Sharing a Mac Session

Screens lets you connect to a Mac without having access to a user account on that Mac. This is particularly useful when you need to connect to someone else's Mac on the local network.

As a Guest User

You may connect to another Mac using that Mac’s Guest user account. This method does not require the credentials for an existing user account on the other Mac.

  • In the remote Mac’s System Preferences, click Sharing.
  • Select either Screen Sharing or Remote Management, depending on your chosen configuration.
  • Click Computer Settings and enable Anyone may request permission to control screen.
  • In Screens’ app settings, under More Settings → Macintosh Specific, enable Prompt for Screen Sharing.


Screens for iOS

  • Tp the New button (+), select New Screen..., then tap the Info button (i) next to the Mac you wish to connect to.
  • Select Ask to Share Screen.

  • You can also use Force Touch on an item of your list and select Ask to Share Screen:



Screens for macOS

  • Right-click on a Mac in the Nearby Computers list and select Ask to Share Screen


  • Right-click on one of your saved items and select Ask to Share Screen



The user on the other Mac must accept your Screen Sharing request.

As a Registered User

Screens can connect to another Mac using an existing user account on that Mac in one of two ways:

  • Connect by logging in directly using the authentication credentials for that user account. This creates a background session on the other Mac with that account’s customized Desktop and settings.


Screens for iOS


Screens for macOS


  • A user on the other Mac logged in with that account’s authorization credentials may accept a Screen Sharing request.

As an Administrator

If you have authorization credentials for an Administrator account on the other Mac, you may connect directly to any active session on that Mac without prompting logged-in users for permission or confirmation. Remote Management must be enabled in the other Mac’s Sharing preferences pane in System Preferences.

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