How to screen share on Mac using VNC Connect

Mac screen sharing is easily done with VNC Connect. It's simply a question of going through a few easy setup steps. Once you have installed everything, you'll be able to access your Mac remotely as if you were in front of it.
Mac screen sharing VNC Connect remote access
This author has at one point covered how to use a Raspberry Pi headless with VNC Connect. But what if I want to access and control my home Mac while working from the office? Luckily, VNC Connect makes that process very easy.

Install VNC Server on the Mac you’re controlling

Before you start, it will be a question of knowing what needs installation and where. Namely, you will install VNC Server (which requires a license) on the machine you want to control.
VNC Viewer is the software you will install on the device you are controlling your Mac from, (it doesn’t need to be a Mac). Of course, it can be, but we also have VNC Viewer for many other platforms. These include Windows, Android, Linux, and Mac. You can even do Mac screen sharing to your iPhone! A complete list of supported OS versions is available here.
Let’s start with the beginning, though. First of all, you’ll want to download VNC Server for macOS from our website. Make sure you check out the list of supported versions here.
Download macOS VNC Server

Once that’s done, run the installer on the machine you want to control. You will need to have admin rights. Also, if your Mac is running 10.14 Mojave or later, there are some permissions that you will need to grant. These are necessary for full Mac screen sharing.

macOS screen sharing VNC Server permissions
If you prefer installing via command line, the command is as follows:
installer -pkg <vnc-app>.pkg -target /
Once installed, make sure you create an account here. If you don’t already have a licence, you’ll need to buy one or start a trial. It would be ideal to also set up two-factor authentication, for extra security.
You can then license the software by simply right-clicking the icon in your system tray. Then, go to Licensing and enter your account details. If you have an Enterprise subscription, you might want to license in bulk or remotely.
screen sharing macOS VNC Server licensing
Next, you’ll need to install VNC Viewer on the machine you want to control your Mac from.

Install VNC Viewer on the device you’re controlling from

For this article, we’ll look at VNC Viewer for macOS. As mentioned above, you can control your Mac remotely from a multitude of other devices, too.
Installing it is very simple. To start, download VNC Viewer for macOS here.
macOS screen sharing VNC Connect VNC Viewer install
Then, drag the disk image file into your Applications folder.
VNC Connect drag to folder MacOS screen sharing VNC viewer
Next, sign in with your RealVNC account details. If you’ve set up multi-factor authentication, you will also need to type in a code from the respective app.
VNC Viewer sign in VNC Connect macOS screen sharing
Once you’ve installed and licensed VNC Viewer, your Mac will show up in its list of machines.
VNC Viewer Mac OS machines list screen sharing
You can now double-click it, and you’ll be able to use it as if you were sitting in front of it!
If your organization runs a Mac fleet, VNC Connect can make remote access to them much easier. And this, whether it’s for providing IT support or accessing corporate resources.
Bogdan Bele

Bogdan Bele

A journalist by formation and experience, and a content writer by trade. I’ve been writing content, both online and offline, for more than 15 years. My focus has always been technology, but I’ve also ventured into fields as diverse as music, football or news. I am RealVNC’s in-house Digital Content Editor, so a lot of what you’re reading on this blog is written by me. I also edit a lot of our content output. When I’m not writing, editing or reading, you’ll probably find me at a concert or watching a Chelsea FC game.

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