Access your Mac from anywhere with this tip of the week!
Have you ever rushed out the door and forgot to bring your Mac? Or maybe you needed to get a quick file but you didn't happen to be near your computer. Maybe you're familiar with applications like Dropbox and Google drive - which allow you to store files in the cloud, but you have to organize them in folders first, and, third party apps are not always the safest place to keep private information.
But with Apple's convenient and very cool Back to My Mac feature, you can access your Mac from anywhere as long as you have your Apple ID & PW properly configured in your iCloud (System Preferences). Here's how:
Setting up Back to My Mac:
1. Log into your iCloud account in your System Preferences > iCloud
2. Enable the Back to My Mac feature
Now, you can access your files from any other Mac computer that has the same icloud configurations.
Note: In order to access your files remotely, your computer must be connected to the internet and your screen must be able to Wake up when the Back to My Mac feature is requested. So you need to set that up on your computer, too:
Connecting to your Mac:
1. Open > System Preferences
2. Select > Energy Saver
3. Select > Power Adapter
4. Enable > Wake for Network Connection
Locate your files remotely:
Now that you have configured everything on the second computer, open Finder and select the Mac you're trying to access remotely on the sidebar of the Finder Panel. Select the option to share the remote Mac's screen. You can now open your document files and or applications.
You can now select the users you want to be able to access. By default only the Administrators have access, but you can enable any of the users.