How to enable Mac screen sharing without third-party apps?

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Issue: How to enable Mac screen sharing without third-party apps?

I have noticed numerous advertisements of useful screen sharing apps. Although, it seems that they cannot be reliable as I have experienced crashes and poor quality. Maybe there is a way how I could enable Mac screen sharing without third-party apps? Thanks for your help!

Solved Answer

Mac screen sharing[1] is a useful feature for all people who have to co-work with others on the computer. This function allows users to see what other computer's screen in real-time. Likewise, people in business and other international workers use this feature on a daily basis. 

Screen sharing on Mac allows:

  • View the screen in real-time;
  • Browse through the folders;
  • Use installed applications on the computer, etc.

While app developers have noticed the success of this feature on Mac, they have started developing their own third-party tools to set up screen sharing on Mac. However, not all of them are effective as well as safe. Keep in mind that most of them might require purchasing the full version of the software after the trial. 

How to set up Mac screen sharing

Fortunately, there are ways how you can set up Mac screen sharing without additional apps. The company has an inbuilt feature on their devices which allows users to access other computers' screens in real-time easily. If you are interested in how to activate this function, read the instructions below.

Additionally, even though most of the apps are harmless, some of them might be designed to infiltrate other cyber threats or potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)[2] on your computer. For this reason, we suggest you enable screen sharing on Mac without any additional software in order to avoid any potential damage it might cause. 

Set up Mac screen sharing without third-party apps

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Instructions on how to enable screen sharing on Mac without extra software:

  1. Open Settings;

    Open settings to start Mac screen sharing

  2. Select Sharing;
    Ways to enable Mac screen sharing
  3. Click on the lock icon in the bottom-left corner of the window;
  4. Log in as Admin user;
    Mac screen sharing example
  5. On the left panel, choose Screen Sharing;
  6. You can select one of the following:
    1. All users;
      1. Anyone might ask for permission to view and control your screen;
    2. Only these users;
      1. People who are on the list will just be able to control the screen;
    3. or other options by clicking the Computer Settings button.

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - PC & Mac repair expert

Olivia Morelli is a young, but a perspicacious IT expert who is currently just a year away from a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Systems. Her primary passion is cyber security, however, thanks to her detailed understanding of computer networks, operating systems and hardware, she can find a fix for any PC or Mac issue...

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