TeamViewer was unable to determine that I am using the TeamViewer app on my android phone personally. I don't understand why?!!! I only use it in my home with my android phone connected to my Personal Home Wifi network!!! Whether I use it for pure laziness or whatever, I use it to connect to one of my laptops at home and WITHIN MY HOME to check for updates, close out Chrome, cast something from my laptop to my TV using Chromecast etc. without having to physically go to one of my laptops and open them up to do this!!! I don't understand why they couldn't determine that this wasn't personal stuff!!! I ONLY use it at home connected to my Home Wifi!!! I don't get it! TeamViewer, please reconsider your decision! I don't want to have to go through the trouble of printing off that form, personally signing it, then scanning it into my laptop, and then sending it as a PDF to the email address you provided!!! I think the ink in my printer is dried up - Why are you making this so hard for me?!!!
Update: I was able to get TeamViewer unblocked on my android phone by filling out the Declaration of Private Use form using Adobe Acrobat on my laptop and choosing the "fill and sign" option in Adobe Acrobat and sending it to TeamViewer. I just discovered today that I can connect to my laptops in my home from my android phone while in my home without getting the "Commercial use detected..." message. I hope I don't have to go through this again!
This is beyond ridicious. I had about a few months work trying to get my ID unblocked , had to sign the form and email back to them. Now they emailed me saying it was unblockd.
But no, I connect again. I IMMEDIATLY get the commercial notification again.
I am done. Done with Teamviewer. This isn't worth my time anymore.
Hi, as I updated my teamviewer license, it somehow switched from private use to commercial. So now my remote access is restricted to a time window to only few seconds.
Do you know why it happened, and how can I fix the problem? I have no idea why this did happened, since I am still only using my teamviewer for private use. Thanks!
I created 3 tickets in the space of 3 weeks, no answers to any of them, not even an email confirming they received my ticket
Thank you for you message.
If you think TeamViewer has mistakely marked your device usage and you would like to reset your TeamViewer ID, please fill in the form for reset request.
Your "Reset Form" is BROKEN though. It has been broken for WEEKS now. And no one at TV seems willing and/or ABLE to fix the problem.
You know, it may be "free" users having all these issues, but if the program, and it's so-called "support" structure is so broken, does not encourage people to buy a subscription for whatever extra/bonus features it might give us.
Hello! I have installed a free version of a software product, not long ago your program began to block in work giving me 5 minutes, with suspicion of commercial activity. but I do not do this. Please understand and unlock my devices. thanks.
Timing out after 60 seconds. Just upgraded to v15. Message is: "Your TeamViewer sessioin has timed out and will be close." No mention of suspected commercial use. The only change is the upgrade.
Bug? Config issue?
Ha! Same problem here, but the exact inverse! My laptop & desktop are also both on the same home network, and I get the same message. However, for me it happens when I connect from my home desktop to my home laptop, but not from my laptop to my desktop,or frin ny desktop to my Surface...
I mean i get the desire to crack down, but this is rediculous, How can both coputers be on the same IP address (Gateway IP and Public IP,), as well as on the same subnet, but ona of them is somehow only one of them is on a comercial network? ITS THE SAME NETWORK!
Go to Link: https://www.teamviewer.com/reset/ scroll down and you will find a button to click to get the form or do what I did yesterday and go get another one that won't bug you. I just got tired off it,
I've had my account for many years. It's a personal account. I just use for my own home machines.
Suddenly it's now kicking me off saying it's a commercial account.
Trying to "submit a ticket" and i just get brought to the community page. I figure I actually need someone from Teamviewer to fix this.
Any idea how I actually do that?
TV thinks I use it commercially, but he is wrong. I use it to swap between my computers and my family members, of which there are 5 and none of them are used for anything related to commerce. I am ready to provide any data to verify this circumstance. Of course, no one obliges TV to provide anyone with a free service, this is the decision of the company itself. But why the refusal of the service to motivate the wrong reasons. It also sounds insulting
I've been using Teamviewer now for years, I have it loaded on my 4 personal computers and I only ever remote between these 4 devices, for years. But today I went to remote into one and it says that TeamViewer will now close out you are using it commercially, but I am not. Because I am using the free version of TeamViewer, customer support won't even talk to me. Any suggestions or am I just s o l?
I used Teamviewer to help my 93 year old father who recently went blind with ReadAloud articles and to help him "read" and respond to emails, and pay his online bills so this is a critically needed capability. I have been unable to get support staff to reset my ID. The support page says Teamviewer will get back to you in 7 business days but in my case I initially waited two weeks and after getting no response or change to my status, I resbumitted the form. It's now approaching another 2 weeks so I'm actively looking at alternate capabilities as I've given up hope that they will ever respond and or honor their statement that TeamViewer is free for personal use. Given the number of times this appears as a forum issue, this is a continuing widespread problem and it's made worse by the lack of action taken by Teamviewer to correct their errors or even respond to requests for ID resets.
Wow, thanks for letting me know and that sucks. I guess I should just forget about, uninstall it and switch to **Third Party Product** or one of the other dozen ones out there.[removed per Community Guidelines] Also, I think it is very nice you're helping your father out so much and I wish you both well.
I can no longer use teamviewer because its says that i have used teamviewer for commercial use, but the problem is that is never used teamviewer for commercial use.
Can you help me ?
I have the same problem. I get the prompt:
TeamViewer is being used commercially by you or your connection partner. Your session will terminate within minutes.
I'm using TeamViewer to connect from my personal Windows 10 Home Laptop, to my personal Windows 10 Home desktop - both in the same room, on the same home router.
I already requested an account investigation/reset once, which appeared to be successful (a few weeks ago) but I'm getting the same issue again.
every time I connect to the remote PC, after 5 minutes of use the connection is interrupted with the message "your session teamviewer has expired and will be closed".
I tried to check the timeout options too but they are disabled.
I am at the end of my tether with this problem. I have 3 PC's using TV. My wife has a laptop overseas that I need to access urgently but I have been flagged as a commercial user and keep getting cut off every time I try and connect. I have submitted forms on-line and also emailed a signed declaration form 9 days ago and still no response. I tweeted to Team Viewer Support and got told to be patient and submit extra forms for each PC. From reading this blog it is pretty clear TV do not want free users and I just wish they would be honest enough to say that and reset my account and give me servic e for a few days so I can switch to another package.
It took over a month, but TeamViewer finally reset my ID so that I am once again a "free user!" It was frustrating for awhile and I have always used and loved TV, so I am so happy they examined my case and understood that I am not a paid helper at all, nor did I use it with clients. I guess I would say to be patient (I sent in two requests) and eventually they do get around to you.
I have five computers that are online and I use them myself. It's been one week since TeamViewer told me I'm using my account in a professional way and that I must buy a license.
What can I do?
Thank you in advance.
For some reason my account says its flagged as commercial use. When all I do is use it to connect to my home computer from my phone or while I am at work. Im not using it in a commercial environment or even using it to manage a personal server thats working with a paid service. What the heck Teamviewer? Ive used you for the last 10+ years with no issue. Why so judgy all of a sudden? I need someone from teamviewer to describe to me what they think commercially means.. Beacause I think there is a mixup here.
I just got the same problem... I am using the app 10+ years now... I had the issue once but resolved as I could write them but now there is no clear way to submit a form to them...
I have already supposedly had my account reset on November 14th. I tried to help my senior friend 2 days later and receivied the "Commercial usse detected" message and couldn't even connect with her to help.
They do not offer phone support for "FREE" users, so we are flying on our own... I am BEYOND frustrated at this point and am ready to ditch this now useless piece of junk software for something that will truly work for free so I can continue to help my friends and family who just happen to live far away from me.
I have been a major supporter of TeamViewer for years, and now it seems they do not want people using their software for free since a major update that was released juat over a month ago.
I also got the impression that they want to reduce the number of free users, but instead of introducing clear restrictions on the time of use, the number of computers, etc. partly accuse some users of violating the rules of use. ...
Hello, after updating to Catalina I can control my mac from any device. If I connect to macos using other computer mouse and keyboard doesn’t work. If I try to connect trough IOS devices such as Ipad or iPhone I also receive the warning that there’s a suspect commercial use and I can have a connection just for few seconds (unable to use mouse and keyboard). Could someone help me please this is making me struggling.
Accusing people of commecial use and blocking any use after 30 seconds is a truly awful tactic to reducing free users.
I have filled the forms out emailed support restarted computers and still it does not work!
The lack of response and this long thread of complaints demonstrates how much Team Viewer doesn't want free users.
Is there no one in the community admin that can escalate this thread to TV management?
Why is this thread labelled 'solved' when so many people are clearly unable to use the free service?
I totally don't understand these 545 local sufferers.
Once upon a time, there is an absolutely legal method for solving a problem.
Moreover, it does not in any way affects the rights of the company Teamviewer and they cannot present any claims to you.
All you need to do is change the hard disk serial number (the one you see when execute dir command) and MAC address of the network card of your computer. How to do this is easily searched on the Internet. In case you find it difficult, there is even a special application that do it for you and it also easy to find.
I have no choice as I have no access to the remote PC to install alternative software. TV are cutting me off after 30 sec!
I think any company acting the wayTV are needs calling out. They are still promoting private use is free and they need to either provide a free service or stop saying they do!
Strange how even a community manager says don't waste your time on the forum complaining about this?
as of today i am being kicked out after 5 minutes, repeatable. it assumes i should buy a commercial license.
the "about .." states i have a free license. and i am using it only for private use. I am retired, no business
what do i need to do?
i have the dreaded commercial use detected and so i filled in the form and received an email saying couldn't work out, so still barred. so printed off another form and signed and emailed.
no response to this so still barred
i am trying to upgared the grandparents pc's to win10 and not going well so really not helpful this at all. i've never used my own account commercially.
what is going on, what am i supposed to do!
I have the free teamviewer version that i mainly use for connecting to my pc downstairs that is connected to my 3d printer. I can then transfer files from my main pc upstairs and turn the printer on, .... I have been doing this for over 2 years and last week teamviewer started giving me notifications that it detected commercial use. I don't know how it detects this but maybe it's because of the 3Dprinting software that runs on my computer? I can now only use teamviewer for 5 mins at a time. Is there any way i can fix this?
I'm waiting for an answer from teamviewer specialist to reset commercial use suspected for almost two months now. I filled out the form at:
I checked my spam also. I'm not using my team viewer for commercial use but I don't know how resolve this.
When you connect from your phone to your home computer, the session is canceled 59 seconds after the connection.
Always and constantly. I'm wait more than 10 minutes and try to do something in 59 seconds.
and apparently you have this problem for a long time.
I use Teaviewer since .....I do`nt know. My first call was with the founder...... And now Teamviewer calls me "commercial user" and I get all the "comfort" from an illegal user..., as an "Insider".... Thank you very, very much to the Teamviewer team !! May be a problem of succes. And / Or:large companies - or their employees - are not interested in individual customers, because they apparently do not understand that people like us are very important for their workplace........
I ALREADY SENT MESSAGES SENT TO YOUR MAIL, NO ANSWER AND HELP.
YOU DO NOT WANT TO HELP ME WITH YOUR TeamViewer PROGRAM.
MY ENTRANCE IS LOCKED FOR CONTROL OF MY COMPUTER.
I WILL WRITE ONCE AGAIN.
I've long enjoyed your program, manage a home computer when I'm at sea,AT WORK.POSLE UPDATES 15 UPDATE MY FREE ENTRANCE ZABLOKIROVAN.YA NOT use paid VERSIEY.KOGDA I'm at work I watch sometimes at his game that is included on the home COMPUTER.HELP PLEASE RESTORE MY FREE CONNECTIONS OR EXPLAIN WHAT MY PROBLEM IS, WHERE AND WHAT I VIOLATED.
I do not use my TeamViewer for commercial use and filled out the declaration of private use form and my TeamViewer was reset to non-commercial use.
I just recieved an email saying that they could not confirm that I use this only for non-commercial use after I revieve my email about TeamViewer being reset and they want me to fill out another form. This would make the third time filling out the form. I did not use the program in between the emails.
How can this be corrected? I tried calling TeamView and could not talk to anyone since I was not purchasing the software.
A few years ago Teamviewer picked up a lot of users after **Third Party Product** decided to kick out free accounts. As Teamviewer crowed 'free forever for private use' they are now in a bind now so they have invented this nonsense to get rid of use free loaders helping out or families.
If they had a legitimate reason they would state what the trigger was, they haven't on here nor to any requests.
Filling out and signing a form again and again is just icing for them as they get to associate actual ID AND activity with 'real' people the moment that have an address, phone number and a signature.(remember paid accounts do that via the payment method) If they are not harvesting data from their free users (remember if it's free on the internet then YOU are the product) then they are gathering data for some 'other' entity who wants it.
1 hour a week to help my 80 year old mother deal with the interweb is ALL I ask, but that's not possible with Teamviewer.
The ONLY thing I can think of in their defence (which they could say if it was true) is that using a VPN looks suspicious to them as the true location of the user is either variable or not as stated on the form. If that's the case then I still won't use them as a VPN is a neccessary part of trying to stay safe online.
Hello!!! Me program limits access on reason commercial work, I used program only in personal purposes, udolenno grandmother computer helped explore) Have themselves on another computer wife helped with computer and I have just 3-4 my devices. What to do, whom to write) thank you all in Advance)))
Edit: I figured it out. The phrase *** caused it to fail. Removing it allowed me to submit the rest of my appeal:
Hi, (I tried everything to contact you, to no avail)
The page at ***/en/support/commercial-use-suspected/ is broken. Trying to submit it shows nothing but "Error". (Zero details given as to what is wrong, why the error occurred.)
So I am copy/pasting my entire, filled in form, and sending it to support. Here goes:
It has been over a year since my "commercial usage detected" ban. At the time I contested the decision but got nowhere with it, never having received any response besides canned text and even that only after 2 weeks of waiting. So I gave up. But still kept TeamViewer installed on my machines. The strict limit of 1 session per day and 5 minutes until auto-disconnect have made it really difficult to continue using your product, but I persevered. My ONLY use case this past year has been to remote into my laptop from the bathroom, while I poop so that I could continue to play Hearthstone via TeamViewer. That's it.
COMMERCIAL USE DETECTED disconnect in 5 minutes. Gg no re: I'm at home, trying to remote into my laptop from the bathroom to play Hearthstone, but okay, sure, commercial use... I lost that game obviously. After the 5 minutes were up, and connection was dropped, recovery failed. "Connections to this partner will be blocked until 00:00. Nice."
Even before my ban, I only helped friends and family. Not commercial usage. I never accepted money in exchange for my services, not even from my least favorite neighbors. What they did pay was in chocolate. Obviously I do not sell software or collaborate with any colleagues. I never have. My only crime; Accepting some chocolate. But my sweet tooth is hardly a threat to your tech support empire.
I did not circumvent the restriction by making separate accounts or changing my hardware ID either. I sat in "commercial usage detected" jail like a good / law abiding / upstanding citizen. I sent in my appeal and waited. A year has passed and I haven't heard from you. I feel it is justly time I petition the big boss once again. Whatever crime I may or may not have committed in the past is well and truly punished. Thoroughly as well. I did my time, now set me free from this nightmare of a restriction.
I'd really like to be unbanned. Thank you for your consideration, I look forward to hearing from you. In closing, here is a feedback-ignored complaint email I sent that was also 100% ignored by your support team last year:
---------- Forwarded message ---------
Date: Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 3:14 PM
Subject: Re: [#46]: TeamViewer-Feedback_13.2.26
Hello Ms. Support Engineer,
Thank you for your assistance. I think? Or whatever... What is this canned text!? I'm a free user, yeah, but I can still provide feedback, no? I mean the [please send us any and all feedback] link is still there in the app's about page, for all to see. So why did you even put it there if you don't actually want our feedback? This is not a support request, this is feedback. Different channels entirely... (Hopefully!)
Tell me, why did you wait almost two weeks to send me an automated reply? It's 100% identical to the last one you sent too. Down to the signature pattern. Neither of us gain anything from it.
Are you that snowed under!? I reply to my email within minutes! (Took me 15 more min to notice this one, because I was outside in the garden, fixing my bike.)It costs me only 30 minutes to type this length of human-written, non-canned-text. An actual, real email...Your "reply" took 12 whole days... And all you did was spam-fire some canned text at my general direction.Well, you missed! Hire more staff. Don't lie to users about wanting our feedback if all you do is ignore it.
Plus, you didn't even quote my original email. How am I supposed to know what kind of feedback I sent originally? I completely forgot about it since then. It was weeks ago! And to boot; I sent it from within the old TeamViewer app on Windows Phone 10. By typing in a text box and filling in the template it provided.Not some email program that keeps archives of all sent and received email. I need you to quote the original email below your "reply". If canned text can even be called that.I don't even know if I wrote a one-liner or a whole essay. It wouldn't be worth fighting for a one-liner. (I faintly recall complaining about a leftover teamviewer service still running in the background even when I'm not using the app. Maybe that was all? I don't know... So in the future; assume this option is checked: I want to receive a quotation by Email. Always checked...)
I send feedback almost every day, to various tech companies.
Some read it, thank me, and implement a fix for whatever it was that I reported as being broken, in the next patch.
Others reward me with free membership, gift cards, a place in the credits, etc.
And you reward me with nothing but canned spam. And it's way past the expiry date.
Microsoft especially rewarded me after my 1000th feedback post with a free phone (700€ value — a Lumia 950 XL pre-release test device) I still use it today. I was selected randomly but we all know they like to pick top contributors.
Pastebin gave me a total of 12 months of premium membership for all the security vulnerabilities I found. (And even some typos, lol.)
Zynga, R2, Gameloft, Nordcurrent, GGG, Webonic, Blizzard, all gave in-game currency.
Even Facebook, they said thank you in a pdf scan of a proper typed and printed letter, signed by multiple people who fixed the security bug. (Sadly no bug bounty was awarded.)
ASUS, Dell offered MVP status, and with Google I was Top Contributor for a long time as reward for my feedback (automated system but still nice).
Teamviewer gives only a "please don't contact us again" email. Reading between the lines I see the following dismissive message: "You are nothing to us, free user. Go away."
Thanks anyway, for the link to ***/en/support/
And obviously I Googled whatever error message I got, and found an even better link than what you provided: ***/t5/Knowledge-Base/Why-do-I-see-Commercial-use-suspected-Commercial-...
Better, longer F.A.Q.
Thanks for the form though. I'm unfortunately not ready to fill it in just yet... As I did receive chocolate bars for my assistance from several family members, on multiple occasions. That counts as payment I feel.
Daniel "3ICE" Berezvai
On Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 2:31 PM TeamViewer Team wrote:
Thank you for using the free version of TeamViewer and contacting us.
As TeamViewer is used worldwide, we try to assist all our customers as fast and as efficiently as possible. At the moment, support for the free version of TeamViewer is offered via our community: ***/
Help is provided in English.
In case you are getting the commercial use suspect message please be aware that from now on all the commercial use suspect cases will be managed by a standard form and not via tickets, please fill out this form in this link: ***/en/support/commercial-use-suspected/ and you request will be handle as soon as possible.
If you are a TeamViewer customer and you want to receive support, please submit a ticket here: ***/en/support/
We hope your experience with TeamViewer only improves with time as we appreciate you choosing TeamViewer as your Remote Control software provider.
We thank you for your understanding
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If you receive the message "commercial use suspected" or “commercial use detected”, and you believe the way you use TeamViewer does not match the definition of commercial usage, we would like to assist you in resolving the issue.
Using TeamViewer to help family and friends without receiving any financial compensation is considered personal use. However, using TeamViewer for the exercise of your business or profession, or for any purposes for which you directly or indirectly receive compensation – for example, team work with colleagues, or providing free support to third parties which have bought software from you – does not qualify as personal use.
Please fill out the form below so we can confirm that you only wish to use TeamViewer for personal / non-commercial purposes. The information provided by you (Name, Address, E-Mail address) is required to review your usage and determine whether you are using TeamViewer commercially and to reach out to you after your request has been processed.
After placing your request, there are three possible outcomes:
We will reset your ID if private usage is confirmed
We won’t reset your ID if commercial usage is still suspected. In this case, we will give you the opportunity to fill out a declaration of private use.
If you provided us with an invalid device ID, we will inform you that your request could not be processed. You will have to fill out the form again but with your correct ID
We are aiming to solve all requests within seven days. Please note that we will attend to every request. Sending multiple requests will prolong the process.
So, after getting alerted on "commercial use suspected" I sendt an email explaining my private use of Team Viewer (to support my 87 year old mother that lives 1100 km away). When that got rejected, I submitted the requested form where I sign the agreement to not use the software commerically.
I submitted the form on October 14, just over 2 months ago. I have sent two reminders requesting an update of the status but had no response.
The web page states that "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." It has now gone just over 60 days since I submitted the form.
My questions are:
I have been using teamviewer to do my school work remotely. I used it so much that it was detected as not personal use so I submitted the form that you facilitate for both user's ID and it was acepted a couple of days ago. So I used it once and everything was fine but now again it started saying commercial use detected, so I am not sure if I should submit the form again or if there may be a problem with the software.
I have a large number of friends and family that I help from time to time but not often. Just got blocked so started researching. The Team Viewer knowledge base states that if you resubmit your request to unblock that the clock starts over and earlier requests are ignored. here's the link to that page.... https://community.teamviewer.com/t5/Knowledge-Base/Why-do-I-see-Commercial-use-suspected-Commercial-...
I don't know how they are determining the potential commercial use. If they were more specific, people could alter their behavior and patterns to avoid these false detections.
Good luck. [Removed per Community Guidelines]
I went to remote into a computer at home from my office and it kicked me after about 2 minutes and flagged me as commercial use. any idea why this would happen?
I use TeamViewer from time to time for personal use at home. Now I got a message "action required: TV is being used commercially by you or your connection partner. Your session will terminate within minutes. ,,, The free version of TV is for private use only."
These are all my personal computers, at home. My main one is downstairs and I use TV to control the ones upstairs.
I connected to one of the computers several minutes ago, and got the message. The only thing I changed is that I increased the memory in the remote computer.
What will fix this, so that it knows that I am a home/personal/private user?