wikiHow to Connect to Another Mac

Two Methods:Outside of NetworkInside Network

This article shows how to connect one Apple computer ("Mac") to another Apple computer so that you can see and control the other computer's screen. No software needs to be installed, as OS X already has a screen sharing utility.

Steps

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    Turn on Screen Sharing. On the computer you wish to control, go to System Preferences. Click on "Sharing" and make sure "Screen Sharing" is checked. If it is not checked, check it.
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    Give all users or specific users permissions to connect.

Method 1
Outside of Network

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    On the machine you wish to control, go to www.whatsmyip.org/
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    Write down/email to yourself the IP address at the top. (It will be in the format 123.45.678.901)
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    Open the Finder on the machine you wish to control.
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    Choose Connect to Server from the Go menu.
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    Enter "vnc://" then the IP address you found earlier.
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    Click "Connect"
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    Enter the username and password you would use to access the remote computer.

Method 2
Inside Network

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    Open Finder Window
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    Under shared click on computer that you wish to control/observe in the left pane of the Finder then click Share Screen button in the upper right hand corner.
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    Enter the username and password of an authorized user then click Connect button.

Tips

  • If connecting from outside the network ensure that you have the proper ports forwarded.
  • If you are going to connect to the same computer often, go to Connection>Save As to make a shortcut to the computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Two Apple computers

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