Sharing a Mac Session

Screens offers a few ways to share a remote user's active session, enabling you to see the user's desktop and activities and take control to assist with productivity or problem-solving.

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Connecting as a Guest User

Sharing a Session with a Logged-In User

Sharing a Session as an Administrator

Setting your Mac to receive screen sharing requests

You can share a session with a logged-in user by using the macOS Guest account. This method does not require the credentials for an existing user account on the remote Mac, but it does require a logged-in user to accept your Screen Sharing request.

  1. Click this link to open the Sharing settings on your Mac.
  2. Select either Screen Sharing or Remote Management, depending on your chosen configuration.
  3. Click Computer Settings and enable Anyone may request permission to control screen.

Connecting as a Guest User

When connecting as a guest, the user on the remote Mac must accept your Screen Sharing request:

Once the user has accepted the request, you will be able to control the Mac within the user session.

To connect as a guest, simply tap and hold on a saved connection to bring the Ask to Share Session option on your iPad or iPhone or right-click on your Mac.

Sharing a Session with a Logged-In User

If a user is logged into their macOS user account on the remote machine when Screens establishes a connection, Screens will prompt for a decision.

Sharing a Session as an Administrator

If you have an existing Administrator account on the remote computer, you may connect directly to any active session without prompting logged-in users for permission or confirmation. This requires that Remote Management be enabled instead of Screen Sharing on the remote computer.

You'll have a choice of either opening a session with your own user or control the current logged session:

Note: If you prefer not to use this feature, make sure to enable Screen Sharing instead of Remote Management on the Mac(s) you'll be connecting to. However, please note that doing so will disable Curtain Mode as well as it is only available when Remote Management is enabled.

Setting Session Behaviour in Screens

The Prompt for Session Sharing option is enabled by default. If you do not wish to be prompted and just log in with your user, simply turn off in the app settings under Controls.

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