Wherever you are in the world, you can see the screen of any Mac you own and you can also control them. For 1
From the launch of macOS Mojave next month, this feature is removed and we will not miss it – because we've switched to better alternatives.
Back to My Mac, Apple had the typical advantage that it was easy to setup and easy to use, but it also had serious limitations. Chief among them was that you had to run it on another Mac and just another Mac.
It's okay if you take your MacBook with you all over the world, and sometimes you need to connect your iMac to your office. It's not at all useful if you're just wearing an iPad. Plus the function was just meant to be a convenience in a hug, it was not meant to be used all the time.
Back to My Mac was not a real solution if you had to manage many Macs, and you could easily do that. To remove and control a Mac, given that you could purchase Mac mini and distribute them as servers without the expense of a screen.
This is so useful that more companies have produced robust and powerful alternatives. That's why Apple has pulled out – it may be the software that corresponds to how it has recently stopped selling Airport Express hardware.
If you work in a business company, you have a number of options like Citrix and LogMeIn plus an IT department to run them for you. For pro Mac users and consumers, we have three options for Back to My Mac for you.
Call it two
We must mention that Apple itself does not completely leave the concept. In a support document as it turned out this month, the company recommends that Back to My Mac users switch to their own Apple Remote Desktop application.
Do not. It does not add enough to screen sharing from a Mac on the local network to justify it there. Plus, the configuration of Internet usage is fiddly and requires far too much in the way of manual router configuration for most users.
Just to put the nail in the coffin, Apple Remote Desktop has also been a buggy for about five years, and Apple does not seem to be interested in fixing frequent errors on "Failed to Approve." Do not take our word for it – look at user reviews for yourself if you need to.
It works as long as you're comfortable putting manually port forwarding on the routes. And as long as you're comfortable with older software, given that the latest update was in February 2017.
This can be changed, now that Apple mentioned it as a solution. But we are not hopeful.
I will work if you own it already. If you do not, you can save $ 79.99 and go directly to two far better alternatives.
Google steps in
Chrome Remote Desktop is Google's free remote tool that works between user devices. The tool is free, but as a web app it requires the use of Chrome to configure it, as well as installing a browser extension on any Mac or PCs to use it.
Google has also created an iOS app that allows access from an iPhone or iPad to a Chrome Remote Desktop computer.
The system has been created to make it as easy to use as possible without having to remember individual IP addresses for specific machines. Instead, all installations are associated with the user's Google Account, with the app showing a list of all devices, as well as which ones are on and can accept a connection with a security PIN you define.
Chrome Remote Desktop is not limited to just one network, as the stream from the desktop can be streamed to a device on another network as long as both sides have access to the Internet.
When connected, the remote user has free control over the keyboard and mouse while the desktop displays a message that remote access is in progress and a button for the local user to disconnect the power.
Although it's a free tool and useful for emergencies or very fast sessions, the fact that it's running through Chrome means that there may be resource resources on your desktop, especially memory while it's being used. It is also the question of trust, as some users may not allow their remote flow to pass through Google servers, even though they are secured using Chrome's built-in encryption.
Frankly, this is what we use. Edovia's Screens 4.7.2 usually cost $ 30, but if you buy it from the developer, it will now be offered 20 percent if you enter RIPBTMM at checkout. It is also available as part of Setapp.
The screens mainly work as screen sharing, but anywhere and both iOS or macOS. It is especially good to handle the conflicting concerns for high security and want usability. In addition to the screen itself, you install a companion called Monitor Connection on your Mac.
It's a free service you sign up and sign in on both of your devices. Once you've done that, your remote control Mac is as simple as starting the app.
Here's how easy it is: until we went to check, we forgot that it was a Mac version of the Screen app. We simply go to our iPads or iPhones to use it from there.
Once connected, leave the screens back and forth so that we can copy the logins from 1Password on iPad and paste it into an app on Mac.
If we are doing something sensitive or just do not want the Mac to light up in the office at night, the screens will give a curtain mode. Not only does the screen blink, but it also strikes someone who's actually sitting on it so they can not just turn the mouse to get back in.
Displays have the disadvantage that it's quiet: you can not hear the sound from your external Mac over it. In practice, there is almost no concern because you will never play a movie over an external connection.
However, it means that you do not hear any deeds or warnings. If it's important or just useful to you, it's time to start looking at more corporate answers.
Business and Business
There is a blurred line between the needs of a pro user, a consumer or a business employee because someone a remote control session should be the same for each of them. They all need to look at the screen on the remote Mac, they all have to send documents back and forth.
In addition to all remote management programs from the company standard, there is a basic version that can be used as a trial or entry level system. TeamViewer, for example, comes with a free edition for personal use before you continue to subscribe with only $ 40 per machine per year. Similarly, LogMeIn starts at $ 349 a year, but it's for two machines.
None of these options for Back to My Mac are new and all are better than Back to My Mac.
Perhaps the only real reason to regret the loss of Apple's version was that if you only had the correct usage case and the ideal hardware, it was perfect. And it undoubtedly introduced many people to the whole concept of remote control.
AppleInsider will deep into the specifics of these options and others in the coming weeks.