Mac to Mac Remote Desktop Connection

Remote Desktop Connection for Macintosh

Here’s how you can remotely connect and control one Macintosh computer from another. Due to changes in our firewall, a VPN is now required when doing this from off-campus. The on-campus computer must be left on and not in hibernation.


On the machine you wish to remotely connect to:

  1. Go to System Preferences in the Apple menu at top left.
  2. Click on Sharing in the Internet & Wireless group.
  3. If necessary, click the lock at bottom left and enter your password to make changes.
  4. Put a check mark next to Screen Sharing on the left
  5. Click the Computer Settings… button on the right.
  6. Put a check mark next to “VNC viewers may control screen with password:” and set a password to use for screen sharing.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Below that make sure it’s set to “Allow access for: Only these users.” Click the plus button at the bottom of the list.
  9. Select your name (or the name of the user account you use) from the list and click the Select button. If you would like to enable file sharing as well, put a check mark next to File Sharing on the left.
  10. By default every Mac OS user account gets a Public folder. Confirm that your user account (or the user account you use) has Read & Write access to that folder.
  11. One thing you’ll need to take with you: write down the IP address of the computer. In Screen Sharing it will be preceded by “vnc:” and in File Sharing it will be preceded by “afp:“. You will need this to connect from the remote computer. If you’d like, click the lock at bottom left to prevent further changes.

On the machine you’ll be remotely connecting from:

  1. Make sure you’re in Finder (it says “Finder” next to the apple icon at top left. You can click on the desktop to go to finder or Command+Tab to get to Finder.
  2. Select Connect to Server from the Go menu.
  3. In the Server Address field type in the IP address of your remote computer preceded by “vnc:” as it appeared in Screen Sharing above.
  4. Click the Connect button and it will open the remote desktop in a new window. You will have control over the keyboard and mouse as if you were sitting down at that computer.
  5. When you’re done, simply close that window.
  6. To access files and folders on the remote computer select Go to Folder from the Go menu.
  7. Type in the IP address of the computer you wish to connect to preceded with “afp:” as it appeared in File Sharing above.
  8. Click the Go button and the folders you have access to on the remote computer will open in a new Finder window.
  9. When you’re done, simply close that window.

Related Pages
Converting to Macintosh
Accessing the Windows Network on a Macintosh Computer


External Links
Apple’s Web Site
My First Mac: Help Buying and Getting Started with Your New Mac
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