How to transition from Back to My Mac

As of July 1, 2019, Back to My Mac service will no longer be available in any version of macOS. You can use these alternatives for file access, screen sharing, and remote desktop access.

• Access files across your devices with iCloud Drive: When you turn on iCloud Drive, your files automatically upload to iCloud, where they’re safely stored and available on all of your devices. Turn on the Desktop & Documents Folders option in iCloud Drive to store them in iCloud, too. Now you have access to all of your files, on all devices, at any time.

Learn how to set up iCloud Drive and add desktop files, or get more help with iCloud Drive.

You start with 5GB of free iCloud storage and can upgrade any time from any device. iCloud Drive has an individual file-size limit of 50GB.

Access your other Mac with screen sharing: If you have more than one Mac, screen sharing lets you use one Mac to view and control your other Mac remotely. This means you can open, move, and close files and windows, and use apps — even if you’re in another location — so you can always get what you need. Learn how to set up and use screen sharing.

• Manage your Mac remotely with Apple Remote Desktop: If you have more than one Mac, Apple Remote Desktop also lets you run apps and work with files that are on your other Mac, even if you’re in another location. So if you want to use an app that’s only on your other Mac, you can. Learn how to use Apple Remote Desktop.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Note: Apple Remote Desktop (US$79.99) offers more remote management capabilities than screen sharing, including installing and configuring apps, helping remote users, and creating detailed reports.

Screen sharing and Apple Remote Desktop screen sharing are compatible with Virtual Network Computing (VNC).


  1. I was devastated when the end of Back to My Mac was announced. And I was not impressed with Apple Remote Desktop. But then I found the PERFECT replacement: Screens 4. Install Screens 4 on all of your Macs and iOS devices to remotely control them, or remotely help your family. It is SO much more reliable and easy to set up than Back to My Mac.

  2. TeamViewer, free for personal use, has worked well enough for me. I’ve used it cross-platform for helping friends and family, and occasionally for getting to my home Mac while I am away.

  3. For most needs, Screens + SSH works beautifully. If you keep a static IP address, you can easily access your Mac from nearly any internet-connected location. For file transfers, SFTP on CyberDuck goes the job done with minimal fuss (and ports!).

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