Share the screen of another Mac

While your screen is being shared, the user of the other Mac sees what’s on your screen and can open, move, and close files and windows, open apps, and even restart your Mac. Before you start, make sure the Mac whose screen you want to view has screen sharing turned on. See Turn Mac screen sharing on or off.


Start a screen sharing session with another Mac

If you’ve been given permission, you can view and control the screen of another Mac on your network.

  • On the Mac you want to share, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Sharing, select Screen Sharing, then note the name and address of the Mac (it’s listed on the right).
    1. The name looks like “iMac (7)," “Joe’s MacBook Pro,” or the Mac's serial number, e.g. C02xxxxxxxxxx.
    2. The address looks like vnc://[IPAddress] or vnc://[Name.Domain].
  • On your Mac, do one of the following:
    1. Connect using the name: Click the Finder icon  in the Dock to open a Finder window. In the Locations section of the sidebar, click Network, double-click the Mac you want to share, then click Share Screen.
    2. If no items appear in the Locations section of the sidebar, hold the pointer over the word Locations, then click Show.
    3. Connect using the address: In the Finder, choose Go > Connect to Server, enter the address of the Mac you want to share, then click Connect.
  • If prompted, enter your user name and password, then click Sign In.
    1. If both computers are logged in using the same Apple ID, the screen sharing session starts. If they’re not, you’re prompted to enter the user name and password of a user who is allowed screen sharing access on that computer, or you can request permission to share the screen if the computer allows it.
  • If someone else is already connected to the Mac as a remote user, a dialog asks if you want to share the display with the other remote user (Share Display) or log in concurrently using a different user name and screen (Log In).
    1. If you choose Log In, you share the Mac with the other remote user, but you won’t share the same screen.

External Resources

Turn Mac screen sharing on or off -

Share the screen of another Mac -



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