How to Access Your Mac Remotely From Any Device

When everything was falling apart during the COVID-19 pandemic, remote working helped us keep our professional lives sane. Remote working gives us more time and the capability to focus on things that matter. Most organizations have realized that employees are more productive while working from home.

And digital technology has made it possible! You can now connect with your teammates, conduct virtual meetings, collaborate on projects and assignments, and so on while working remotely. Technology has made remote working a lot more practical and accessible.


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So, as remote working has become a part of our everyday lifestyle, Apple has ensured that you can easily access your Mac remotely. Yes, you heard that right. You can share files and folders, share screens remotely and accomplish any task while being away.

In this post, we have listed a detailed guide on how to access Mac remotely.

Let’s get started.

Also read: 10 Best Remote Desktop Apps for Mac To Try In 2022

How to Access Your Mac Remotely?

Well, there are two ways to access your Mac remotely. You can either remote login to your Mac using another Mac device or allow access to other devices to use your Mac remotely via the Remote Desktop app.

To set up remote login on your Mac, follow these quick steps.

NOTE: Both devices should use the same macOS version for remote login to establish successfully.

Tap the Apple icon on the top menu bar and select System Preferences> Sharing.


Check on the “Remote Login” option from the left menu pane.


Select the users from the list you want to grant access to use your Mac remotely. You can tap on the “+” icon to add new users.

You can easily set up remote login on Mac by following the above-listed steps. Mac establishes a remote connection using the SSH (Secure Shell Protocol) or the SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol).

How to Connect to your Mac using a Non-Mac Device?

Tap on the Apple icon placed on the top menu bar and select System Preferences> Sharing.

The Sharing window will now appear on the screen. Tap on “Computer Settings.”


Select “VNC viewers may control screen with password” and hit the OK button.


Now, select “Allow Access for” to “All Users.”

Once the screen sharing is enabled on your Mac, take note of your Mac’s IP address.


Use any VPN app to access Mac remotely. Enter the IP address and password to get started.

So, here’s how you can securely access Mac remotely from a device on the same network. You can also use third-party tools to gain remote access to your Mac, including TeamViewer, AnyDesk, Splash Top, Zoho Assist, and so on.

Also read: How To Fix Remote Desktop Can’t Find the Computer on Windows 10

How to Set up Microsoft Remote Desktop on Mac?

Microsoft Remote Desktop

Yes, you can also access a Windows PC from your Mac desktop or laptop. And to do so, you can use the Microsoft Remote Desktop app. Follow these quick steps to set up Microsoft Remote Desktop on Mac:

  • Launch the App Store on your Mac. Search for the “Microsoft Remote Desktop” app. Download and install the Microsoft Remote Desktop app on your Mac.
  • Allow Remote Connections on your Windows PC.
  • Add your remote desktop connection, and that’s it!

To copy files from your Windows PC to your Mac, here’s what you need to do:

  • Launch the Microsoft Remote Desktop app on your Mac. Select your Windows device from the left sidebar.
  • Select Manage> Copy items.
  • Use the “+” icon to add new items and the “-” icon to remove files and folders.
  • Hit on “Copy” after making your selection.

Also read: How To Set Up Remote Desktop Access In Windows 10?


This wraps up our quick guide on how to access Mac remotely. Remote working allows you to access your Mac from anywhere. You can do it over a local network or the Internet. You can refer to our above-listed guide to control your Mac remotely and efficiently accomplish your tasks.

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