewer have started to time me out after 5 minutes, stating that I am using it for commercial purposes.
I read through some of the other similar posts and updated teamviewer on all my devices, as adviced on those posts. But I am still having the issue. Please help!
Same issue here. I'm not sure what metrics they are using to determine that it's being used commercially but this is the second time this has happened to me and it's very frustrating. I'm a long time Teamsviewer user and I'd gladly pay for a personal license if you sold one. As frustrating as it is to try and figure out what freeware game is messing up my Mom's computer, having this limitation only makes it worse. I'm not sure what steps to take to resolve this but if it doesn't get fixed soon I'll just go to a different product that has a license that so I don't have to worry about this.
I too have this issue. Running a desktop and up to 4 laptops max on the same network but never being all controlled at once. I don't see the issue here but all my computers on TeamViewer are tripping saying I am in a commercial environment when clearly I am at my own house. As stated earlier by another user I would pay for a personal license to fix this issue but 1k a year just to control my computers at home is crazy... can I get some help over here TeamViewer support?
You've already gotten one response from support. That's more than most of the people here. Consider yourself lucky.
My advice? Give up.
There are plenty of other alternatives to TeamViewer. Most are just as good. A few are actually better. That may not have been true five years ago, but the competition has really improved while TV has been basically standing still.
There are no good reasons to stick with TeamViewer at this point if you are having issues.
For copying files from one computer to another - you can, if you have 2 ethernet ports per computer... or 2 on the new computer and one on the old... use a network cable from your router / modem into the new computer on the fastest slot. Then, use a CROSS OVER wired ethernet cable from the second slot in your new computer to the single slot in your old computer.
You can set up a network bridge so the old computer has internet access through the new ( it does require that computer to be on at all times ).
Then, you can transfer files directly from the new / old back and forth with the KVM solution -s uper easy.
Another easy solution, and not as much work - is to do the KVM solution, and then add a simple 5 port switch to it. A wire comes from your modem / router into the switch ( the instructions will tell you which port to use as not all will have one labeled ), then 1 wire per computer.
Both computers will have their own access to the network, and internet. Then you simply add network drive on either computer. Use the computer name... ie: If you right click My Computer, you'll have a tab, or somewhere in those tabs on XP, it will say COMPUTER NAME.
\\<computer-name>\ in explorer will access everything 'shared' on that computer ( exclude < >s )...
Add the specific folders you want to share as networked drives. You can even share the entire C drive, or set up login permissions and use \\computer-name\C$ or so to access the C drive. If the username / password is the same on both machines, it should avoid asking for the username and password.
This would resolve your issue of not being able to easily share files by easily being able to share files at a much faster rate. Even keeping your folder structures so you can access the other computer instantly, copy files over, or leave them and then access from the new computer.
-- Turns out this was where the KVM discussion was.
How do I get an answer from the reviewing department? In April 2019, I first got "WARNING: Possible Violation of EULA" and I responded by filling out the " Form_TeamViewer-Personal-Use-Declaration.pdf ", signing with a digital signature. It took them until September to repy that they needed a physical signature. So, I printed it, signed it, scanned it, and sent back on October 9th.
https://community.teamviewer.com/t5/Knowledge-Base/Why-do-I-see-Commercial-use-suspected-Commercial-... says ""Due to the large number of requests we receive, answering the requests can take some time, although we are now aiming to solve all requests within seven business days. We are sorry for the inconvenience."
However, it's now been over a month. How do I get this escalated to someone who can help? My best friend and I do genealogy together, with her keeping the main records and I log in to add stuff. We really miss doing this because of the 5 minute limit and then being forced to wait for an hour before I can log in again. It's very frustrating.
I got constant error right after almost each connection from my smartphone, tablet and even real PC to another one with text "Bla bla commercial usage, wait 15-20 minutes". I didn't remember exact error text. This occures after connection either immediately or after couple seconds and I can't use TV for free not for commercial goals. I even can't understand how and why TV application can detect that I use TV for commercial goals within that couple seconds.
This is not first case and I already contacted support and got no real help. I ran into this about half a year ago, and possible with v14.
Is it normal for TV free application? It is new rules of TV free which I didn't saw anywhere?
Why do I keep getting this message? Both versions on each machine say "free license." I am using this between two machines for personal use.
I am using Teamviewer long time ago, just to control my personal computer, 100% sure about this, and from today I recieve a message in the app that says "It seems that you are using Teamviewer for commercial porpuses", which is 100% not true...
What can I do to show that I am using it for personal purposes? It is the same PC...I am the only one who controls it...
Thanks in advance
It's been a year...
My FREE and ONLY PRIVATELY used account has been flagged for "commercial use" for the third time and the endless annoyance of trying to get the false flag removed has begun again.
Just trying to help my elderly parents in Germany with computer problems. Same here, went to look again and keep being put off by the RIDICULOUSLY HIGH price (per month!!!) for Teamviewer. Yes, I know I can't post the price because someone will censor that HAHA. Just for everyone to read here... IT IS WAYYY TOO EXPENSIVE for PRIVATE USERS !!!
TEAMVIEWER PEOPLE, ARE YOU LISTENING TO YOUR USERS' INPUT AND REQUESTS AT ALL? OR ARE YOU JUST TRYING TO MILK EVERYONE FOR THE BUSINESS ACCOUNTS ??
I use TeamViewer for personal use to occasionally remote into my PC at home, and a couple of my close relatives for quick fixes. TeamViewer has recently suspected my account being used for commercial use, and I would like to see if this can be appealed. Thanks!
I have now filled in the form 6 or 7 times! I got myself rated as a "free user" some while ago, but changed to a new computer just weeks after that. That forces me to fill in the form again..I only want to connect to my home pc and my fathers pc. Thats it!! From work I use 2 different computers depending on where I am using the "not install"-feature. With new computer the Commercial **bleep** pop ups again. So filling the form again, I got a mail saying that they have now again determined that Im a free user, but still I cannot connect from one computer. So again I filled in a new form, and now I got back that I need to print and manually sign a paper with a pencil and scan back to them to confirm that I am a free user (They have already determined I am this two times). WHY CAN YOU NOT JUST CONFIRM THE WHOLE ACCOUNT AS FREE!!! Now I need to fill in the form FROM every PC I use at work to do this. Its so frustrating. I really thinking on a different app for this from now.
The process begins with you reading the first page of this thread and filling out the form using the link there and asking them to classify you as a "private use" user.
I did this as well. After a week, they sent me a document asking me to fill out a private use document stating it is only for private use. After you do that, you cross your fingers and wait. Most people do not get it cleared easily. Others get lucky and get all 13 of their computes cleared.
I remote into mom's pc from my multiple PC's (never from work) and they still think I am not a private user. I do not remote into any other TV pc except hers. My mom does not pay for my tech support except in tasty food when i go for a visit (haha).
If you do not hear back from TV after a week, you will do what I do and google "Third party product". [The sentence has been removed as per the community guidelines.] I wish TV had a better process of clearing accounts that are not being used for commercial purposes.
Hello, I have a problem with your product. 3 computers are connected to my record (an old laptop, a stationary computer without a monitor, and I use it only through the remote control and a new laptop). I study at a school in Russia, and our school does not have expensive devices for programming, so I work remotely at a computer. But I can’t do it now, because this program considers me a person who uses it on a commercial basis and ends the session after 5 minutes. Can you solve this problem, I assure you, I use this beautiful product only for personal purposes. My mail is **Please do not post Personal Information**
I'm done banging my head against the wall with these folks.
I'm now starting to investigate alternatives for home use and will share my results with my collegues in a fortune 50 IT department at work. I think that there is an opportunty for my company to save some money..
I have used TeamViewer throughout my studies and academic research.
Recently, I become inappropriate and unfriendly messages.
"Action required: TeamViewer is being used commercially by you..."
1. The company would be well advised NOT to make a call for action on wrong accusations.
2. The company states that my TeamViewer will be timed out after 5 minutes.
I find it rude how they treat students and private users. For sure, I would not use them in any business environment based on my current experience. I highly recommend to the company that they treat people with respect, without threats, to gain them as future clients.
I know it is reversing the law. I want to proof that I am not guilty of abusing their product. Please let me know what proofs TeamViewer requires that I am only a student and not a company.
Great product! Disappointing and poor user management and engagement.
That is set-up for failure. So sad! They are destroying their product.
hi i have being getting this error on teamviewr for a month or so action required teamviewer is being used commercially I have been using the personal version for over tenn years and I never had this isssue and it has been happening only on one computer
I started getting this messages that TeamViewer thinks im using the software commercially which is false. I submitted an appeal and I did not get a reply for 3 weeks until I has to submit it again. When they did reply , they denied my request , so I was instructed to fill out a private use declaration form and email it back to them. I sent them the completed form about 2 weeks ago, but still have not heard back. It’s very frustrating because as a student I am not able to get any work done. If this is the way TeamViewer decides to manage its customer service and products then im inclined to switch to another product.
I only use TeamViewer personally, not for commercial purposes, but got the above message. I filled out and submitted the form, but got the same reply again. What do I do now?