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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 receipt 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.

  • 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.

Setting Screens

This option is enabled by default but you can make sure with these steps:

Screens for iOS

  • In the Screens Settings (gear icon), select More Settings.
  • Scroll down to Macintosh Specific.
  • Enable Prompt for Screen Sharing.

Screens for macOS

  • In Screens Preferences, click the Macintosh tab.
  • Enable Prompt for Screen Sharing.

Connecting as a Guest User

Screens for iOS

  • Tap the + button
  • Select New Screen...
  • From the list, tap the info button (i) next to the Mac you wish to connect to
  • Select Ask to Share Screen

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Screens for macOS

  • Right-click on the Mac you wish to connect to
  • Select Ask to Share Screen

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

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

Sharing a Session with a Logged-In User

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

Screens for iOS

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Screens for macOS

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  • Ask for permission to share display: Prompts the remote user for permission to sharehis session with you.
  • Log in as yourself: Logs in and starts a background session with your own desktop, settings, etc.

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.

For more information, see Configuring macOS for Remote Access.

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