Using Mojave, what's the best way to access my own computer remotely?

Apple's Screen Sharing app requires confirmation from the host.

Chrome Remote Desktop also requires a token to be generated from the host.

In other words, I'd like to remotely control my own computer from another Mac, when I'm not home.

  • Would it be sufficient to use the command line only – Mark Jan 16 at 23:39
  • I am able to screen share over the WAN. Before posting an answer, could you edit your question and answer the following. Is you Mac connected to the internet through router? Can I assume you are using IPv6 or IPv4 to connect the computers? Is the ip address at home fixed or dynamic? – David Anderson Jan 17 at 2:38
  • "Apple's Screen Sharing app requires confirmation from the host." Does it? I haven't seen that. I thought it only needed confirmation if you were trying to log in as a different user. – TJ Luoma Jan 17 at 3:33
  • @Mark: No, I'm looking for the ability to screen-share – Paul Murray Jan 28 at 19:38
  • @TJ Luoma I am, effectively, trying to log in as a different user – Paul Murray Jan 28 at 19:39

As Apple dropped support for Back to My Mac, here are some suggestions and resources:

For screen sharing or the Apple Remote Desktop App, you'd need to set up port forwarding.

The screens app is probably a good alternative.


I was trying for a few days to get ARD to work on a remote computer running macOS Mojave, any other OS was fine just not Mojave. I found a link on the web suggesting it doesn't work as it used to and might require user(s) to open up screen sharing for you. That of course doesn't work when you are supporting many computers remotely.

What I was able to do to fix my problem was to VPN into the remote network, SSH into the computer and modify these 2 plists:




using my computers plists as a reference. Once they were modified I moved them back to the remote computer and then ran a repair on disk permissions. Rebooted the computer remotely and it worked for me. I certainly hope this is a fix (a very unnecessary fix I must say). Give it a go.

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