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Back to My Mac being discontinued for all versions of macOS on July 1

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In an update to one of its support documents, Apple is letting users of versions of macOS prior to Mojave that Back to My Mac, a feature that allows Mac users to connect to other Macs for the file and screen sharing, will be discontinued in all versions of macOS on July 1, 2019.

From Apple (opens in new tab), via MacRumors:

As of July 1, 2019, Back to My Mac service is not available in any other version of macOS. You can use these alternatives for file access, screen sharing, and remote desktop access.

Apple previously discontinued Back to My Mac in macOS Mojave in late 2018, but the feature remained functional on older versions of macOS up until this point. Customers who use macOS High Sierra or earlier will need to either find alternatives or follow Apple's recommendations.

To replace the functionality of Back to My Mac, Apple makes a few recommendations. For file transfers between Macs (and iOS devices), Apple recommends using iCloud Drive. Anyone with an Apple ID has at least 5GB of iCloud Drive storage, so you have at least some ability to transfer files, especially if they're mostly text documents. macOS also features built-in screen sharing, which allows you to view and control another Mac remotely. Finally, there's Apple Remote Desktop, with which you can work on your Mac with apps and files that exist on another Mac.

Apple Remote Desktop can be found on the Mac App Store now.

$80 on the App Store (opens in new tab)

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

2 Comments
  • This is a good service if you don't know how to configure your network to do this at home. I just enable screen sharing and Tunnel through SSH so the service is not publicly facing. I SSH to an obscure port that keeps it more secure than 22.
  • There are plenty of competitors to ARD for much less money.