As portable as the MacBook is, you can’t always bring yours with you. There will be times when you don’t have your MacBook with you but still need access to it. This may sound like an inconvenience, but the truth is that it doesn’t have to be. You can still use your MacBook even though you’re nowhere near it. Isn’t that great?
Enter remote access, which is basically the capacity to control a computer or a network from a distance. This blog will discuss the different methods available for you to remotely control your MacBook, so read on.
Methods to remotely control MacBook
1. Screen sharing
This is the simplest way to gain remote access to your MacBook, and it’s built into your laptop. The great thing about this method is that it’s almost as if you were physically controlling your MacBook.
To enable screen sharing, follow these instructions:
- Click on the Apple icon at the top-left corner of your screen.
- Select System Preferences.
- Select Sharing (blue folder icon) from the System Preferences window.
- Tick the box beside Screen Sharing, after which additional settings will appear on the window.
- On the box below “Only these users:”, add your user account and other users you want by clicking on the + icon at the bottom part of the window.
- Look for your MacBook on the Finder sidebar of another Mac computer with the same iCloud account.
You can now start controlling your MacBook remotely and open whatever applications or documents you want. You just need to keep in mind that the effectivity of this method is reliant upon the speed of your internet connection.
TeamViewer is a software specifically designed for remote control. It’s available on Mac OS, Windows, Linux, and a host of other operating systems. You can download the free version for Mac on their website.
Once your download is done, set up TeamViewer so that you can control your MacBook remotely from another computer. It’s so easy to do because you don’t have to worry about complicated server or DNS configurations.
3. Chrome Remote Desktop
If, for some reason, you don’t use Google Chrome as your primary browser, this extension is the perfect reason to start using it now. It’s available on Mac OS and Windows, and it’s free and easy to use. Here’s what you need to do.
- Open Google Chrome on your MacBook.
- Install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension on your MacBook.
- Make sure you are signed in to your Google account. If you don’t have one, create one now.
- Launch the extension using a new tab page. It will request you for access permission.
- Grant permission by clicking on “Allow access”.
- On the My Computers section, click on Get Started.
- Click on Enable remote connections.
- To protect your Mac, you’ll be required to nominate a PIN with at least six digits.
- Click OK.
- A User Account Control dialog box will appear. Click on Yes.
- Re-enter your nominated PIN, click Confirm, then click OK.
Once the extension is set up on your MacBook, you need to download it and set it up again on whatever computer you want to use to control your MacBook remotely. Repeat the same process you just went through on your MacBook on the computer you plan to use, authorize the extension to access your account, then follow these instructions.
- Click on the Get Started button. You’ll see you the name of your MacBook under My Computers.
- Click on your MacBook and enter your PIN.
- Click Connect.
You are now free to remote control your MacBook, but don’t forget to click on Disconnect when you’re done.
4. Back to My Mac
MacBooks have a built-in iCloud feature called Back to My Mac, which allows you set up a network of Mac computers so that you can control them remotely. However, you’ll need the following before you can set it up:
- At least two Mac computers with the same iCloud account (Mac OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later)
- An AirPort base station or any router (updated with the latest firmware) that supports UPnP or NAT-PMP.
- AirPort Utility 6.3 or later.
- Internet connection between the Mac computers (minimum 300 Kbps)
- Firewall configured to allow remote connections.
If you want to learn more about iCloud, here is a helpful article written by us: How to access files on iCloud and transfer them back to your MacBook.
Here’s how to set it up.
- Log into iCloud using your Apple ID.
- Go to iCloud System Preferences.
- Enable Back to My Mac.
- Follow the instructions and set up security options.
For more details, check out Apple’s Back to My Mac support page.
By using any of these methods, you’ll be able to remotely control your MacBook anytime and anywhere. For more helpful MacBook tips, check out our Baseqi blog.
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