Remote Control a Mac with Screen Sharing in Mac OS X

Mac OS X includes a great feature called Screen Sharing which allows for the remote control of a Macs display. 

This means you can easily access a home or work Mac while on the go, or even do something like remotely troubleshoot a parents computer.

First, make sure the ‘Screen Sharing’ box is checked.

  • Open System Preferences from the  Apple menu and click on “Sharing”
  • Check the box next to “Screen Sharing” to enable the feature on the Mac you want to share
  • Set access as necessary by choosing “Administrators” or specifying a specific user that can remotely control the Mac

Second, launch “Screen Sharing” app.

  • Go go Macintosh HD => System => Library => Core Services
  • Double-click on Screen

Or, Do a Spotlight search for Screen Sharing and launch it.

You’ll then see a dialog box with the option to enter the Apple ID of the person you’d like to screen share with.


On the receiving end they’ll see this invitation.


Make sure they select Control My Screen.