What To Do When Apple Gets Rid Of Back To My Mac

Back to My Mac is a great feature that allows an Apple user to access any Mac remotely synced the same iCloud account. If you want to access files or control the desktop, Back to My Mac made it easy to get an iCloud account user connected from anywhere.

However, unfortunately, Apple has removed the Back to My Mac iCloud feature on macOS Mojave version. If you still want it, here are some alternatives to keep connectivity to remote Macs.

Access files

If your iOS device and Mac are updated to the latest macOS and iOS versions, then you should know to share files through iCloud Drive. iCloud Drive allows you to edit and automatically sync files, but you can still have access from other platforms on iCloud.com. You will get 5 GB free of storage. For more storage, it requires a fee. To enable iCloud Drive, simply do the following steps.

  1. Click on System Preferences.
  2. Choose iCloudiCloud Drive.

Access desktop

There are two built-in tools from Apple that allows enabling desktop access “remotely”. Your Mac will be able to accept remote connections, but it is only accessible from computers connected to the same network unless configurations are made.

There is an issue that is dynamically IP addresses provided by your ISP. If a statically assigned IP is not available, you’ll need a paid service like Dyn DNS services for converting dynamic IPs to static names so that you can find your remote computer on the internet for the connection.

Another thing is to make sure that the connections to the remote Mac can bypass firewalls and be routed to an internal network. If you have already set up for connecting to your home network remotely using an app like a VPN or through an ssh tunnel, these built-in methods will work fine for you.

Also see: How to hide recent apps in the Dock on macOS Mojave

Screen Sharing

You can share the screen of a Mac and such anything on that screen can be visible to both the local and remote user. You can set up a connection through Finder under the shared sidebar or through a VNC client like TightVNC. To turn on Screen Sharing feature, do the following steps:

  1. Click on System Preferences.
  2. Select Sharing and enable Screen Sharing.

Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop is basically similar to Screen Sharing. With this feature, you will be able to manage multiple computers, deploy software and do other actions. It even has a remote screen sharing capability as well. You can get more information from Apple if you want to take advantage of all of the features. Similar to Screen Sharing, you have to roll out of your network connection method like VPN. You can also choose both the Finder as well as a VNC client to get a remote screen connection. Here is how you can establish Apple Remote Desktop on your MacOS.

  1. Click on System Preferences.
  2. Choose Sharing and enable Remote Management

These are Back to My Mac alternatives that you can try. If you have any question, let’s know in the comment.

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