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How To Remote Into A Mac From Home (Mac to Mac)

Note: Please consult with your local tech team to ensure your work devices and accounts are properly enabled for remote connections

Before starting the process of connecting to a University Mac from a personal Mac, first request and download the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client from the Technology Support Center.

On the Mac that will be remoted into:

  1. Navigate into the Apple Menu in the upper left-hand corner of of your screen and then click [System Preferences].


  1. In the menu that appears, select [Sharing].


  1. Put a check in “Screen Sharing”.
    a. Ensure the user is listed under ‘Allow access for:’ if All users is not selected.
  2. Verify the “Computer Name” field at the top is filled out as the tag number of the machine.

  1. Click the [<] button to go back to System Preferences.
  2. Select [Energy Saver]
  3. Change the computer sleep timer to “Never”
    a. This prevents issues where the computer would fall asleep and is unable to be remoted into.
    b. Newer models/macOS may not have a sleep option.

c. You may also schedule the Mac to wake up at a scheduled time if desired:

On the Mac that will be remoting in:


  1. If off-campus, you must connect to the VPN first. Reference this knowledge article for instructions: How to Use Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client
  2. Open “Finder” and then click [Go].


  1. Under the “Go” menu, select [Connect to server] .
  2. Type the following in the server address field. Replace "ComputerName" with the tag number of the computer:
  3. Type in the credentials you wish to login with.

WARNING: Do not shut down your computer through the Remote Desktop — this will shut down your physical work computer and you will be unable to reconnect. You may log off; however, restarts are not advisable unless absolutely necessary.