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OS X Mavericks: Use Back to My Mac

Use Back to My Mac

If you have an iCloud account, you can use Back to My Mac to connect to your other Mac computers over the Internet.

Using Back to My Mac, you can access all of the computers you set up with iCloud. You can share files and use Screen Sharing to control the remote computer from anywhere you are connected to the Internet.

Back to My Mac requires a router that supports NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) or Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) to share services.

Set up Back to My Mac

  1. On each computer you want to use with Back to My Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. If you aren’t already signed in to iCloud, enter the Apple ID you use with iCloud, then click Sign In.
  3. Select Back to My Mac.
  4. Follow any instructions you see to turn on sharing services, select “Wake for network access,” or make any other changes necessary for Back to My Mac.

To stop using Back to My Mac, open iCloud preferences and deselect Back to My Mac.

Connect to your computers

  1. To show computers set up to use Back to My Mac in the sidebar of a Finder window, choose Finder > Preferences, click Sidebar, then select Back to My Mac in the Shared section.
  2. In the left sidebar of a Finder window, click Show next to Shared to expand that section.
  3. Click the computer you want to use, then click Connect As or Share Screen.
Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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