If you have more than one Mac, perhaps one in the office and one at home, you might need to access a file or program you were working on. Be aware that there are several solutions to deal with this situation. Indeed, you can remotely access a Mac from another Mac, but also from an iPad, an iPhone and even a Windows.
The other scenario is that a friend or family member needs you to fix their Mac. If you live far from the other then you can control it from a distance, without having to move.
In this article, we explain the 4 solutions available to you.
Note that there was a time, Apple offered a service called Access my Mac, it could be used to access a remote Mac and share a notch. This tool was integrated with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in 2007.
However, Apple stopped offering Accs my Mac when Mojave was launched in 2018.
This does not mean that you can no longer control your Mac from a distance. Accessing my Mac has never been the only method of remote access, indeed you can go through the Apple Remote Desktop software, or simply store all your files in iCloud so that everything is available from all your Apple devices. Finally, if you are not Mojave, use Access Mac.
Use iCloud Drive
All of your files are accessible from all of your Apple devices if you store them in iCloud Drive. This backup can be performed automatically if you consent to the desktop files and documents being stored in iCloud.
- Open them System Preferences.
- Click on Apple ID, right (Apple icon)
- Select iCloud, in the left menu
You will see a list of everything you can store in iCloud. Applications such as Pages and Numbers can also save documents in iCloud.
Note the option at the bottom of the window which offers to optimize storage on Mac; if you check this box then the contents of your iCloud disc will be stored on the Mac, provided that you have enough space.
However, since you will run out of space on your Mac, some older documents will only be saved in iCloud.
- Finally, click on Options, next to iCloud Drive.
- Check the option Office and Document Folders, then on Terminate.
now make sure that all of your necessary files and documents are placed on your desktop or saved to Documents and Notes, for example.
Thus, everything will be accessible to you from any Apple device, including a Windows computer, via an iCloud connection.
iCloud Drive also saves space on your Mac, however, there are a few drawbacks.
First of all, using iCloud Drive invariably involves paying Apple. A space of 5 GB is offered free of charge, but it will fill up very quickly.
You will therefore have to buy more storage, the 50 GB is 0.99 / month, the 200 GB 2.99 / month and the 2 TB will cost you 9.99 / month.
The other problem is that it can happen that your files are out of sync. Especially if you leave documents open on a Mac while you are working on them from another Mac. iCloud then confuses the 2 versions of the same document. To avoid working on the wrong one, open your documents from the Finder.
Please keep in mind that iCloud Drive cannot be backed up. However, fear not because Apple's servers are unlikely to crash.
However, if you lose access to your Apple ID account, you may not be able to recover your files.
Use Mac screen sharing
The second alternative is to use screen sharing. Open files and folders, close them, you can even enjoy applications that are only installed on the remote Mac.
It is a particularly practical solution when you are trying to assist a friend. With screen sharing enabled, one Mac screen can be viewed from another.
To find out how to configure and use Screen sharing in macOS, follow this detailed tutorial.
Use Apple Remote Desktop
The third way to manage another Mac remotely is to go through Apple Remote Desktop. Using the latter, run applications and access files installed on another macOS.
Apple Remote Desktop allows you to install and configure applications, assist remote users, and create detailed reports. It is ideal for teaching.
It costs $ 79.99, and you can download it from the Mac App Store.
We won't go into the details of setting up Remote Desktop, because if you're just looking for a way to access your second Mac remotely, it's probably too late …
Use Google Chrome Remote Desktop
Here is a free solution: the Chrome Remote Desktop web browser, it will help you take remote control of your iPad, iPhone and Mac.
You must have a Google account and use the Chrome browser. To install the Chrome Remote Desktop app on your Mac, follow this ddi tutorial.
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