How to Remotely Access Your Mac Desktop while You are Away from Home?

By Rimzhim Sharma December 27, 2016 How To, Mac

Imagine yourself at a vacation, your boss calls you up out of the blue and asks you to submit an urgent sales report by EOD. Well, of course you left your MacBook at home. Who would’ve thought that you’ll require it in your leisure time. What are you going to do now? I am sure you won’t travel back thousands of miles just to send a small report and ruin your entire vacation plans.

Luckily, there is one life saving option for Mac users. You can easily access all your important data remotely, even being miles away from your Mac device.

Here are the 2 easy ways by which you can access your Mac device remotely:

Back to My Mac

This is one of the easiest ways to configure remote access settings on your Mac desktop. Back my Mac offers you various options like opening programs and files directly on it, copying files to and from it, and controlling it remotely from the command line.

Follow these quick steps to enable Back my Mac:

1. Create an apple ID (if you don’t have one).

2. Log in to iCloud in iCloud system preferences.

3. Enable the “Back to My Mac” feature.

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4. To help ensure that this happens, launch System Preferences, choose the Energy Saver preference, and enable the Wake for Network Access option.

NOTE: Ensure that the remote Mac is connected to internet, and is configured to “Wake on Demand” so that when it’s asleep, it can act on a Back to My Mac request.

Screen Sharing

Mac’s Screen Sharing feature enables us to stream the desktop view of our device from a remote computer. In addition to this, it also offers us various options such as synchronized clipboards and drag-and-drop support for file sharing. You can simply drag files from the Finder in your current Mac to the screen sharing window to copy them to the remote computer.

However, there might be some fluctuation in the performance depending upon the speed of broadband connection but it gives you the benefit of accessing your desktop, as if you are actually sitting in front of your Mac.

Here are the quick steps to enable the screen sharing feature:

  1. Go to Sharing system preferences, and enable the Screen Sharing service (ensure that your user account is allowed access).

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  1. Then, select your Mac in the Finder sidebar of another Mac configured with same iCloud account.
  2. Now click the option to share the remote Mac’s screen and open applications and documents on it.

Screen Sharing also supports multiple sharing sessions. In this scenario you are given the choice to either log into your account behind the scenes or view what the current user is seeing (with his or her permission).

However, we recommend you to keep these services disabled when not in use so that it doesn’t breach your security at any point.

Also check: Fixing Your Computer Via Remote Session

Hope you learned something new today! Feel free to contact us on our toll free number 855-765-6710 (US, Canada) in case you get stuck at any point.

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Rimzhim Sharma

"Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at The Phone Support. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods."