How to Screen Share on a Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Screen sharing on a Mac can be incredibly useful in various situations, whether you need to collaborate with colleagues, provide remote assistance, or present information to a group of people. With just a few simple steps, you can easily share your screen and make your interactions more dynamic and engaging. In this tutorial, we will explore how to screen share on a Mac using the built-in functionality of macOS.

Enabling Screen Sharing
To begin screen sharing on your Mac, you first need to enable the screen sharing feature. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the System Preferences by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: In System Preferences, locate and click on the “Sharing” icon. It is represented by a blue folder with a white “A” symbol.

Step 3: In the Sharing preferences window, check the box next to “Screen Sharing.” You may be prompted to enter your administrator password to make changes.

  • Note: If the “Screen Sharing” option is already checked, then it means that screen sharing is already enabled on your Mac.

Accessing Screen Sharing
Once you have enabled screen sharing on your Mac, there are different ways to access it depending on your needs. Let’s explore two common methods:

Via Messages

If you want to initiate screen sharing during a conversation in Messages (formerly known as iMessage), follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Messages app by clicking on its icon in the Dock or searching for it using Spotlight (press Command + Spacebar).

Step 2: Start or join a conversation with the person(s) you want to share your screen with.

Step 3: In the Messages menu bar, click on the “Buddies” option, then select “Invite to Share My Screen.”

  • Note: The person(s) you are chatting with must be using a Mac or an iOS device for this method to work.

Via Finder

If you prefer to initiate screen sharing directly through Finder, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open a new Finder window by clicking on the Finder icon in the Dock or using the Command + N keyboard shortcut.

Step 2: In the Finder menu bar, click on the “Go” option and select “Connect to Server.”

Step 3: In the “Server Address” field, enter “vnc://[IP Address/Hostname]”. Replace “[IP Address/Hostname]” with the IP address or hostname of the Mac you want to share your screen with. Click on the “+” button to add it to your list of favorite servers if desired.

Step 4: Click on the “Connect” button and enter your credentials if prompted. You should now be connected and able to view and control the remote Mac’s screen.

Troubleshooting Tips
If you encounter any issues while trying to screen share on your Mac, consider trying these troubleshooting tips:

  • Making Sure Screen Sharing is Enabled: Double-check that you have enabled screen sharing in System Preferences as mentioned earlier in this tutorial.
  • Checking Network Connectivity: Ensure that both your Mac and the remote Mac are connected to a stable network connection.
  • Finding IP Address/Hostname: If you don’t know the IP address or hostname of the remote Mac, ask the person using that Mac to provide you with this information.
  • Firewall Settings: Check your firewall settings to ensure that they are not blocking screen sharing connections. You may need to adjust your firewall settings to allow incoming VNC connections.

With these steps, you can easily enable screen sharing on your Mac and access it through Messages or Finder. Screen sharing is a powerful feature that enhances collaboration and remote assistance. Whether you’re working on a project with colleagues or helping a friend troubleshoot their computer, screen sharing on a Mac can make communication more efficient and effective.

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