If you are familiar with Windows you may know that they have a handy feature that allows you to login and control a desktop remotely. Don’t worry Mac that run OS X have a similar function that works great.

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Step 1: Let’s start by navigating to the ‘System Preferences’ and click in the menu on the button ‘Sharing’. Now you will see several option on the left side and were are going to enable ‘Remote Management’. After enabling remote management it is time to set permissions and set a password. You can set permissions by click the ‘Options’ button on your right, in this window you can select what users can do on your desktop computer. It is possible to set specific limitations for users and groups. After doing this it is time to set a password, do this by clicking on the ‘Computer Settings’ button and fill in your password where it says ‘VNC viewers may control screen with password’. We are now done with setting it up.

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Step 2: You are now done setting Mac OS X up, it is now time to check your connection and see what IP you are using. Please save the IP somewhere so that you remember it next time.

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Step 3: Take an other Mac and start Safari, and type the following url in the address bar: vnc://0.0.0.0 (please replace 0.0.0.0 with the IP that you found in step 2). The client for remote control will now start, fill in your username and password to connect to the other Mac.

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If you want to access your Mac from a Windows computer, just download a free VNC Client for Windows and fill in the IP of your Mac. For those that want to access the computer from the Internet, you will have to forward your IP in the router. Good luck!

4 Responses to How to enable remote desktop for Mac OS X systems


  1. ananth
    Jun 22, 2011

    Isint the 192.168.1.19 ip the local ip that your router allocates??? How can i get the global address that i can use from any computer??? My mac has been stolen… i remember setting this up… but i dont remember the URL to my mac…please reply…


    • Corey Brookehoven
      Jun 22, 2011

      That is correct, 192.168.1.19 is the IP of the local network. It is likely that you will have to forward IP’s in the router to gain access to your computer on the world wide web. Which means that you will have to know the IP of thief, and hopes that you can access his IP, which is rather unlikely.


  2. Reg Wortley
    Aug 11, 2011

    Hi
    Very helpful article, I have one problem, when I go to connect to a remote computer (in the same room)
    when asked for my name and password it comes back with the dialog
    Authentification failed wrong name or password.
    I know the pass is correct but wonder if I am using the correct name.
    Where would I find this.
    Thanks

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